11th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival Sept. 25-Oct. 2

The festival runs for a full week and the individual movies are scheduled so that attendees can see them all. Festival Discount passes are $55 for adults and $45 for seniors/children/military/Peace Corps. Regular ticket prices are $8 adults and $6 seniors/children/military/Peace Corps. Visit www.homerdocfest.com and www.homertheatre.com for Festival Discount pass purchasing information.

Challenge 3-D  

The story of Oscar-winning Director James Cameron’s quest to reach the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench, seven miles beneath the  surface. The film includes never-before-seen deep sea footage.

7:15 p.m. Sept. 25 (Gala Night),
4 p.m. Sept. 27,
2 p.m. Sept. 29 

Fed Up  

An in-depth look into the American food industry lobbying practices and the effects they have on America’s youth. Narrated by TV-celebrity Katie Couric, it follows and interviews different adolescents, as well as accomplished professionals, from across the country.  

2 p.m. Sept. 27,
4 p.m. Oct. 2

Life Itself 

Heralded by many as the year’s best documentary film, it recounts the always entertaining life of film critic and prolific social commentator, Roger Ebert.  From the days of Siskel and Ebert to his Pultizer Prize-winning film criticism, to his inspiring fight with cancer, the audience is led to explore the impact and legacy of Ebert on their lives and cinema today.

8 p.m. Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Oct. 2 

This Ain’t No Mouse Music 

Chris Strachwitz, archivist of deep-roots American music and the guiding force behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, produced albums that the Rolling Stones and many others played the grooves right off of. Since 1960, he has collected raw recordings on the spot in plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, revolutionizing the sound of what we hear today.

6 p.m. Sept. 26, 4 p.m. Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 2

Particle Fever

Follow six brilliant scientists as they work with a team of 10,000 from 100 countries on the largest, most-expensive experiment in human history, dedicated to recreating the Big-Bang and discovering the origin of our universe and its matter.

4 p.m. Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Sept. 28,
2 p.m. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Oct. 1

Own Boy

This tragic story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz explores the connection between increased technology and civil liberties. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “This is a film that left me marveling at Swartz’s beautiful mind, and shaking my head at the insanity of the system he knew was badly fractured.” 

8 p.m. Sept. 26, 2 p.m. Sept. 28,
4 p.m. Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Oct. 1 

Alive Inside 

This uplifting film follows pioneer social worker Dan Cohen as he combats a broken healthcare system to enlighten the viewer about the incredible effects of music to fight memory loss, and its ability to make us remember, reconnect, sing, dance and smile.

2 p.m. Sept. 26, 4 p.m. Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Sept. 30    

Battered Bastards of Baseball 

Bing Russell — actor Kurt Russell’s father — briefly played ball professionally before enjoying a successful Hollywood acting career. He formed a single-A team that operated outside the confines of major-league baseball. The only thing uniting his players, recruited at open tryouts, was that no other team wanted them.

8 p.m. Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 8 p.m. Oct. 2

Last Days in Vietnam 

In the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon. American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: Obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk treason and save the lives of loyal South Vietnamese citizens, who were desperately attempting to escape. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Robert Kennedy’s daughter, looks at an unlikely group of heroes who emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.

6 p.m. Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Sept. 30,
4 p.m. Oct. 1