Nathan Grossman’s cinéma verité feature I Am Greta and Garrett Bradley’s award-winning Time are among the feature and short documentaries to screen at the 2020 edition of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).
The full festival program, presented by non-fiction creative hub the Points North Institute, includes 30 features, three mid-length films and 27 shorts from 27 countries, with more than half of the feature films presented as major premieres. In addition, 55% of this year’s films are directed or co-directed by women, and 48% of films are directed by filmmakers of color.
For the full list of feature-length films playing at this year’s festival, click here.
“There’s no question this has been a challenging and strange year for independent filmmakers and film festivals, but the bold and creative ways in which these films were constructed, reminded us time and again that nothing has changed when it comes to the power of storytelling,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute, and founder of the Camden International Film Festival, in a statement. “We feel compelled to do all we can to ensure these imaginative and essential portraits of our world are experienced. The show must always find a way to go on.”
CIFF will launch its 16th annual edition with Garrett Bradley’s Time, which follows the intimate story of a wife fighting for the release of her husband, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Closing out the festival will be Nathan Grossman’s I Am Greta (pictured), Hulu’s latest feature documentary about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and her rise to prominence.
The festival will also present new work by documentary luminary Victor Kossakovsky (Gunda, chronicling the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens and a herd of cows) and Academy Award-winning directors Frederick Wiseman (City Hall, examining the inner workings of Boston government) and Steve James (City So Real, a complex portrait of contemporary Chicago).
Three films will also make their world premieres at the festival, including The Long Coast by Ian Cheney, which provides an artful portrait of seafolk and seafood producers along the coast of Maine; The Mystery of D.B. Cooper by John Dower, which takes a look at the greatest unsolved heist in American history; and Bicentenario by Pablo Álvarez Mesa, which charts Simon Bolivar’s liberation journey across Colombia on the 200th anniversary.
The digital event — taking place Oct. 1 to 12 — will see the launch of the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund and a new Points North partnership offering US$30,000 in funding for short documentaries.
The event will culminate with a special program to honor Indigenous People’s Day in partnership with Nia Tero and Big Sky Documentary Festival.
The 2020 edition of CIFF takes place virtually from Oct. 1-12, with an in-person experience occurring at CIFF’s recently constructed Shotwell Drive-In Theater in Rockport, Maine.
A complete list of the feature films screening at CIFF follows:
Hao Wu, Weixi Chen & Anonymous | USA, China | 2020
A SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Lisa Marie Malloy & JP Sniadecki | USA | 2020
A WORLD NOT OURS (screens as part of the Mahdi Fleifel retrospective) Mahdi Fleifel | UK, Lebanon, Denmark, United Arab Emirates | 2013
Three generations of a family live in exile in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
THE AMERICAN SECTOR
Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez | USA | 2 020
The American Sector takes viewers on a roadtrip to visit fragments of The Berlin Wall, scattered across the United States.
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING LEFT BEHIND
Katrine Philp | Denmark | 2020
Pablo Álvarez Mesa | Colombia, Canada | 2020
BOTTLED SONGS 1-4
Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee | USA, Germany, France | 2 020
Todd Chandler | USA | 2020
Frederick Wiseman | USA | 2020
CITY SO REAL (Episodes 1-4)
Steve James | USA | 2020
THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE
Iryna Tsilyk | Ukraine, Lithuania | 2020
FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor | USA | 2020
Victor Kossakovsky | Norway | 2020
I AM GRETA
Nathan Grossman | Sweden, France, USA | 2020
Jessica Earnshaw | USA | 2020
THIS LAND, OUR VOICES
Julia Thompson & Kevin Bay | USA | 2020
Cecilia Aldarondo | USA | 2020
THE LONG COAST
Ian Cheney | USA | 2020
David Osit | UK, USA, Palestine | 2020
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
Catarina Vasconcelos | Portugal | 2020
THE MYSTERY OF DB COOPER
John Dower | UK, USA | 2020
NIGHT SHOT (VISION NOCTURNA)
Carolina Moscoso Briceno | Chile | 2019
Leslie Lagier | Canada | 2019
David Byars | USA | 2020
Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed | Germany | 2020
SHADY RIVER (RÍO TURBIO)
Tatiana Mazú Gonzalez | Argentina | 2020
SONGS OF REPRESSION
Estephan Wagner & Marianne Hougen-Moraga | Denmark, Netherlands | 2020
THERE WILL BE NO MORE NIGHT
Eléonore Weber | France | 2020
THROUGH THE NIGHT
Loira Limbal | USA | 2020
Garrett Bradley | USA | 2020
TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE
Sky Hopinka | USA | 2020
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Hannah Jayanti | USA | 2020
Zeshawn Ali | USA | 2020
THE VIEWING BOOTH
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz | Israel | 2019
VOICES FROM THE BARRENS: NATIVE PEOPLE, BLUEBERRIES, AND SOVEREIGNTY
Nancy Ghertner | USA, Canada | 2020
Alex Winter | USA | 2020