The Invisible War is just one of the films that will be screened as part of the Impact Film Festival during both the DNC here in Charlotte and the RNC in Tampa. Below is the complete Queen City schedule.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE — This documentary centers on the activist group ACT UP and their successful efforts in raising AIDS awareness during the 1980s and beyond. (10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4)
THE INVISIBLE WAR — The crisis of rape within the U.S. military is examined in this powerful documentary. See review here. (2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4)
ETHEL — Award-winning documentarian Rory Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy and the youngest of their 11 children, directed and produced this intimate look at the life of her mother. Needless to say, this is the one film that is not also being screened during the RNC in Tampa; there, it's replaced by 41, a documentary about George H.W. Bush. Yup, sounds like Charlotte definitely got the better deal. (10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5)
HUNGER HITS HOME — Noted liberal Jeff Bridges will be in town to (among other things) lend support to this nonfiction piece which he narrated. Produced in partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, it draws attention to the plight of childhood hunger in the U.S. (2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5)
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN — Winner of the documentary branch's Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this reveals how the so-called War on Drugs, which has been raging for four decades, has been financially wasteful, racially discriminatory and socially ineffectual. (10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6)
BUTTER — A satire on Middle America, this stars Jennifer Garner as the wife of her Iowan town's butter-sculpting champion (Ty Burrell). When he decides to retire from competition, she pits herself against two challengers: her husband's stripper mistress (Olivia Wilde) and a precocious orphan girl (Yara Shahidi). (12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6)
ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION — Political humorist and media personality Mo Rocca travels across America to discover exactly what's wrong with our voting system. (2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6)
(Screenings will be held at EpiCentre Theaters, 210 E. Trade St. All showings are free and open to the public, but a ticket must be reserved at www.impactfilmfund.org. Please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and tickets are not guaranteed.)
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