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SHOWING 246 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2006

A DIOS MOMO

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Ben Thompson
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. |Read More

AFTER JUNE

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Directed By: Steven Lippman and Michael Civille
  • Country: USA
Three old friends meet for an afternoon of furniture moving, petty theft, and fortune telling, but when the tealeaves are read, a hint of menace is predicted before the day is over. |Read More
Drama

AIR GUITAR NATION

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton and Alexandra Lipsitz
  • Country: USA
Fueled by pure rock energy, this doc chronicles the unlikely birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and the intense rivalries that develop on the way to the event in Finland. Also featured are jam sessions and interviews with notable air guitarists and the "airheads" who follow them. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary, Music

AKEELAH AND THE BEE

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Directed By: Doug Atchison
  • Country: USA
Akeelah is a precocious 11-year-old from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite her mother's objections, she enters several spelling contests, and with the support of a special tutor and the entire neighborhood, she earns a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This uplifting film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer and Curtis Armstrong. A Lionsgate, 2929 Productions and Starbucks Entertainment Release. |Read More

AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Chris Hegedus, Nick Doob, and Ben Thompson
  • Country: USA
This hilarious doc about one man's unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken's transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary

ALONE AT LAST

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Directed By: David Shuff and Ben Thompson
  • Country: USA
This playful drama follows a young couple from the excitement and commotion of their wedding send-off to the stillest hours of the night. Told with warmth and candor, David Shuff's Alone at Last is an intimate portrait of a less-than-perfect relationship. |Read More
Drama

ALONE WITH HER

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Directed By: Eric Nicholas
  • Country: USA
In this skin-crawling, fact-based thriller partially shot on surveillance equipment, Doug (Colin Hanks) sets his sights on a young woman, slyly inserts himself into her life, and plants hidden cameras in her apartment. But when another man comes on the scene, Doug must take desperate measures. |Read More
Crime, Thriller

AMERICAN CANNIBAL: THE ROAD TO REALITY

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Michael Nigro, Steven Lippman, and Perry Grebin
  • Country: USA
In this unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at a doomed reality show, a pair of novice TV writers team up with the distributor of the Paris Hilton sex tapes to create a reality show in which contestants are starved on a desert island. More than just gripping entertainment, this documentary poses important questions about how far people will go in pursuit of fame and fortune. |Read More
Documentary

ANOTHER GAY MOVIE

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Steven Lippman and Todd Stephens
  • Country: USA
In this raunchy, gay spoof of teen movies, a group of high school grads swear they will lose their virginity before going to college. And so they spend their summer-and this movie-trying to get laid. Lypsinka, Scott Thompson, and Graham Norton, among others, make hilarious cameos. Jokes, costumes, vomit, sex, and gerbils included. Mature audiences only. |Read More
Comedy

ARCHITECT

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Country: USA
Based on Scottish playwright David Greig's The Architect, Tauber's debut feature pits an architect (Anthony LaPaglia) against a female community resident who lives in a dangerous housing project that he designed. By contrasting two Chicago families in divergent economic circumstances, The Architect ably explores political, sexual, and class issues. |Read More
Drama

BACKBRACE

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 6 minutes
  • Directed By: Frazer Pennebaker, Andy London, Ishai Setton, and Carolyn London
  • Country: USA
Puberty is embarrassing, particularly if you're a teenage boy with scoliosis and your parents force you to wear a backbrace. This lovably awkward autobiographical short is brought to you by husband and wife team Carolyn and Andy London. |Read More
Animation

BACKSTAGE

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Country: France
An adolescent groupie (Isild Le Besco) zeroes in on her Blondie-like idol (Emmanuelle Seigner) after the singer chances to cross her orbit on a publicity tour. Gradually their lives intertwine as, with near-operatic intensity, the film delves into the emotional dependency on both sides of celebrity culture. |Read More

BAR FIGHT

  • Release Year: 2001
  • Runtime: 4 minutes
  • Directed By: Frazer Pennebaker, Christy Karacas, and Stephen Warbrick
  • Country: USA
Animators Christy Karacas and Stephen Warbrick deliver four minutes of face-smashing, eye-gouging fun with Bar fight. Karacas broke into the animation world with his student film Space Wars and is currently developing a show for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Warbrick has worked on everything from Beavis and Butt-Head to Ice Age: The Meltdown. |Read More
Animation

BATHTIME AT CLERKENWELL

  • Release Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Country: USA
Based on Stephen Coates' composition of the same title, this short chronicles The Great Revolution of the British Cuckoos, who bravely took over London in three minutes. Animator Alex Budovsky is a graduate of Brooklyn College, who has made animation for music videos and commercials. |Read More
Animation

BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Dome Karukoski
Aspiring singer Nelli needs someone to produce her demo, while shy hip-hop DJ Sune is just looking for a pretty girlfriend. Karukoski's feature debut throws them together in a romantic comedy about contemporary Finnish youth trying to find their way into adulthood. (Ages 15+) |Read More
Music

BEYOND THE CALL

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton and Adrian Belic
  • Country: USA
In 1995, three average Americans began delivering humanitarian aid to global hotspots like Afghanistan, Albania, Chechnya, Cambodia, Rwanda, and the southern Philippines. Part Mother Teresa and part Indiana Jones, these silver-haired "Knights of Malta" often arrive before other aid organizations hit the ground, and they stay long after others have pulled out. |Read More
Documentary

BIG BAD SWIM

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton
  • Country: USA
An eclectic assortment of non-swimmers gather at the local rec center swimming class in this ensemble piece about conquering fears, making friends, and growing wiser. Our group focuses on an unlikely friendship between Amy, a middle-aged calculus teacher, and the beautiful young Jordan, who together with their swim teacher, learn to face their fears and dive into the pool-and life-head first. |Read More
Drama

BIG COMBO

  • Release Year: 1955
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Country: USA
The UCLA Film & Television Archive's new restoration of this memorably nasty film noir is especially good news since it was shot by the master of noir lighting, John Alton, and the prints available in recent years didn't do justice to his art. Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, and Lee Van Cleef give standout performances in this cult classic. |Read More
Drama, Thriller