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Aggie

Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund turns the lens on her own mother, art collector and philanthropist Agnes "Aggie" Gund. Through her dogged support of emerging artists - especially women and people of color - Aggie demonstrates the potential for collectors and benefactors to seek social justice, while also advocating vociferously for everyone to have access to the arts regardless of background. Inspiring and intimate, this portrait of a vanguard figure is not to be missed.
Film Info
Program Category:Art & Artists
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:92
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://strandreleasing.com/films/aggie/#:~:text=Aggie%20is%20a%20feature%2Dlength
Agnes%20%E2%80%9CAggie%E2%80%9D%20Gund's%20life.
Film Sponsor:Judith McGregor and Richard Gallun
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Director:Catherine Gund
Producer:Catherine Gund
Tanya Selvaratnam
Cinematographer:Catherine Gund
Rachel Lears
Karen Song
Editor:Gil Seltzer
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Ahead of the Curve

This entertaining and informative documentary tells the history of Curve, the best-selling lesbian lifestyle magazine ever published. Following the pioneering exploits of its founder, Franco Stevens, *Ahead of the Curve* charts the groundbreaking cultural impact that Curve had on lesbian politics and visibility. Curve broke new ground in centering the diversity of the lesbian experience, drawing attention to problems that persist to this day. Featuring appearances by lesbian royalty Melissa Etheridge and Lea DeLaria.
Film Info
Program Category:GenreQueer
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:95
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://curvemagmovie.com/
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Director:Jen Rainin
Producer:Rivkah Beth Medow
Cinematographer:Svetlana Cvetko
Clare Major
Editor:Jessica Congdon
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Coded Bias

Meet Joy Buolamwini, your new favorite superhero. Shalini Kantayya's sobering and gripping documentary plays like an episode of "Black Mirror" as we meet Buolamwini, an irrepressible "poet of code" who, while working at MIT, discovers deep inaccuracies in facial recognition technology when it encounters dark-skinned or female faces. She then sets out to do something about it, forming the "Algorithmic Justice League" to combat inequities in both who codes and how technology ought to be regulated.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
United Kingdom
China
South Africa
Original Language:English
Website:https://chickeneggpics.org/grantee/coded-bias/
Film Sponsor:Neroli Salon & Spa
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Director:Shalini Kantayya
Producer:Shalini Kantayya
Michael Beddoes
Screenwriter:Shalini Kantayya
Cinematographer:Steve Acevedo
Editor:Shalini Kantayya
Alexandra Gilwit
Zachary Ludescher
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Coming Clean

CENTERPIECE FILM *Coming Clean*, the latest from virtuoso documentarian Ondi Timoner, examines the opioid crisis from the inside, exploring the painful experiences of those in recovery and of policymakers working to undo the systems and industries that perpetuate - and even thrive off of - addiction. This timely documentary offers innovative solutions, while also exposing the uphill battle against the forces of corporate greed and deeply-held stigmas.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:110
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.comingcleanmovie.com/
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Director:Ondi Timoner
Producer:Ondi Timoner
Zach Bidner
Victoria Lenas
Alexandra Parker
Screenwriter:Ondi Timoner
Cinematographer:Ondi Timoner
Danny Grunes
Turner Jumonville
Editor:Ondi Timoner
Gary Pollak
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Down a Dark Stairwell

Documentarian Ursula Liang takes a new angle on police brutality, unpacking the murder of Akai Gurley, an unarmed Black man shot in a New York City public housing stairwell by police officer Peter Liang (no relation). The shooting and subsequent trial set in motion a bitter clash between two minoritized communities, with Chinese American and Black protestors each demanding equity in the eyes of the law and on the streets of the city. WISCONSIN ONLY; AVAILABLE THROUGH 10/18
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cantonese
Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles:English
Website:https://chickeneggpics.org/grantee/down-a-dark-stairwell/
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Director:Ursula Liang
Producer:Rajal Pitroda
Chanelle Aponte-Pearson
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Epicentro

Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize, *Epicentro* is an immersive and thought-provoking documentary about Cuba through an affectionate cinephile lens. Over its history, Cuba has been influenced time and again by imperialist forces. Director Hubert Sauper posits that the very act of filmmaking can be an imperialist act and interrogates these influences with "remarkable fluidity and gracefulness that's consistently engaging and surprising." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:108
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Cuba
Original Language:English
Spanish
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/4165
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Director:Hubert Sauper
Producer:Martin Marquet
Daniel Marquet
Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Paolo Calamita
Screenwriter:Hubert Sauper
Cinematographer:Hubert Sauper
Editor:Yves Deschamps
Hubert Sauper
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Finding Yingying

