Megan Leonard's Picks

SIFF Programmer Megan Leonard picks some of her highlights from the 2018 Festival.

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Bodied

Bodied

Prepare to be offended, leave angry, start yelling, discuss, and then realize they've won. Let it happen. The best rap movie since 8 Mile pulls no punches and will force you to confront your white guilt and your worst privileged PC-police officer. Calum Worthy (American Vandal) leads you into to the depths, and don't worry, you don't need to like him.

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Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Cringeworthy at every turn... it just hurts watching the adults attempt to assimilate with the youth. PSA FOR ANYONE OVER 40: NO DABBING, YOU'RE EMBARRASSING YOURSELF. Also praise be I never had to deal with a cell phone when I was in middle school.

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MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

I came of age with M.I.A.'s music and will always be in love with the way she rejects the mainstream and makes the most original pop around. This not only gave us an inside look at her creative process, but also the continuous controversy and racism she's dealt with throughout her career. Must see for all M.I.A. lovers.

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Noble Earth

Noble Earth

A stunning portrait of a woman finding her own agency in a place where it's meant to get lost. Striking, frustrating, and beautiful.

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Shakedown

Shakedown

Along with This One's for the Ladies, this is the double feature that puts all other double features to shame. These two documentaries take you into the counterculture realms of exotic dancing in black communities. The first, an all women's queer nightclub, the second, a traveling male troupe. These WIDE EYE OPENING docs are not to be missed. Like whoa.

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This One's for the Ladies

This One's for the Ladies

Along with Shakedown, this is the double feature that puts all other double features to shame. These two documentaries take you into the counterculture realms of exotic dancing in black communities. The first, an all women's queer nightclub, the second, a traveling male troupe. These WIDE EYE OPENING docs are not to be missed. Like whoa.

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Skate Kitchen

Skate Kitchen

An ode to the trials and tribulations of female friendship set against the backdrop of a sick girl skate group. All I want to do is join their girl squad. Jealous all day.

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Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

100% bonkers. Lakeith + Tessa + Armie + Boots = Everything.

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Thunder Road

Thunder Road

Based on the short film of the same name (named after the Springsteen classic), Jim Cummings' feature invites us to his tour-du-force one man show. You'll laugh, you'll cry; maybe both at the same time. JUST GO HOME AND WATCH THE SHORT.

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Under the Tree

Under the Tree

When I say this is an Icelandic black comedy, I mean PITCH-black. I knew neighbors could be awful, but this is some next level ish. Don't deprive Icelanders of their sunshine!

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Who Runs the World

Who Runs the World

While I recommend all of ShortsFest this year, make sure you don't miss this program.This is a feminist anthem program to make Bey proud—you'll leave feeling flexy AF.

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WTF?!

WTF?!

While I recommend all of ShortsFest this year, make sure you don't miss this program. It puts the WTF in WTF.

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