BETTER LIVING THROUGH FILM

BETTER LIVING THROUGH FILM

What do you call artists who advocate? Artivists, of course. The filmmakers on show at the Artivist Film Festival (sixth annual, in fact) are on a mission to raise public awareness of global causes, from animal rights to preservation of the environment -- and the entire shebang is absolutely free. The scheduled films include: Peter Bratt's La Mission (Dec. 1, 8 p.m.), set in the San Francisco district of the same name, follows the turmoil between a homophobic Latino dad and his gay son; Arthur C. Smith's documentary Ice Bears of Beaufort (Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.) captures the quiet habitat of Alaskan polar bears; Bryan Single's Children of War (Dec. 2, 9 p.m.) chronicles the rehabilitation of child soldiers from the Lord's Resistance Army of Uganda; Douglas Tirola's An Omar Broadway Film (Dec. 3, 7:15 p.m.), a collaborative work with inmate Omar Broadway, details life inside the maximum-security gang unit of Newark, New Jersey's Northern State Prison; Brian Malone's Intelligent Life (Dec. 3, 9:30 p.m.) examines, photo-essay style, the unintended consequences of America's life of convenience; Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy's Belonging (Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.) warns of spiraling populations and vanishing resources; Matt Katsolis' Dia De Luz (Day of Light) (Dec. 4, 9 p.m.) tours a Nicaraguan trash-dump community; Brandon Bond's VICKtory to the Underdog (Dec. 5, 1 p.m.) reports on the tattoo artist's dog-rescue efforts. The festival concludes with the 2009 Artivist Awards in the categories of International Human Rights, Children's Advocacy, Environmental Preservation and Animal Advocacy.
Dec. 1-5, 2009