FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON Screening in Los Angeles October 29th

At Laemmle North Hollywood  - 7-night theatrical run

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Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Genre: Documentary

"This is the most important film I've ever worked on."
-actress/activist Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish)

A documentary by Jason Pollock
Narrated by Jenifer Lewis
Produced by Malcolm D. Lee

On January 11th, 2013, Kendrick Johnson was found dead in his high school gymnasium rolled up in a gym mat. The state of Georgia ruled his death as an accident, having died from positional asphyxia. When the family hired their own Forensic Pathologist, not only did he find KJ’s organs missing from his body during the autopsy, he determined the cause of death to be from non-accidental blunt force trauma. To this day, no one knows where KJ’s organs have gone.. So what really happened to KJ?

FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON is the feature documentary product of a 4-year undercover investigation into the facts of this case. From the creator of 'Stranger Fruit', this new documentary hopes to shed light on one of the most important American stories of our time.

Told through the eyes of KJ's family and close friends, Narrated by Hollywood legend, Jenifer Lewis, Directed by 'Stranger Fruit' creator, Jason Pollock, with an amazing team of Producers including Actor Hill Harper, and Space Jam 2 Director Malcolm D. Lee, FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON shares this truly historic, heartbreaking, and unbelievable story with the world for the first time.

“The case of Kendrick Johnson is one the most important cases in U.S. history,” says writer/director Jason Pollock. “KJ deserves justice, and hopefully our film will help his family get one step closer to that outcome.”

"This is the most important film I've ever worked on,” says actor and activist Jenifer Lewis. “What this family has gone through is unspeakable but we must speak it so the public knows the truth. Jason has done a brilliant job on this vital story of injustice.”

FINDING KENDRICK JOHNSON is now available on digital and video on demand and will be heading to theaters nationwide this October. (Screening schedule below)

VOD Platforms: https://linktr.ee/findingkendrickjohnson

Second Life Introduces Virtual Screening Events With Film Threat

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Second Life Introduces Virtual Screening Events With Film Threat

Monthly Event Line-up Includes Corona Zombies, Insert Coin and I Am Santa Claus

San Francisco and Los Angeles – Monday, October 25, 2021 – Second Life, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Research, Inc. (“Linden Lab”), and Film Threat, the leading independent film news and review site, today announced that they have partnered to create a virtual Film Threat event space to host upcoming screenings and filmmaker panels inside Second Life. The space was first revealed back in July for backers of Chris Gore’s upcoming Attack of the Doc documentary as part of an exclusive sneak peek.

The first three such events have also been announced, with the comedy horror film Corona Zombies slated for October; the behind-the-scenes story of Midway Games documentary, Insert Coin, in November; and the I Am Santa Claus documentary following five professional Santa’s, scheduled for December. Each event, which will generally occur on the third Thursday of each month, will feature a screening of portions of the film and discussions with the filmmakers.

“We’re amazed at how Linden Lab was able to bring the spirit of Film Threat to life in this virtual space and thrilled that we’ll be able to conduct screenings and other special events in a whole new way,” said Chris Gore, founder of Film Threat. “It’s our hope to grow this venue and events to engage with Film Threat and indie film fans around the world.”

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Film Threat inside Second Life features…

● A virtual event venue with spaces for screening, gatherings, food trucks, and more

● Panels with leading filmmakers, actors, Film Threat critics, and host Chris Gore

● Film Threat-branded exclusive collectible merchandise

● Collectible and exclusive film-specific virtual merchandise for each event.

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"We're delighted to partner with Film Threat, one of the longest-running and most passionate sites covering indie films today,” said Brad Oberwager, chairman of Linden Lab. “In Second Life, film fans can now get together safely in a shared virtual space to celebrate their fandom, watch movies, and interact directly with creators. Along with our recent collaborations with the NFL Alumni Association and Zenescope, this partnership continues our work with entertainment brands to showcase the emotional power and exciting possibilities of immersive, social experiences in the metaverse."

