A unique "oratorio for moving image and sound," and a dramatic meditation on the very act of seeing. This extraordinarily
powerful film sets the music of Arvo Pärt's Passio--which has been called one of the last masterpieces of 20th Century music--against images carefully chosen from the billions created during the tumultuous century since moving image media first appeared. Its declared ambition is to manifest the neglected or repressed memory of the human race during this era.
We are proud to have the honor of presenting the North American Premiere of this unforgettable event, and especially happy--since Pärt's music is itself an interpretation of the Gospel of St. John--to arrange for our initial three screenings with live music to be in New York City's magnificent Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. | Read MoreMusic
In April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the NCAA’s winningest basketball coach, stunned the sports world by resigning from Tennessee. As news of her early-onset Alzheimer’s spread, the coach and her son, Tyler, set out to beat this challenge as they had every other—with grace, humor and, most of all, each other. Produced by Robin Roberts, Pat XO tells the remarkable story of this incomparable coach as it has never been told before, straight from the people who knew her best. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), ESPN, Sports, Documentary
In April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the NCAA’s winningest basketball coach, stunned the sports world by resigning from Tennessee. As news of her early-onset Alzheimer’s spread, the coach and her son, Tyler, set out to beat this challenge as they had every other—with grace, humor and, most of all, each other. Produced by Robin Roberts, Pat XO tells the remarkable story of this incomparable coach as it has never been told before, straight from the people who knew her best.
Screening with: Let Them Wear Towels
During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players’ locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse remained. Through interviews with pioneering female sports writers, Let Them Wear Towels captures the raw behavior, humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve that went into the struggle for equal access for women reporters. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
A woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, only whispering of her fear for their two young daughters' lives. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, she gives voice to previously unuttered thoughts and memories without regard for anyone’s reaction. In a mesmerizing performance, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani portrays a woman who, under the most extreme circumstances, discovers the core of her identity. | Read MoreDrama
When two best friends, one Muslim and the other Christian, announce their plan to celebrate each other's holidays, the girls are met with resistance from their parents. In response, they create a Peace Tree celebrating all religions and cultures. During TFF, the filmmaker will be creating Peace Trees in local schools and at the Family Festival Street Fair on May 6. Preceded by Twins of Mankala (11 min.). (Ages 5+) | Read More
A young runaway is kicked out of her group home after a vicious altercation. As she travels up to Harlem, where her father is a low-level drug dealer, she is assaulted by a mysterious creature and left for dead. | Read MoreHorror and Relationships
Dubbed "the French James Dean" for his roles in films by Claude Chabrol (Le beau Serge, Les cousins) and Howard Hawks (Hatari), Gérard Blain's work as director never surfaced in the U.S. This is his masterpiece, a moving account of parental love and obsession, filmed in a rigorous style that recalls Bresson or Dreyer -- sans religion. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Music
A pelican tries out being human, he buys a suit, gets a job as a stagehand, and even rents an apartment from a woman who's allergic to birds. He then turns into a handsome, charming man who speaks by imitation and learns to read when he makes his first friend, 10-year old Emil who isn't fooled for a second. (Ages 7+) | Read More
This is not just another film about Angkor, the world famous monument, but about those who live and work there: a young peddler uncertain about his future, a peasant with his cherished fighting cock. These are stories of pain and hope, in which the past and present complement each other and humor helps people cope with the anguish of survival. | Read More
A black comedy about a man whose plan to end his life in a blaze of glory goes strangely awry. Sergio has dreamed all his life about having a tragic death and sharing it with someone he loved. But he was never very lucky with women. And just before the great moment, Sergio is interrupted by a phone call that takes him away from his goal. Born in Mexico City. | Read MoreDrama
In this portrait of a character and a society, Malek and his mother struggle with an insidious inertia 15 years after the Lebanese civil war in which thousands disappeared, including Malek's father. The title and situation recall the poignant optimism of Lou Reed's classic song, and the film's own award-winning original music is unforgettable. In Arabic. | Read MoreDrama
In this heartfelt family comedy, a devout Catholic (Kathleen Turner) in the running for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year award must prove that her family actually conforms to the image of "the perfect family" as envisioned by the church, an image she's put forth with considerable effort her whole life. Also starring Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain, and Michael McGrady. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Comedy
Ballet shoes are worn by delicate girls, but they're crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story in The Perfect Fit.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Long Story Short program. | Read MoreDocumentary