Upcoming Films


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

Previously Screened

Words From a Bear

Words from a Bear examines the enigmatic life of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors of poetry and prose. The film captures the essence of Momaday’s writings in relation to his unique American experience representing...

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable

Described as a philosopher of photography, Garry Winogrand captured the streets of America in the ‘60s and ‘70s. His lens snapped images of everyday people from the Mad Men era of NYC to the early years of the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood, all while observing themes of cultural...

The Proposal

Celebrated conceptual artist Jill Magid set her sights on an ambitious new project: an exhibition inspired by the visionary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The only trouble was, one woman in Switzerland owns Barragán’s entire professional archive. And, for more than 20 years, she has kept it...

American Movie

There may be no more heroic journey from a more delusional character, thus no more American a story, than American Movie. Tracing Mark Borchardt’s laudable, drive to craft his independent horror film Coven – the hoped-for sales profits from which would go toward the financing...

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammed Ali, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and...

The Biggest Little Farm (Live Score Screening with Jeff Beal)

In testament to the complexity of nature, the film follows two dreamers on an odyssey to bring harmony to their lives and the land. John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and into the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse...

Ear Docs: A Discussion of Podcast Documentaries

Podumentaries: A discussion of podcasts and documentaries.

More: Documentaries not only work on screen, but they work in audio form. Hear from podcast producers about the elements that make a good story and keep people listening for more. Plus, learn about how producing an documentary in...

WNY Short Films

Join us For Docs and Donuts!

We'll have a special at our concessions stand - coffee and a delicious Donut from Donuts Delite for $3!

FAMILY REWRITTEN Directed by Yasmin Mistry [13 min]

Despite battling Cystic Fibrosis,...

Jawline

The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee. 

In the online-streaming world, Austyn is adored by thousands of young...

The Brink

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle. Unconstrained by an official post, he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning...

Dennis and Lois

Dennis and Lois met in 1975 at legendary rock club CBGB, bonding over a shared passion for music. More than 40 years later, these aging super fans are still going strong, befriending their favorite musicians, selling band merchandise as volunteers, housing touring rockers in their toy museum-...

Hail Satan?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan?
is an inspiring and entertaining documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the...

Midnight Traveler

When the Taliban put a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control: their camera-phones.

As they...

Unfractured

A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into a an environmental war that many believe is unwinnable.

Branded a “toxic...

Minding The Gap

Bing Liu’s lovely portrait of wayward men stumbling into early adulthood functions both as a snapshot of their tumultuous lives and Liu’s own experience alongside them. Combining first-rate skate video footage with a range of confessional moments, Minding the Gap is a warmhearted look...

RBG

TICKETS SOLD OUT

There will be a rush line for any sold out screenings beginning 45 minutes before the film starts. There may be available seats from passholders not attending the screening. Those seats will be sold at the start of the screening to those waiting...

Becoming Who I Was

Cast out of his monastery and displaced in his reincarnation, a Ladakhi boy of noble birth must go in search of his past life in Tibet, with the help and sacrifice of his aging godfather.

Padma Angdu's world turns upside down when the monastery where he belonged expels him. Although he is...

Photo City

Home to the Kodak company for over 125 years, Rochester, New York is a city uniquely defined by photography. Photo City focuses on the lives of the city’s photographic and creative community as they struggle to maintain a link to their analogue past and to forge an identity in this new digital...

One Take Short Films

COMMUNISTS IN THE SUMMER HOUSE by Camille Howard [18 min]

Explore one of the most fundamental rights of passage with this lighthearted documentary that focuses on the menstrual experience of women of all ages!

DON’T DEFINE ME by Don Casper [12 min World Premiere]

An artist...

The King

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for...

12th and Clairmount

In July 1967, Detroit experienced one of America's most violent civil disturbances. To tell that story in an emblematic way, 12th and Clairmount fuses rare archival footage from the era - including newsreel, educational films and more than 400 reels of home movies donated by Detroiters - along...

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Filmmaker Sara Driver explores the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ‘80s shaped his vision. Conveying Basquiat’s personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity, the...

Photo City

Home to the Kodak company for over 125 years, Rochester, New York is a city uniquely defined by photography. Photo City focuses on the lives of the city’s photographic and creative community as they struggle to maintain a link to their analogue past and to forge an identity in this new digital...

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...