Immerse yourself in stories from the heartland at YES Film Festival. Four films from this year’s program have Indiana directors and stories.

Wings for Maggie Ray, by Indiana documentary filmmaker Philip Paluso, is the thrilling story of an Indiana farm girl who became a flying legend. Born in Ft. Wayne, Margaret Ringenberg fell in love with flying at the age of six when she took a ride with a barnstormer. She earned a place in the distinguished Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), and later became a famous long distance aviation racer. She flew planes until her last day. Paluso will conduct a Q&A after the film.

Within a Season, a documentary by Indiana filmmaker Matthew Kerkhoff, follows Jan Conner, one of Indiana’s most controversial basketball coaches, as she is brought out of retirement to help a new school, Lafayette Jeff, build a winning girl’s varsity team. This film is rip-roaring fun for basketball lovers or not, as Conner tries to rally this team of near novices to the state finals. Kerkhoff will conduct a Q&A after the film.

Stuck, a dramatic, heart-wrenching documentary narrated by Law and Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, follows three families and the orphans they are trying to bring home from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Haiti. One of the three moms is Clarksville native Lori Green LeRoy who, with her husband Nick, spent year after year in the struggle to get their adoptive son, Nate, out of his orphanage in Vietnam. Lori and Nick, who live in Indianapolis, will be on hand after Friday night’s film to talk about their experience.

Threads of Our Diversity is an oral history project in response to a survey discovering unmet needs of the local LGBTQ population in Bartholomew County. Funded by the Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, the project is an effort to manage tensions with curiosity and collaboration. It is an attempt to hear the stories of LGBTQ individuals and foster greater understanding and support for this sector. Several participants from the film will conduct a Q&A after the screening.


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