Lost in the snows of Russia during the final bitter winter of World War II, a German Army surgeon trudges from one surreal encounter to another. Oleg Lukichev's stark black-and-white cinematography captures all the misery and brutality of Eastern Front combat in this remarkably assured prizewinning debut from German, son of the legendary St. Petersburg director. | Read More
Baron's touching documentary about the Harlem Blues & Jazz band, formed 30 years ago to honor jazz's underappreciated living legends. The Last of the First is not only an engrossing history lesson but also a loving behind-the-scenes look at the band members' everyday lives and at the swingin' music that has kept them going well into their golden years. | Read More
In this witty character-driven comedy, writer-turned-security guard Travis Hall hopes his new job will enable him to pay the bills and give him time to finish his novel. The problem? He has to make it through his first night. A look inside a nocturnal world where grown men wear clip-on ties and get paid to stare at blank walls for hours on end.
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Latin women have become prolific in American culture, ascending to the top of the pop charts, box office and the Nielsen ratings. As their influence grows and expectations increase how will Latin women balance the expectations of their ethnic culture with the demands of the marketplace? Rosie Perez (Just Like the Son, Fearless), Mia Maestro (Poseidon, Alias), Zoe Saldana (Crossroads, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Claudia Llosa (Madeinusa) join us for a discussion moderated by New York Time's contributor Charles Lyons. | Read More
Nine years ago Laura (Petra Wright) was a vivacious aspiring actress engaged to a talented young writer. But after her fiancé's senseless death, Laura married an insurance man, had a son, and began living the perfect suburban-mom life. Now she is growing distracted, withdrawn, dissatisfied, and needs more than just an affair. | Read More
In this beautifully animated film, Laura's family moves from the country to the city. Laura is sad and lonely until one night a shooting star lands outside her window. With the help of this magical star, Laura finds happiness and friends in her new home. A tale about embracing life's changes, this colorful adventure is a perfect "first film" experience. Preceded by First Flight (8 min.). (Ages 4+) | Read MoreAnimation
The bewildering elements that sparked the powder keg of LA street gang violence are meticulously uncovered in the film, Lay Down Old Man. A two-film-in-one documentary about the history of the Bloods and the Crips, it provides a connecting a history of the rival gangs as told by two of its respective founding members. | Read MoreDocumentary
This stylized noir thriller from the U.K. burns with the unsentimental intensity of a Jim Thompson novel and seethes with the effortless cool of a Mike Hodges film. A bad man navigates a labyrinth of drug deals, double-crosses and hired hits that he hopes will lead to his salvation. A Sony Pictures Classics release. | Read More
Four modern-day professional bowlers' lives are interrupted when three retired Microsoft executives purchase their dying. Along the way, the film delves into the history and culture of professional bowling from the 60's and 70's to the beer gut and mullet-infested depths of the 80's and 90's that precipitated the Microsoft takeover in 2000. | Read More
In this intimate and moving portrait of groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, Fox engages the artist in a dialogue about his life and work. Creative tensions develop between Frank's desire to focus on the present and Fox's impulse to revisit the past. | Read MoreDocumentary
British-Nigerian director Thomas Ikimi builds a thrilling psychological drama around an all-consuming central performance by Idris Elba (The Wire). Black ops operative Malcolm Gray is returning home after a botched mission in Eastern Europe. Holed up in a rundown Brooklyn motel room, he is torn between retribution and personal salvation as he mentally unravels. When the walls close in, his story may be all he can leave behind…. | Read MoreThriller
In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played a minute in the NBA. In this quintessentially American documentary, filmmaking brothers Joshua and Benny Safdie track the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was only just out of reach. | Read MoreESPN, Sports, Documentary
A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into the immense Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, recalled through small episodes as Leonid's Story.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary