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SHOWING 315 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL YEAR 2016

ABORTION STORIES WOMEN TELL

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Tracy Droz Tragos
  • Country: USA
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 More
Female Director(s), Documentary

AC GREEN IRON VIRGIN

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Directed By: Isaac Feder
  • Country: USA
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 More
Comedy, Documentary

ACTOR MARTINEZ

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Nathan Silver and Mike Ott
  • Country: USA
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 More
Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)

AFTER SPRING

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching
  • Country: USA
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp: from a pop-up pizza shop to a school where a taekwondo master teaches martial arts to the children. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Latino Director(s), Asian American Director(s)

ALL THIS PANIC

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Jenny Gage
  • Country: USA
What is it like to come of age in New York City? First-time director Jenny Gage follows vivacious sisters, Ginger and Dusty, and their high school friends over the course of their crucial teen years. In this sensitive and cinematic documentary, Gage captures all the urgency, drama, and bittersweetness of girlhood as her subjects grapple with love, friendship, and what their futures hold. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)

ALLUMETTE

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 0 minutes
  • Directed By: Eugene Chung
  • Country: USA
An orphan girl, living in a fantastical city in clouds, endures tragedy. Lighting enchanted matches, she relives her past and grasps at future hope. The story is a meditation on the sacrifices people make for the greater good. Crafted by Penrose Studios, ALLUMETTE is set in a fully immersive, virtual reality world. |Read More

ALL WE HAD

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Katie Holmes
  • Country: USA
Ruthie continually makes the best of her mother Rita's hard luck. When their attempt at settling in a new town hits a stumbling block, even Ruthie struggles to keep it together. Based on Annie Weatherwax's 2014 novel, Katie Holmes' feature directorial debut is an enriching coming-of-age drama about a resilient mother and daughter who find strength in each other. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)

ALMOST PARIS

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Domenica Cameron-Scorsese
  • Country: USA
In the wake of the mortgage lending crisis, a former banker has to return home in order to get back on his feet. Directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Almost Paris is a story of resilience and redemption where one can rise up, collaborate and give back to those he loves in ways that are priceless. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), New York

ALWAYS SHINE

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Sophia Takal
  • Country: USA
This twisty psychological drama about obsession, fame, and femininity follows two friends, both actresses (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald), who take a trip together to Big Sur, to reconnect. Once alone, the women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments begin to rise, causing them to lose their grasp on not only the true nature of their relationship, but also their identities. |Read More
Female Director(s), Thriller, NY Director(s)

ANIMAL KINGDOM

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 55 minutes
  • Directed By: John Wells
  • Country: USA
Animal Kingdom stars Emmy® and Tony® winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman as her second in command. Shawn Hatosy stars as the eldest of the Cody boys, who is mentally disturbed and fresh out of prison.
After the episode: Conversation with stars Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, and Executive Producers John Wells and Jonathan Lisco. Moderated by New York Magazine/Vulture's Stacey Wilson Hunt. |Read More
Drama

ARGUS PROJECT

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 0 minutes
  • Directed By: Gan Golan
  • Country: USA
A 2016 TFI New Media Fund grantee, The Argus Project is a trans-media project that directly intersects the public debate over police accountability. At the center stands a suit of tactical counter-surveillance armor embedded with body cameras that offers a simple question: “If the police wear body armor to protect themselves while in public, what must “The Public” wear to protect themselves from the police?" Video projections surround the suit featuring former officers, activists, and family members directly impacted by police violence, creating a space for a real conversation on police violence—one that our country desperately needs. |Read More

ARK

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 0 minutes
  • Directed By: Kel O'Neill and Eline Jongsma
  • Country: USA, Netherlands
The northern white rhinoceros is the most endangered animal on the planet. Only three remain, and they are protected at all times by armed bodyguards. The Ark is a virtual reality documentary that puts viewers face-to-face with the last northern white rhinos, and tells the story of the global coalition scientists who are fighting to rescue the species from extinction. |Read More
Female Director(s)

ASHES

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 6 minutes
  • Directed By: Jessica Kantor
  • Country: USA
Playing with movement, space and time, ASHES shares the tragic story of two lovers, told specifically for 360-headset environment. Director/Producer Jessica Kantor draws upon her classical ballet training to bring us this unique piece inspired by choreographer Pina Bausch, known for telling stories through dance. |Read More
Female Director(s)

AS I OPEN MY EYES

As I Open My Eyes depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid’s musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. In partnership with Venice Days. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Music
The Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director goes to Untouchable, directed by David Feige.

When a powerful Florida lobbyist discovered his daughter was sexually abused, he launched a crusade to pass some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country. Today, 800,000 people are listed in the sex offender registry, yet the cycles of abuse continue. David Feige's enlightening documentary argues for a new understanding of how we think about and legislate sexual abuse. |Read More
Award Screening: Audience Award, Documentary - First Place: The Return

How does one reintegrate into society after making peace with a life sentence? California’s controversial and notoriously harsh three-strikes law was repealed in 2012, consequently releasing large numbers of convicts back into society. The Return presents an unbiased observation of the many issues with re-entry through the varied experiences of recently freed lifers. |Read More
Award Screening: Audience Award, Documentary - Second Place: Midsummer in Newtown

Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative force of artistic expression to pierce through the shadow cast by trauma. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, one grieving couple honors their daughter through music, while community children find their voice through a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. |Read More