On Screen|In Person Film Screening

On Screen/In Person is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the nation. This six-film annual series of socially relevant, engaging and provocative films, presented in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.

All individual screening dates and details of the documentaries are announced for the 2016-17 screenings below the general list. You can visit our Facebook page for more information, or contact Judy Hickman at or 302-504-9575.

The film makers will be in attendance at their respective films for a Meet and Greet and informal discussion post-screening.

Pay-What-You-Can at the door (No reservations needed)

Location:   The Queen Theater, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE, except as noted below*



Sweet Dreams

You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South

Love Thy Nature

Hilleman – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children

Real Boy

States of Grace

A still from the documentary film, "Sweet Dreams"

A still from the documentary film, “Sweet Dreams”

Sweet Dreams

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:30pm

A Documentary by Lisa Fruchtman of Berkeley, CA

Film Synopsis:
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drum troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace, and possibility. Sweet Dreams interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.

A still from the documentary film, "You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South"

A still from the documentary film, “You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South”

You Belong to Me: Sex, Race, and Murder in the South

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2:00pm

*Location:  Delaware Historical Society, 504 North Market Street, Wilmington (our partner in this event)

A Documentary by Jude Hagin of St. Augustine, FL

Film Synopsis:
August 3, 1952.   Live Oak, Florida 11:34 am.

Ruby McCollum, age 42, shoots State Senator-elect, Dr. C. L. Adams, firing her .32-caliber revolver four times, before going home and warming a bottle of milk for her baby daughter.

What began as a bizarre murder case quickly turned a bright light on the rotting underbelly of the old South. Ruby McCollum was the wealthiest black woman in Suwannee County, Florida. Her husband, Sam, ran the local Bolita numbers racket, owned several farms and sat on the Board of Florida’s largest black life insurance company. They were church-going, upstanding members of the community. Their eldest son had been accepted to UCLA. Murdering the most powerful white man in town over a doctor’s bill would seem the least likely crime she might commit. Was Ruby insane, or was the killing of Dr. Adams the last sane act of a woman whose wealth and status could not protect her from the blind indifference and humiliations of the Jim Crow South? The Judge in her case refused to allow her to be interviewed by reporters, including the famed writers Zora Neale Hurston and William Bradford Huie. Her testimony proved so explosive, the local paper refused to print it. Her case haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades.

You Belong To Me explores and rips the veil off hidden practices, exposing the truth of what it meant to be an African American in the Jim Crow South and the long road to healing.


A still from the documentary, "Love Thy Nature"

A still from the documentary, “Love Thy Nature”

Love Thy Nature

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:00pm

A Documentary by Sylvie Rokab of Pacific Palisades, CA

Film Synopsis:
Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. With mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details, the film explores how nature nourishes us.

Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens – our collective humankind – who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. This mind-set has caused us to disrupt billions of years of evolution, causing a mass extinction of species and threatening the survival of the human race. Love Thy Nature shows that a new era of connectedness with the natural world is key to ensuring our species’ future. This era might just be dawning: A new science called biomimicry taps into nature’s four billion years of R&D for some of the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, pointing to a new highly advanced technological age – The Biological Revolution.

In the medicine, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature in sustaining and healing the human body. And experts have discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness, and even neurological health in children.Through Sapiens’ journey, the film reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human.



Photo courtesy of the Hilleman family

Hilleman – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Documentary by Donald Rayne Mitchell of Flourtown, PA

Film Synopsis:
Though he is responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, Maurice R. Hilleman spent his life in relative obscurity. His work has impacted nearly every human on the planet and dramatically changed the shape of our world and has made it possible for us to forget the many devastating diseases he conquered. This luxury has caused some to question the need for vaccines all together.

Now, through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rich archival footage, and 3-D animations that illustrate the microscopic world, this biographical documentary puts a human face to vaccine science and reveals the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man.

A still from the documentary film, "Real Boy"

A still from the documentary film, “Real Boy”

Real Boy

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Documentary by Shaleece Haas of Oakland, CA

Film Synopsis:
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice-as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. As he navigates the ups and downs of young adulthood, he works to gain the support of his mother, who has deep misgivings about her child’s transition.

We meet Bennett at age 19 as he emerges from a period of angry rebellion, fueled by drug abuse and self-injury. Estranged from his father and sister, Bennett seeks the love and understanding of his mom Suzy, who was once his best friend and ally. Suzy, a single mother with a self-deprecating sense of humor, sees Bennett’s desire to transition as attention-seeking and misguided. Unable to deal with her shame, confusion and grief, Suzy keeps Bennett’s transition secret from friends and family, wistfully recalls what a beautiful girl he was, and refuses to support his decision to take testosterone and undergo chest reconstruction surgery.

As tension mounts at home, Bennett is taken in by his idol, Joe Stevens, the lead singer of the alt-Americana band, Coyote Grace. After meeting at a sobriety conference, the two bond over their transgender identities, their love of music, and their shared experience with addiction. Over the next two years, buoyed by Joe’s support, Bennett grows into young adulthood. He enrolls in college, makes friends, and starts dating for the first time as a young man.


Real Boy is a boy-next-door story for the new generation. Its sincerity and intimacy will resonate with anyone who’s ever raised a teenager (or been a teenager), anyone who’s ever seen themselves reflected in a special friendship, anyone who’s ever had dreams of making their mark on the world.


A still of the documentary film, "States of Grace"

A still of the documentary film, “States of Grace”

States of Grace

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2:00pm

A Documentary by Mark Lipman of San Francisco, CA

Film Synopsis:
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the Dalai Lama, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities. As the only able-bodied person in their household, Fu becomes the primary caregiver to Grace while also taking on a more active role as parent. Grace, meanwhile, must reconcile her joy at still being alive with the frustration of being so dependent on others. With dry humor and brave candor, the three of them slowly recalibrate their lives together and apart.

Through verité footage and interviews with doctors, family, and friends, States of Grace paints an inspiring portrait of devotion and trust as it delicately documents one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.

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