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When Tommy loses his family to a police raid, he escapes custody with his friends, Steve and O’Neill. Their urban odyssey is packed with men trying to rob them, cops, a python, a fist fight, a first kiss and phone sex. Their brotherhood breaks as they cross the threshold into adulthood and Tommy turns himself in to the police, reuniting with his toddler step-brother, ready to face their future together as a family.

After Antarctica

A journey across both poles, After Antarctica follows legendary polar explorer Will Steger’s lifelong journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes to the polar regions of our planet. Now, thirty years after his historic coast-to-coast expedition across the coldest continent on Earth, Steger heads out on the ice once again, at a time when he is not only known for being the first in history to complete these historic feats – he is also the last.

The Big Bend

Two families meet for a reunion in the unknowable reaches of the West Texas desert where they explore the visually-striking landscape and reflect on their good lives. When a child goes missing on a hike, a father confronts his mortality and a wife decides to reexamine her marriage. THE BIG BEND follows the survival of these two families in a hauntingly dangerous environment, creating an unforgettable portrait of friendship, parenthood, and marriage.

Bonnie Blue: James Cotton’s Life in the Blues

Born in 1935 on Bonnie Blue plantation in Tunica, MS, apprenticing with Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin’ Wolf, and schooled by Muddy Waters, James ‘Super Harp’ Cotton became a mentor to harp players around the globe as he brought the delta blues into mainstream rock ‘n roll. Orphaned at nine, Cotton’s journey tracks America’s history and his story is one of empowerment during a time when the weight of racial inequity made the journey seem impossible. Bonnie Blue – James Cotton’s Life in the Blues is a unique portrait of an era and its impact today. Cotton’s music made history; his musical voice was unique, and the blues were never the same.

Butterfly in the Sky

Reading Rainbow introduced millions of kids to the wonder and importance of books. Not only did the series insist on having kids speak to kids about their favorite stories, but Reading Rainbow introduced the world to one of the most adored television hosts of all time in LeVar Burton. Thanks to his direct, non-patronizing and, most importantly, kind delivery, Burton became a conduit to learning for children of every background—an entrancing guide to subjects unknown. In this wonderfully nostalgic look back at the origin story of Reading Rainbow, you’re invited to learn about the foundation of a show that for 25 years dedicated itself to not only bringing literature into children’s lives but delving behind the pages to the people, places, and things each new story explored.

The Chisels Are Calling

John Monteleone is one of the world’s greatest guitar builders, and a living artist on permanent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featuring musical tributes and interviews with Mark Knopfler, Ben Harper, David Grisman, Woody Mann, Julian Lage and others, the film covers the multi-faceted artist whose guitars are known not only for their incredible sound, but also for their visually striking and innovative designs.

Come Find Me

A beautiful, uplifting Latinx story about a mother and daughter facing major life changes and how their love challenges and inspires them. Veteran TV actors Sol Miranda and Victoria Cartagena shine in their first lead feature roles giving two tour de force performances in their portrayals of a mother and daughter striving to connect, belong, and search for meaning.

Dear Zoe

Adapted from the heartbreaking and inspirational novel of the same name, “Dear Zoe” is a powerful story of resilience told from the point of view of a 16-year-old girl; a coming-of-age drama in which teenage Tess enlists her biological father – a lovable slacker – and the charming juvenile delinquent next door to help her come to grips with the death of her little sister.

A Decent Home

When housing on the lowest rung of the American dream is being devoured by the wealthiest of the wealthy, whose dream are we serving? Issues of class and economic (im)mobility mean many mobile home park residents can’t afford housing anywhere else. They are fighting for their homes – and their communities – as private equity firms and wealthy investors buy up parks, making sky-high returns on their investments while squeezing every last penny out of the mobile home owners who must pay rent for the land they live on. Through the lives of the park residents we meet, we experience the hijacking of the American Dream by the wealthiest of the wealthy in a growing age of inequity – and witness the inspiring efforts of the growing group of mobile home owners who are rising up to take it back.

