Separated from but still emotionally attached to her husband, a woman searches desperately for her runaway father who is obsessed with going to Abadan, the oil-rich city destroyed in the war with Iraq. Aided by a remarkable cast, Haghighi's directorial debut portrays a middle class rarely depicted in Iranian films today. |Read More
In 1973, the US Supreme court decision Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri. Award-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue by focussing on the women and their stories, rather than the debate. |Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary
A circle of twenty-something friends reunite to console a suicidal member of their group. Despite their best efforts, old jealousies, unrequited love, and their widening political differences cannot be contained. About Alex is a sometimes irreverent, always moving examination of the struggles of a generation that has it all—and wants more. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker, and Maggie Grace. |Read MoreDrama, Relationships, New York, First Time Filmmaker, Friendship
A group of old college pals reunites for a weekend adventure on the sea, but compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe. Everyone hopes Sepideh's new friend Elly will hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride, but Elly disappears on the second day, plunging the group into a complex mystery. Asghar Farhadi took the Best Director prize at Berlin. |Read MoreDrama
Still reeling over the recent death of their father, siblings Jesse (Terry Kinney) and Tracy (Amy Ryan) are attempting to settle into their new lives in his absence. Their simple existence is unexpectedly disrupted by the sudden arrival of three mysterious brothers, camping on their land and possessing a surprising connection to their family farm. |Read MoreDrama
There are dysfunctional families… and then there are the Conways. After a family tragedy, 15-year-old Billy Conway has become the de facto glue between his bitter mom (Geena Davis), distant brother, and stoic dad. But when Billy starts to act out, everything changes for him and his family in this visually stunning, bittersweet drama. |Read MoreDrama
A trove of 256 hours of sound archives of the Rivonia trial bring back to life the political battle waged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants against apartheid. This film looks at one of them in particular: Accused No. 2, Walter Sisulu. |Read MoreAnimation, Documentary
After receiving a difficult medical diagnosis, experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer decided to use a roll of 16mm film as a written diary. Projected, Acetate Diary is an expression of handmade sound and color. Examined as an object, the acetate contains words and drawings from a place of trauma.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma |Read MoreDrama, Experimental
A.C. Green, Showtime Laker and reigning Iron Man of the NBA, did the dirty work every night for 1,192 straight games—more consecutive games than any player in NBA history. But it wasn't just his durability that separated AC from his NBA brethren: he was a proud virgin, who was saving himself for marriage. |Read MoreComedy, Documentary
For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN advocated for America’s poorest communities, while its detractors accused it of promoting government waste and the worst of liberal policies. Riding high on the momentum of Barack Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, ACORN was at its social zenith when a hidden-camera video sparked a national scandal and brought it all crashing down. |Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), African American Director(s)
Arthur Martinez is a computer repairman and aspiring actor who commissions indie directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver to film his life. In the directors’ first collaboration, we see them follow Arthur as he goes to work, drives around, and auditions for a love interest (Lindsay Burdge), leading them to question the meaning of the project, and ultimately that of identity and stardom. |Read MoreDrama, Documentary, NY Director(s)
In this over-the-top comedy, a 30-something gay man becomes involved with one of his most unsuccessful one-night stands-without either of them realizing they have met before. This at times raunchy romantic adventure features standout performances by Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, and Chris Kattan, and a hoedown. |Read More
In this magical tale set in Uruguay, a cheerful and dynamic eleven-year-old named Obdulio sells newspapers and lives with his grandmother and two sisters. Everyone tries to convince him to go to school, but he proclaims his "working man" status. One night, he meets a watchman who is full of magical visions and gifts. Reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and the films of Fellini, this gem for viewers of all ages is a celebration of life, the beauty of friendship, and the magic of knowledge.
Following the tsunami that claimed the lives of his parents, Adirake searches for the white elephant his mother spoke of in this coming-of-age story.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Fallout program. |Read More
A disgraced former teacher (Matt Dellapina) starts tutoring fellow failures around New York City while coming to grips with the toughest lesson of his life: fatherhood. |Read MoreNew York, Comedy, Drama, Biography
Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is stuck: she’s approaching 30, living in her mother’s shed, and spending her time making movies with her thumbs. Her mom wants her to move out; she just wants to be left alone. Adult Life Skills is an off-beat comedy about a woman who's lost, finding herself. |Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)