B.F.F. SHORTS, co-presented by The Berkeley FILM Foundation and featuring a Q&A with filmmaker Crescent Diamond and others (Doc Night)
The features in the Berkeley FILM Foundation Shorts program are:
POT COUNTRY by Kate McLean
Pot Country is a half hour documentary about two people's complex relationships with marijuana--the semi-legal crop that powers the local economy in much of rural northern California. Seen through the eyes of a fifth generation ex-logger and a back-to-the-land grandma who makes her living as a grower, Pot Country is a history of how Humboldt County changed with the arrival of the hippies in the 1970s. It's also a portrait of a community that's in flux again, with marijuana legalization on the horizon and the bottom dropping out of the pot market.
PERFORMING GIRL by Crescent Diamond
A short documentary about D'Lo, a queer, transgender Tamil Sri Lankan American actor, writer, director and comic who got his start at age 11, performing for his family and classmates in the desert town of Lancaster, CA. The film will inspire audiences to question their understandings of gender, reveal the pain that children endure while trying to appease a world that doesn't allow for gender difference and tell a story of a transgender person's triumph and survival.
FACING FEAR by Jason Cohen
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE! As a 13 year-old, Matthew Boger was thrown out of his home for being gay. While living on the streets of Hollywood, he was savagely beaten in a back alley by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads. Boger managed to survive the attack and escape life on the streets. Twenty-five years later, Boger found himself in a chance meeting with a former neo-Nazi skinhead, Tim Zaal. The two men soon realized that they had met before...Zaal was one of the attackers who beat Boger and left him for dead.
There will be a post-film Q&A with various people involved in the production of these great documentary shorts brought to you by The Berkeley FILM Foundation.
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