2019 ABFF Documentary Competition

The following films are the 2019 official selections in the Documentary category. Each film will compete for the Jury Award Best Documentary (presented by ABFF, prize is $2,500). Winners will be presented during the “Best of the ABFF” Awards Presentation on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.

All films in this section will be screened at the Regal Cinemas 18 Theater between June 13 and June 15.


BUCKJUMPING

2018 USA 70 min

FRI 6/14 | 11:15 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

Buckjumping follows six dancing communities as they demonstrate ownership of the streets of New Orleans, commemorate their dead, forge community and find spiritual transcendence.

Directed by: Lily Keber | Produced by: Lily Keber, Stephen Rose | Principal Subject(s): Mia X, Mannie Fresh, Ausettua AmorAmenkum, Nicholas Payton, DJ Jubilee

CHICAGO AT THE CROSSROAD

2018 USA 83 min World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 1:28 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

Where did Chicago go wrong? Chicago at the Crossroad tells the story of a city caught in the aftermath of a policy of mass displacement shaded by a long history of segregation.

Directed by: Brian Schodorf | Produced by: Malik Yusef, Afrika Porter, Nathan Weber, Brian Schodorf, Burundi Partlow, Randy Crumpton, Malachi Gross | Written by: Brian Schodorf, Afrika Porter | Principal Subject(s): Malik Yusef, Leonard GLC Harris, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Father Michael Pfleger, Arne Duncan


ONE CHILD LEFT BEHIND: THE UNTOLD ATLANTA CHEATING SCANDAL

2018 USA 87 min

FRI 6/14 | 3:57 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

In 2009, 1,176 Atlanta teachers were investigated for test cheating; 35 were indicted, 12 went to trial and 11 were found guilty on RICO charges. The guilty, serving 30-year sentences, finally break their silence in this tell-all film.

Directed by: Jodi Gomes | Produced by: Jodi Gomes, Anthony McLemore, Ladawn Jones, Marsha Hallager | Written by: Jodi Gomes | Principal Subject(s): Dana Evans, Tamara Cotman, Christopher Waller, Diane Ravitch, Lamar Waldron

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VISION PORTRAITS

2019 USA/CANADA/GERMANY 78 min

FRI 6/14 | 6:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer, dancer, writer and the film’s director.

Directed by: Rodney Evans | Produced by: Rodney Evans, Rob Wunder | Written by: Rodney Evans | Principal Subject(s): Rodney Evans, John Dugdale, Kayla Hamilton and Ryan Knighton


THE TAKEOVER: THE REVOLUTION OF THE BLACK EXPERIENCE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

2018 USA 62 min World Premiere

SAT 6/15 | 7:03 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

In 1968, more than 100 black Northwestern students took over the school’s Bursar’s Office for 38 hours to demand equal rights.

Directed by: Eric D. Seals | Produced by: Brittany Applegate | Written by: Donnie Seals Jr. | Principal Subject(s): Daphne Maxwell Reid, Kathryn Ogletree, Clovis Semmes, Michael Wilbon, Harry Lennix