I'm a pop-culture nerd at heart, so I can't simply attend a film festival and not at least list the movies I was able to catch. Especially since a few of these may (unfortunately) never get released in the States. I'll try to capture what was best about these movies in a single sentence.
I already mentioned Let Me In, Score! A Hockey Musical, and Made In Dagenham, and I watched at least another four short film programs, so I'll be skipping those. The remaining three movies were each awesome documentaries.
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Steam of Life - An incredibly beautiful and raw documentary comprised entirely of naked Finnish men revealing their greatest tragedies, mistakes, and moments of triumph while in various (and sometimes charmingly ramshackle) saunas. [Link]
The Rivals - A story of the rivalry between two very economically diverse high school football teams (the down-and-out but long time State Champions of a paper mill town called Rumford, and the stop-at-nothing wealthy community of Cape Elizabeth), and the pressure they feel to become state champions. [Link]
Inside Job - Matt Damon narrates an incredibly effective documentary about the lead up to the 2008 global financial crisis, and how the dozens of people responsible for it managed to escape unscathed. [Link]