Corona Zombies (2020, Full Moon Features) – Thursday, October 28, 11 AM to 2 PM PT

Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Corona Zombies stars Cody Renee Cameron as Barbie, a woman who finds herself facing an outbreak of zombies infected by a coronavirus. Comprised largely of dubbed and repurposed film clips mixed together with real-world news footage, Corona Zombies is maniacal zombie exploitation at its best. Chris Gore will be joined by co-producer Bill Butler, and cast members Cody Renee Cameron, Alex Skuby, and Robin Sydney.

Insert Coin (2020, Ten Point Oh Films) – Thursday, November 18

Insert Coin is the behind-the-scenes oral history of Midway Way Games. Led by Eugene Jarvis and a ragtag group of friends, the company pioneered the concept of live-action gaming, kickstarting a new arcade boom and grossing billions of dollars in the process. Chris Gore will be joined by director Joshua Y Tsui

I Am Santa Claus (2014, Double Windsor Films) – Thursday, December 16

The I Am Santa Claus documentary follows five real-bearded professional Santa Clauses to find out what the rest of the year is like for a man who perpetually looks like Jolly Saint Nick. Chris Gore will be joined by director Tommy Avallone.

New Film Threat screenings and events are planned for the third Thursday of every month. For additional information, please visit https://second.life/filmthreat.

About Film Threat

Film Threat is a leading independent film site and podcast that features news, reviews, filmmaker interviews, festival coverage, DIY how-tos, special screening events, weekly watch parties, and more. Originally launched as a fanzine in 1985, by co-founders Chris Gore and Andre Seewood, Film Threat grew into a national publication following its acquisition by Larry Flynt Publications in 1991. The site first launched in 1996 and the magazine was shuttered in 1997. The site as it appears today was relaunched in 2017, again under the helm of Gore and with the mission to champion up-and-coming filmmakers, exactly 32 years after Film Threat’s debut. For more information, please visit filmthreat.com.

About Second Life

Second Life, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab, is the groundbreaking virtual world enjoyed by millions around the globe. First launched in 2003, Second Life has since gone on to boast nearly two billion user creations and a vibrant $500 million (USD) economy. Founded in 1999, Linden Lab creates social platforms and licensed money services that empower people to create, share, and benefit from virtual experiences. For more about Linden Lab, its products, and career opportunities, visit its website.

 

YOUNG PLATO ‘S World Premiere at DOC NYC 2021

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Young Plato- Kevin With Students (Photo Credit: Soilsiu Films)
Young Plato- Kevin With Students (Photo Credit: Soilsiu Films)

YOUNG PLATO (Section: International Competition)

WORLD PREMIERE
Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáín (School Life) and Declan McGrath
Producer: David Rane
Running Time: 1hour 42 Minutes
Language: English
Country: Ireland (Feature Documentary)

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An inspiring documentary from the filmmakers of School Life, YOUNG PLATO charts the dream of maverick, Elvis-loving school headmaster Kevin McArevey who is determined to turn the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. The all-boys primary school in post-conflict Belfast’s Ardoyne, Northern Ireland, becomes a hot house for questioning violence, as the headmaster sends his young wards home each day armed with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers. The boys challenge their parents and neighbors to forsake the prejudice that has kept this low-level civil war on the boil for decades. YOUNG PLATO hums with the confidence of youth, a tribute to the power of the possible.

Neasa Ní Chianáín (Director) is one of Ireland's most established documentary talents. She has directed nine documentaries (four feature length) and one TV series. Recent films include the award-winning ‘Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie,’ ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu,’ and 'The Stranger,' which screened at the 67th Locarno Film Festival.

Her last film, 'In Loco Parentis' (aka 'School Life'), has been a world-wide success, premiering in competition at both IDFA 2016 and Sundance 2017. 'School Life' won the Special Jury Prize in the Golden Gate Awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, and an Audience Award (Prix du Public) at Visions du Réel in Nyon. Neasa was also chosen to take part in the Sydney Film Festival's 'Europe! Voices of Women in Film,' which selected 10 of Europe's most promising women directors.

