HALFWAY TO ZEN 4pm
Directed by John Adams and Toby Poser
Nick, whose past is defined by addiction and violence, has moved from a life behind bars to one of stagnation and self-loathing. Still isolated from those he loves, Nick is now ironically the caretaker for his Pop’s final days. Pop and Vick (Nick’s ex-wife) are both imprisoned by new cerebral challenges: dementia and stroke. And Nick’s daughter Edie courageously and defiantly claims identity as a boy – Eddie. When Vick’s girlfriend suddenly leaves the country on business, this broken up family is thrown back together and must find ways to care for each other. The film looks beyond sadness, fear, and convention towards something a bit off-center, playful at times, and even a little dangerous.
Screening with the short film:
Mark decides to be frozen when he discovers he is terminally ill. He has high hopes for the future but the timing couldn’t be worse.
Directed by Curtis Thieman
What happens when a real teacher tries to become a Hollywood hero? Amidst a complex web of media and sociological forces that impact the experiences of all teachers, we document Angie Scioli’s struggle to balance her professional, personal, and political life during the tumultuous 2013-2014 school year.