High-powered attorney Louise (Meg Ryan) arrives at her country nest for a little R and R only to discover that her husband (Timothy Hutton) plans to leave her for a younger woman (Kristen Bell). Oddly cool, Louise plots to hold Ian captive until he commits to working on their marriage, but that's when things really start to go wrong. Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) skillfully directs Adrienne Shelly's (Waitress) wry and often hilarious script. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Crime, Comedy
Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life. The consequences will change his life forever and allow him to discover the true nature of performance. | Read MoreComedy
Romance is swept aside by the mechanical imperative to inject robot sperm into robot eggs in this two-minute teaser of The Sex Life of Robots. Lascivious machinery and a larger-than-life Deborah Harry robot drives this one-note plot to its inevitable climax. | Read MoreAnimation
In the age of runaway social media and "sexting," raunchy rap songs on pop radio and hardcore pornography at the click of a mouse—what's it like to be a woman? A girl? A teenage boy? A parent? Following a former porn star, a young woman undergoing a controversial surgery, and a 12-year-old girl who's growing up faster than her parents can handle, Sexy Baby is a startling look at America's increasingly sex-saturated culture. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Aspiring teacher Ben Cross (D.L. Hughley) takes the only job he's offered-teaching high school in a prison. Ben's inspired, but his students are disengaged and combative. After discovering that the boys' love of rapping and wordplay makes poetry slams enticing, he becomes determined to pit his prison poetry team against the local high school's team. | Read More
When DHL founder Larry Hillblom disappeared following a 1995 plane crash off his Micronesian island home, dozens of would-be heirs from the Philippines came out of the woodwork to lay claim to his mega fortune. Within the framework of the fantastic legal battle, Spraic's debut doc slowly uncovers the stranger-than-fiction life of this eccentric billionaire. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
The first in-depth look at the tragic history of this war-torn land and its relationship to today's headlines. The people responsible for this film, one of them a journalist who died in the effort, did their homework, put their lives on the line, and uncovered much of the complex truth about decades of betrayal. | Read MoreDocumentary
One of the foundation texts of independent film, Shadows didn't just usher in a "new wave" in American cinema -- it was a new wave unto itself. Set in the world of beatnik coffee houses and jazz clubs, Cassavetes' first feature literally throws away the script, relying instead on unrehearsed actor improvisations, handheld camerawork, and stolen locations to lend a gritty authenticity to its exploration of interracial relationships in 1950's Manhattan. UCLA Film & Television Archive's new restoration funded by the Film Foundation. | Read More
At home, many of them face poverty, gangs, drugs, and a lack of role models, but in their high school drama programs, a diverse group of Southern California teens finds a chance to create a better life. Following several students as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival, and featuring interviews with Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham, Richard Dreyfuss and executive producer Kevin Spacey, this galvanizing documentary reminds us of the positive impact of arts education on impressionable youth. | Read MoreDocumentary
Meet "Cowboy" Jack Clement - maverick Nashville record producer, entrepreneur, mentee of Sam Phillips, friend of Johnny Cash, failed filmmaker, and all around eccentric. This unorthodox tribute mixes footage from years of Clement's life with animation for a smashing piece of documentary filmmaking.
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In 2002, Mukhtaran Mai, a woman living in a remote Pakistani village, was publicly gang raped to atone for a crime her brother allegedly committed. Instead of killing herself, as she was expected to do, she raised an outcry that became an international cause. A powerful essay in courage. In Urdu and Sariki.
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In this documentary about the growing movement of female MCs, Toni Blackman and the Freestyle Union challenge the male dominated world of hip-hop, and in the process empower women to speak their minds during a series of freestyle workshops. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
During a long ride home from a punk show, a young boy fails to realize that sometimes incessant chatter about a girl can annoy even your closest friends. In this animated short, director Ben Levin quite literally draws from his childhood, which was spent sketching animations and listening to third-wave ska music. | Read MoreAnimation
Set against the backdrop of an L.A. rainstorm, Shelter follows four characters over the course of one night, as they grapple for meaning in a meaningless town. On the surface, a crisis counselor, a college co-ed, a barstool prophet, and a father share nothing in common, but as they drift in and out of the storm, we see the driving forces that unite them and the truth that keeps them apart. Hutton's deliciously existential short features stellar performances in an aptly bleak setting. | Read MoreDrama