Hyannis Film Festival presents Movies on Main, November 3 – 5
One Weekend Only: Funny, Heartwarming, Thoughtful Movies
Hyannis Film Festival presents Movies on Main, November 3 – 5
“In the abstract, it is easy to say that we know that representation matters. It is harder to make that
representation a reality, especially on Cape Cod.” ~ Hyannis area teacher
The annual Hyannis Film Festival event MOVIES on MAIN returns to downtown Hyannis for Friday,
November 3 through Sunday, November 5, with films that spotlight entertaining and memorable stories
about colorful and courageous individuals, their families, and friends. Most of the movies celebrate being
out and proud about neurodiversity, whether it’s being bipolar, coping with dementia, or having limited
abilities from the circumstances of birth.
Eight groups of films across three days look at ways people survive— even triumph— or suffer
unimaginably under oppressive circumstance. Lively, funny, horrific, or heartwarming, these are true stories
about neurodivergent and other pioneers who face their own truths to achieve their goals.
We love the fun and heartwarming joy audiences will see in Champions, Jasmine Is a Star, She Sings to
Birds, and OK! (The ASD Band movie), along with the memorable quirkiness in Being Robin and Unidentified
Objects. We’re especially pleased that actor James Day Keith from Champions, actor-comedian Roger
Kabler, author Charles Graeber (The Good Nurse; The Breakthrough), and award-winning actress Judith
Ivey will be joining us in Q&A sessions.
This year’s Movies on Main weekend is presented in partnership with ReelAbilities and Cape Cod Film
Collaborative. All screenings and events are at 529 Main in downtown Hyannis, the event space that’s part
of Sturgis Charter Public School, across from Colombo’s. Programming advice and support has come from
Cape Cod groups including Best Buddies, Cape Abilities, Community Connections, and Riverview School.
A donor weekend pass of $100 can be found now on Eventbrite. Passholders and other sponsors are invited
to a reception Friday night before the showing of Champions. Sunday’s showing of the documentary
Capturing the Killer Nurse is free, with The Good Nurse author Charles Graeber for an after-screening Q&A.
Individual screening sessions, each lasting up to two hours and many with after-movie discussions, go on
sale at noon, Wednesday, October 25, for $15 each. Search Hyannis Film Festival on Eventbrite.com for all
tickets. Visit Hyannis Film Festival.com for more information and direct links to tickets.
Brief film descriptions follow, with links where available to preview trailers. For questions and more
information, Call Hyannis Film Festival managing director Bill Ferrall at 508-228-8535.
Being Robin, directed by Roger Kabler, documentary feature, 84 mins
Actor-comedian Roger Kabler believes he is possessed by the spirit of Robin Williams. Whether he is truly at the
center of spiritual event or he is delusional, he mounts an hysterical and touching stage tribute to Robin which
becomes a hit around America. Based on true events. Followed by Q& A with Roger Kabler. Bi-polar disorder •
Capturing The Killer Nurse, directed by Tim Travis Hawkins, documentary, 95 mins
This documentary reveals how investigators proved ICU nurse Charles Cullen was killing patients — and how close he
came to getting away with murder. Q&A with The Good Nurse author Charles Graeber.
Champions, directed by Bobby Farrelly, narrative feature, 124 mins
Woody Harrelson stars in this hilarious and heartwarming story of a former minor-league basketball coach who, after
a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon
realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined. •
A Critter Fable, directed by Grace Fisher, narrative short, 8 mins
A caterpillar who can’t become a butterfly discovers he can still add color to the world in his own special ways.
Featuring music and artwork by Amazing Grace star Grace Fisher, with critters created by children with disabilities in
Santa Barbara. Autism, Down Syndrome
Coming Out Autistic, directed by Steven Fraser, animated, 4 mins
Queer coming out stories are well documented, while telling friends, family, co-workers, and strangers that you are
autistic is shown less often. But what is the experience of telling the world that you are autistic when you also
identify as LGBTQ+? Autism
Extra Special, directed by Luke Terrell, narrative short, 6 mins
In this humorous mockumentary, aspiring actor/model Andy Arias prepares to accept his tribute at the St. Louis Walk
of Fame when a sudden mishap is revealed. Neurodiverse, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Illness
Jasmine is a Star, directed by Jo Rochelle, narrative feature, 60 mins
A 16-year-old with albinism, is determined to become a professional model in her hometown of Minneapolis. As she
confronts societal norms and beauty standards, she explores what independence, and more importantly, self-
acceptance, looks like. Albinism • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B0c07TAaos
Nick Lightning, directed by Pat Taggart, documentary short, 27 mins
At a young age, Nick Fergus found joy in creating rock star alter ego “Nick Lightning.” Now diagnosed in a world with a
rising understanding of autism, Nick Lightning challenges ideas of what it means to live a happy, fulfilling life. Autism
Okay! The ASD Band Film, directed by Mark Bone, documentary feature, 86 mins
Four talented autistic musicians come together through their shared love of music and form the ASD Band. Rawan,
Jackson, Spenser, and Ron shatter stereotypes about people with autism and navigate a world where they are often
misunderstood. As they write, record, and perform their first album, they find strength in each other and the
music. Autism, Neurodiversity • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqE0NeU05M
She Sings to Birds, directed by Steven J. Martin, narrative feature, 42 mins
After the loss of her beloved husband, a housebound woman falls into the throes of dementia and refuses to talk.
However, a mysterious caregiver enters her world and becomes convinced that she can talk with birds. The two form a
unique bond of love and understanding • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twgJMp0d9rc&t=1s
Unidentified Objects, directed by Juan Felipe Zuleta, narrative feature, 100 mins
Peter, an intellectual outsider with an edge, lives as a loner. An unexpected visit from his upbeat—and possibly
unhinged—neighbor Winona forces him out of his shell and on an impromptu road trip to rural Canada. As they
journey into the wilderness, the odyssey turns into a search for their place in the universe. Dwarfism •
Waiting to Continue, directed by Ollie Becker, Tom Ellis, and Tim Persinko, documentary, 20 mins
Given false promises of work and housing, 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha’s
Vineyard last September. This film documents their three-day experience on the Island before they were transported
to Joint Base Cape Cod for further assistance by state and federal agencies.
Women Talking, written and directed by Sarah Polley, narrative feature, 144 mins
In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. Though
the backstory, we see a community of women come together to figure out how they might move forward for
themselves and their children. Stay and fight or leave. They will not do nothing. Award-winning film with Rooney
Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, with Ben Whishaw, Frances McDormand. Q&A follows
with Judith Ivey • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYSFneCHVro
Please contact the venue directly with any questions.