The Rated SGF film festival has announced the films for their 2020 edition.
The festival, managed by the Downtown Springfield Association & the Film & Media Association of Springfield, includes an Academy Award nominee and a documentary about a legendary album from the Queen of Soul.
The Academy Award nominee is “Minding The Gap.” The movie documents the friendships of three young men from Rockford, Illinois, who had a rabid love for skateboarding. The Bing Liu film won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Queen of Soul takes center stage in the film “Amazing Grace.” Aretha Franklin recorded the gospel album “Amazing Grace” at the New Temple Missionary Church in Los Angeles in 1972 and the documentary captures what took place during the recording.
Other films include “Thunder Road”, about a police officer overcoming a personal meltdown after a divorce and family member death; and a series of short films from Kansas City raised filmmaker Morgan Cooper, including a fake movie trailer for a drama version of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Here is the festival’s schedule:
Friday, March 27th
- 2:30 pm Short Film Director Workshop
- 4:00 pm Film Workshop with Sean McEwan
- 7:00 pm U Shoot Videos Screening – Q&A with Morgan Cooper to follow
- 9:00 pm Short Films Block
Saturday, March 28th
- 11:00 am Amazing Grace Screening – Q&A with Lyle Foster to follow
1pm-2:30pm Shuttles run for local African American Heritage Trail Churches
- 3:00 pm Minding The Gap Screening – Q&A with Keire Johnson to follow
- 7:00 pm Thunder Road Screening – Q&A with Jim Cummings(remote) & Kendal Farr to follow
- 10:00 pm After Party at Hotel Vandivort