Across the street from the Pepsi Center
at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO, you can catch a
unique film festival open only for the duration of the convention.
The Impact Film Festival is out to
change the hearts and minds of DNC participants with films. It
features eleven socially conscious films that touch on issues of
equality, poverty and social justice.
One such film is the Academy Award
winning gay documentary Freeheld.
Director Cynthia Wade stitches together
a powerful documentary about the lives of two women facing death and
a discriminatory government in Freeheld. Lieutenant Laurel
Hester is dying from lung cancer while she fights for the right to
leave her Ocean County, New Jersey pension to her loving partner
Stacie. Wade weaves a powerful story relevant to anyone who has ever
loved and lost.
Other films in the festival include
Battle In Seattle, an edge-of-your-seat glimpse of the 1999
WTO demonstrations; RFK Remembered, Charles Guggenheim's
portrait of Bobby Kennedy; and Trouble The Water, a look at
poverty in America as seen through the eyes of a couple trapped in
New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
The Impact Film Festival will pack up
its celluloid agenda and meet Republican conventioneers in St. Paul,
Minnesota next week.
On the net: Impact Film Festival
website at www.impactfilmfestival.org.