Oscar®-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman brings alive the vibrant history of the avant-garde cinema. Through interviews with filmmakers and critics including Jonas Mekas, Kenneth Anger, Su Friedrich, and Amy Taubin, he reveals how this artistic movement highlights subjective vision, sensory experience, and dreams over plot and storyline. Workman couples these conversations with a dazzling array of diverse extracts from experimental films that illuminate for the general audience a qualitatively different kind of moviegoing experience. | Read MoreDocumentary
In 2004, writer/director Zachary Iscol fought as a US Marine in Al Anbar, Iraq's most violent province. Five years later, Anbar has been transformed into one of the safest, but not because the insurgency was defeated. When Zach returns, he begins to confront the awful dilemmas he faced fighting an enemy that hid among civilians. Profoundly honest, this documentary explores these dilemmas from all sides to reveal a simple but surprising truth about the nature of war and peace.
Please note: 'The Western Front' will screen as a work in progress. | Read MoreDocumentary
When young Turkish-German woman Umay can no longer stand her husband's ill-treatment, she flees from Istanbul with her five-year-old son into the arms of her family in Berlin. But love, affection, and loyalty soon become irrelevant as they struggle to reconcile Umay's willful self-determination with the social system that governs their lives. This passion piece on female flight from oppression builds its considerable dramatic intensity to a glowing payoff. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Poetry, mythology, metaphor, and the absurd are expertly weaved to tell the fable-like story of Rahmat, who sails from island to island off the coast of Iran to collect tears. Moody and elegant, The White Meadows is acclaimed writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof's (Head Wind, TFF '08) mesmerizing cinematic statement on conformity, social norms, and the collective condition of Iran. | Read MoreDrama
The versatile James Franco (Milk, Spider-Man) stars in the story of William Vincent, a quiet and peculiar criminal uninterested in the fruits of crime. When he falls for a gangster's (Josh Lucas) favorite call girl (Julianne Nicholson), William is forced to flee New York. But after four years in exile, William secretly returns, intent on rescuing the woman he loves from her dangerous fate. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
The Woodmans are a family united in their belief that art-making is the highest form of expression and an essential way of life, but for photographer daughter Francesca, worldwide acclaim came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. With unrestricted access to all of Francesca's works and diaries, The Woodmans paints an incisive portrait of a family broken and then healed by its art. | Read MoreDocumentary
Heartwarming. Illuminating. Alarming. The films in this year's World Documentary Competition run the gamut. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a distinguished jury of some of the biggest names in news media, nonfiction filmmaking, scholarship, and show business. | Read More
From the New York indie gem Roger Dodger (TFF '02) to the riveting Iranian mystery About Elly (TFF '09), the World Narrative Competition Award Winner has always been one of the most engaging films in the Festival. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen by a jury of internationally acclaimed filmmakers as the best of the Fest. | Read More
Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution is an experimental documentary about American expansionist William Walker, who became dictator of Nicaragua in 1856.
Screening with The Travelogues. | Read MoreDocumentary
In this cheeky comedy from brothers Kieran and John Carney (director of Oscar® winner Once), the Cassidy family lives cheerfully in a small Irish town where the 1950s, it seems, never ended. Then one night a portly brute dressed sorta like an alien arrives at their house. His name is Zonad, and he's from outer space—or so he claims—and soon his cynical, 21st-century attitude begins disrupting this seemingly idyllic little hamlet. | Read MoreComedy and Science Fiction