Session 28
Thursday April 21, 9:00pm – 11:30pm
AMC/LOEWS Boston Common: 175 Tremont St. Boston
NOT IN MY BACKYARD                                24MIN

'Not In My Back Yard' examines one of Massachusetts'
most controversial laws; the Comprehensive Permit
Statute, commonly called Chapter 40B. The law allows
a builder to by-pass a municipalities' local zoning and
density laws, if that builder allots from 20-25% of his
total units built, affordable. To some, the 40 year old law
is the only remedy to the state's exclusionary zoning
practices, to other it's a draconian usurpation of a city or
town's sovereignty by the state. It has set neighbor
against neighbor and the Massachusetts Inspector
General called the law'One of the biggest scandals in
state history.' The film will follow two Chapter 40B
projects in the filmmakers town of Easton
Massachusetts. One particularly controversial project
includes the historic Ames Shovel Shop. Interviews
include former Gov. Michael Dukakis, as well as many
residents, experts and politicians.
Written & Produced by Douglas Ross, Joseph Conforti


IKLAND                                                        95MIN

After studying the Ik of northern Uganda, anthropologist
Colin Turnbull disparaged them as the worst people in
the world. Free from the ills of modern influence, they
were seen as a metaphor for the essence of human
nature. If the Ik were evil, then at our core, so were we.
Turnbull's 1972 book became one of the most influential
ethnographic works of all time. The Ik however,
remained isolated. For director Cevin Soling, they
represented the one of the last outpost of imagination in
a world devoid of myth. He risked his life, and the lives
of his crew, by traveling through war-ravaged territory on
a quest to find them.

Directed and produced by David Hilbert
and Cevin Soling