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Native New Yorker is a kind of Manhattan travelogue seen through the eyes of Native American Terry "Coyote" Murphy. Starting from Inwood Park, Coyote makes his way down Broadway and winds up at ground zero. Along the way, locations are stripped of their conventional meaning and imbued with their significance to local Native American history. Filmmaker Steve Bilich shot the film with a 1924 hand-cranked Cine-Kodak camera over a period of several years, ultimately mating it to an original score composed by William Susman.
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This experimental "reality drama" depicts a few seemingly idle days in the lives of four men and a woman who share an apartment. Frank sexual dialogue, non-linear structure, and the use of symbolic images distinguish Navel from much recent Iranian cinema, while Shirvani's jittery DV camera provides a rare intimate glimpse inside contemporary Tehran society from the point of view of an Iranian-American woman. | Read More
Left by his wife, Marcel falls into alcoholism and a
deep depression, with only his friend Bob, also an
alcoholic, to look after him. Their friendship captures
the frailty of the male ego and the natural
comedy borne from their candid conversations.
Ne Me Quitte Pas follows this downward spiral
of mid-life crisis in a tender, often humorous,
sometimes disturbing examination of the "crisis
of masculinity," alongside a mesmerizing exploration
of mundane rural existence. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
A recently-married couple from divergent backgrounds is expecting their first child. Andy, born in Japan, is the son of Lutheran missionaries from the Midwest and Maital, born in Israel, is the daughter of Jewish Iraqi immigrants. Their committed relationship, fused in a global culture, requires constant negotiation between different values and belief systems. | Read More
Brazilian Nelson Freire is one of the best-kept secrets in the world of piano -- his mastery rivals Rachmaninov, Cortot, Hofmann, Rubinstein, and Gould. This marvelous documentary by Joao Moreira Salles, brother of renowned filmmaker Walter Salles, is a lovely portrait of a supremely talented but unusually private and humble man. | Read More
They say opposites attract. What about an Aryan Brother who falls for a black woman who thinks she's Adolf Hitler after their meeting in a mental institution? This seemingly impossible connection is the start of a love story unlike none other. Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union star in one of the most original romances of recent times.
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Full of style and wild humor, NEON FLESH is a high-energy crime thriller centered on Ricky, who wants to honor his prostitute mother by opening up a brothel, but fails to notice that it encroaches on the ruthless thug El Chino's domain. | Read MoreThriller
Awkward 11-year-old, Nesma, is at odds with the world around her since she began caring for her father’s pigeons after his death. Already facing pressure from her mother to get rid of the birds and continuing a bitter rivalry with the boy across the street, today Nesma will face an even bigger challenge as she enters womanhood.
Screening in Shorts Program: Soul Survivors | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Jonas Odell has structured his animated film as a series of episodes in which four people, in their own words, get to tell the story of the first time they had sex. The stories derive from interviews conducted by Odell, who says he made the film as a response to what he saw as "the claustrophobic fantasy world that too often is the world of animation." | Read MoreDocumentary and Animation