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The Great East Japan Earthquake has just struck, the waters of the ensuing tsunami finally rolling back into the sea. In the comparative safety of Tokyo, two wives and a child living in the same apartment building have nothing to do but wait for their husbands’ return. Nobuteru Uchida finds a striking emotional core to the shock of March 11, 2011, crafting a tender and intelligent narrative on the internal effects of an unspeakable national tragedy. | Read MoreDrama
Dive into the riveting debate over the future of ideas, as Vivienne Roumani tackles the questions confronting the modern word industry and proves that more is at stake than how quickly we can access the latest bestseller. Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring interviews with Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and more, Out of Print is an in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the information age. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Oceana, West Virginia—known as “Oxyana” after its residents’ epidemic abuse of OxyContin—is a tragically real example of the insidious spread of drug dependency throughout the country. Set against an abandoned coal mining landscape to the melodies of Deer Tick’s haunting score, this unflinchingly intimate documentary probes the lives of Oceana’s afflicted and exposes the day-to-day experience of a town living in the harsh grip of addiction. | Read MoreDocumentary
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), 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
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
Playground politics soon boil over when Paul and Kate excitedly arrive for dinner at the home of a cool couple from their kids’ school, only to discover an interloping third couple already in attendance. | Read MoreDrama and Relationships
Would you risk your life to flip a switch? In Kanpur, India, putting oneself in harm’s way to deliver electrical power is all too common. Powerless sheds light on the opposing corners of this political ring, from an electrical Robin Hood tapping wires for neighbors to the myopic utility company whose failure to understand economics forces it deeper into financial disarray. This vibrant exposé gives a whole new meaning to the words “power struggle.” | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Crime, Documentary