Virtual this film is Geo-Locked to Massachusetts Only 

Do I Need This?

Do I Need This? is about American excess, and the stuff from which happiness is truly made. This timely film interweaves the filmmaker’s complicated relationship to her possessions with a journey into the homes and minds of her fellow Americans – from a hoarder to a monk and a colorful group of characters in between. On the surface, it”s a joy ride through American consumption habits; at its core, it is a deep reflection on aging, family, and happiness.


Against all odds and polar advice, a Muslim chaplain, a French biologist, a Qatari princess and eight other women from the Arab World and the West attempt to ski across the melting Arctic sea ice to the North Pole. These boundary-breaking adventurers, led by veteran polar explorer Felicity Aston, navigate everything from frostbite and polar bear threats, to sexism and self-doubt in an intimate story of resilience, survival and global citizenry. These audacious women are also, to date, the last ever to ski over the ice to the North Pole.

Fair Play

The unequal gendered division of labor in the home has long existed, with modern living only exacerbating the stress-filled dynamic between parenthood and work. With the global pandemic forcing millions of women out of the workforce, Fair Play follows four different families on their journey to better balance care work at home, illustrating how we aren’t really fighting about dishes in the sink, but much bigger societal problems. Ultimately, Fair Play makes visible the invisible care work historically held by women and inspires a more balanced and equitable future for all.

Following the screening Olivia Morgan will moderate a discussion with Jen Newsom and Lucia Small (Girl Talk). Sponsored by Women and Film and Video New England.

The Falconer

Inspired by true events, two best friends, Tariq, an Omani teenager and Cai, a privileged Westerner, conspire to steal animals from the zoo and sell them on the black market to raise money for Tariq’s sister’s divorce from an abusive marriage. They are forced to wrestle with morally complex choices that reveal the vast distance between their worlds.

Fashion Reimagined

Fashion designer Amy Powney of cult label Mother of Pearl is a rising star in the London fashion scene. Raised off-the-grid in rural England by activist parents, Amy has always felt uneasy about the devastating environmental impact of her industry. When she wins the coveted Vogue award for the Best Young Designer of the Year, which comes with a big cash prize, Amy decides to use the money to create a sustainable collection from field to finished garment, and transform her entire business. Over the following three years, her own personal revolution becomes the precursor of a much bigger, societal change.

Fire of Love

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions, documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists’ spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts’ spectacular archive. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation & destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.

Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

Tamara Lanier, is an African-American woman determined to force Harvard University to cede ownership of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. The images are emblematic of the inhumanity of slavery, the racist science that supported it, and the white supremacy that continues to infect our society today. The film focuses on Lanier, following her lawsuit and the growing activism around it, and features Attorney Benjamin Crump and author Ta-Nehisi Coates. Following the screening Tamara Lanier, Attorney Preston Tisdale, Dr. David Harris (former Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School) and Jill Abramson (Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Harvard University) will discuss the the film and the implications of the decision issued recently by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

From the Hood to the Holler

Running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell, Charles Booker attempts one of the biggest upsets in political history by challenging establishment- backed candidate Amy McGrath. Booker’s campaign across Kentucky, from the most urban to the most rural settings, with Booker and his team rewrites the campaign playbook. Instead of exploiting divisions, they lean into the idea that average Kentuckians have common bonds, united by their shared day-to-day fight to survive. Booker works to represent Kentuckians, both Black and White, who feel entirely left out of the political process. His message is simple: Whether you are from the city “hood” — like Booker — or the Appalachian “holler,” you are not invisible.

Girl Talk

Set in the cutthroat, male-dominated world of high school debate, where tomorrow’s leaders are groomed, five girls on a top-ranked Massachusetts high school debate team strive to become the best debaters in the US. As the Newton South girls remain steadfast in their determination to overcome the odds, they remind us that equal rights and freedom of expression are worth fighting for, both within debate and beyond.