Once a year, a crew of Colorado ranchers rounds up a herd of wild buffalo as part of a unique conservation effort. This film follows the story of Duke Phillips and his team of ranchers as they risk everything to preserve this endangered animal and the rich landscape it inhabits.
Screening in Shorts Program: After Words | Read MoreDrama, Documentary, NY Director(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
The iconic voice and noble philosophies proffered by Harry Dean Stanton punctuate this authentic look at life on the edge of wilderness. Andrew Renzi makes his directorial debut with this glimpse into the rugged lives of the cowboys of Montana’s Fishtail Basin Ranch as they survive another calving season. Set to a seraphic score, this captivating, atmospheric documentary is a film, as Stanton would say, for “those of earth-born passion.” | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
A member of the notorious Bloods since he was 12 years old, Primo takes John, the son of a fallen gang member, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets. Set amongst the streets of East New York, Five Star blends documentary and fiction as director Keith Miller (Welcome to Pine Hill) carefully eschews worn clichés of gang culture to offer a compelling portrait of two men forced to confront the question of what it really means to be a man. | Read MoreDrama, New York, NY Director(s)
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard-hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant abuse embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries. The fi lm sheds light on the wage theft and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers, and gives voice and attempts to bring justice to those fi ghting to change these practices. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food
Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused twenty-something longing for stability and happiness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend will bring his dreams to fruition, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit. First-time writer/director Lou Howe authentically portrays the heartbreaking reality of a young man battling his inner demons, establishing himself as an extraordinary new filmmaking talent. | Read MoreDrama, New York, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
After going down in the fifth round, boxer Bud Gordon bowed out of the limelight. Now residing in a fixer-upper apartment in New Jersey, Bud tries to get back into the game, making a deal with a crooked restaurateur. Quick schemes rarely bring easy payoffs, and as the consequences of his business negotiations unfold, Bud has to make a choice between his integrity and his aspirations. With Corey Stoll, Kelly Lynch, and Billy Crudup. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Sports, New York, NY Director(s)
Otto Wall is just a little unlucky in life, and unbeknownst to him, in love. When his wife suddenly asks for a divorce, he bounces between a search for answers, desperate attempts to stay connected to his daughter, and his fateful reentry into the dating pool. Junebug screenwriter Angus MacLachlan returns to the woods of North Carolina for this sharp and sensitive comedy starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham, Anna Camp, Amy Sedaris, and Celia Weston. | Read MoreComedy, Relationships, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
Renowned magician James “The Amazing” Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, and sleight of hand for over 50 years. Now he has made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses. An Honest Liar chronicles Randi’s best debunkings, with a little help from interviewees including Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker