Aspiring novelist Brian (Anton Yelchin) meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French diplomat. They soon embark on a “cinq-a-sept” affair that challenges Brian’s traditional American ideas of love and relationships. A cosmopolitan comedy of manners told with surprising warmth and lightness, 5 to 7 marks Victor Levin’s directorial debut and welcomes Marlohe as a glamorous, ebullient screen presence. With Glenn Close and Frank Langella. | Read MoreDrama, Romantic Comedy, Relationships, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
A documentary about director Casimir Nozkowski’s childhood home and how much of the past he could still see in it after he left. His story becomes a universal story about all childhood homes and the past lives and legacies of old buildings making room for new ones.
Screening in Shorts Program: City Limits | Read MoreDocumentary and New York
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 MoreDrama, Relationships, New York, First Time Filmmaker, Friendship
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 MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), Dance, Returning Filmmaker
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 MoreSports, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker
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 MoreFemale Director(s), Music, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
New York fell silent after the loss of its Twin Towers. A strange quiet descended upon New York City. Day Ten follows William as he wanders the silent streets, struggling to come to terms with what has happened to his city, as loved ones go missing and people resort to prayer.
Screening in Shorts Program: Soul Survivors | Read MoreDrama, New York, NY Director(s)
A baby goes missing in a New York suburb. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that has neither forgiven nor forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret. An ensemble cast including Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, and Nate Parker brings to life Laura Lippman’s acclaimed novel of secrets and murder. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Crime, New York, Female Screenwriter(s)
Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, a New York City icon, has left a lasting imprint on the collective memory and palate of Coney Island. Featuring endearing characters, rare archival material, a nuanced editing style, a strong score, and a director who is the grandson of "Famous" Nathan himself, this documentary gem takes a look back at the immigrant experience and almost 100 years of family and New York history.
Photo credit: Daniel Farrell | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food
Digital projection takes over the movie screens worldwide. As celluloid slowly disappears from her workplace, the director, a movie projectionist herself, starts bleaching, painting, and scratching film to find answers about what makes it special. A personal look into a changing profession and a visceral portrait of a vanishing material.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), Experimental