May 24 2019
Electric Lodge Theater - 1416 Electric Ave , Venice CA 90291
Electric Lodge Theater - 1416 Electric Ave , Venice CA 90291
Trailer : https://vimeo.com/287471792
In December 2015, the political rhetoric against Muslims was escalating. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, an African-American political science professor at Wheaton College—a prestigious evangelical school outside of Chicago—wanted to show support for Muslim women. She posted a photo of herself in a hijab on Facebook. “I love my Muslim neighbor,” she wrote, “because s/he deserves love by virtue of her/his human dignity….we worship the Same God.”
Within days, Wheaton’s Provost suspended Dr. Hawkins, eventually moving to terminate her tenure. Were the school’s actions a move to protect its Christian theological purity, as it insisted? Or was it, as some suggested, the result of racism and Islamophobia? “Same God,” directed by Wheaton alumna Linda Midgett, follows the journey of Dr. Hawkins while exploring the polarization taking place within the evangelical community over issues of race, Islam, religious freedom…and Donald Trump.
LINDA MIDGETT, DIRECTOR
LINDA MIDGETT is an independent documentary filmmaker, TV producer and screenwriter with writing, producing and directing credits on many major networks, including NBC-Universal, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery, PBS, National Geographic and LMN (Lifetime Movie Network). Her work has won numerous awards, including two Emmys. Linda’s documentary credits includes Hometown Stories: The Greek-Americans of Charlotte for PBS, which won a regional Emmy for best cultural documentary; Through My Eyes, a documentary about teens struggling with suicide, depression and eating disorders. Through My Eyes was nominated for a regional Emmy, and was awarded the national Voice Award for excellence in mental health programming; The Line, a film about people living below the poverty line, commissioned by social justice organization Sojourners; and The Stranger, a film on immigration reform commissioned by social justice organization Sojourners; and The Stranger, a film on immigration reform commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table.Linda lives in Baton Rouge, LA with her husband, John, and two children.
FROM THE FROM LINE
Three slices-of-life stories of Syrian refugees living in the Beqaa Valley Lebanon, written and preformed by Young Syrian filmmakers
BACK IN THE WATER HOUSE
A story about motherhood, Back in the Water House follows mother-daughter artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies as their relationship is further strengthened by tapa – a Tongan traditional cloth made from the inner bark of a mulberry tree.
Pauline Adalid is a first-time filmmaker born in Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines. She started doing photography and video as a hobby but found greater interest in it when she got involved in film and photography organizations in her University. After finishing a degree in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines last 2016, she decided to pursue a career track that would best suit her goals and interests. Later, she moved to study in New Zealand at South Seas Film and Television School – specializing in Documentary Directing, to learn more about the craft of documentary filmmaking. While at film school, she directed and produced short documentaries of varying length (including Back in the Water House) and worked with diverse crew. She hopes to broaden her experience in the field of documentary through working in the media and film industry.
WARU is a feature film made up of eight 10 minute short films each written and directed by Māori women film makers. Duration: 86 minutes
Country of Origin: New Zealand Language Spoken: English and Māori Film Festival selections: New Zealand International Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival
Logline: Following the death of a child, eight Māori women are confronted by guilt, pride and defeat but will ultimately risk everything for the greater good of their community. Short Synopsis: Eight female Māori directors have each contributed a ten minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy (Waru) who died at the hands of his caregiver. The vignettes are all subtly interlinked and each follow one of eight female Māori lead characters during the same moment in time as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community. In Māori, waru means 8.
WARU VIGNETTES (in order of appearance)
Charm: Queen of the kauta (kitchen), Charm learns to accept that she can’t change the world. Written & Directed by – Briar Grace-Smith, Lead actress – Tanea Heke
Anahera: A teacher struggles to keep face, hiding infidelities and guilt over Waru’s death. Written & Directed by – Casey Kaa, Lead actress – Roimata Fox
Mihi: A solo parent learns to listen to her children. Written & Directed by – Ainsley Gardiner, Lead actress – Ngapaki Moetara
Em: A young woman hits rock bottom and realises that the only way is up. Written & Directed by – Katie Wolfe, Lead actress – Awhina-Rose Ashby
Ranui: A kuia relinquishes Iwi pride in order that her mokopuna might find spiritual peace. Written & Directed by – Renae Maihi, Lead actress – Kararaina Rangihau
Kiritapu: A young wahine Māori reporter risks everything to set the story straight. Written & Directed by – Chelsea Cohen, Lead actress – Maria Walker
Mere: A teenage girl draws strength from her ancestors to expose her abuser. Written & Directed by – Paula Jones, Lead actress – Acacia Hapi
Titty & Bash: A woman risks life to break the cycle of violence. Written by – Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu Directed by – Awanui Simich-Pene, Lead actresses – Miriama McDowell & Amber Curreen
WARU CREDITS: Directed by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene. Written by: Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula