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This Years Schedule


SHOWPLACE ICON SEAPORT, 60 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Parking: Convenient parking is located at the One Seaport Garage on 75 Sleeper Street. Validation rate up to 4 hours: Monday-Friday before 5PM - $10, Monday-Friday after 5PM - $15, and any time Saturday and Sunday - $15

Public Transport: Use the MBTA Silver Line (SL1, SL2, SL3), exit at the Courthouse Station stop located on Seaport Boulevard.

Red Carpet appearances Friday through Sunday at Seaport Plaza next door to the cinema.

Thursday September 19th

American Tragedy
American Tragedy
(World Premiere)
  • Showing time: 7:00PM
  • Running time: 80 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Director: *Josh Sabey
  • Producer: Lisa Sabey, *Zak Ciotti, Sarah Sabey
  • Synopsis: April 20, 1999 was a day that changed the world. Columbine High School was under attack by two of its own students: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. In a new documentary, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, attempts to reconcile how the son she thought she knew, she loved and affectionately referred to as “Sunshine Boy” could willingly and knowingly be a school shooter.
  • * In Person & QA Panelist: Josh Sabey, Zak Ciotti,Crystal Miller (survivor) and *Sarah Davidon (mental health professional)
JoJo Rabbit
JoJo Rabbit
(US Premiere and Pre-Release Screening)
  • Showing time: 9:00PM
  • Running time: 108 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Producer: Fox Searchlights , Defender Films, Piki Films, Czech Anglo
  • Productions Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell
  • Synopsis: A World War II satire about a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is rocked when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie). Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).

Friday September 20th

Whaling
Whaling
(World Premiere)
  • Showing time: 6:45PM
  • Running time: 110 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Director: *Sean McEwen
  • Producer: Cassidy Lunnen, *Sean McEwen, *Tammin Sursok
  • Actors: Tom Felton, Wendi McLendon-Covey, *David Koechner, *Tammin Sursok, *Austin Swift
  • Synopsis: Star and Brandon, estranged brother and sister, are brought together after their mother's recent death and her absurd final request to dispose of her ashes in the body of a whale. They embark on a road trip to San Antonio.
  • * In Person & QA Panelist: Sean McEwen, Tammin Sursok, David Koechner, Austin Swift
Last Harvest
The Last Harvest: You Can’t Grow Without Change
  • Showing time: 9:30PM
  • Running time: 20 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Directors: Alexis Spraic
  • Producers: David Burden, Michael Pizzo
  • Synopsis: A rare glimpse into the hopes, hardships and uncertain futures of three agricultural family growers. Today, 75 percent of the fresh fruit consumed in the United States is entirely dependent on hard-harvesting. Serious problems threaten the country’s availability of fresh food and the vibrancy of the thriving agricultural community.
The Wild
The Wild
  • Showing time: 9:30PM
  • Running time: 90 Min
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
  • Director: Mark Titus
  • Producer: Mark Titus, John W. Comerford, David J. Cornfield, Tom Douglas, Kazumi Mechling, Leah Warshawski
  • Associate Producer: *Kyle Gleason
  • Synopsis: A threat to the Alaskan wilderness is exposed by Director Mark Titus. A proposed copper mine will destroy the largest wild salmon run in the U.S. that sources the majority of the country’s demand.
  • * In Person & QA Panelist: Kyle Gleason