Chinese botany grad student Zhang Yingying arrived at the University of Illinois in April 2017. By June, she had disappeared. One part true crime and one part elegy, Yingying's former classmate Jiayan "Jenny" Shi reconstructs Yingying's homesick, tentative days in Illinois in this feature debut. Using her diary as a guide, Shi hopes not only to find some semblance of justice for a truly horrific crime, but also to capture the spirit lost.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:98
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
China
Original Language:English
Chinese
Subtitles:English
Website:http://www.findingyingying.com
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Director:Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Producer:Jenny Shi
Brent E. Huffman
Diane Moy Quon
Cinematographer:Jenny Shi
Shilin Sun
Editor:John Farbrother
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Landfall

A conversation between a filmmaker and an activist sets the stage for a deeper exploration into the challenges Puerto Rico has faced, from the landfall of Hurricane Maria to the efforts to oust Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. This captivating documentary weaves intersecting storylines that chronicle how the hurricane's aftermath has affected the country’s residents in rural and urban spaces, as well as those who seek to capitalize off of the island’s tragedy.
Film Info
Program Category:Cine Sin Fronteras
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:91
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Spanish
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.landfallfilm.com/
Film Sponsor:Associated Bank
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Director:Cecilia Aldarondo
Producer:Ines Hofmann Kanna
Cecilia Aldarondo
Cinematographer:Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Editor:Terra Jean Long
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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malni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

At once otherworldly and familiar, this film follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier's wanderings as they contemplate the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, their stories depart from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape. MFF alum Sky Hopinka returns with this feature debut, allowing the viewer to also wonder and wander as we question humanity's place alongside and within the natural world.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2019
Runtime:82
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
chinuk wawa
Subtitles:English
chinuk wawa
Website:http://www.skyhopinka.com/mani-towards-the-ocean-towards-the-shore
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Director:Sky Hopinka
Producer:Sky Hopinka
Screenwriter:Sky Hopinka
Cinematographer:Sky Hopinka
Editor:Sky Hopinka
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Legendary neurologist and storyteller Oliver Sacks redefined our understanding of the human brain, exploring previously unknown facets of the mind. This documentary explores the life and work of Sacks, documenting his struggles with drug addiction, homophobia, and the prejudiced medical establishment that ignored his work for years. *Oliver Sacks: His Own Life* is an intimate portrait of one of the most enigmatic scientific figures of our time. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2019
Runtime:114
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/oliversackshisownlife
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Director:Ric Burns
Producer:Leigh Howell
Bonnie Lafave
Kathryn Clinard
Cinematographer:Buddy Squires
Editor:Chih Hsuan Liang
Tom Patterson
Li-Shin Yu
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Personhood

Jo Ardinger's moving documentary explores the national impact of personhood legislation, which establishes rights for unborn fetuses often over those of the woman carrying the child. Centered in this film is the emotional legal saga of Medford, Wisconsin, resident Tammy Loertscher, whose attempts to improve her mental and physical health upon discovering her pregnancy land her in protective custody. Her fetus is given a lawyer, but she is not granted one.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2019
Runtime:80
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Film Sponsor:Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
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Director:Jo Ardinger
Producer:Jo Ardinger
Rosalie Miller
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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Softie

Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, *Softie* follows brazen and inspiring Kenyan photojournalist-turned-activist Boniface "Softie" Mwangi as he turns to a political run as a way to continue his pursuit of justice for all. Soko's documentary deftly provides a long-term view of hope in the face of corruption, though it also reveals that speaking truth to power is a hard-fought battle with few clear wins along the way.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:96
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Kenya
Original Language:English
Swahili
Gikuyu
Subtitles:English
Website:http://icarusfilms.com/if-softie
Film Sponsor:Chris and Rick Lane
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Director:Sam Soko
Producer:Sam Soko
Toni Kamau
Screenwriter:Sam Soko
Cinematographer:Joel "Ingo" Ngui
Sam Soko
Chris Rhys Howarth
Editor:Mila Aung-Thwin
Sam Soko
Ryan Mullins
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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STAGE: The Culinary Internship

Abby Ainsworth follows 30 young chefs, selected from over 1,500 applicants across the globe to intern in the kitchen at Mugaritz, a renowned molecular gastronomy restaurant nestled in the hills of Basque country, under the discerning eye of its founder. Witnessing this experience, known as a “stage” in the culinary world, reveals the pressures and challenges facing the next generation of rockstar chefs as they develop their inspiration, creativity, and technical skills.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2019
Runtime:78
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:Canada
Original Language:English
Website:https://cargofilm-releasing.com/films/stage-the-culinary-internship/
Film Sponsor:Milwaukee Magazine
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Director:Abby Ainsworth
Producer:Abby Ainsworth
Lindsay Kutner
Screenwriter:Abby Ainsworth
Cinematographer:Ben Ainsworth
Editor:Jordan Kawai
Nicolas Kleiman
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Capote Tapes

