Competition Documentary Features
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN MARSHALL
USA, 2010, 82 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Fascinating, disturbing, and sure to ignite controversy, HOLY WARS tracks a pair of religious fundamentalists – a danger-seeking Christian missionary and a radicalized Irish Muslim convert – from the beginnings of the “War on Terror” to the election of Obama. Amid a widening global conflict stoked by political, economic, and psychological forces, both men are consumed with preparation for the fight ahead. The Christian struggles to evangelize the world’s Muslims; the Muslim advocates for global jihad. Each firmly expects an apocalyptic battle, after which their God will rule the world. On the way to Armageddon, Director Marshall breaks doc protocol and convinces his subjects to meet on camera to debate faith and ideology. The result is a riveting collision of wills with altogether unexpected consequences. HOLY WARS is not about the right or wrong of any one religion, but instead about the nature of extremism and where it leads the most self-righteous of its followers.
DIRECTED BY DUSTIN GRELLA
USA, 2009, 8 MIN
Rotoscope-style animation tells the story of filmmaker Dustin Grella’s brother Devin’s untimely death in Iraq. Abstract and ethereal, the beauty of this heartfelt reflection is grounded in the reality of a sibling’s love and the nagging questions that remain when a brother dies in war.