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SHOWING 199 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2014

ABOUT ALEX

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Jesse Zwick
  • Country: USA
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 More
Drama, Relationships, New York, First Time Filmmaker, Friendship

ACETATE DIARY

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 4 minutes
  • Directed By: Russell Sheaffer
  • Country: USA
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 More
Drama, Experimental

ALEX OF VENICE

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Directed By: Chris Messina
  • Country: USA
Workaholic environmental attorney Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has always relied on her husband George (Chris Messina) to take the reins at home. But when he unexpectedly asks for a break, his departure forces Alex to reevaluate her life. Messina steps behind the camera for his directorial debut about a woman pushed to the edge who finds the strength to press on. |Read More
Drama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker

ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper
  • Country: USA
An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. |Read More
Documentary

ALL VOWS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Directed By: Bill Morrison
  • Country: USA
"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre," the incantation that begins the Yom Kippur service and which pre-emptively nullifies any future vows made unintentionally. The film uses ancient archival films to depict an unknowable future, reflected through a dissolving historic document. Featuring cellist Maya Beiser performing an original composition by composer Michael Gordon, who has collaborated on numerous projects with writer and director Bill Morrison, including Decasia (2002), which was added to the National Film Registry in 2013.

Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma |Read More
Experimental, First Time Filmmaker

AMANDA F***ING PALMER ON THE ROCKS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Directed By: Ondi Timoner
  • Country: USA
Follow punk-cabaret icon Amanda Palmer as she hits the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Since her record-breaking $1.2 million crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign, Palmer (formerly of the Dresden Dolls) has carved out a path of fearlessness and independence outside the norms of the music industry.

Screening in Shorts Program: Before Long |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker

ART AND CRAFT

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman
  • Country: USA
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific and notorious "artists" of the century, an expert forger who has duped and befuddled curators across the nation. Many have dedicated years tracking his escapades with one burning question: “Why?” Framed as a cat-and-mouse chase between Landis and those he has hoodwinked, Art and Craft paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Pressured by his best man to spend a bachelor’s weekend camping, foppish groom-to-be, Fionan, reluctantly agrees. But when his fiancee’s alpha-male brother, nicknamed ‘The Machine,’ unexpectedly turns up, the camping trip takes a turn for the worst. Fionan and his genteel friends are no match for the uncouth bully, and the trip begins to look like it will become Fionan’s worst nightmare. A slapstick, good-natured comedy, Bachelor Weekend hilariously delves into the stereotypical realm of masculinity that is camping and the great outdoors. |Read More

BACHELOR WEEKEND

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: John Butler
  • Country: Ireland
Foppish groom-to-be Fionnan reluctantly agrees to spend a bachelor’s weekend camping. But when his fiancée’s alpha-male brother, nicknamed "The Machine," unexpectedly turns up, the trip takes a turn for the worse. A slapstick, good-natured comedy, The Bachelor Weekend hilariously delves into the stereotypical realm of masculinity that is camping and the great outdoors. |Read More
Comedy, First Time Filmmaker

BAD HAIR

Junior, a nine-year-old living in Caracas, wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair—a fixation that stirs homophobic panic in his overtaxed mother. Each effort Junior makes to alter his appearance and gain his mother’s love is brushed off with abrasive avoidance until he’s ultimately faced with a heartbreaking decision. With a painfully tender performance by Samuel Lange, Bad Hair captures the search for identity as it clashes with intolerance. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

BALLET 422

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
  • Directed By: Jody Lee Lipes
  • Country: USA
Justin Peck, wunderkind choreographer of the New York City Ballet, undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece. Following the creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, this intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary celebrates the skill and endurance of New York’s most talented dancers and offers a rare peek at those who remain hidden in the wings. |Read More
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), Dance, Returning Filmmaker

BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 74 minutes
  • Directed By: Maclain Way and Chapman Way
  • Country: USA
Bing Russell is best known for his role as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, but he left Hollywood in 1973 to pursue his first love: baseball. Creating the independent Portland Mavericks, his ragtag roster of players that major franchises rejected were baseball’s biggest joke. Then they shattered expectations and turned Major League Baseball on its heels in an unheralded story of spirit and rebellion. |Read More
Sports, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker

BEGIN AGAIN

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: John Carney
  • Country: USA
From writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. |Read More
Drama, Comedy

BELOW DREAMS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 74 minutes
  • Directed By: Garrett Bradley
  • Country: USA
A reverie of images and sound, Below Dreams follows the narratives of three very different people returning to New Orleans for the promise of a better life. As each character experiences the city, it becomes clear that their individual hopes and dreams are not possible without sacrifice. Shot documentary style but with dreamlike qualities melding fiction and reality, this is a hypnotic tribute to both the socially marginalized and to New Orleans itself. |Read More
Female Director(s), Music, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Directed By: Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
  • Country: USA
Best friends Dominic and Casper plan to escape their small town in Northern Maine. So, to earn money, Dominic harvests potatoes, while Casper takes up the family business: smuggling drugs over the Canadian border. The divergent paths of the two boys will change their friendship forever. Brought to life by two stellar lead performances, Beneath the Harvest Sky is an authentic portrayal of adolescent frustration, culminating in a heartbreaking coming-of-age drama. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Relationships, Friendship

BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY

  • Runtime: 116 minutes
  • Country: USA
Casper (Emory Cohen – THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe – THE GREAT GATSBY) have been fiercely loyal friends since childhood. Desperate for a way out of their quiet town on the Maine-Canada border, the boys make a pact to pool their earnings on a car and hit the road. But when Casper is drawn into drug smuggling with his outlaw father (Aidan Gillen – The Wire, Game of Thrones) to pay his share, their friendship is pushed to the brink and adult choices forced on them all too soon. A standout narrative debut from Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY is a gripping coming-of-age thriller set against a layered and authentic portrait of small-town American life. |Read More

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY NARRATIVE AWARD WINNER: GÜEROS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Country: Mexico
The Best Cinematography Award goes to Damian Garcia for Güeros:

A water balloon dropping from the sky, exploding on a mother’s head, in the frantic first moments of this striking debut feature, announces its director, Alonso Ruizpalacios, as a bold new voice of Mexican cinema. Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale finds two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an aging legendary musician. Shot in beautiful black-and-white, Güeros brims with youthful exuberance. |Read More
The Best Editing, Documentary Award goes to Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden for Ne Me Quitte Pas:

Left by his wife, Marcel falls into alcoholism and a deep depression, with only his friend Bob, also an alcoholic, to look after him. Their friendship captures the frailty of the male ego and the natural comedy borne from their candid conversations. Ne Me Quitte Pas follows this downward spiral of mid-life crisis in a tender, often humorous, sometimes disturbing examination of the "crisis of masculinity," alongside a mesmerizing exploration of mundane rural existence. |Read More
The Award for Best New Documentary Director goes to Alan Hicks for Keep On Keepin' On:

Trumpet legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for the most pivotal moment in his budding career, Terry’s ailing health threatens his own. Charming and nostalgic, Alan Hicks’ melodic debut celebrates an iconic musician while introducing an emerging star of equal vibrancy. |Read More