Famed socialite author Truman Capote is at the center of this riveting documentary that sheds new light on the final days and works of one of America’s towering literary figures. Based on newly discovered interviews conducted by The Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton, *The Capote Tapes* examines Capote’s unfinished final novel, which caused a scandal when published excerpts exposed the secrets of a Manhattan social aristocracy that had adopted Capote as its own. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Art & Artists
Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2019
Runtime:98
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Website:https://greenwichentertainment.com/film/the-capote-tapes/
Film Sponsor:Don and Barbara Layden
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Director:Ebs Burnough
Producer:Zara Akester
Holly Whiston
Ebs Burnough
Lawrence Elman
Screenwriter:Holly Whiston
Ebs Burnough
Cinematographer:Antonio Rossi
Editor:Allen Charlton
David Charap
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Dilemma of Desire

This funny and provocative documentary challenges the double standards of women’s sexuality. Women’s bodies are used to sell practically everything, but women’s actual desires are ignored and demonized. Following four pioneering women in the fight for “cliteracy," *The Dilemma of Desire* features a neuroscientist, an artist, a medical doctor, and an industrial designer of vibrators as they fight against male-dominated medical biases that shortchange the power of the clitoris and its role in sexual pleasure.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:108
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.dilemmaofdesiredoc.com/
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Director:Maria Finitzo
Producer:Maria Finitzo
Cynthia Kane
Diane Quon
Cinematographer:Hillary Bachelder
Bing Liu
Adam Singer
Keith Walker
Editor:Liz Kaar
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Disrupted

Weaving together three stories about work in the 21st century, *The Disrupted* follows a laid-off union factory worker in Ohio, a rideshare driver in Florida, and a fifth-generation farmer in Kansas, all struggling to cling to the American dream. Filmed in 2017, the film loses no force in 2020, and these characters never lose hope, inspiring the viewer to look for innovative approaches to ending income inequality in our own community.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:90
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:https://thedisruptedfilm.com/
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Director:Sarah Colt
Josh Gleason
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Donut King

Meet the Donut King: Ted Ngoy, a vivacious 77-year-old Cambodian refugee who found the American dream in the center of a doughnut. Alice Gu's remarkable debut is a peppy character study of Ngoy, wrapped in a deeper look at the refugee population's proliferation of doughnut shops in Southern California. This film serves at once as a celebration of the doughnut and a testament to the tenacity of immigrants to remake their lives in America. WISCONSIN ONLY
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:94
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Chinese
Khmer
Subtitles:English
Website:https://www.thedonutkingfilm.com/
Film Sponsor:Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
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Pre-header:Documentary
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Director:Alice Gu
Producer:Farhad Amid
Alice Gu
Tom Moran
Jose Nunez
Screenwriter:Alice Gu
Carol Martori
Cinematographer:Alice Gu
Editor:Carol Martori
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Last Out

Because of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, aspiring ballplayers leave their country under dangerous circumstances to establish residency in South American countries. This documentary follows Happy, Carlos, and Victor, three Cuban baseball players who leave their families and risk exile in order to follow their dreams of playing in the major leagues. Hoping to sign multimillion-dollar contracts like José Abreu and Yasiel Puig, the three tenacious players risk everything in their drive for success.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:84
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Spanish
Subtitles:English
Film Sponsor:Ben Jackson
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Director:Michael Gassert
Sami Khan
Producer:Michael Gassert
Jonathan Miller
Sami Khan
Screenwriter:Sami Khan
Cinematographer:Michael Gassert (Cinematographer)
Jonathan Miller
Editor:Carla Gutierrez
Mark Becker
Daniela I. Quiroz
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Reason I Jump

Based on Naoki Higashida's best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, director Jerry Rothwell takes the viewer inside the experience of autism spectrum disorder, using all the cinematic tools available to create a graceful sensory experience of neurodiverse life. Like *Notes on Blindness* (MFF2016), this Sundance audience award-winning film is not to be missed if you seek to gain humane, experiential understanding of those who experience our world through different sensory lenses.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:82
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United Kingdom
Original Language:English
Website:https://www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/4139
Film Sponsor:Karen Ellenbecker
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Director:Jerry Rothwell
Producer:Jeremy Dear
Stevie Lee
Screenwriter:Naoki Higashida
Cinematographer:Ruben Woodin Dechamps
Editor:David Charap
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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The Reunited States

Follow four Americans as they travel the country in an effort to bridge political division. From Susan Bro, reluctantly called to activism after losing daughter Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, to Milwaukeean Steven Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Project, they all seek to mend division and find the human bond that crosses the aisles of our partisan nation. This film is a balm before Election Day, reminding us that even within division, connection is possible.
Film Info
Program Category:Documentary Festival Favorites
Release Year:2020
Runtime:82
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Website:http://www.reunitedstates.tv
Film Sponsor:Patti Keating Kahn and Chuck Kahn
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Director:Ben Rekhi
Producer:Sol Tryon
Thu, Oct 15 4:00 PM
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