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Best Summer Ever

We have the shot in the arm you've been waiting for and it's not even a vaccine! BEST SUMMER EVER is part GREASE, part GLEE, and 100% unadulterated fun. Featuring eight infectious original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, BEST SUMMER EVER is the perfect way to shake off quarantine doldrums. AUDIO DESCRIPTION VERSION AVAILABLE
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:72
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.bestsummerevermovie.com/
Film Sponsor:Karen Ellenbecker
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Michael Parks Randa
Lauren Smitelli
Producer:Terra Mackintosh
Andrew Pilkington
Leah Romond
Jake Sharpless
Katie White
Screenwriter:Will Halby
Terra Mackintosh
Michael Parks Randa
Andrew Pilkington
Lauren Smitelli
Cinematographer:Chris Westlund
Editor:Sam Adelman
Frank Snider
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Best Summer Ever - AUDIO DESCRIPTION VERSION

We have the shot in the arm you've been waiting for and it's not even a vaccine! BEST SUMMER EVER is part GREASE, part GLEE, and 100% unadulterated fun. Featuring eight infectious original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, BEST SUMMER EVER is the perfect way to shake off quarantine doldrums. AUDIO DESCRIPTION VERSION AVAILABLE
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:72
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.bestsummerevermovie.com/
Film Sponsor:Karen Ellenbecker
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Michael Parks Randa
Lauren Smitelli
Producer:Terra Mackintosh
Andrew Pilkington
Leah Romond
Jake Sharpless
Katie White
Screenwriter:Will Halby
Terra Mackintosh
Michael Parks Randa
Andrew Pilkington
Lauren Smitelli
Cinematographer:Chris Westlund
Editor:Sam Adelman
Frank Snider
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Cowboys

COWBOYS stars the always great Steve Zahn as a troubled dad who goes on the lam with his trans son Joe after they realize their rural Montana hometown will never let Joe live as his authentic self. Filled with musings on identity, responsibility, and gorgeous Montana landscapes, COWBOYS will leave audiences with lots to think about after the credits roll.
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
GenreQueer
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com/cowboys/
Film Sponsor:John and Jean DiMotto
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Anna Kerrigan
Producer:Chris Parker
Dylan Sellers
Anna Kerrigan
Gigi Graff
Screenwriter:Anna Kerrigan
Cinematographer:John Wakayama Carey
Editor:Jarrah Gurrie
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Freeland

Krisha Fairchild returns to MFF as Devi, an aging flower child who gets pulled down to earth after her under-the-table California weed farm is caught without a legal permit. Time is against her as she races to salvage her harvest before her business and way of life becomes a thing of the past. This refreshing character study plays as a companion piece to NOMADLAND, through both spirit and dreamy cinematography.
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:80
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.freelandfilm.com/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kate McLean
Mario Furloni
Producer:Laura Heberton
Screenwriter:Mario Furloni
Kate McLean
Cinematographer:Mario Furloni
Editor:Christopher Donlon
Sara Newens
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Hijo de Monarcas (Son of Monarchs)

Having grown up in Michoacán, Mexico enchanted by the monarch butterfly, Mendel is now a biologist living in New York, studying the insects. Returning to Mexico after the death of his grandmother he confronts his past and reflects on his new identity. Like the butterfly, he undergoes his own metamorphosis. HIJO DE MONARCAS blends science, nature, and folk religion into a narrative that manages to be both grand and personal at the same time.
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
American Independents
Worldviews
Release Year:2021
Runtime:97
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Mexico
United States
Original Language:Spanish
English
Subtitles:English
Website:https://sonofmonarchs.com/
Film Sponsor:Judith McGregor and Richard Gallun
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alexis Gambis
Producer:Abraham Dayan
Maria Altamirano
Screenwriter:Alexis Gambis
Cinematographer:Alejandro Mejía
Editor:Èlia Gasull Balada
Alexis Gambis
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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I Was a Simple Man

A haunting meditation on death, I WAS A SIMPLE MAN follows the final days of Masao as he reflects on his life spent on the north shore of Oahu. He is cared for by his estranged grandchildren and comforted by the specter of his dearly departed wife, played with care by the always wonderful Constance Wu. Director Christopher Makoto Yogi cements himself as a promising voice in American independent cinema with his poetic and lush filmmaking style.
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:100
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.nahwave.com/simpleman
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Christopher Makoto Yogi
Producer:Sarah S. Kim
Christopher Makoto Yogi
Matthew Petock
Yamato Cibulka
Screenwriter:Christopher Makoto Yogi
Cinematographer:Eunsoo Cho
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Love Like Winter

Dr. Artel Great’s debut film is a romantic drama set in Chicago that focuses on two former lovers who cross paths and reconnect for the first time in a decade. Over the course of a magical winter afternoon, they relive old memories that open the path to rediscover the chemistry they once shared. This is the first installment in THE LOVE CYCLE series, a contemporary take on romance and what it really means to fall in love.
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:70
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Artel Great
Producer:Artel Great
Screenwriter:Artel Great
Cinematographer:Edwin Chen
Editor:Artel Great
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Ludi

