The bitter fight for supremacy between a school’s most popular girls takes an unexpected turn when Tanner (Michael J. Willett) becomes its first openly gay student. As they race to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, Tanner must choose between skyrocketing popularity and the friends he is leaving behind. Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) returns with another comic send-up of high school clique culture, including memorable cameos by Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne. | Read MoreComedy
GABI is a sassy, sexy, and strong Puerto Rican woman, but an unexpected family death forces her to return to her native homeland, confronting a place she thought she had left behind.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Status Update program. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
From a young man in Nazi-occupied Paris to the sultry crooner who bedded Brigitte Bardot and married Jane Birkin to the vulnerable poet hidden behind a shroud of provocation—Serge Gainsbourg's is a life large enough for grand treatment on film. One of France's greatest mavericks is brought back to life (uncannily, by Eric Elmosnino) in this imaginative and visually flamboyant film debut from one of France's greatest cartoonists. | Read MoreDrama and Music
Director José Padilha (Bus 174) follows up his Golden Bear-winning Elite Squad with this austere, unflinching examination of the realities of chronic hunger for three Brazilian families. At once intimate and universal, Padilha's hauntingly visual film humanizes the enormity of the global hunger crisis. | Read MoreDocumentary
Pop culture and land-use practices converge in Brooklyn, where a Bangladeshi immigrant family recalls the found film that formed the overhead lattice support for their urban garden. | Read MoreDocumentary
When the proverbial Eva starts to get a bit bored in Paradise, she turns her attention to the mating habits of animals. Fascinated, she asks God to create a male for her, but John-God's present to Eva-is rather short and not at all to her satisfaction. One day John tempts Eva to enter God's forbidden "garden shed," and the discovery that she makes there has far-reaching consequences for her and John. | Read MoreComedy
Two years ago, Josh Fox introduced us to hydraulic fracturing with his Oscar®-nominated exposé Gasland. Now this once-touted energy source has become a widely discussed, contentious topic. In his follow-up, Fox reveals the extreme circumstances facing those affected by fracking, from earthquakes to the use of federal anti-terror psychological operations tactics. Gasland Part II is the definitive proof that issues raised by fracking cannot be ignored for long. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1979, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude proposed one of the largest public art installations in history: a "golden river" of 7,500 fabric-paneled gates in Central Park. Transcending controversy, it was finally completed in 2005. Renowned documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and long-time collaborator Antonio Ferrera chronicle the artists' 26-year commitment to transform the winter darkness of the park into a garden of light and color.
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More than the baths and bars, this film explores the explosion of gay culture in New York during the steamy post-Stonewall, pre-AIDs era. It also underscores the community that emerged from the '70s to fight AIDS. Of course, this is gay New York in the '70s, so there are plenty of bars, baths, and hot bodies too. | Read More
Weaving past into present, filmmakers Banker White (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) and Anna Fitch immerse the audience in the daily life of White’s mother, Pam. Her Alzheimer’s threatens to wipe out the memory of her own mother, Marian, a celebrated artist who died of the same disease. Beautifully edited, The Genius of Marian retraces both women’s lives to paint a complex and powerful contemporary portrait of motherhood, chronic illness and legacy. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Relationships
Singer and star George Michael gives a brutally honest guided tour of his life in Southan Morris' documentary George Michael: A Different Story. From his humble beginnings in Hertforshire, England to the zenith of his fame to the legal battles with his label to the infamous public toilet incident, George candidly speaks about every professional and personal gain-and loss. | Read More
This wake-up-call doc exposes the hidden history of our country's redistricting wars, mapping battles that take place out of public scrutiny but that shape the electoral landscape of American politics for decades at time, posing a threat not just to democrats and republicans, but democracy as a whole. Featuring stories from nine states, Gerrymandering takes a hard look at the framework of our democracy and how it provides our politicians a perfectly legal way to control electoral outcomes. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 1930s Tennessee, backwoods recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is feared and shunned by the local townsfolk. Then Felix decides to plan a living funeral to lay his own legend to rest. But behind this surreal plan lies a devastating secret that must get out…. Academy Award® winner Aaron Schneider makes a confident feature debut with this engrossing and slyly funny folk tale of forgiveness and redemption. With Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black. | Read More