Small Screen on the Silver Screen

Deep Dive into the TV That Changed Our Lives

Television has the power to reach into our homes to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. With this SIFF Spotlight, our cinema screens light up with the narratives behind some of the most famous and influential television shows of yesteryear, as well as the bits of trash television that we've forgotten about along the way. From "Freaks and Geeks" to "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," this collection of films investigates how our lives are shaped by the small screen in big ways.

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

The creators and cast of the beloved and critically acclaimed show reunite to explore how their tale of high school's losers, weirdos, and outcasts was axed by network executives after only one season, yet still launched many of today's biggest stars.

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Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems

Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems

Ranging from industrial training videos to forsaken home movies, comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher's vast VHS library features the world's largest collection of strange, outrageous, and profoundly stupid videos, the best (and worst) of which they have carefully curated and present along with live comedy commentary.

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Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda

The inner life and lasting impact of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner is given a touching tribute through revealing newly discovered audiotapes, rare home movies, interviews with friends Lorne Michaels, Martin Short, and Laraine Newman, and her own diaries as read by admirers Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader.

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Queerama

Queerama

A century of the LGBTQ experience in the United Kingdom is lyrically illustrated through montages of vintage film and TV footage culled from the vaults of the British Film Institute and interwoven with the music of John Grant (The Czars) and Hercules & Love Affair.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Oscar®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) presents the heartwarming life of Fred Rogers, whose cherished PBS series used cardigans, puppets, and the Land of Make-Believe to imaginatively and compassionately inspire children, while not shying away from complicated issues.

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