Neasa is currently in post-production on a new feature documentary, 'The Alexander Complex’ and has recently completed 'Young Plato' which will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC 2021.

Declan McGrath (Director) is a fllmmaker whose recent credits include the award-winning 'Lomax in Éirinn ' (TG4) and 'Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Europe '(RTE, BBC). He has written two books on the craft of filmmaking (Screencraft: Editing & Post Productions and Screencraft: Scriptwriting), both translated into five languages. He is also a regular contributor to the New York film journal, Cineaste.

His credits as a director include the acclaimed: 'Lomax in Éirinn,' which screened at festivals worldwide, 'My Struggle For Life,' 'Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond,' 'Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Europe' and 'Women Of The Oireachtas.' His most recent film 'Young Plato' will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC 2021.

His credits as a producer include: 'The Occupation,' which was nominated for the New York Festivals Film and TV Awards in 2018.

Declan also directed the TV series 'Seinn Liom' and 'Cad É An Scéal' (BBC) and has worked as an editor for over twenty-five years, cutting numerous award-winning dramas and documentaries.

DOC NYC Link to buy tickets:
https://www.docnyc.net/film/young-plato/

@DOCNYCfest #docnyc

PR CONTACT:
Emma Griffiths (EG-PR)
emma@eg-pr.com
www.eg-pr.com

SALES CONTACT:
Autlook Filmsales
Salma Abdalla
welcome@autlookfilms.com

An inspiring documentary from the filmmakers of School Life, YOUNG PLATO charts the dream of maverick, Elvis-loving school headmaster Kevin McArevey who is determined to turn the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. The all-boys primary school in post-conflict Belfast’s Ardoyne, Northern Ireland, becomes a hot house for questioning violence, as the headmaster sends his young wards home each day armed with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers. The boys challenge their parents and neighbors to forsake the prejudice that has kept this low-level civil war on the boil for decades. YOUNG PLATO hums with the confidence of youth, a tribute to the power of the possible.

Neasa Ní Chianáín (Director) is one of Ireland's most established documentary talents. She has directed nine documentaries (four feature length) and one TV series. Recent films include the award-winning ‘Frank Ned & Busy Lizzie,’ ‘Fairytale of Kathmandu,’ and 'The Stranger,' which screened at the 67th Locarno Film Festival.

Her last film, 'In Loco Parentis' (aka 'School Life'), has been a world-wide success, premiering in competition at both IDFA 2016 and Sundance 2017. 'School Life' won the Special Jury Prize in the Golden Gate Awards at the San Francisco Film Festival, and an Audience Award (Prix du Public) at Visions du Réel in Nyon. Neasa was also chosen to take part in the Sydney Film Festival's 'Europe! Voices of Women in Film,' which selected 10 of Europe's most promising women directors.

Neasa is currently in post-production on a new feature documentary, 'The Alexander Complex’ and has recently completed 'Young Plato' which will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC 2021.

Declan McGrath (Director) is a fllmmaker whose recent credits include the award-winning 'Lomax in Éirinn ' (TG4) and 'Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Europe '(RTE, BBC). He has written two books on the craft of filmmaking (Screencraft: Editing & Post Productions and Screencraft: Scriptwriting), both translated into five languages. He is also a regular contributor to the New York film journal, Cineaste.

His credits as a director include the acclaimed: 'Lomax in Éirinn,' which screened at festivals worldwide, 'My Struggle For Life,' 'Tír Eoghain: The Unbreakable Bond,' 'Mary McAleese & The Man Who Saved Europe' and 'Women Of The Oireachtas.' His most recent film 'Young Plato' will have its World Premiere at DOC NYC 2021.

His credits as a producer include: 'The Occupation,' which was nominated for the New York Festivals Film and TV Awards in 2018.

Declan also directed the TV series 'Seinn Liom' and 'Cad É An Scéal' (BBC) and has worked as an editor for over twenty-five years, cutting numerous award-winning dramas and documentaries.