With an understated performance by Shein Mompremier, LUDI is about a woman pushed to her physical and emotional limits as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. Working as a nurse, she receives regular updates (and requests for money) from her family while battling coworkers for extra overtime. Writer/director Edson Jean draws from his mother’s immigration experience to tell a tale that is personal, amusing, and inspiring.
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:80
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Edson Jean
Producer:Mark Pulaski
Fabiola Rodriguez
Screenwriter:Edson Jean
Joshua Jean-Baptiste
Cinematographer:Juan Camilo Barriga
Editor:Jonathan Cuartas
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Ma Belle, My Beauty

Musicians Bertie and Fred are settling into their new life in provincial France when a blast from their past arrives to shake things up: their former polyamorous partner, Lane. The arrival of Lane reignites old passions and opens up old wounds as the three try to find themselves in the gorgeous French countryside. Featuring a mesmerizing soundtrack, MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY is a refreshing take on the complexities and dramas of polyamorous relationships.
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
GenreQueer
Worldviews
Release Year:2021
Runtime:93
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
France
Original Language:English
French
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.marionhillvisuals.com/feature-film.html
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Marion Hill
Producer:Ben Matheny
Kelsey Scult
Marion Hill
Screenwriter:Marion Hill
Cinematographer:Lauren Guiteras
Editor:Marion Hill
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Potato Dreams of America

This autobiographical tale from writer-director Wes Hurley follows a single mother and her young gay son living in the Soviet Union. Their obsession with pirated Hollywood movies leads them to emigrate to the US through a mail-order bride service, but when they arrive things do not go as expected. Featuring a vividly artificial style, POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA is a hilarious coming out film unlike anything you’ve seen.
Film Info
Program Category:GenreQueer
American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:95
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://potatodreamfilm.com
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Wes Hurley
Producer:Wes Hurley
Mischa Jakupcak
Screenwriter:Wes Hurley
Cinematographer:Vincent Pierce
Editor:Annette Davey
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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See You Then

A decade after their breakup, transgender woman Kris meets up with her cisgender ex Naomi to catch-up. What begins as a casual conversation about their lives quickly becomes an unraveling of past hang-ups, unresolved issues, and personal discovery. A rare drama that examines the messiness of trans experiences from the perspective of a trans filmmaker, SEE YOU THEN explores how transitioning is a life-saving miracle, but doesn’t magically resolve all of your problems. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:GenreQueer
American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:74
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mari Walker
Producer:Matt Miller
Mari Walker
Mia Schulman
Kristen Uno
Screenwriter:Kristen Uno
Mari Walker
Cinematographer:Jordan T. Parrott
Editor:Mari Walker
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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The End Of Us

Nick and Leah have just broken up. Leah feels good about the decision until she pulls into her deserted work parking lot and finds out that everyone is working from home indefinitely. Why? Because it's March 2020 and they broke up the day before quarantine. THE END OF US is a time capsule filled with humor and pathos, that's sure to make audiences feel validated about whatever 2020 may have thrown at them.
Film Info
Program Category:American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:92
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Henry Loevner
Steven Kanter
Producer:Steven Kanter
Henry Loevner
Lovell Holder
Claudia Restrepo
Screenwriter:Steven Kanter
Henry Loevner
Cinematographer:Steven Kanter
Henry Loevner
Editor:Steven Kanter
Henry Loevner
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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The Inheritance

Filmmaker Ephraim Asili references his own experiences in a Black liberation collective to offer this story about a community of young Black artists and activists in a West Philadelphia house. He combines fiction and documentary conventions in the tradition of Jean-Luc Godard's LA CHINOISE to show how the history of the MOVE organization and the poetry of Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker inform what they seek to accomplish in this space. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
American Independents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:100
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://grasshopperfilm.com/film/the-inheritance/
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ephraim Asili
Producer:Vic Brooks
Ephraim Asili
Screenwriter:Ephraim Asili
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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Women is Losers

Celina Guerrera (Lorenza Izzo) is a good Catholic girl growing up in 60’s San Francisco. She’s bright and full of potential until an unintended pregnancy alters her life and forces her to confront a system that too often leaves minorities and single mothers behind. Named for a Janis Joplin song, Lissette Feliciano’s feature debut is a fresh and timely look at radical feminism through the lens of culture, class, and identity.
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
American Independents
Release Year:2021
Runtime:84
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Pre-header:Fiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lissette Feliciano
Producer:Andrea Chung
Screenwriter:Lissette Feliciano
Cinematographer:Farhad Ahmed Dehlvi
Editor:Joe D'Augustine
John-Michael Powell
Thu, May 6 12:00 PM
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