Directed by Dan Goldes
Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?
In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen’s story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right and take a stand.
Dan’s first film, “ub2”, about language related to HIV, was an official selection of 37 U.S. and international festivals, while his second, “Equal Justice Under Law”, about the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, played at 20 festivals around the world. Dan is currently in production on “5 Blocks”, a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and has served on the screening committees of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Festival. He is currently in the incubator program at San Francisco’s Ninth Street Independent Film Center.
Viotte Michel / Independent / World Cinema features / France / 2016 / Adventure, Documentary / 96 minsAt the beginning of the 20th century, Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Martin Eden, was the most famous American writer of his time and came to symbolize adventure itself. But who was Jack London? He was alternately a vagrant, a gold prospector, a sailor, a rancher, a war reporter and a passionately militant socialist. He lived life at a hectic pace and his journey, intertwined with his writing, strikes us with its intensity. To tell his story is also to tell the story of the birth of modern America : London was the best incarnation of its ambitions, driving forces and contradictions, from the end of the conquest of the Far West to World War One. The docudrama 'Jack London, an American adventure ' commemorates the 100th anniversary of his death and recounts his outstanding fate from remarkable archives, interviews of the greatest American experts and reconstruction scenes shot in 4K and filmed in the Canadian Far North, in Polynesia and on his Californian ranch.
Preceded by: Arrested (Again)