DOC NYC Link to buy tickets:
https://www.docnyc.net/film/young-plato/

@DOCNYCfest #docnyc

 

PR CONTACT:
Emma Griffiths (EG-PR)
emma@eg-pr.com
www.eg-pr.com

 

SALES CONTACT:
Autlook Filmsales
Salma Abdalla
welcome@autlookfilms.com

Addiction and Incarceration, When it Requires More Than Unconditional Love and Support

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Director, Producer, and Cinematographer: Jessica Earnshaw
Featuring: Jacinta Hunt, Rosemary
Genre: Documentary
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes

Jessica Earnshaw directorial debut 'JACINTA' captures the gripping and heartbreaking story of Jacinta Hunt, who, along with her mother, Rosemary, is incarcerated and still struggling with their childhood traumas and a brutal life of addiction.

Jacinta's uphill battle of addiction is not helped by her life long addiction to her mother that  leads her to follow in Rosemary's footsteps.

Watching three generations, Jacinta, her mother Rosemary and her daughter Caylynn struggle with the emotional trauma and toll that comes with addiction tugs at the heart and makes you cheer them on, hoping for their success.

Jacinta and Rosemary at Maine Correctional Center, 2016. 
Photo © Jessica Earnshaw.

Jacinta's daughter Caylynn, who appears to be wiser of the three, asks her mom, "can I finally have what I want?"

What she wants, what any child would want, is to be a priority in thier parent's life.
Just some basic consistancing in the relationshop. Is that too much for a child to ask?

Jacinta's addiction and its affect are not isolated to her, her mother and daughter. Her dad, brothers, brother's
girlfriend and Caylynn's paternal grandparents, all struggle with the damage caused by drug addiction and incarceration.

The scenes of Jacinta's and her mother's life, in real time, in prison is a stark reminder is not a joke, this has life and death
consequences. 'Scared straight' moments to be sure.

Editor George O'Donneldoes a great job of connecting the lives of Jacinta and her family over the 3-years of filming the documentary.

JACINTA shows the value and imporatance of addicts having unconditionaly love and support from their love ones yet
it also shows the importance of the will of each individual addict in their recovery that is needed to go along that it requires more than recovery. But often times the love and support giving to an addict is just not ant.
It shows the importance of doing what is in the best interest of the child and not just what one of the parents or
child

JACINTA is a good film about a subject matter that sheds light on the human toll of addictions and the past childhood trauma
so many people struggle with by self-medicating.

A Hulu Original Documentary
Production Companies: Artemis Rising Foundation, Impact Partners, Lunamax Films, Shot Glass Productions,
Women Makes Movies, Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Featuring: Jacinta Hunt, Rosemary, Shaun, Lucky
Director, Writer and Cinematographer: Jessica Earnshaw
Music: Gil Talmi
Editor: George O'Donnell

‘ALL MY PUNY SORROWS’ Screening at TIFF 2021

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Director and Writer: Michael McGowan
Starring: Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon, Amybeth McNulty with Donal Logue and Mare Winningham
Country: Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes

'ALL MY PUNY SORROWS' TIFF 2021-SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS SECTION

All My Puny Sorrows

 

TIFF 2021- FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Press & Industry Screening 1- Friday, September 10, 2021- 1:00PM- digital TIFF Bell Lightbox Pro

Press & Industry Screening 2- Friday, September 10, 2021- 2:00PM- Scotiabank 3

Public Screening 1- Saturday, September 11, 2021- 5:30PM- Visa Screening Room, Princess of Wales Theatre

Public Screening 2- Sunday, September 12, 2021- 1:00PM- digital TIFF Bell Lightbox Pro

Public Screening 3- Thursday, September 16, 2021- 9:00PM- digital TIFF Bell Lightbox Pro

Public Screening 4- Friday, September 17, 2021- 7:00PM- Cinema 2

All My Puny Sorrows Filmmaker Michael McGowan
All My Puny Sorrows Filmmaker Michael McGowan

Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel, ALL MY PUNY SORROWS unexpectedly infuses wry humor into this heart-wrenching story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (Sarah Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (Alison Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself.

