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Don McKay (Thomas Haden Church) should have followed the old cliché: "You can't go home again." After 25 years, he returns for the first time to his hometown at the out-of-the-blue bidding of his cancer-stricken ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Shue). But a lot of time has passed, and an old secret crashes into new ones in this darkly comic thriller, also featuring Melissa Leo. | Read MoreDrama, Thriller, Comedy
Don't Go in the Woods is sound advice, especially when there's a killer on the loose. First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension. | Read More
It sounds like a dream: A charismatic Filipino singer from the slums of Manila posts videos of his cover band to YouTube, and soon he's fronting an iconic rock band. Sounds crazy, but it's the real-life rock-and-roll fairy tale that Arnel Pineda is living as the new lead singer of Journey. The pressure's on Pineda as this rockin' doc follows Journey's dizzying world tour—can a man who has already overcome so many obstacles deal with the demands of his newfound fame? | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
In Donkey, David, a London banker who was the most popular child in class, bumps into Stanley, whom he bullied in high school, resulting in a powerful encounter.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Character Flaws program. | Read MoreDrama
An unusual love story that follows the quixotic courtship of Brian, an ex-goth puppeteer from Australia, and Amber, the traditional Muslim girl he met and fell in love with in Pakistan. Can this unlikely couple survive the challenges they are about to face? | Read MoreDocumentary
JoEllen Marsh grew up knowing her father only as Donor 150. As one of the first generation of children conceived through donor insemination, she yearns for connection with potential siblings, and turns to the Internet to track them down. As JoEllen slowly broadens her family tree, in the process she forges a fascinatingly modern model of family. After connecting with dozens of siblings across the country, JoEllen decides it's finally time to seek out Donor 150. | Read MoreDocumentary
Dorme (meaning "sleep") takes us on a magical journey into the world of dreams, that mystical place our spirits go to play when our bodies go to sleep at night. A beautiful and mesmerizing fantasy film, Dorme is a celebration of the sub-conscious mind, an artistic feast for the eyes and an escape for the soul. Told without the use of words, this universal story is about a boy lulled to sleep by a captivating melody only to begin his adventure of transformation and discovery. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Animation
Leftist writer and activist Dorothy Day had an abortion, got a divorce, and bore a daughter out of wedlock. She also cofounded the Catholic Worker movement, leaving an important social legacy. This film explores the complex life of a woman who has already been placed on the official road to sainthood by the Vatican. | Read MoreDocumentary
Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friend. When they pass a homeless man on the street, Clark gets an idea in Double or Nothing.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Status Update program. | Read More
If seeing is believing, watching these kids Double Dutch elicits double-takes and disbelief. Chronicling the world of competitive jump roping, this energetic documentary follows two teenage teams that combine dance and gymnastics to breathtaking effect, as they prepare and contend for the world championship at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
| Read MoreFemale Director(s), Sports, Documentary