An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. | Read More
Impending doom permeates this gothic meditation on anxiety. Found-footage veteran Jay Rosenblatt has created an at once beautiful and cryptic montage based on Jeanne Marie Beaumont's poem by the same name, which consists of questions, to which the response is always "afraid so." Similarly, Rosenblatt's visual poem starts out innocuous, but gradually devolves into a suffocating puzzle with only one possible answer... | Read More
When wrongfully convicted men are freed based on DNA evidence their lives do not automatically go back to normal. Instead they must rebuild their lives without benefit of any official help or even expunged records. An ex-cop jailed for a crime he did not commit and a man who was on death row are among the former prisoners profiled. | Read MoreDocumentary
HBO's Entourage has introduced viewers to the omnipresent Hollywood agent. Meet the real-life "masters of Hollywood" who represent Hollywood's leading figures and who, some say, hold the future of filmed entertainment in their hands.
Moderator: Georg Szalai (Hollywood Reporter)
Panelist(s): Jeremy Barber (United Talent Agency), Cassian Elwes (William Morris Independent), Arianna Bocco (Gersh Agency) | Read More
Fueled by pure rock energy, this doc chronicles the unlikely birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and the intense rivalries that develop on the way to the event in Finland. Also featured are jam sessions and interviews with notable air guitarists and the "airheads" who follow them. | Read MoreComedy, Documentary, Music
A businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race, a gangster (Brendan Fraser) sees the future, a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss (Andy Garcia) and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) must save the love of his life. Based on a Chinese proverb, these four overlapping stories dramatize the four emotional cornerstones of life: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
Akeelah is a precocious 11-year-old from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite her mother's objections, she enters several spelling contests, and with the support of a special tutor and the entire neighborhood, she earns a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This uplifting film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer and Curtis Armstrong. A Lionsgate, 2929 Productions and Starbucks Entertainment Release.
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This hilarious doc about one man's unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken's transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. | Read MoreComedy and Documentary
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. | Read MoreDocumentary and Nature
Can an university computer scientist (Tom Cavanagh, best known from Urinetown and TV's Ed) make a woman fall in love with his interactive computer before she succumbs to a well-known professor? His job depends on it in this romantic comedy. Also starring Sarah Chalke, Illeana Douglas, and Celeste Holm. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. | Read MoreDrama
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
An intriguing look at sex and celebrity, this richly textured documentary, filled with drag queens and Hollywood glitterati, is actually a serious movie about transgendered life. In this unique and candid documentary, Alexis reveals a more private side as she grapples with the process of sex reassignment surgery. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. | Read MoreDocumentary