Forum Film Festival
Documentaries relevant to the season’s plays and themes, with talkbacks after the screenings. Documentary ratings not available; age 19 and up is recommended.
Much Ado in Mostar
Tuesday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A team led by Dartmouth College professor Andrew Garrod works with youth from both sides of ethnically and religiously divided Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina) to rehearse, stage and tour Much Ado About Nothing. The goal is to heal a war-torn area and support the new generations, who want to live together in peace. Directed by Steve Nemsick (2010).
NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
Wednesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This documentary about violence, mental illness and the rights of victims tells the story of Sean Clifton, who stabbed a complete stranger six times in a crowded shopping mall while gripped by psychosis, and follows him through treatment and back onto the streets. Directed by John Kastner (2012).
William Kurelek’s The Maze
Co-presented with Workman Arts
Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
A documentary about the life of celebrated Canadian artist William Kurelek, dramatically told through his paintings and his on-camera revelations. Focusing on The Maze, which Kurelek has described as “a painting of the inside of my skull which I painted while in England, as a patient in the Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals,” the film takes an intimate look into the life of one of the 20th century’s most fascinating artists and his struggles with attempted suicide and a self-professed “spiritual crisis.” Re-imagined by Nick and Zack Young, this 2011 film is based on its 1969 predecessor, directed by Robert M. Young and David Grubin.
Friday, June 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This touching documentary looks at the life of Evan Perry, a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. Made by his parents, professional filmmakers Dana and Hart Perry, it shows that even the best defences – love, vigilance and treatment – cannot always protect those most vulnerable from themselves. Directed by Dana Heinz Perry (2009).
Saturday, June 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Retired artists in the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ, and directors from New York’s Fiasco Theater work together to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From the makers of Shakespeare Behind Bars. Directed by Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller (2014).