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2017 FILM GUIDE

SHOWING 50 RESULTS | FILMS PLAYING AT SVA THEATRE
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GILBERT

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Neil Berkeley
  • Country: USA
Legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried has had quite a career. Rocketing to fame in the 1980s, he was thrust into the public consciousness almost immediately thanks to his brash personality, unique worldview, and off-kilter comic timing. Now, foul-mouthed and unapologetic after decades of flying solo in both his work and in his personal life, Gilbert has shockingly reinvented himself…as a family man. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, Documentary, New York
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HELL ON EARTH: THE FALL OF SYRIA AND THE RISE OF ISIS

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested
  • Country: USA
Chronicling Syria’s descent into unbridled chaos, this gripping and insightful work captures the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most importantly, its human toll. From personal stories of family survival and tragedy to keen insight from top experts from around the world, acclaimed filmmaker and author Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested create an informative and comprehensive documentary, as the story continues to unfold. | Read More
Documentary
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HOUSE OF Z

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Sandy Chronopoulos
  • Country: USA
Zac Posen rocketed to fashion stardom at a young age with his unique design aesthetic and charismatic presence, becoming one the most recognizable faces in the business today. But like any journey to great success it hasn't come without cost. Sandy Chronopoulos’ film looks past the glamor of the red carpet and the runway to shine a light on the trials and tribulations of running one of the country’s most successful fashion houses.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Sandy Chronopoulos and the film’s subject Zac Posen. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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I AM EVIDENCE

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Geeta Gandbhir and Trish Adlesic
  • Country: USA
Every year in cities around the United States, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are left untested in police storage facilities. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I AM EVIDENCE exposes this shocking reality, bringing attention to the way in which police have historically processed sexual assault cases. Through an exploration of survivors’ accounts, the film sheds light on these disturbing statistics, and shows what can be achieved when evidence—and the individuals it represents—are treated with the respect we all deserve. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
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I AM HEATH LEDGER

  • Section: Tribeca TV
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Derik Murray and Adrian Buitenhuis
  • Country: Canada
Told through excerpts of his greatest performances, interviews with friends and family (including Ben Mendelsohn, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, and Ben Harper), and the lens of his own camera, I Am Heath Ledger is an intimate celebration of the actor, artist, and icon. An artist of exceptional depth and courage, Ledger was equally talented behind the camera. This stirring documentary paints a rich portrait of one of the great artists of his generation.

After the episode: A conversation with directors Derik Murray, and Adrian Buitenhuis, and family/friends of the subject Matt Amato, Ashleigh Bell, and Kate Ledger. Moderated by Editorial Director for People and EW, Jess Cagle. | Read More
Documentary
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INTENT TO DESTROY

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Directed By: Joe Berlinger
  • Country: USA
Embedding himself on the epic film set of Terry George’s The Promise (starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale), Academy Award®-nominated director Joe Berlinger takes an unwavering look at the Armenian genocide after a century of denial by the Turkish government and its strategic allies. A cinematic window into the historical and emotional web of responsibility.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director/screenwriter Joe Berlinger, poet and nonfiction writer Peter Balakian, and producers Eric Esrailian and Carla Garapedian. Moderated by Executive Director, Middle East & North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson. | Read More
Documentary, NY Director(s)
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JULIAN SCHNABEL: A PRIVATE PORTRAIT

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Pappi Corsicato
  • Country: Italy
A titan of painting and filmmaking, Julian Schnabel’s art is among the most important work of the late 20th and early 21st century. Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait captures the artist in the studio and at home, incorporates archival footage and private home videos, and interviews family and friends to build a complex image of the man and his work.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director Pappi Corsicato and the film’s subject Julian Schnabel. | Read More
Documentary
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LA 92

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Directed By: Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin
  • Country: USA
Few images are seared into the American consciousness with the anger and clarity of the beating of Rodney King and the riots following his abusers’ acquittal. Twenty-five years later, Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin draw on archival news images and unseen footage to paint an in-depth portrait of those riots and the tempestuous relationship between Los Angeles’ African-American community and those charged with protecting it. | Read More
Documentary
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LITERALLY, RIGHT BEFORE AARON

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Ryan Eggold
  • Country: USA
Still reeling from his breakup with college sweetheart Allison (Cobie Smulders), Adam's (Justin Long) world is thrown into further chaos when he’s surprisingly invited to attend her wedding. Over a surreal weekend, he stumbles through a nightmarish rehearsal dinner and drinks his way through the reception as he thinks back on where it all went wrong with the one that got away. Ryan Eggold directs this refreshingly unconventional romantic comedy. | Read More
Drama, Comedy, First Time Filmmaker
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LOVE AFTER LOVE

  • Section: US Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Directed By: Russ Harbaugh
  • Country: USA
The world of a mother and her two adult sons feels emotionally untethered following the death of their family’s patriarch. Andie MacDowell, Chris O’Dowd, and James Adomian deliver searing performances in this absorbing story of a family losing and regaining their equilibrium in the wake of loss. | Read More
Drama, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker

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