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From a killer whale in the true, “Blackfish,” to killer tunes in the fictional, “45 RPM,” the 2013 YES Film Fest Nov. 1 to 3 will feature 17 films, from documentaries to dramas to comic shorts in the venue’s two theaters.
The annual event highlights a range of independent movies, which is part of YES’ mission at Fourth and Jackson streets in downtown Columbus. Nine of the filmmakers will attend the event to participate in question-and-answer sessions about their work.
“We know this adds such a unique perspective to the festival,” said Diane Doup, one of the organizers, “and brings filmmakers and audiences together. It’s a great way to also learn behind-the-scenes info.”
If you go
2013 YES Cinema Film Fest
WHAT: Showing of 17 independent films
WHERE: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St.
WHEN: Nov. 1-3
TICKETS: $35 for an all-access pass or $7 per film
Information: yescinema.org; 812-378-4937
For the documentary “Stuck,” about international adoption, a girl who was adopted and included in the film will speak afterward about her experiences.
Here’s a look at the schedule:
5:30 p.m.: “BLACKFISH,”
A behind-the-scenes documentary examining the treatment of whales in Sea World’s shows — and whether that treatment is pushing the massive animals to kill.
5:45 p.m.: “STUCK”
A look at international adoption. Followed by a question-and-answer session.
7:30 p.m.: “SOLE SURVIVOR”
A documentary in which four sole survivors of major airline crashes try to answer the question, “Why me?”
8 p.m.: “DAR HE”
Examining the killing of 14-year-old black Emmett Till in Mississippi during the civil rights movement. Followed by a question-and answer session.
12:30 p.m.: “LIARS, FIRES AND BEARS”
A neglected foster child and a drunk 30-something embark on a cross-country trip in a unique “buddy film.”
1 p.m.: “THREADS OF DIVERSITY”
A locally produced work highlighting oral-history interviews with Columbus-area members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning population.
2:30 p.m.: “JUST FOR FUN” (Seven shorts totaling 90 minutes).:
A suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he witnesses a gruesome accident that he believes was done by a giant grasshopper.
n “THE HARBOR STORY”
A silent film telling the heartwarming story of two lovers whose bond and commitment are tested by tragedy.
n “COLOR OF CHRISTMAS”
Walter, a well-meaning widower, strives to please his 5-year-old daughter on Christmas by getting her the doll of her dreams. But he must ask a question: Is his daughter a racist?
n “THE FUTURE”
An engaged couple, very much in love, are visited by their older, future selves, in this funny, ironic story.
n “DATE WITH FATE”
One unusual dating service has a very interesting philosophy: Some things are meant to be — whether you like it or not.
n “THE CAPE”
Maryam, an American-Muslim college student, gets flustered when she sees Mr. Cute Guy, and the result is hilariously sweet.
n “TOUGH CROWD”
After turning her back on family tradition by forsaking a career in medicine, a female Muslim college student embraces her lifelong dream to become a stand-up comic.
2:45 p.m.: “STUCK”
4:45 p.m.: “BLACKFISH”
5 p.m.: “WITHIN A SEASON”
A controversial high school basketball coach comes out of retirement to help a school build a girls basketball program. A question-and-answer session will follow the documentary.
6:30 p.m.: “SOLE SURVIVOR.”
7 p.m.: “WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY”
A documentary about Margaret Ringenberg, an Indiana farm girl who answered her country’s call to duty and ultimately became a flying legend.
8:30 p.m.: “WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS — FREE PRESS AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE”
This timely film takes a look at the consequences faced by four whistle-blowers whose lives were forever changed after they exposed government misconduct.
8:45 p.m.: “45 RPM”
Charlie, a young girl, goes on a cross-country trip with an obsessive collector to find her Dad’s 45 rpm record he recorded in the 1960s among Arkansas garage bands.
1 p.m.: “DAR HE” Followed by question-and-answer session.
1:30 P.M.: “WITHIN A SEASON” Followed by question-and-answer session.
2:45 p.m.: “WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS”
Followed by question-and-answer session.
3:30 p.m.: “JUST FOR FUN” (seven short films). Followed by question-and-answer session.
4:45 p.m.: “45 RPM,” above
6 p.m.: “WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY”
Followed by question-and-answer session.
7 p.m.: “LIARS, FIRES AND BEAR”
Information: 379-1630 or yesfilmfestival
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