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