Opening Night


Wednesday - November 1 (Opening Day)


12:00 PM - 1:40 PM

Happy Sad                                           



2:00 PM - 3:40 PM


A Broken Appointment 


Militant Block

4 PM - 5 PM

Estimating Position 

Bus Trip     

The Incursion 



5 PM - 6:45 PM

Angels of the Sky


Opening Night Reception    6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


Opening Night Film

8 PM - 9 PM



Thursday – November 2nd (DAY 2 - Mass Incarceration)

Society Block

10:10 AM - 11:55 AM


Virgile Sleeps: Six Sketches 

Control CE           

Inner Telescope 


Immigration Block

12 PM - 1:20 PM

La Oposicion       

Trails of Hope and Terror                  

Pixan Ghost of Gongora 


1:25 PM - 2:35 PM

Messages At The Border  


3:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Incarcerating Us 


5 PM - 7 PM

The Mind of Mark Defriest 


7:30 PM - 8:20 PM             

Knife Skills (Special Event Screening)


After Prison Block

8:30 PM - 10:20 PM

The Return                                            

Twenty Years After  



Public forum Panels

1 PM - 2 PM

Understanding Solitary Confinement, mass incarceration of Immigrants and Refugees as a human rights violation.

Under the current government immigrants and refugees who once had the promise of freedom are being rounded up and imprisoned, they now live in fear, striped of their hopes of freedom. How do we as a Nation recover from this violation and betrayal? How do we advocate for those experiencing the cruelty of this regime, as well as those experiencing the cruelty of placing inmates, specifically transgender individuals in Solitary Confinement which tends to create long lasting damage to their mental and physical health.


Beth Baker

Horacio Arroyo

Kristina Roth


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Understanding our penal system of rehabilitative, restorative, reconciliatory, and punitive justice and what arguments can be made for or against abolishing prisons in America.

Is the current system of justice in the United States effective in eradicating crime and decreasing recidivism. How does the current system in the United States compare to other penal systems across the globe. We will discuss the pros and cons of each of these systems, where the American Penal system falls and how we can best meet the needs of our prison population to ensure they are able to return to society as productive and contributing citizens. What is the impact on recidivism under each of these systems? What are the effects on society if we abolish prisons all together?


Geri Silva

Mark Cofield

Jess Heaney


 5 PM - 6 PM

The Impact of Incarceration on those left behind and those returning home.

What are some of the issues spouses, children, parents, and significant others of incarcerated individuals left to deal with?  What access and resourcesdo families of individual s need and are left without?  What resources and access are those returning to society in need of that are not provided.  How can the community be of support and help to those left behind and those returning home?

Yusef Wiley (Facilitator)


6:10 PM - 7:10 PM

Social Enterprise and its Impact - Innovations in Post Incarceration

Exploring barriers to re-entry and how Social Enterprise as both for profit and non- profit is meeting the needs of the re-entry community and breaking down those barriers. What are some of the effective strategies being utilized by successful re-entry programs that struggling programs may adapt.


Roger Egger

Yusef Wiley

Tiffany Johnson


Friday November 3rd – (DAY 3 – Education)

Youthful Expression Block

10 AM - 11:15 AM

Bully Fighters                                                         

Microchip Jones   


Breaking Free        

Future Warfare III 

Fake Geek Girl      


11:30 AM - 1 PM

Saving Barbara Sizemore  


1:30 PM - 3 PM  

Elementary Genocide 


E - Block

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

What’s Your Number 

Thank You Rebbe 


4:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Back to Natural      


High School Block

6:15 PM - 7:50 PM                        

The Reunion  


Surviving International Blvd  



Life and Times of Today's Youth Block

8:00 PM - 9:40 PM                       

Officer Lincoln Holly  


Pull Up Your Pants 

Slaying Our Inner Demons  



12 PM - 1:30 PM


Empowering the student to take ownership of his/her education High school students from varying institutions across Los Angeles will discuss their experience as it relates to school culture, resources, educational opportunities, college preparation, and institutional pedagogy. They will share their views on their institutions effectiveness in preparing them for the future, and compare and contrast classes and extra curricular activities offered from one institution to the next. Students will discuss their needs, expectations and how best the institutions can best meet such needs.


