Forum staff reports, Published March 01 2009
Fargo Film Festival schedule
Here’s a list of some highlights on the festival’s lineup. Find a complete schedule at www.fargofilmfestival.org.
Pre-party, Silver Moon Supper Club, 5-6:45 p.m.
“Ice People,” 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and subjects from the documentary. The film follows NDSU scientists and students in Antarctica.
“In Rwanda we say ... The family that does not speak dies,” 8:45 p.m., looks at efforts at ethic reconciliation in Rwanda.
“The Greatest Silent Sport,” 10:15 a.m., best student documentary. Follows hikers on portions of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail.
“Beyond the Mesas,” 3:05 p.m., Native American Voices honorable mention. Chronicles the forced removal of the Hopi children to boarding schools.
“A Day Late in Oakland,”
7:15 p.m., best short documentary. A look at the death of journalist Chauncey Bailey and the organization implicated in his killing.
“One Water,” 7:45 p.m., honorable mention feature documentary. Filmed in 15 countries, this film looks at the meaning of water to humanity.
“æ,” 1:30 p.m., student film honorable mention. A lone detective follows his gut and his gun to solve a crime, with a mysterious symbol as his only clue.
“This is Me,” 3:40 p.m., student film honorable mention. A young man recounts his experiences of being bullied and how being an outsider made him a stronger person.
“Sita Sings the Blues,” 7 p.m., recipient of the Ruth Landfield Award. An 82-minute animated film about Sita, who is separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama.
“Good Looking,” 8:45 p.m., Native American Voices honorable mention. Tells of a struggling actress who has to decide between getting a part and maintaining her self-esteem.
“Moccasin Flats: Redemption,” 9:05 p.m., winner of best picture in Native American Voices category. Red does time for a crime he says he didn’t commit then returns home to a neighborhood on the verge of a gang war.
“… And the 7th Day, God Rocked,” 7 p.m., narrative feature honorable mention. Rockumentary about a Christian battle of the bands.
“Rabbit,” 8:40 p.m., animation honorable mention. Tells of lost innocence, greed and the random justice of nature.
“Mexican Standoff,” 8:55 p.m., winner of best music video. The technique is pencil on paper that was then scanned and composited digitally.
“Butterflies Die in the Snow,” 9 p.m., narrative short honorable mention. This comedy takes two filmmakers on a bizarre journey.
Numerous animated films, 10 a.m., note, these animated selections are not necessarily meant for children.
“Harvest Moon,” 7 p.m., best student narrative short. A husband and wife on the brink of divorce find themselves fighting for their love and life, when a group of burglars breaks into their palatial mansion.
Screening of best two-minute movie contest winner, 7:15 p.m.
“I Am So Proud of You,” 7:20 p.m., winner of best animated film. A look into the life of Bill, a stick figure who contemplates life lessons, family sagas, mental illness and more.
“Abel Raises Cain,” 7:45 p.m., documentary feature winner. A look into the life and “career” of media hoaxster Alan Abel. Followed by Q&A with Alan Abel.
“River,” 9:15 p.m., best narrative feature winner. When Stan and Roz meet, they nurture each other’s dreams and discover what is possible in friendship and in themselves.