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The 2016 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is proud to represent women directors in our 2016 program. These films show the broad and diverse subjects that women directors are highlighting. SFIFF is excited to have most of the directors in attendance for their films. With content ranging from coming-of-age in the female bildungsroman Girl Flu, to the quarter-life-crisis tale of No Light and No Land Anywhere following its premiere at the LA Film Fest and directed by Amber Sealey(a graduate of EJ Martinez, Capshaw and Santa Fe High School) to Always Shine, the psychological thriller reminiscent of Brian De Palma's Single White Female. Documentary themes travel you from Kivilia, Alaska, a town sinking due to ice melt, to Jackson Mississippi where Maisie Crow guides an intimate exploration of three women's lives, and Longshotsville about a theater community in Taos, NM. The fest will also present a panel with several of these visiting artists October 22.
No Light and No Land Anywhere directed by Amber Sealey (In Attendance)
Grieving her mother's death and her own failing marriage, Lexi boards a plane from London to Los Angeles in search of the estranged father who abandoned her when she was three years old. Based out of a seedy Hollywood motel, she follows a tenuous trail of breadcrumbs, collecting numbers and addresses in the hopes that one will lead to her father, while establishing unexpected connections along the way. A stranger in the City of Angels, Lexi's reckless searching leads to cautious discoveries in an atmospheric and introspective quest. Buy Tickets Directly
Girl Flu directed by Dorie Barton (In Attendance)
Bird, 12, has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when - in the worst week of her life - she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to The Valley.Buy Tickets Directly
The Last Film Festival Directed by Linda Yellen (In attendance)
There are 4,000 film festivals around the world. Where would you go if your film was turned down by 3,999 of them? What happens when an obscure film festival is the last hope for a failing producer and his disaster of a movie? When the artifice and ruthlessness of Hollywood collides with the homespun innocence of small town America, neither will ever be the same. Starring Jacqueline Bisset (In Attendance) and Dennis Hopper in his final role.  Buy Tickets Directly
Tempest Storm directed by Nimisha Mukerji (In Attendance)
Tempest Storm is a feature documentary that tells the controversial life story of an 85-year-old American sex icon, who after decades of estrangement from her family is ready to set the record straight.
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Jackson directed by Maisie Crow (In Attendance)
What is life like in a place where the anti­-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion almost impossible? Since the ruling in Roe v. Wade over four decades ago, the self-labelled "pro-­life" movement has won significant legal, cultural, and political battles. Now, the stigma of abortion is prolific in the American South, leaving women in poverty and women of color particularly vulnerable. Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson takes a close look inside the issues surrounding abortion.Buy Tickets Directly
100 Years: One Woman's Fight for Justice directed by Melinda Janko(In Attendance)
In 1996, Elouise Cobell, filed the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the U.S. Government for the mismanagement of billions of dollars held in Trust for 300,000 Native Americans. For 15 years and three Presidential administrations she fought for justice. This is the story of how she prevailed. Buy Tickets Directly
The Good Mind by Gwendolen Cates (In Attendance)
The Onondaga Nation never accepted U.S. citizenship, has its own passport, and still maintains a traditional government led by clanmothers and chiefs. Motivated by ancient prophecies, the Nation fights for environmental stewardship of ancestral land and waters taken by NY State in violation of a 1794 treaty with George Washington. Buy Tickets Directly
Kivalina by Gina Abatemarco (In Attendance)
In an epic battle against the world's biggest polluters (the oil and gas corporations). Kivalina, a tiny village in Northwest Alaska struggles to survive and save itself from the consequences of global warming.Buy Tickets Directly
My Life as a Film directed by Eva Vitija (In Attendance)
A personal search for the difficult yet healing truths hidden behind her father's pictures. Through her film Eva Vitija gives her past back that element of intimacy that her father's camera seems to have stolen from her, re-establishes the bond that tied her not only to him but also and above all to herself. A surprising and philosophical family story about filming and the attempt to capture life. A powerful debut film with unexpectedly universal appeal that doesn't shy away from portraying the small and big flaws that make us human. Buy Tickets Directly
Longshotsville directed by Jody McNicholas (In Attendance)
A self-created family of actors emerge from a community theatre in the quirky artist town of Taos, New Mexico. Taking their passions to the next level is going to take humor, courage and more than a little small-town heart. Buy Tickets Directly
To Keep the Light directed by Erica Fae
Inspired by true stories, a lighthouse keeper's wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and she is forced to confront both her past and her future. Buy Tickets Directly
Le Dep directed by Sonia Boileau
A psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father's convenience store in a small First Nations community. One night, a masked robber holds her at gunpoint. Before long, she will have to make decisions that will change the course of her life.Buy Tickets Directly
Dust Cloth directed by Ahu Ozturk
Nesrin and Hatun are two Kurdish cleaning women living in Istanbul. While Nesrin tries to survive with her little daughter, trying to understand why her husband left her, Hatun dreams of buying a house in the district where they clean. Buy Tickets Directly
Always Shine directed by Sophia Takal
Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet inevitable confrontation, changing both of their lives forever. Buy Tickets Directly
Free CeCe directed by Jacqueline Gares
CeCe McDonald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. After an international movement to free her, CeCe emerges as a leader to interrogate the prison industrial complex and inspire women to fight back when attacked.Buy Tickets Directly
Embracing Santa Fe's reputation as a city with great theaters, the festival features the hottest selections of international and American independent films at each of the art house theaters in Santa Fe including Violet Crown, Jean Cocteau Cinema, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Center for Contemporary Arts, and The Screen at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The Festival presents over 100 films, educational panels, masters discussions, and five nights of parties to an audience of over 10,000 annually.


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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival would not be possible without our generous sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors:  New Mexico True and Violet Crown Cinema
Official Sponsors: The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, Studio X, Santa Fe New Mexican, Hutton Broadcasting, Restaurant Martin, Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza,  Open Kitchen Santa Fe, Santa Fe Film Institute, Santa Fe County and Cowgirl BBQ.
Community Sponsors: Jean Cocteau Cinema, Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Alamos National Bank, Bouche French Bistro, Institute of American Indian Arts, The Palace Bar & Saloon, La Boca, Meow Wolf, The Screen at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Warehouse 21, Pranzo Italian Grill, High Desert Digital and Inside Santa Fe.
Signature Sponsors: Santa Fe Tinworks, Pristina Water,  Inn of the Governors, St. Claire Winery, Inn and Spa at Loretto and Bobby Beals & Co. 
Contributing Sponsors: Century Bank of Santa Fe, Hinkle Law Firm, Roadrunner Shuttle, Santa Fe Selections, Santa Fe Brewing Company, Skylight, Christopher Foundation for the Arts, Santa Fe Selections, Angel Fire Vodka and SFUAD Foundation.
Filmmaker Bag Sponsors: Los Poblamos Historic Inn & Organic Gardens, Heidi's Raspberry Farm, Trickster Company, and The Cheesemongers. 
Partial Funding Provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, Santa Fe County's 1% Lodger's Tax, New Mexico ARTS, and the Santa Fe County