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Forty years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal, there was Media, Pennsylvania. In 1971, eight activists plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism. In this riveting heist story, the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Crime, Thriller, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
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
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific and notorious "artists" of the century, an expert forger who has duped and befuddled curators across the nation. Many have dedicated years tracking his escapades with one burning question: “Why?” Framed as a cat-and-mouse chase between Landis and those he has hoodwinked, Art and Craft paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
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
After a social media-fueled meltdown, chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) hits the road with his son and his sous chef (John Leguizamo) to launch a food truck business. Complete with lavish food imagery and a star-studded cast, including Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Amy Sedaris, Favreau’s fresh take on food and chef culture has poignant messages about our media-driven world and the real meaning of success. | Read MoreComedy, Relationships, NY Director(s), Food
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)
Frédéric Tcheng’s masterful documentary enters the storied world of the House of Christian Dior, with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as artistic director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with a mysterious and elegant reverence for the history of this iconic brand, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical. | Read MoreDocumentary and NY Director(s)