Saturday September 21st

Shorts Program 1
  • Show Time 1:00pm
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • You Need Help (16:57 min) Director: Barbara Elbinger Synopsis: Fred tries to bring life back into his marriage after a mysterious leaflet lands on his doormat, promising to bring joy back into his life again.
    • American Life (9 min) Director: Emily Harmon Synopsis: Michael uses boxing for moments of escape from his violent Chicago community until his younger brother is threatened by gang members.
    • The Seal (15:55 min) Director: Rich Rudola Synopsis: A young woman receives a mysterious package that upends her sedated life.
    • Heirloom (14 min) Director: Paul Walter Hauser Synopsis: When a young woman enlists her best girlfriends to retrieve a family heirloom from a creepy house, the women butt heads with a gang of misfits who live there.
    • Boy Eats Girl: A Zombie Love Story (7:10 min) Director: Sarah Gurfield Synopsis: A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died, but not their hearts.
    • The Bigonia Garden (20:29 min) Director: Ron Goldin Synopsis: While war is raging outside, neighbors Adam and Barr meet in the staircase between sirens. The war and their budding relationship force Adam to deal with his personal and social anxieties.
    • Class 84 (14:30 min) Director: Alex Salsberg and Joe Andrade Synopsis: Teenager Mike feels smothered by his overprotective mom’s extensive safety rules, until he uncovers a horrifying curse that puts her in immediate danger. With the help of a mysterious shut-in named Robbie Zygowski (voiced by Dr. Katz’s Jonathan Katz), Mike must decide whether or not he can break his mother’s rules to save her life.
    • Waiting Game (24:00 min) Director: Jon Bloch Synopsis: Kenny puts his life on hold to move back home and take care of his dying father, Mel. he must decide whether to let his father take his own life, or to continue to let him suffer.
    • A Valley (16:16 min) Director: Joel Marsh Synopsis: A couple goes on a final camping trip to feel alone and alive before the end.
    Satan & Adam
    NBC Bluff City Law
    (TV Pilot Special Advance Screening)
    • Showing time: 7:00PM
    • Running time: 45 Min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director: Jessica Yu
    • Writer: Dean Georgaris
    • Producer: Dean Georgaris, Michael Aguilar, David Janollari
    • Cast: Jimmy Smits, *Caitlin McGee, Nick Basta, *Jayne Atkinson, Woodlene Alexis, *Michael Luwoye
    • Synopsis: Coming from a famous Memphis family known for fighting injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait worked at her legendary father Elijah's law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After years-long estrangement, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family when her philanthropist mother dies. In the wake of this loss, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his firm, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves.
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Caitlin McGee, Jayne Atkinson, Michael Luwoye
    Content
    Content
    • Showing time: 8:40PM
    • Running time: 11 Min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director: Chris Coats
    • Producer: Garrett Weinstein, Jessica Rionero, *Ben Sidell
    • Writer: *Ben Sidell
    • Cast: Philipp Maximilian, *Ben Sidell
    • Synopsis: When asked to model for a professional photographer, Kevin (Ben Sidell) is hit with both excitement and fear. As the shoot commences he proves to be a little out of his depth. Willing to do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot, Kevin allows the line of professionalism to blur as Colin (Philipp Maximilian), the photographer pushes him.
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Ben Sidell
    A Boy Called Sailboat
    She's In Portland
    (World Premiere)
    • Showing time: 8:40PM
    • Running time: 100 Min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director: *Marc Carlini
    • Producer: Jeremy Alter
    • Cast: *Tommy Dewey, *Francois Arnaud, Minka Kelly, Joelle Carter, *Lola Glaudini
    • Synopsis: Two college friends now in their thirties, admire each other’s lives and feel trapped in their own. Wes, tied to a demanding career and his responsibilities to family, extends a work trip to drag his dispirited artist friend Luke to find Luke's “one that got away.”
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Marc Carlini, Tommy Dewey, Francois Arnaud, Lola Glaudini

