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.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Character Flaws program. | Read More
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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Carla, a spirited, eleven year old girl is determined to experience her first kiss before she turns twelve in just a few weeks. She has everything planned out with David, a classmate, and her crush. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until she runs into Tom, a punky kid from school who loves to give Carla a hard time. | Read More
Heartbreak and hope abound in this engrossing documentary about the holy grail of horse racing-the Kentucky Derby. Two brothers travel from Arkansas to Dubai and on to Churchill Downs to trace the paths of six rising equine stars, including the heroic Barbaro, and the people, passion and dreams at the core of this breakneck competition.
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When destiny bullies us, do we fight back? Fergus never stoops to psychological-thriller film cliché in his chilling debut feature, in which salesman Jimmy Starks (Guy Pearce) is gripped by panic after a psychic warns him of his impending death. Also starring Piper Perabo. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
In this extraordinary debut feature, a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands a group of Brooklyn hipsters in a remote country farmhouse with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record. At first, it's all sex and drugs and acoustic guitars. But as the days go on and the food supply dwindles, struggles of power, jealousy, and desire threaten the group's ability to work together in order to survive. | Read MoreMusic and Relationships
Likened to a bold Argentine Thelma and Louise, Lucía Puenzo's follow-up to her Cannes winner XXY wraps a passionate love story in the arms of a pulsating thriller. When an upper-class Argentine falls for her family's sultry Paraguayan maid, the two make plans to run away together, but their hope for escape is derailed when shocking secrets become unveiled. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)