The Selected Films of Jax Documentary Film Festival


The Inaugural Jax Documentary Film Festival, scheduled for April 16 - 17, in Five Points! The two day event hosts dozens of documentary films, sourced from across the globe. Events kick off at the historic Sun-Ray Cinema and Raindogs on Park Street! Check out a list of selected films after the jump!

Published March 31, 2016 in Culture - MetroJacksonville.com




The Jax Documentary Film Festival is around the corner, April 16 - 17, 2016.

These are the selected films of the inaugural Jax Documentary Film Festival:


Iranian Ninja
This documentary recounts the challenges, difficulties and obstacles for Iranian women that engage in sports "Ninjutsu”, to narrates Iran's first female ninja ”Khatereh Jalilzadeh".


Roll Out, Cowboy
Chris "Sandman" Sand is a rappin' cowboy from Dunn Center, North Dakota (population: 120 and shrinking). He drives a semi, plays the guitar and raps. Sandman looks like Woody Guthrie but sings like LL Cool J. Roll Out, Cowboy follows the 39-year-old country/hip-hop musician as he tours the American West, performing for rural towns who might not have heard live hip-hop before. Sandman's story is the struggle of an artist trying to make a buck. In a tough economy, can your American dream still carry a tune?

For other MJ Coverage of the Film Festival check out
an interview with the founders:
The list of film selections at the festival.
The TVJax Melissa Ross Interview about the event!



Dog Days
Dog Days is a feature-length documentary about a novice entrepreneur and an immigrant hotdog vendor who, amidst the recession, take a joint leap of faith to keep the American Dream alive.

Like many Americans, Coite lost his job in the economic downturn. A former industrial engineer with no experience in the food industry, he decides to stake his life savings on a new business venture — providing gourmet food to Washington, D.C., street vendors. Dog Days tells the story of his precarious partnership with veteran street vendor Siyone, a former refugee from East Africa, as they push the boundaries of business as usual and embrace new risks. Coite needs Siyone's help to revive an industry threatened by government regulation on the one hand and innovative new competitors on the other; Siyone needs Coite to succeed if she is to attract more customers and provide for her four children.

An inspirational story of perseverance and redemption, Dog Days looks inside the micro-entrepreneurial world of street vending in our nation's capital, and explores how two unlikely business partners navigate the cultural, economic, and regulatory barriers standing in their way.



Children of the Arctic

For other MJ Coverage of the Film Festival check out
an interview with the founders:
The list of film selections at the festival.
The TVJax Melissa Ross Interview about the event!



Almost There
For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. The film’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.



The Incomparable Rose Hartman
You may not know her by name but you’ve seen her work. Starting with Studio 54 and moving forward into the New York celebrity fashion scene, Rose has photographed every major celebrity, fashion designer, artist, and socialite who has ever ventured out into the nightlife of NYC. Rose was one of the first photographers to capture the backstage environment of the fashion world and is known by the industry elite as the woman who takes a portrait that the subject would have taken themselves. The film follows Rose through her life of entrée as she put the lives of the glamorous and famous on film that serves as one of the few visual histories of NYC.

For other MJ Coverage of the Film Festival check out
an interview with the founders:
The list of film selections at the festival.
The TVJax Melissa Ross Interview about the event!


Revolution, Riot Grrrl Style

Battle for Brooklyn
An intensely intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by owners and residents facing condemnation of their property to make way for the controversial Atlantic Yards project, a massive plan to build 16 skyscrapers and a basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets in the heart of Brooklyn. Shot over seven years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, BATTLE for BROOKLYN is an epic tale of how far people will go to fight for what they believe in.

For other MJ Coverage of the Film Festival check out
an interview with the founders:
The list of film selections at the festival.
The TVJax Melissa Ross Interview about the event!


Frame by Frame

For other MJ Coverage of the Film Festival check out
an interview with the founders:
The list of film selections at the festival.
The TVJax Melissa Ross Interview about the event!


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