The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Director Dori Berinstein captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon and throws it at the screen like roses at the stage during curtain call. You'll have a grin on your face and a tear in your eye, evidence that the original Dolly Levi is still glowin', still crowin', and still goin' strong. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
When Caroline throws a surprise birthday party for her sister Jackie, what starts as an evening with friends devolves into a night that will change everything, as their bond is tested by the emotional mayhem only sisters can wring. Injecting his dinner-party-gone-wrong story with genuine tension, first-time filmmaker Adam Christian Clark strips away the layers of Caroline and Jackie's fraught relationship right up until the film's raw and moving conclusion. | Read MoreDrama and Relationships
Young mother Mutinta is a Zambian subsistence farmer in a polygamous marriage who has just learned she is HIV positive. Newly pregnant, Mutinta does everything she can to protect her unborn baby while navigating complicated family dynamics and village politics. Newcomer Maggie Betts sculpts a sensitive observational portrait of one woman's struggle leading up to her newborn's birth. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Only cinema's greatest essayist would dare combine a personal glance at French (and world) politics of the first few years of the 21st Century with a love-letter to his adored Cat. Surely the seemingly magical appearance of felines all over Paris can't be by chance. And…might it happen here? Let's hope so. | Read MoreDocumentary
Your time is more than money at Sainsbury's Market, where Ben Willis works the night shift. From the sexually harassed checkout girl to the daredevil stuntman in the meat department, Ben's coworkers have perfected the art of dealing with the boredom of working an eight-hour shift. Ben dreams of becoming a painter and his own "art" becomes a sophisticated daydream about the essence of beauty found in the female form. | Read MoreDrama
Thirteen is not an easy age for shy Alicia. Her only friend, Michelle, is a sex-obsessed flake and her single dad would rather pick his toes than talk to her. To make matters worse, boys have been chasing her after school, a cutie in seventh grade science won't leave her alone, and the older boy from down the street is knocking at the door. Belittled, traumatized, and ignored, Alicia is becoming a woman, whether she likes it or not. | Read More
German engineer Jürgen Perthold was intrigued about where his newly adopted stray, Mr. Lee, disappeared to for days on end so he developed the CatCam to help solve the mystery.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Help Wanted program. | Read MoreDocumentary
It's the pop fly that will live in infamy. When Chicagoan Steve Bartman fatefully deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, the city's long-suffering Cubs fans found someone new to blame for their cursed century without a World Series title. Oscar®-winning director Alex Gibney explores the psychology of die-hard sports fans, the frightening phenomenon of scapegoating, and the hysteria that turned mild-mannered Bartman into the most hated man in Chicago.
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Jimmy Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, homeless 80-year-old Japanese-American artist who lost family and friends to both WWII internment camps in the U.S. and Hiroshima's atomic bombing. In this intimate and funny portrayal of the healing power of art, Mirikitani makes peace with his past and journeys from homeless to home. In English and Japanese. | Read MoreDocumentary
Kyra Sedgwick shines as a rock singer who returns to her Georgia hometown hoping to regain custody of the two daughters she left with Aidan Quinn (bucking type as an abusive ex-husband). Cholodenko's third film (High Art, Laurel Canyon) is an engrossing adaptation of Dorothy Allison's novel. | Read More