1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

PUBLIC EDUCATION The current state of Public Education in underserved communities

Who is actually accountable for ensuring students receive the education necessary to prepare them for the future? Is it the role of the Federal Government, the state, teachers, or the parent?

Public schools in underserved communities are being taken over by Charter Schools, both with the funding of Charters with State and Federal dollars and the taking of prime real estate within the public school walls. The idea of choice how does the new educational policies affect underserved communities?


Earl Turner

Alfonso Flores

Norris Dorsey


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Meeting the needs of the future Workforce as we move into the era of technology and globalization.

Is our current education system helping students from underserved communities prepare for the future workforce?


 5 PM - 6 PM

Arts Education and Its Impact on our Youth

It is a proven fact that students who have access to arts in school tend to be more successful, they achieve better grades, tend to be more well-adjusted and have less behavioral issues. Reports have shown specifically, low-income students who had artsrich experiences in high school were ten percent more likely to complete, for example, a high school calculus course than similar students who had less exposure to the arts. Additionally, economically-disadvantaged students who had exposure to the arts were more likely to have planned to earn a bachelor’s degree (74 percent) than were economically-disadvantaged students with little or no access to the arts (43 percent).

The National Education Association believes the arts play an important role in providing students with a well-rounded education. With all the data on the successful impact arts education provide for our youth why has there been such significant cuts to arts programs in the public schools. Why has more funding been allocated to arts education in juvenile facilities rather than allocating those funds to students in traditional programs. Is it possible that more funding for arts programs within our public schools lead to more successful students and positively reduce the drop rate?

Saturday - November 4 (DAY 4)

 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

 Bloodline Now or Never  


Artivist Block

11:45 AM - 1:10 PM  


Habana Eighth    

Sorf Hair 


1:15 PM - 3 PM

Under The Rose                     


Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow's Women Block 1

3:15 PM - 5:10 PM

Quotidian Mandala 

Tomorrow is Faraway                                  

The Embroidered Dress                                        

Stone on Stone  

Blue Print                                                              

Unseen Dances   


Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow's Women Block 2

5:15 PM - 6:10 PM

The Devil is in The Detail                                      


The Life of Marie  


Education Block

6:15 PM - 7:20 PM

Love Sex and Rocknrollstuhl  



8 PM - 10 PM

Closing Speaker & Closing Night Film

Miracles to Music                           


Public forum panels

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

AI and Hollywood's Bottomline

We will explore using Artificial Intelligence to determine the potential success of a film project in order to minimize the risk associated with film funding and investment.

 CJ (Facilitator)

2 PM - 3 PM


As filmmakers seek to make films that inspire and create social change they are often conflicted withthe need to make commercially viable films. For most filmmakers the difficulty in finding financing for their films causes them many sleepless nights as they sacrifice to earn. The percentage of filmmakers that actually stay the course and finally get more than their friends and family participating in a crowd funding campaign to help them get their film made decreases each year. Movie making is a big ticket item and most investors are interested in return on their investment. Filmmakers of Socially relevant films tasking themselves with the desire to bring about change through their work, find it most challenging to secure financing for their passion induceRd projects.  

As the consciousness of the masses heighten and the desire of filmmakers to move beyond solely entertainment, to inspire, educate and inform their audience, how do they connect with industry partners interested in the financing, socially relevant films. Filmmakers who were able to find financing will share with us.


Bruno Cavalier

Rafael Flores

Page Ostrow


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Does Hollywood romanticize incarceration with the popularity of shows such as “Orange is the New Black” and “Oz”?

Given the popularity of “Oz”, “Prison Break” “Empire” and “Orange is the Black” has the younger generation gotten desensitized to the realities of incarceration? Do these shows truly present the truth regarding life behind bars and can they act as deterrence to incarceration?


Closing Night Film 

8 PM

Miracles to Musik

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