As two families celebrate the engagement of their children, one of the betrothed discovers the family's dark secret. A provocative metaphor on the social and moral state of Chile, from the start of the Pinochet dictatorship to today, Fiestapatria tells its tale through a gallery of characters representative of Chilean society.
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Darren (Lou Taylor Pucci) has just lost his scholarship because of his partying roommate's antics. Now, in order to make his tuition payment, he needs to sell 50 tablets of Ecstasy-graciously supplied by his roommate-over the course of just one day. This directorial debut features Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars as Darren's girlfriend. | Read MoreComedy and Romantic Comedy
This high-energy martial arts drama chronicles a driven high school student caught between the expectations of her traditional Turkish family and her kung fu dreams. With slickly choreographed fight scenes, Fighter is an empowering story that culminates with an emotional punch. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Action, ESPN, Sports
How do you make a multi-million dollar movie using thousand dollar editing software? Legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch joins us to discuss the making of Cold Mountain using Apple's Final Cut Pro. Murch will screen clips, discuss his approach, and share his creative tools. He'll be joined by Charles Koppelman author of Behind the Seen, a recent book about Murch.
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In 1947, Austrian émigré Amos Vogel launched Cinema 16 as a place where New Yorkers could see a wide range of "different" films -- documentaries, works from overseas, experimental cinema. It soon grew into the most influential film society in American history. This affectionate tribute profiles this trailblazing cinephile through a vivid compilation of images and sounds, including a selection of newly filmed interviews with the man himself. | Read More
Baseball is everything in Norway, Iowa, but when government authorities decide the small town's population no longer warrants its own high school, a longstanding baseball tradition is in peril. Sean Astin stars as the new and untested coach who must provide Norway with one exciting final season in this heartwarming story based on true events.
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In Tolan's (co-creator, Rescue Me) hysterical feature directing debut, a successful TV writer (Matthew Broderick) struggles with his addiction to gambling, drugs, and alcohol, making it that much harder to travel to Las Vegas and convince his troubled niece (Brittany Snow) to go to rehab. | Read More
Benjaman Kyle was found unconscious outside a Burger King in 2004 without any clothes, identification, or memories, and seven years later no one knows who he is, even the FBI, in Finding Benjaman.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Help Wanted program. | Read MoreDocumentary
A compelling chronicle of renowned tenor Neil Shicoff and his journey to revive Halévy's 1835 La Juive seven decades after it was banned by the Nazis. The opera's timeless themes of intolerance and fanaticism take on new meaning through the interplay of current affairs and live performance, interspersed with a music video by legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet. | Read More
Played against the backdrop of the national liberation movements of the '70s and '80s, this lively documentary pays tribute to the golden age of cricket in the West Indies as the teammates set out to triumph over their former colonial masters and make a name for themselves on the world stage. This celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change is set to a thumping reggae beat featuring Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Burning Spear. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso spent 33 years being tortured and starved in Chinese prisons. He watched his nation ruined and his countrymen jailed or killed. Despite this, Gyatso remains unbroken, keeping the flame of his spirit ablaze. Co-hosted with Asian Cinevision. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
The Fourth of July in Los Angeles is always about Fireworks, as two adolescent brothers set out on a quest to impress a group of girls.
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On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks--an acrimonious domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
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