Michael McGowan is a film writer, director and producer known for tackling complex material with an effortless style. In his latest film, McGowan adapts the internationally acclaimed bestselling novel All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews.

McGowan’s previous film, Still Mine (2012) starring James Cromwell, was a New York Times critic pick. The film received accolades globally including sixCanadian Screen Award nominations, including Best Picture,in addition to Cromwell winningthe CSA for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

For the feature Score: A Hockey Musical (2010), McGowan served not only as producer, writer and director, but also as lyricist. It was the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival and took top prize at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival.

McGowan’s other award-winning features include One Week (2008) and the critically acclaimed Saint Ralph (2004).

Stronger For Life: Review

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Featuring: Ilaria Montagnani, Gabriella Montagnani, Elizabth Deluca, Omar Sandoval, Lorenzo Montagnani
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Ilaria Montagnani spent her adult life as a karate black belt and weapons expert trained in the art of Iaido, Japanese sword training, where her professional career was focused on health and physical fitness, when she is given the devastating news that she had breast cancer.

Using the same determination that motivated her to come to the United States as a 19-year old, non-English speaker and pursue her grueling career path, helped Ilaria to face the challenge of living with cancer. Helping her were Standing by Ilaria and giving her the much needed emotional support Gabriella Montagnani (Ilaria's mother, a homemaker), Elizabth Deluca (Powerstrike Master Instructor), Omar Sandoval (Powerstrike Master Instructor), Lorenzo Montagnani (Ilaria's brother)

Ilaria Montagnani expressed her belief that “When you develop the discipline to train your body and find the determination to do it
even when it’s hard, when it’s uncomfortable, and you push past that, you develop the mental strength to face life’s challenges.
Exercise makes you stronger for life.”

Stronger For Life provided a great example of how no one is exempt from the disease of cancer, it doesn't matter how well you eat, how many hours you exercise each day but taking care of yourself the best you can is of tremendous importance is you are ever faced such a diagnosis.

Editor Corey Florin does a good job of weaving life on two continents in telling Ilaira's story. Ched Tolliver's score fits right in with the film the high energy.

Stronger for Life is a compelling story of a breast cancer survivor journey that is enlightening.

Follow Stronger For Life:
Website: www.strongerforlife.film
Instagram: @strongerforlife.film

Production Co.: Gravitas Ventures
Executive Producers: Ilaria Montagnani, Leslie Rankow
Producer: Dahlia Waingort Guigui
Editor: Corey Florin
Consulting Producer: Federico Rosenzvit
Director of Photography: Noriko Sugiura
Music: Ched Tolliver

The 30th Anniversary Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) “Call for Entries”

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The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is gearing up to once again to take moviegoers on a cinematic world tour featuring U.S. and international film screenings with the announcement of its June 1, 2021 opening of its “Call for Entries.”

The 30th annual PAFF, the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival will be held on February 8-21, 2022 in Los Angeles and virtually throughout the world. Over the years, it has showcased films from all parts of the world, representing such countries as Angola, Nigeria, Jamaica, New Zealand, Rwanda, Canada, Mozambique, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Fiji, Mexico, the U.K., South Africa, England, Japan, France and of course, the United States. With the pulse on the international film market, PAFF has opened its audiences' minds and transported them to far-away places and back home again. “Over the years, filmmakers the world over have become more sophisticated in telling their stories,” says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming for PAFF. “In our ever-shrinking world, it is so important to understand the experiences and points of views of diverse peoples and cultures.”

Due to the pandemic, PAFF2021 was held virtually and enjoyed a global audience. But remaining true to our roots, PAFF plans to present a hybrid festival (both physical and virtual) with the majority portion of physical activities and all live-audience screenings being held physically in Los Angeles. In years past, PAFF has hosted live festivals with more than 40,000 people attended the film festival, which has long been a highly anticipated event in Los Angeles attended by local, national, and international guests.

