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A film by Johnna Janis & Sergio Myers

86 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

DVD Extras: Extended Interviews • Filmmaker Biography

Every child deserves to be loved, and the opportunity to lead a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, childhood sexual abuse is rampant in our society: one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. There are approximately 40 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in America alone; we all know someone who has been affected. Childhood sexual abuse often leads its survivors to feel fear, shame, and anxiety – all of which promote silence – and predators rely on that silence to remain undetected. It is vital that we engage in a conversation about CSA if we want to bring about change. Without an open and honest discussion both in our communities and across the country, education – and prevention – is not possible.

Invisible Scars tells the story of Johnna Janis, who reveals the abuse she suffered as a child. Now armed with a new self-awareness, she explores the tools and resources available to help male and female survivors like her to overcome the debilitating effects of child sexual abuse.

“As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I spent many years withdrawn, struggling with the psychological repercussions of my abuse and ultimately, was a prisoner of my own silence. That was until one woman shared her personal story with me, and urged me to face the trauma from my childhood. Invisible Scars is the story of my healing journey.”
- Johnna Janis, Filmmaker

UPC: 720229916905 | Catalog #: FRF916905D | $24.95 | Street: Mar 29
A film by Marcia Connelly & Katherine Knight

54 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2014

What does the future hold for traditional rural societies in a rapidly changing world?

On Fogo Island, a small speck in the Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, sustaining a unique way of life in the face of a collapsing fishing industry is no small challenge. But when local entrepreneur Zita Cobb teams up with renowned architect Todd Saunders to build a one-of-a-kind inn on a rugged, windswept coastline, they end up creating a strikingly original work of design that will become a catalyst for social and economic change.

Experience this staggeringly beautiful place and how the community and local artisans, together with Saunders and Cobb, come together in this creative process during a time of optimism and uncertain hope.

“Captures a bold architecture project that embraces the excitement of living on the edge, both in relation to nature and to contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture.” - Architecture & Design Film Festival

“Examines how the architecture acknowledges the cultural traditions which inspire it, while maintaining a captivating sense of the unfamiliar. Photographed over the course of four seasons, it offers a portrait of an island and its people which tackles the juxtaposition between old and new and the complexities of building in a place far removed from the relative convenience of mainland Canada.” - Architecture Daily

UPC: 720229916912 | Catalog #: FRF916912D | $24.95 | Street: Mar 29
A film by Drew Taylor & Matthew Taylor

20 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

DVD Extras: Playable Soundtrack • Recording the Soundtrack: Behind the Scenes with a 16 Piece Big Band • Festival Q&As • Photo Gallery

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year Major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships (with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets) embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in medical school at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father's life.

The documentary features interviews with five Hall of Famers - Joe Torre, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ferguson Jenkins, and Pat Gillick - as well as others including MLB All-Stars Joe Carter, Tim McCarver, Art Shamsky and Cito Gaston. Historical MLB footage details Ron's performances in the '64 and '69 World Series, pitching against the likes of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

“We were raised on the stories our father told. For us, they seemed normal, just a regular Dad having a life before kids. As we grew older, we started to notice the look in peoples' eyes as he relived his baseball moments. We decided to make this film as a way not only to honor our father, but to tell his story to people who may not have had the chance to get to know him like we did. He was our father and role model, shaping us to become the men we are today.” - Drew Taylor & Matthew Taylor, Filmmakers

UPC: 720229916929 | Catalog #: FRF916929D | $12.95 | Street: Mar 29
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