This year at Silverdocs we are presenting seven world premieres. For the films below, Silverdocs is their very first stop on the film circuit.
ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS
Keith Patterson, Jack Lofton 2012
Thursday, June 21, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 4:30 p.m.
In a state known for outsized political personalities, a silver-haired lady from Austin became one of the biggest and boldest by speaking her mind and sticking to her guns. The high-energy ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS celebrates her rise in the Democratic Party, her improbable turn as governor and her legacy as a feisty liberal icon. Bigwigs and big stars alike reflect on her unique appeal among an electorate that later embraced George W. Bush and Rick Perry. – Silverdocs 2012
BETTING THE FARM
Cecily Pingree, Jason Mann 2012
Friday, June 22, 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 8:30 p.m.
When a group of Maine dairy farmers are dropped by the national milk company that has been their bread and butter for years, their livelihood is in danger. Refusing to go down without a fight, the farmers take matters into their own hands, banding together to form their own organic milk company, MOO. Stakes are high as they struggle to navigate the treacherous waters of launching a new business as the bills pile up and tensions run high. – Silverdocs 2012
Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June, 22, 9:15 p.m.
It takes persistence to run a taxi service in New York City, and new drivers are always needed. Long hours, disrespectful customers and the blinding snow of a blizzard are just some of the challenges they must face. DRIVERS WANTED explores the daily workings of one Queens garage as a new driver transitions from double-decker tour buses to taxis. Throughout it all, 90-year-old Johnnie “Spider” Footman keeps showing up for work. – Silverdocs 2012
Patrick Shen, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 9:45 a.m.
Josue Lajeunesse grew up in the rural town of La Source, Haiti, where the residents live without plumbing or electricity and must embark on a treacherous hike up a mountain every day in order to obtain clean water. Now working as a janitor at Princeton University by day and a cab driver by night, Lajeunesse is convinced that there must be a better way for his hometown friends and family to live. Together with his carpenter brother Chrismedonne, who still lives in Haiti, Lajeunesse decides to organize an effort to finally bring clean water to La Source. – Silverdocs 2012
PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF
Tom Bean, Luke Poling, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 12:00 p.m.
Prominent writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to some of the world’s most powerful people, the late George Plimpton lived a life of dreams. Known for his willingness to try almost anything in the name of journalism, Plimpton has played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, acted in films alongside John Wayne and Tom Hanks, co-founded The Paris Review, played triangle for the New York Philharmonic and performed in a circus flying trapeze act. PLIMPTON! gives an unprecedented look into the world of this most fascinating Renaissance man. – Silverdocs 2012
Julie Wyman, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 6:15 p.m.
One of America’s top Olympic women weightlifters, Cheryl Haworth doesn’t fit the conventions of a typical athlete. At 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing over 300 pounds, the talented, engaging and intelligent Cheryl is a force of nature unto herself. STRONG! chronicles her battle of maintaining her championship status with a rigorous training schedule, while at the same time facing an uncertain future as she considers the possibility that Olympic level weightlifting may not be a lifelong endeavor. – Silverdocs 2012
Lisa Fruchtman, Rob Fruchtman, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 6:15 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 9:00 p.m.
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, sometimes heart-wrenching stories, with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition. – Silverdocs 2012