In the words of Chris Marker, the original documentary rebel: “Rarely has reality needed so much to be imagined.”

Our Spotlight on Troublemakers celebrates deep dissent and defiance with a selection of films about people righting wrongs and reimagining the future. Activists and artists, muckrakers and outlaws, single mothers and rock stars come together to shake the very foundations of the old order. This selection of films slashes new paths forward, imagining not only what may be possible (Cyborgs! Housing rights! Democracy!) but also looks back at the people who carved out the most radical and conceptually challenging ideas from the previous century. Creative revolutionaries, heed the call! If ever there was a moment, when things needed to change, that time is now.

Jean-Marie Barbe and Arnaud Lambert | 
France |
 2016 | 
144 minutes

“Who is Chris Marker?” — is the question posed by the directors/ interlocutors, and every answer reveals a different reality. Some of the recollections are funny and bittersweet, such as Wim Wenders getting blind drunk with Marker at a bar in Tokyo.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman | 
US |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Michael Premo  | 
US |
 2016 | 
20 minutes

The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
David Goldberg | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
39 minutes

In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

From the opening guitar thunder of Link Wray’s smash hit, you know you are in for a wild ride. Directors Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and Alfonso Maiorana have assembled a veritable who’s who in the music business, from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler to attest to the pivotal role that First Nations artists played in the development of Blues, Rock and Funk.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Julian Rosefeldt | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

Manifesto is the flagship in our Spotlight on Troublemakers. It is the good ship trouble that carries a pirate crew of muckrakers, disturbers of the peace, radicals, revolutionaries, and, of course, cinéastes, embodied in the words of this century’s great cultural and political manifestos. Rabid dissent and gonzo defiance are given voice by actress Cate Blanchett in the guise of a baker’s dozen of characters.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
Fabrizio Terranova | 
Belgium |
 2017 | 
81 minutes

Donna Haraway (A Cyborg Manifesto author) talks about her work and her life in director Fabrizio Terranova’s film portrait. Haraway’s winding reflections and insights are set against images of squiggly sea creatures, kooky animation, and a breezy electronic score. The result is a tranquil, yet playful meditation that dives headfirst into the mind of one of the most inventive and curious thinkers living today.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Peter Bratt | 
US |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

Dolores Huerta may just be the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of. Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta was responsible for organizing minority farm workers all across California and founding United Farm Workers Dolores is a vibrant and long overdue tribute to a trailblazing 20th century feminist.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:30pm
Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Pau Faus | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
86 minutes

Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm