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After So Many Days

You’ll want a front row seat to this intimate and endearing music documentary from singer-songwriter duo Jim and Sam. Recent newlyweds, Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack, were feeling somewhat stuck in their musical career and wanted to do something bold to make one final go at finding breakout success. So they make an impulsive pact to spend a year out on the road attempting to play a concert every single day (that's 365 concerts, FYI). Not knowing where their adventures would lead them they filmed it all, capturing the joys of playing to packed houses and the soul-crushing defeats of disinterested audiences, all against the picturesque backdrop of the cities and byways from the 14 different countries they visited along the way. The resulting film is an enchanting love letter to music and marriage, and an exhilarating example of putting your heart on the line for the thing (and the one) you love. In Person: Directors/Subjects Jim and Sam.
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Section:Documentary
TCFF Rocks
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:87 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jim Hanft
Samantha Yonack
Produced by:Natalia Anderson
Jim Hanft
Kyle Weber
Samantha Yonack
Screenwriter:Natalia Anderson
Jim Hanft
Kyle Weber
Samantha Yonack
Cast:Jim Hanft
Samantha Yonack
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American Factory

In 2014 a shuttered GM factory in Dayton, Ohio became the home of the Chinese billionaire-owned Fayou Glass America. Suddenly American factory workers deeply rooted in the Rust Belt found themselves hopeful for a chance to pull their community out of financial despair, but challenged by the seemingly insurmountable cultural differences of the Chinese counterparts now working alongside them. With surprising access to the humanity and xenophobia on both sides, this fascinating and masterful documentary reveals the complicated nature of global endeavors. Culture clashes go from humorous to tense, especially when the dirty word “union” is uttered, and an even grimmer fate looms over all of those on the factory floor: automation. A powerful reminder of the values that connect us—the need to provide, the desire to feel useful, the struggle to change—as well as the ideals that drive us apart, this must-see film sits at a crossroads of so many key issues it is bound to spark important conversa
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Section:Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:115 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Steve Bognar
Julia Reichert
Produced by:Steve Bognar
Julia Reichert
Jeff Reichert
Julie Parker Benello
Cinematography:Steve Bognar
Aubrey Keith
Jeff Reichert
Editing By:Lindsay Utz
Music By:Chad Cannon
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David Crosby: Remember My Name

With eight stents in his heart, a liver transplant, the loss of every past musical friendship undone by his own ego and abuse, and a lifetime of drug use culminating in a surrender to the FBI and subsequent jailtime, David Crosby himself marvels that he’s able to keep recording and going on tour, as is depicted in this exhuberant and poignantly human rockumentary produced by Cameron Crowe. What sets Crosby apart from so many aged rockers is the unfaltering quality of his voice, which can be witnessed in the recent concert footage that’s sprinkled in with stunning archival photos, videos, and interviews tracing back through his career with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The heartfelt and brutally honest introspection of Crosby—laying bare the best and worst of his experiences as a countercultural icon—makes this an unforgettably moving rock biography. With Special Guests.
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Section:Documentary
TCFF Rocks
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Release Year:2019
Runtime:95 min.
Rating:R
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:A.J. Eaton
Produced by:Cameron Crowe
Michele Farinola
Greg Mariotti
Cinematography:Edd Lukas
Ian Coad
Editing By:Elisha Bonora
Veronica Pinkham
Cast:David Crosby
Cameron Crowe
Henry Diltz
Graham Nash
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Driveways

A story both modest and familiar, but of such gentle humanity that it feels anything but, Andrew Ahn's warm and inviting character drama is the cinematic embodiment of kindness. Cody and his mother Kathy (Hong Chau) are unexpectedly spending their summer away from home, cleaning out the house of his recently-deceased and reclusive aunt. Cody, a sensitive and sweet soul who doesn't always fit in, is unfazed by this turn of events, while his mother struggles to make sense of what's been left behind. Lonely in this strange new place, Cody strikes up an unexpected friendship with the widowed, bingo-playing veteran next door (a superb Brian Dennehy), and the film's many low-key charms unfold from there. A marvel of subtlety, detail, and characterization, this heartfelt tale is a true gem of the festival.
Film Info
Section:Fiction
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:83 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Andrew Ahn
Produced by:Celine Rattray
Trudie Styler
James Schamus
Joe Pirro
Nicolaas Bertelsen
Screenwriter:Hannah Bos
Paul Thureen
Cinematography:Ki Jin Kim
Editing By:Katherine McQuerry
Cast:Jack Caleb
Brian Dennehy
Sophia DiStefano
Christine Eversole
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Extra Ordinary

Following in our fathers’ footsteps isn’t necessarily what we all want to do with out lives, no matter how close the apple has fallen from the tree. Now imagine if your father was the preeminent ghost hunter in all of Ireland who also had a hit TV show, AND you’re sorta responsible for his death? That’s the premise of this delightfully quirky comedy (think Wes Anderson meets Wes Craven) about a woman (Irish comedian Maeve Higgins) who is trying her best to ignore her innate talents—and the ghosts who are constantly vying for her attention. She instead works as a lonely driving instructor, until a desperate man comes to her for help convincing his recently deceased wife to move on. Only the plans of a conniving one-hit-wonder New Age musician shacked up in a haunted castle (played by SNL’s Will Forte) can stop them from bringing peace to the spirit world and themselves.
Film Info
Section:Fiction
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:94 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:Ireland
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mike Ahern
Enda Loughman
Produced by:Katie Holly
Yvonne Donohoe
Mary McCarthy
Ailish Bracken
Screenwriter:Mike Ahern
Enda Loughman
Cinematography:James Mather
Editing By:Gavin Buckley
Cast:Maeve Higgins
Barry Ward
Will Forte
Claudia O'Doherty
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For Sama

