Can video games do journalism? This is the question posed by Playing the News, which examines the role played by video game company Kuma War in connecting young people to current events, particularly the war in Iraq. After designing a video game based on the November 2004 siege of Fallujah, Kuma War began to think of itself as a news organization. But war reporting has certainly never looked like this before. | Read MoreDocumentary
In this black-humored Russian Hamlet by one of Moscow's top theater directors, a young slacker receives nocturnal visits from his father's ghost and literally "plays the victim" in crime reconstruction videos. Observing a farcical justice system with a brash collage of visual styles, this acerbic depiction of contemporary Moscow chronicles Valya's dangerously escalating disgust with his world. Grand Prize Winner, Rome Film Festival.
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In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light. With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer's second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Death, materialism, liberal guilt, adultery, midlife malaise… writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Lovely & Amazing) makes such topics sing with earnest emotion and devastating humor. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt star as well-to-do Manhattanites waiting out the death of their crotchety neighbor so they can take over her apartment. Things get messy when they try to make nice with the old lady and her granddaughters (Amanda Peet and Rebecca Hall). | Read MoreDrama
Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is studying to be a nurse and his very pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), is relegated to bed rest. But when Nadia is kidnapped right in front of him, to get her back he'll have to free a man under police surveillance from the hospital in three hours. Point Blank is a taut suspense thriller that gets the adrenaline-inducing action going right from the start and never eases up. | Read MoreAction and Thriller
In 2011, Matthew VanDyke left Baltimore to find adventure and see the world on his motorcycle, only to end up joining the Libyan rebel army to take arms against Gaddafi. Gun in one hand, video camera in the other, Matthew finally finds purpose and meaning in his wanderlust, until he is captured and held in solitary confinement. TFF award winner Marshall Curry (Racing Dreams) captures one man’s arresting transformation from a sheltered kid to a soldier on the frontlines. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, TFI Supported
Though he should know better, fashion photographer Shawn starts up a tumultuous love affair with radiant model Athena. To add to his personal misery, he also records each painful detail in a uniquely personal video journal. This intimate, hilarious, and sexy film unforgettably documents the glamorous, reckless life of Manhattan's young and beautiful. | Read More