Following their successful run at the recently concluded Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the Impact Film Festival (motto: “Where film crosses the aisle”) is gearing up for a presence at the Democratic National Convention, September 4-6 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
There, as in Tampa, Impact will screen David France’s AIDS activists history How to Survive a Plague, Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War* on the rape epidemic in the armed forces and Eugene Jarecki’s drugs investigation, The House I Live In.
The trio of directors David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell and Bennett Singer’s humorous documentary about the American voting process, Electoral Dysfunction, joins Hunger Hits Home, co-directed by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz to round out the ticket.
Whilst the exclusive RNC title was Jeffrey Roth’s George H.W. Bush biography 41, Democratic conventioneers will be treated to an exclusive screening of Rory Kennedy’s Ethel, directed by one of her 11 children with Robert F. Kennedy, Emmy-winning director Rory Kennedy.
Each daytime screening promises a panel discussion featuring directors and/or film industry types, policy makers and issues experts. “We’re certain these films will rally leaders and citizens attending both conventions to engage in nuanced discussions about the priorities explored in these exceptional films,” says Kimball Stroud in the press release.
Along with fellow political and entertainment veterans Jody Arlington and Jamie Shor, Stroud founded the Washington D.C.-based Impact Arts + Film Fund “to educate and enlighten its audience and [create] a climate for meaningful social IMPACT [sic],” according to their mission statement.
Tickets are free of charge, and may be booked at the organisation’s website.
Image from How To Survive a Plague.
*Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War will screen on SBS ONE, September 12 at 9:30pm.
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