An astonishing look into motherhood and the female experience of war, this is one of those movies we promise will change you forever. For five years Waad al-Kateab kept her camera on, documenting her life and those around her as activists in Aleppo. Part diary, part love letter to her daughter, this poignant film follows al-Kateab’s beginnings as a hopeful student protester, to her falling in love, getting married, and having her first child, all while conflict rises around her. Capturing extraordinarily heroic and devastatingly gut-wrenching moments, it’s an on-the-ground experience that's jury and audience awards for Best Doc at SXSW, were just the beginning of its many accolades. We know it will win your heart, too, just as sure as it will break it. In Person: Waad al-Kateab.
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Youth Uprising
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Release Year:2019
Runtime:95 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:UK
Original Language:Arabic
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Waad al-Kateab
Edwards Watts
Produced by:Waad al-Kateab
Cinematography:Waad al-Kateab
Editing By:Simon McMahon
Chloe Lambourne
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One Child Nation (Born in China)

China’s egregious population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its merciless enforcement is only beginning. In her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary One Child Nation, Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow, TCFF 2016) brilliantly takes a deeply personal approach of familial reckoning to the sweeping subject matter, returning home to investigate the generational effects of this destructive social experiment. Exposing one human rights violation after another, from abandoned newborns and forced sterilizations, to state-sponsored kidnappings, One Child Nation is a striking indictment of a government that sought to control women's bodies and reveals how persistent propaganda conditioned and coerced Chinese citizens into perpetrating shocking crimes against each other. It's brave, it's powerful, it's shocking, it's important, and it will stay with you long a
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:85 min.
Rating:R
Production Country:USA
China
Original Language:English
Mandarin
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nanfu Wang
Jialing Zhang
Produced by:Nanfu Wang
Jialing Zhang
Julie Goldman
Christoph Jorg
Christopher Clements
Carolyn Hepburn
Cinematography:Nanfu Wang
Yuanchen Liu
Editing By:Nanfu Wang
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Run This Town

Out of Toronto's scandal over Rob Ford's megalomania mayorship run amok (a haunting prelude of the things to come in the States, perhaps?), comes this whip-smart, rapid-fire, political sizzler that delivers all the Aaron Sorkin vibes you want. Bram (Ben Platt, Pitch Perfect) is eager to prove himself a journalist. He's just landed a dream job, but he's stuck writing clickbaity listicles... that is until he stumbles upon the lurid truth of the mayor’s shady personal life. Following both Bram's efforts to chase down the story and the young bright minds in Ford's office actually running things—including Kamal (Mena Massoud, who you might’ve caught as the star in Disney's Aladdin), an immigrant who's worked tirelessly to claim a position of power in the administration—this tense and ambitious journalistic thriller features a rock solid cast (Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, and Scott Speedman to name a few), dark comedic notes, timely themes, and relevant questions.
Film Info
Section:Fiction
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:99 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:Canada
USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ricky Tollman
Produced by:Randy Manis
Ricky Tollman
Jonathan Bronfman
Screenwriter:Ricky Tollman
Cinematography:Nick Haight
Editing By:Sandy Pereira
Cast:Mena Massoud
Nina Dobrev
Damian Lewis
Ben Platt
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Slay the Dragon

This chilling political doc is not only one of the most important films to see at the fest, it's also somehow one of the most invigorating, especially for us Michiganders. The dragon here is the crazy shapes made on maps by the corrupt practice of gerrymandering, when one political party draws redistricting lines to help ensure future elections go in their favor. Beginning with a dive into the (still ongoing) Flint water crisis, Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance trace how “packing” and “cracking” leads to marginalized communities, discriminatory laws, state-wide emergencies, and politicians who no longer work for the people. Why would they when they are guaranteed re-election? But the film also features the slayers, ordinary folks working to put the power back in the hands of the people, such as Michigan’s Katie Fahey, whose grassroots Voters Not Politicians won the battle with Prop 2, and could help set us on a path to win the war. Whether or not you are already familiar with this para
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Youth Uprising
Don't Miss
Release Year:2019
Runtime:101 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Barak Goodman
Chris Durrance
Produced by:Barak Goodman
Chris Durrance
Cinematography:Samuel Russell
Editing By:Seth Bomse
Cast:Ari Berman
David Daley
Margaret Dickson
Anita Earls
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We Are the Radical Monarchs

Finding a vacuum in traditional girls' leadership-development organizations (Brownies, Girl Scouts, etc.), a group of women in the Bay Area took matters into their own hands, founding a troop that addressed the interests and needs of their community. What they established became the Radical Monarchs, reaching out to young girls of color to learn about self-acceptance, body positivity, inclusion, intersectionality, and more. Together they instill urgency for activism and social justice and provide a safe space for these often overlooked young women to come together. Not without some growing pains (and unkind words from trolls) the film follows the Radical Monarchs as they fight the power and inspire us all. In Person: Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton; subjects Anayvette and Lupita Martinez.
Film Info
Section:Documentary
Youth Uprising
Don't Miss
Release Year:2018
Runtime:97 min.
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Produced by:Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Katie Flint
Cinematography:Clare Major
Editing By:Arielle Amsalem
Katie Flint
Cast:Anayvette Martinez
Marilyn Hollinquest
Lupita Martinez
Amia Carillo
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