Acadiana / Hebo / The Vision of Ulysses Davis / Invisible Hands / Power Lines / Fast Horse / Lumberton
Directors: Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin / 9:56
May 2017. As the new president of the United States takes his ease in the White House, the city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the theatre of the mythic Crawfish Festival. It’s just another day, in America.
Director: Kevin Wells / 11:00
“Hebo” explores the work of Sam Ezell, an outsider folk artist in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Sam has been a maintenance worker at the Daniel Boone Village since 1970, and is a lifelong collector of folk art and antiques. If he isn’t working or junk hunting, Sam is painting. He started painting at the urging of Bernice Sims, a folk artist from Brewten, Alabama, who told Sam she was going to be mad if he didn’t paint her a picture. He painted Bernice a sunflower and hasn’t stopped. In 2015, Sam had a stroke that blinded him in one eye, and he feared he’d have to quit painting. Sam began experimenting with painting large abstracts as a way to improve his vision, and has been hooked ever since. “Hebo” chronicles Sam’s surprising artistic journey and explores the creative spirit in the face of adversity.
The Vision of Ulysses Davis
Directors: Alexia Oldini, Steven Gray / 10:00
Ulysses Davis constructed an idiom distinctly his own and his extraordinary body of work speaks vividly to the nature of his experience as an African-American artist and barber in the American South in the 20th century. This film is a reflection on his work and an offering to the legacy of this singular man.
Director: Yulian MartinezEscobar / 8:33
With sweat and toil, migrant farm workers provide the invisible labor bringing food to the American table from seed to harvest. “Invisible hands” is an intimate film documenting a group of Mexican seasonal laborers in the rural South Carolina.
Director: Laura Asherman / 26:17
Most Georgia Power customers have no idea they continue to fund the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle, a project 5 years behind schedule, $13 billion over budget, and teetering on the edge of health and environmental disaster.
Director: Alexandra Lazarowich / 14:00
Fast Horse follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horseracing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison Red Crow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody Big Tobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.
Director: Linda Booker / 14:55
In September 2018 the unthinkable happened when residents of Lumberton, NC had to brace themselves for the rising waters of the Lumber River in the wake of Hurricane Florence less than two years from Hurricane Matthew’s catastrophic flooding that displaced 1500 residents in the city. Black and American Indian households reside disproportionately in the Lumber River’s flood zone and navigating the process for recovery and rebuilding funds can be difficult. Despite the extreme challenges and difficulties due to recurring disasters, Lumberton is a place where caring people, along with compassion, faith and help from others are trying to build resiliency and recovery plans for the future.