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Trusted Messenger

  • Showtime: Fri, Feb 10th @ 12:30 PM

  • Runtime: 00:56:40

  • Directed By: Chris Newberry

  • Rating: GA

  • Genre: Health

  • Filmmaker In Attendance

Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmaker.


As 2022 unfolds, the world still grapples with COVID-19 and herd immunity eludes us, with widespread vaccine hesitancy posing a huge obstacle. We follow a diverse ensemble of health care professionals as they set out to convince at-risk communities across Minnesota to trust a health system that has historically failed them.

Director Bios:

Chris Newberry

Chris Newberry is an award-winning filmmaker based in Minneapolis. He spent several years working in narrative film as a writer and director before turning his attention to documentaries. His films have appeared on two acclaimed PBS series, America Reframed and Independent Lens, as well as several national and international television networks. Chris’s first feature-length film, AMERICAN HEART, enjoyed a successful film festival run and made its national broadcast debut in 2015 on the PBS World Channel.

In 2016-2018 Chris served as Producer and Director of Photography for TIME FOR ILHAN, documenting the political origin story of Representative Ilhan Omar, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to be nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

In 2020, Chris directed a worldwide effort to create a viral poetry film in tribute to frontline healthcare workers, AND STILL WE DANCE, collaborating with, among others, the University of Minnesota, Harvard Medical School and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Chris is currently in post-production on his third feature-length documentary, which explores the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling.