Upcoming Films


The festival line-up has yet to be announced. Please check back to see the upcoming films.

Previously Screened

HOOP DREAMS

"The great American documentary... The best film of the 1990's" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin's Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two...

ABACUS

From acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself), Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage...

BRIMSTONE & GLORY

Tultepec, Mexico is known for just one thing: fireworks. The city manufactures more than half of all fireworks made in Mexico, a good percentage of which will be set off at the small town’s annual festival for San Juan de Dios. With that background, you can let statistics fall by the wayside and...

THE LAST DALAI LAMA?

THE LAST DALAI LAMA? takes a fresh look at what is important for the 14th Dalai Lama at 80:  The historic confrontation between Tibet and China; his influence in political, spiritual, and educational spheres; work with neuroscientists; and his personal feelings on aging,...

THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

In the remote Faroe Islands, inhabitants have hunted seabirds and pilot whales for millennia. An isolated culture based on food and folklore, the Faroese built their traditions around survival. "In the past, nature was giant and humans tiny ... and now it's the other way around." Soaring aerial...

DOLORES

In the copious volumes written about Cesar Chavez and how he formed the first farm workers' union in America, there's little mention of Dolores Huerta, although she was his equal partner and co-founder of the union.

In the first film of its kind, DOLORES sheds light on this enigmatic,...

WHOSE STREETS

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents...

UNREST

Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. Months before her wedding, she becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair. When doctors tell her it’s "all in her...

SHORT FILMS, LONG LUNCH

Short Films, Long Lunch Program: Celebrating the best short non-fiction films from WNY filmmakers 
Grab and go lunches from Orange Glory Catering will be available for purchase at the Little Concession stand for a delicious mess-free lunch you can eat while you watch!

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I CALLED HIM MORGAN

On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Helen...

QUEST

Filmed with vérité intimacy for close to a decade, QUEST is a portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, along with his wife Christine’a (aka “Ma Quest”), open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their...