2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Best and Most Beautiful Things

Tuesday, March 15
11:30AM - 1:00PM

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Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal” through a provocative fringe community. Will she take the leap to experience the wide world for herself? Michelle’s joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere.

Section: Documentary Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 90min

Director: Garrett Zevgetis

Executive Producer: Kevin S. Bright, Claudia Bright

Producer: Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio, Garrett Zevgetis, Jordan Salvatoriello

Cinematographer: Sarah Ginsburg, Jordan Salvatoriello

Editor: Jeff Consiglio

Sound Designer: Joe Milner

Music: Tyler Strickland

Additional Credits: Additional Editor: Sarah Ginsburg

Principal Cast: Michelle Smith, Julie Smith, Michael Roche, Jeff Migliozzi, Bill Appel, Mike Smith, Michael Smith, Jordan Smith


Garrett Zevgetis is a Boston filmmaker who served in the US Navy during Desert Storm, and earned an MFA in Media Art from Emerson College. His short film A MERCENARY TALE premiered at Boston International Film Festival and was distributed worldwide by Ouat Media. He also worked at FRONTLINE, WGBH, and RADIO OPEN SOURCE WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON.

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Ariana Garfinkel
Carriage House Pictures

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Annie Jeeves



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