BEST OF THE FEST
Films from the 30th Woods Hole Film Festival
October 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021 at 7:00PM
Tickets, $14; $12 Members
7 pm, Sunday, October 3, 2021
FOR THE LEFT HAND, Documentary Feature by Gordon Quinn and Leslie Simmer, 2021, 74 mins.
Jury Special Humanitarian Award, Documentary Feature, 30th WHFF
At age 5, Norman Malone discovered he was a natural at the piano. Tragically, when Norman turned 10, his father attacked him with a hammer to the head, leaving him paralyzed on his right side. Undaunted, Malone began a lifelong quest to reclaim his place at the piano- mastering some of the most difficult music ever written for left hand alone – and never telling anyone of his deepening virtuosity. In 2015, at age 78, Malone revealed his story (to the Chicago Tribune), prompting belated invitations to perform across America. Nearly 70 years after his tragic attack, Malone launches a much-delayed, triumphant concert career.
7 pm, Monday, October 4, 2021
PEACE BY CHOCOLATE, Narrative Feature by Jonathan Keijser, 2021, 96 mins.
Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, 30th WHFF
After the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy. Based on the internationally recognized true story.
7 pm, Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Best of the Fest Shorts, Six of the Best Short films of the 30th Woods Hole Film Festival, 2021, 81 mins., Jury and Audience Awards, 30th Woods Hole Film Festival
Comedy: BRIEF SURVEY by Dava Whisenant; GRACELAND by Bonnie Discepolo
Drama: HOOK AND CHAIN by Shay Hayden; RUWATAN by Ernest Lesmana; VICTIM NO. 6 by Nancy Menagh
Documentary: A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers
7 pm, Wednesday, October 6, 2021
SON OF FUKUSHIMA, Feature Documentary by Beth Balawick and Beth Murphy, 2021, 62 mins.
Director’s Choice Award, Fortitude in Filmmaking, 30th WHFF
Combining live-action and animation, SON OF FUKUSHIMA tells the heart-rending story of a family profoundly impacted by not one but two nuclear tragedies: Hiroshima and Fukushima. Against the backdrop of the world’s largest radiological clean-up, the film follows the family for five years as they live through the unthinkable: a second nuclear disaster. This is a universal and deeply personal story about the inevitabilities of aging, the sacrifices made for those we love, and the relationship between man and nature. Filmmaker Beth Murphy will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.