PAFF accepts only online applications and submissions. Filmmakers wanting to submit to PAFF2022 can apply by going to the PAFF website www.paff.org and clicking on “Submit Film.” Filmmakers can also submit to The Pan African Film Festival directly through FilmFreeway.com or Festhome.com.

ELIGIBILITY: PAFF accepts applications for films and videos made by and/or about people of African descent. (Please note: the filmmaker need not be of African descent.) Preferably, films should depict positive and realistic images and can be of any genre — drama, comedy, horror, action/adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, historical/epic, etc. PAFF accepts features and shorts, both narrative and documentary.

COMPETITION:

The PAFF competition categories are: Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary (Short or Feature), Best Director — First Feature, Best Web Series, plus a variety of Audience Favorite Awards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, submitted films must be copyrighted no earlier than 2019. With the exception of Audience Favorite Awards, films are judged by industry professionals. In addition to competition awards, other programming and festival special prizes will be awarded.

SUBMISSION PERIODS:

Early Submissions: June 1 through July 5, 2021.

Regular Submissions: July 6-September 20, 2021.

Late Submissions: September 21- October 31, 2021.

Extended Late Submissions: November 1-December 1, depending on available space.

After December 2, the submitter must contact submissions@paff.org to obtain permission.

For submission instructions, information, fees, and registration kindly go to www.paff.org and click on “Submit a Film”; or email submissions@paff.org.

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Looking forward to its 30th Anniversary, the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada and increasingly Asia. In conjunction with its simultaneous Art Showcase, PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the US.

PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon”), the beloved Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and other creative expressions.

The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad range of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive and images, help to destroy negative stereotypes, and depict an expanded, realistic vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understandings and foster communications between people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serves as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our time.

For more information, please visit www.paff.org or email info@paff.org.

New Trailer AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA

AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA

A CRACKLE Original Movie -Premiering Exclusively on Crackle in the United States on Thursday, March 18th

Director: Aengus James (AMERICAN HARMONY, SCANDALOUS)
Writer:
Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language: English
Country: USA, Honduras

Official Selection: DOC NYC, Woodstock Film Festival and many more.

AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA tells the story of a son obsessed with capturing his father’s killer. Paul Lima has spent over a decade seeking justice for his slain father, Albert. Though convicted, Albert’s murderer has remained free in Honduras. After years of the legal system failing him, Paul takes the unorthodox step of hiring two bounty hunters to travel with him to Honduras to track down and capture his father’s killer. This riveting, and, at times, darkly comedic documentary explores both the importance of family and the dangers of taking the law into your own hands.

AENGUS JAMES is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. His recent works include SCANDALOUS (Magnolia, CNN, BBC), Undercover Billionaire (Discovery), and the GLAAD Media Award-winning I Am Jazz (TLC). Aengus began his career serving as Barry Levinson's cinematographer in POLIWOOD. AFTER THE MURDER OF ALBERT LIMA follows Aengus' directorial debut and IDA award nominated documentary comedy AMERICAN HARMONY. He has created and directed content for global brands and non-profits, and his work has received numerous honors including special recognition from the White House and the United Nations for raising awareness on issues including veterans' mental health and women's healthcare around the world. Aengus is the co-founder and head of This is Just a Test.

CRACKLE PLUS, A CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY

Crackle Plus owns and operates ad-supported VOD networks Crackle and Popcornflix and garners 50 million streams of its movies and TV shows per month, making it one of the largest AVOD streaming platforms in the U.S. Crackle Plus has over 80,000 hours of content available across all its networks, and premieres at least one original and one exclusive program each month, differentiating it from other AVODs. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSSE) owns Crackle Plus and also acquires and distributes video content through its Screen Media subsidiary and produces original long and short-form content through Landmark Studio Group, its Chicken Soup for the Soul Originals division and APlus.com. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a subsidiary of Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, which publishes the famous book series and produces super-premium pet food under the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand name.

