Weaving past into present, filmmakers Banker White (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and Anna Fitch immerse the audience in the daily life of White’s mother, Pam. Her Alzheimer’s threatens to wipe out the memory of her own mother, Marian, a celebrated artist who died of the same disease. Beautifully edited, The Genius of Marian retraces both women’s lives to paint a complex and powerful contemporary portrait of motherhood, chronic illness and legacy. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Relationships
Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme are young girls who are followed for four years as they navigate the precarious path to womanhood and, in Valadez' and Guevara-Flanagan's expert hands, breathe new life into the coming-of-age story.
Co-hosted with New York Women in Film & Television. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
How do you cope with being broke after having lived a life of luxury and privilege? This is the fundamental question facing spoiled Anne Mette and her mother, a once-rich family now living off a small pension and struggling to adapt to their new situation in a coastal Portuguese hamlet. A Grey Gardens for the current financial era, The Good Life is a character study at turns touching and frustrating, but ultimately poignant. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Festival vet Berinstein (ShowBusiness, TFF '05) tells the inspirational story of the New Jersey NETSationals, the NBA's first senior citizen hiphop dance team. Against all odds, these energetic and dedicated seniors prove that even in their golden years, they've just Gotta Dance!
During her lifetime, Leslie Tai’s grandmother amassed a mammoth collection of fashion, accessories, decorative objects and homewares. When she died, she took some of her things with her into the afterlife, but what happens to the things she left behind? Leslie Tai imagines the luscious visual world in which these objects existed in her grandmother’s mind—precious, larger-than-life, quirky, glamorous and beautiful—as she searches for her grandmother’s mark on her life. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Director Benita Raphan "explores the twin concepts of genius and stupidity," focusing primarily on deaf and blind Helen Keller and itinerant mathematician Paul Erdős. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
These short shorts-conceived, written, directed by, and featuring Isabella Rossellini (who co-directed with Jody Shapiro)-provide a comical but insightful glimpse at how bugs and insects "make love." See them all together preceding My Winnipeg and in pairs (naturally!) before selected features. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
Helen, caught in a mundane, routine suburban existence, sees a way of escaping the confines of everyday realities when a self-help guru promises ultimate happiness by separating the soul from the body. She says goodbye to her body and sets out on a spiritual quest -- eating as much as she wants and traveling to all the places she has always wanted to see along the way -- only to realize that even the mind has limitations just as the body does. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)