Jeff Smith 2 p.m., July 30
Matt Sweetwood hails from the Midwest. Though he has lived in Germany for over ten years, the people and their culture remain a mystery to him. He undertakes a last-ditch attempt to figure the place out: by exploring the heart of German culture, their beer. The trail of his research leads him to places far off the beaten tourist path, light-years away from the Oktoberfest. He discovers a land full of oddities and contradictions. Ultimately, he forms a real bonds, finding friends where he least expected them. Screened as part of the German Currents Film Festival. Writer/director Sweetwood will attend in person.