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FINDING SALLY

A FILM BY TAMARA DAWIT

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Director and Writer: Tamara Dawit
Participants: Tsehai (Sally’s mother), Brutawit is Sally’s oldest sister and the Dawit family matriarch, Sally’s sister, Kibre,; and Sally’s sister, Menfie; Tsion, Abrehet (Sally’s mother-in-law)
Genre:  Documentary
Country: Canada
Language: English and Amharic version with English subtitles

A personal investigation into the mysterious life of the director’s aunt Sally, an Ethiopian aristocrat-turned-communist-rebel who disappeared during the Ethiopian Revolution.

Finding Sally tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour and landed on the military government’s most wanted list. She went underground and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally’s disappearance, Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her aunt Sally. She revisits the Ethiopian Revolution and the terrible massacre that followed, which resulted in nearly every Ethiopian family losing a loved one. Her quest leads her to question notions of belonging, personal convictions and political ideals at a time when Ethiopia is going through important political changes once again.

Tamara Dawit , “As a child, I grew up hearing elaborate stories about their childhoods from my vibrant Ethiopian aunts – tales about their grandmother helping the war effort against the Italians, meetings with fortune tellers, hitching in Europe, lavish cocktail parties, or sneaking out to go to the beach. The stories were pleasurable and exciting, painting a vision of a wonderful past. However, I could never decipher which stories were true and which ones had been spiced up with their typical Ethiopian romanticism. Lost in all their stories was Sally, a family member that no one ever mentioned to me. It wasn’t until my early 30s that I had stumbled upon a photo of Sally, but the family was hesitant to talk about her. Little by little, I managed to convince my grandmother and then my aunts to share Sally’s story.”

1970s, the autocratic regime of Haile Selassie became increasingly contested. A coalition of communist activists, students, workers and peasants started demanding a more democratic state through peaceful strikes and protests.

In 1974, the Emperor was overthrown by the military junta called “the Derg” – the “Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army.” Soon after, the Derg led by chief commander Mengistu Haile Mariam established an authoritarian military government. Anyone contesting his leadership became an “enemy of the state.”

In 1977, the Derg launched the “Red Terror,” a violent and repressive political campaign that led to mass imprisonments and assassinations. Anyone in disagreement with the Derg’s communist policies could face severe punishment. People would disappear without reason. Others would be tortured, or put in jail simply because they were related to a wanted person. Houses were searched. Perhaps most excruciating of all, mourning someone killed by the Derg was illegal, and families were forced to repay for the bullets that had killed their loved ones.

The Derg remained in power until 1991. Amnesty International estimates that 500 000 people died during Derg leadership. In 2008, the Ethiopian Supreme Court found Mengistu guilty of genocide in absentia and sentenced him to death. In spite of his conviction, Mengistu continues to find sanctuary in Zimbabwe because of his friendship with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe; the country refuses to extradite him.

PARTICIPANTS: TSEHAI (Sally’s mother), BRUTAWIT is Sally’s oldest sister and the Dawit family matriarch, Sally’s sister, KIBRE, the free spirit of the family; Sally’s sister, MENBIE, was the one who originally tracked down some of Sally’s old comrades in an effort to learn more about her sister's life. As a member of the Dawit family, TSION is stubborn and always thinks she is correct. ABREHET (Sally’s mother-in-law) is the mother of three children who all died during the Red Terror, Tselote being her oldest.

Distributor:
Production Company: Catbird Films, Inc
Run time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Starring: Tsehai Tesfamichael Abrehet Asefa Tamara Mariam Dawit Kibre Dawit Tsion Dawit Brutawit Dawit Menbere Dawit Ferkete Gebremariam Ashenafi Kersma Brur Gebrai
Director and Writer: Tamara Mariam Dawit
Cinematography: Alex Margineanu
Editor: Mahi Rahgozar
Composer and Original Music: Zaki Ibrahim
Music by:  Abegasu Shiota, Alister Johnson
Producer: Isabelle Couture
Executive Producer: Katarina Soukup-Catbird Films
Production Company: Catbird Productions
Editor: Mahi Rahgozar
Cinematographer: Alex Margineanu