    Sunday September 22nd

    Shorts Program 2
    • Show Time 1:00PM
  • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • April Winter (14 min) Director: Emilie Silverstri Synopsis: When April’s hunt for a coyote takes an unexpected turn, she must confront the ways of the natural world and face the reality she’s been denying.
    • Faces In The Sun (20 min) Director: Farah Shaer Synopsis: An apprentice prayer surrogate doubts the reason why her mentor asked her to have a day off from work. This doubt leads her down a path with unexpected consequences
    • September (15:23 min) Director: Konstantin Rall & Zeehyun Soh Synopsis: A successful businesswoman does a pregnancy test after a passionate weekend with a working colleague.
    • Omen (17:18 min) Director: Ella Carey Synopsis: A world without men is all they know, until one day an unvisited visitor comes knocking, turning Tiny’s world upside down.
    • The Fox and The Bird (11:57 min) Director: Sam and Fred Guillaume Synopsis: A solitary fox finds itself improvising fatherhood for a freshly hatched baby bird. Two paths cross and a family is formed, until fate reminds them each of the life it is meant to lead
    • Tactic Blue (9:14 min) Director: Wenkai Duan Synopsis: Carl goes to a deserted site to rescue his daughter Alice who was kidnapped. Waiting for Carl in the site is Moye, Carl’s biggest rival who works for an organized criminal party. Moye modified Alice and turned her into a killing machine. Carl saw the daughter being transformed and he lost his calm, Until almost killed by his daughter. Carl does not hesitate to use his blood and life to awaken his daughter’s memory.
    • The Realm Beyond Reason (7:30 min) Director: Pat Moriarity and Seth Zeichner Synopsis: Two teenage brothers find themselves in the middle of the woods on their first day of work at an isolated pizzeria, where things are not what they seem to be. They find themselves in the realm beyond reason.
    • The Last Girl (21:21 min) Director: Shira Rosenzweig Synopsis: Humanity is due for a reckoning and one scientist plays, jury, judge and executioner. Can her newly acquired digital therapist pull her back from the brink?
    • Dodgson Director: Dan Michael Synopsis: A mundane, clinical psychologist is alerted of his father’s death while concluding a session with a schizophrenic female patient.
    The Sinner
    In Their Shoes
    (Free & Open to the Public)
    • Showing time: 2:00PM
    • Running time: 70 Min
    • Location: Boston Public Library
    • Director: *Taylor Katsanis
    • Producer: *James Wahlberg, *Cheryl Buchanan, Natalia Livingston
    • Featured: Zachary Paul, Jeanne Torres-Vargas, Stephen Crivellaro, Marcel Harrison, Mayor Marty Walsh, Congressman Joe Kennedy III
    • Synopsis: Meet the men in a prison reentry and addiction recovery creative writing program. Learn, from their own words about their crimes, and witness the complexity of their ongoing stories on the outside. Interspersed with interviews and appearances by Mayor Marty Walsh, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Sheriff Michael Bellotti, Professor Randall Horton, Dr. Bertha Madras of Trump’s Commission on the Opiate Crisis, and more.
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Taylor Katsanis, James Wahlberg, Cheryl Buchanan
    Grace
    The Dog Doc
    (Special Event Screening)
    • Red Carpet Opportunity: 2:30PM Dog photo opportunity – 60 Seaport Blvd.
    • Showing time: 4:00PM
    • Running time: 104 min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director: Cindy Meehl
    • Producer: Alice Henty, *Brittany Batterton
    • Cast: *Dr. Marty Goldstein
    • Synopsis: As a pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein has been called everything from "maverick" to "miracleworker." For dogs from around the world, Dr. Goldstein's practice, Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, provides holistic treatment for animals after other vets have given up.
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Brittany Batterton, Dr. Marty Goldstein
    Grace
    Once Upon A River
    (East Coast Premiere)
    • Showing time: 7:00PM
    • Running time: 90 min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director/Writer: *Haroula Rose
    • Producer: JJ Ingram, *Haroula Rose
    • Cast: *Kenadi DelaCerna, *John Ashton, Tatanka Means, *Ajuawak Kapashesit, *Coburn Goss
    • Synopsis: It's 1978 and Margo Crane, a 15 year old part Native teen, must take to the Stark River on an odyssey. Akin to Huck Finn, this is a heroine like no other. Based on the best selling novel ONCE UPON A RIVER by Bonnie Jo Campbell.
    • * In Person & QA Panelist: Haroula Rose, John Ashton, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Coburn Goss, Kenadi DelaCerna
    Grace
    A Hidden Life
    (East Coast Premiere and Pre-Release screening)
    • Showing time: 9:20PM
    • Running time: 90 min
    • Location: ShowPlace Icon Seaport
    • Director: Terrence Malick
    • Producer: Elisabeth Bentley, Dario Bergesio, Grant Hilll, Josh Jeter
    • Cast: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts
    • Synopsis: Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story about, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. The Austrian peasant farmer faces the threat of execution for treason.

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