The DocYard Winter Season

A new season of The DocYard begins January 14th, returning every other Monday through April 22nd.

Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, this bi-weekly film and discussion series is held at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA every other Monday through the season. At these events, documentary audiences and makers gather to be introduced to new films and filmmakers, and connect with one another.

Founded and operated by Sarah Archambault (LEF Foundation),
Ben Fowlie (Camden International Film Festival), and Sean Flynn (Principle Pictures) – The DocYard creates a unique atmosphere for the appreciation of documentary films- screening new and engaging works that are often still making the festival rounds, and rarely screened classics. The Center for Independent Documentary is proud to work with The DocYard and to bring these films to you.  Hope to see you there!

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The DocYard Winter Schedule: Screenings start at 7:00 PM, followed by a Q&A.
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Schedule and Info on the films: thedocyard.com



January 14 – BETTING THE FARM / Dir. Jason Mann & Cecily Pingree
A group of Maine dairy farmers – dropped by their national milk company – launch their own milk company in a bid to save their farms.

Featured short: FLYING / Dir. Eric Gulliver
January 28 – ONLY THE YOUNG / Dir. Elizabeth Mims & Jason Tippett
Only the Young is the story of the children that inhabit a small desert town in Southern California – a town dominated by foreclosed homes and underpasses, unfilled swimming pools and skate parks.

Featured short: THE VOYAGERS / Dir. Penny Lane
February 11 – EL HUASO / Dir. Carlo Guillermo Proto
Struggling with short-term memory loss, Gustavo has retired from his business and finds some solace in his homeland of Chile by pursuing a childhood dream – competing as a “huaso” in rodeos. Struggling with short-term memory loss, Gustavo has retired from his business and finds some solace in his homeland of Chile by pursuing a childhood dream – competing as a “huaso” in rodeos.

Featured short: SANJIBAN / Dir. Ben Pender-Cudlip
February 25 – CALL ME KUCHU / Dir. Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax-Wright
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.

Featured short: PARAISO / Dir. Nadav Kurtz
March 11 – Planet of the Snail / Dir. Seung-Jun Yi
Young-Chan comes from the Planet of the Snail. Dwellers of this planet are deaf and blind, and call themselves ‘snails’ because they rely only on their tactile senses. When he was desperate, an angel walked into his life. Soon-Ho is his wife, his soul mate, and a window and bridge to the world for him.

Featured short: INTO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE / Dir. Anna Frances Ewert
March 25 – THE INFORMANT / Dir. Jaime Meltzer
Informant constructs a portrait of Brandon Darby, the FBI informant largely responsible for the imprisonment of two youths following the 2008 Republican National Convention, who was once a charismatic activist mythologized by the American Left for his daredevil aid work in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Featured short: GOLD PARTY / Dir. Nellie Kluz
April 8 – RICKY ON LEACOCK / Dir. Jane Weiner
Ricky Leacock was a director and cinematographer known for being one of the pioneers of cinema vérité. In this intimate portrait of Ricky as artist, teacher, and man; filmmaker and former Leackcok-student Jane Weiner mixes footage she’s shot over 38 years with  never-seen-before segments from Ricky’s personal archive.

Featured short: TBD shorts by Ricky Leacock
April 22nd – An Evening With Localore
Localore, a new initiative produced by AIR (Association of Independents in Radio), has a goal of transforming public media. 10 Producers, in collaboration with their local station radio and television incubators, will focus their ingenuity on blending digital and traditional broadcast tools and platforms to expand the reach of public media in local communities. These collaborations are experimenting in new ways to tell stories and understand the human condition through the work of journalists, artists, and communities

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