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Sponsored by Anonymous Donation in Support of Restorative Partners
An intimate and stirring portrait of three men on the frontlines of power and race in America, IN AN IDEAL WORLD goes deep inside a California prison to explore – and honor – the human drama at the core of America’s locked down racial order. An immersive story told firsthand, without outside experts or narration, the film follows three men — a warden, a white separatist and a black ex-gangbanger — for seven years inside Soledad prison. Over many years, John, Sam and the warden have learned how to navigate prison’s violent and deeply entrenched, racially divided culture, but now they find themselves on the cusp of potentially radical change. For the first time, a novel mixed race workshop offers inmates alternatives to violence, just as a U.S. Supreme Court order presses California to stop segregating its cells, reversing decades of official policy and upsetting the racial high wire. USA. 83 min.
After the screening on Saturday there will be a panel discussion with two of the formerly incarcerated men featured in the film.
Friday, March 13, 7pm  Galaxy Theatre
Saturday, March 14, 4pm  Palm Theatre
Director/Producer: Noel Schwerin
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Mad_As_Hell_009_msnbcMAD AS HELL
Sponsored by Madonna Inn
The liberal/progressive political and social internet commentary program The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, has amassed a YouTube network of millions of subscribers and billions of views. But that wasn’t always the case. Mad As Hell documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory, of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ founder and principal host, as he moves up the ladder from Public Access TV, to internet sensation, to host on MSNBC Live, becoming, in the process, a thorn in the side of traditional news media. USA. 82 min.
Wednesday, March 11, 7pm   Mission Cinemas
Saturday, March 14, 4pm  La Perla Del Mar
Director: Andrew Napier
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MASK_ashanti_montera_jessica_congdonTHE MASK YOU LIVE IN
Sponsored by Women’s Legacy Fund
Is there a “boy crisis” in America? Is our male population suffering due to our emphasis on power, dominance, and aggression? “The statistics of boys compared to girls are frightening,” director Jennifer Siebel Newsom says. “Boys are more likely to be expelled or kicked out of school, to binge drink, be prescribed drugs, engage in violent crime and to take their own lives.” THE MASK YOU LIVE IN explores how our narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, our men, and our society at large, and points to some ways we can remedy the problem. USA. 89 min.

On Saturday, March 14, after the film, Jessica Anthony, the film’s producer will join Dr. Rosyln Caldwell, leader of the Bakari Project at Cal Poly, and Tom Harrington, Paso Robles High Assistant Principal to discuss the issues in the film and take questions from the audience. Women’s Legacy Fund CEO Heidi McPherson will moderate. Tickets are available for the screening at the Fremont Theatre now.
Saturday, March 14, 3pm Fremont Theatre
Sunday, March 15, 1pm  Downtown Cinemas
Producer: Jessica Anthony
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Sponsored by Ekmanian Tax & Accounting
Transforming Harry Potter’s fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. MUDBLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you never could have imagined – until now. USA. 85 min.
Friday, March 13, 4pm  Mission Cinemas  
Saturday March 14, 10am  Downtown Cinemas
Director: Farzad Sangari
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Oil & Water - Hugo Lucitante (left) and David Poritz see signs of oil development in EcuadorOIL & WATER
Sponsored by Sharon & John Dobson
OIL & WATER is the true story of two boys coming of age during the contamination of Ecuador’s Amazon region by reckless oil drilling. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo, a member of the Cofan tribe, comes to America to fight for the survival of his people and their traditional way of life, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet. USA/Ecuador. 78 min.
Wednesday, March 11, 4pm  Mission Cinemas
Saturday, March 14, 4pm  Mission Cinemas
Director/Producer/Writers: Francine Strickwerda & Laurel Spellman Smith
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Sponsored by Mother’s Tavern, The Wine Shed & Creeky Tiki
When Bruce Brown’s ON ANY SUNDAY premiered in 1971, it earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. Four decades later, Bruce’s son, acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown, directs this modern take on the original, capturing what it means to ride motorcycles in the United States and globally today. Shot in 4K Ultra HD, the action and emotion are breathtaking, with phenomenal athletes, revolutionary innovators, Hollywood stars, and motorcycles used to save lives. ON ANY SUNDAY, THE NEXT CHAPTER journeys deep into the humanity and excitement of motorcycle culture across disciplines – the passion for the race, the love of family and friends, the thrill of the ride. USA. 91 min. Bruce and Dana Brown will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.
Friday, March 13, 7pm  Mission Cinemas
Saturday, March 14, 1pm  Galaxy Theatre
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Sponsored by the Growing Together Initiative & Tranz Central Coast
When Jenni and Lisa first fell in love, they vowed to follow a life of adventure. But they had no idea that their promise would lead them to leave their 9-5 jobs, pick up a video camera, and travel through Asia, Africa and South America in search of the people who are leading the movement for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. Combining intimate verite and video-journal footage of this couple’s year- long journey with their interviews of LGBT leaders across the developing world, OUT & AROUND documents the momentous changes occurring in the status of queer people around the world today. USA. 85 min.
Friday, March 13, 7pm  Mission Cinemas
Sunday, March 15, 10am  Palm Theatre
Directors: Ryan Suffern & Lauren Fash
Producers: Megan Oliveira & Susan Graham
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Sponsored by Paul Metchik
PERSONAL GOLD follows four underdog women cyclists that become America’s hope for a cycling medal following the withdraw of Lance Armstrong and teammates from the 2012 London Olympics. The underfunded women turn to friends, family, and a grassroots Digital Health/Big Data experiment to attempt the impossible; win the first U.S. Women’s Track Cycling Medal in over 20 years. USA/ Spain. 89 min.
Thursday, March 12, 7pm  Palm Theatre
Friday, March 13, 4pm  Downtown Cinemas
Director: Tamara Christopherson
Producer: Sky Christopherson
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Sponsored by Toni Bouman,
RE/MAX Del Oro

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of the development narrative, but the results have been mixed. Drawing on perspectives gathered from over 150 interviews shot over 4 years in 20 countries, POVERTY, INC. explores the hidden side of doing good. From disaster relief to TOMS Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, the docu- mentary pulls back the curtain on the poverty industrial complex – the multi-billion dollar market of NGOs, multilateral agencies, and for-profit aid contractors. Are we really help- ing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get richer? . USA. 86 min.
Wednesday, March 11, 4pm  Mission Cinemas
Thursday, March 12, 1pm  Downtown Cinemas

Producer: Mark Weber
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