By Emma Marsano | Special to the Almanac
Three feature films and a series of three shorts will be shown at the Windrider Film Forum at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center from Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21.
The forum shows films that "address some human issue ... in a way that encourages the audience to openly explore the issue, dialog with the filmmaker in the Q&A sessions, and (come away) more educated on the topic and interested in constructively responding to the issue," said Terri Bullock, director of the Bay Area Windrider Film Forum.
Panel discussions will follow these screenings:
● 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19: "Hank and Asha," written, directed, produced and edited by husband and wife James E. Duff and Julia Morrison. The film explores a long-distance romance between two people from different cultures and backgrounds and asks viewers to examine how people communicate in a hyper-connected world.
● 7 p.m. Friday, June 20: "Short Term 12," which won the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. In making the film, Destin Daniel Cretton drew from his experience working at a home for at-risk teenagers.
● 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21: Three short films tackle the immigration issue from different angles: "Old Immigrant's Dance," "The Fence" and "The Dream Is Now."
● 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21: "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory," a documentary that won the Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film tells the story of a man who volunteered at a facility for elderly people with dementia. He began playing their favorite songs for them, and watched them go from sitting quietly to singing along with family members in a matter of minutes. Producer Alexandra McDougald and filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett will participate in the panel discussion.
The Performing Arts Center is at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.
Go to tinyurl.com/Wind-619 for more information and to order tickets.