First Wave of 2016 Films Announced

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To help celebrate our March Madness deals, we’re thrilled to announce five films screening at this year’s festival:

52ae7034-bc2c-4f55-b8cf-9afa962a9aa01. I AM THE BLUES directed by Daniel Cross
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

2. RAIDERS! directed by Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen
In 1981, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set our to remake their favorite film: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. With the help of all their friends, it took them seven years to complete in their basement. Except one scene, the airplane scene. Thirty years later, they set out to finally finish their fan film and full realize their childhood dream. This is the story behind the making of what is known as the greatest fan film ever made.

3. NICE PEOPLE directed by Anders Helgeson, Karin af Klintberg
In the crowd-pleasing tradition of Cool Runnings, NICE PEOPLE follows the first ever Somali 65f42741-6123-4e5e-b1f1-dbae6ebfaf16“bandy” team in their struggle to reach the World Championship in Siberia 2014. What is bandy? Think ice hockey, but with a long curved stick and bigger nets! The team lives and trains in Borlänge, Sweden, where this ragtag group of young men form the first-EVER Somali bandy team, as a way of integrating into their new community.

4. GAYBY BABY directed by Maya Newell
GAYBY BABY follows the lives of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with personal change, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids of same-sex families are at risk.

5. LONG ROAD HOME directed by Stephanie Volk
Alfie Zappacosta rose to fame in the 80’s as the leading man and face of ZAPPACOSTA, a staple of Canadian radio to this day. But it was only a matter of time before Alfie’s love/hate relationship with his career and fame came to a breaking point.


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