This high-energy martial arts drama chronicles a driven high school student caught between the expectations of her traditional Turkish family and her kung fu dreams. With slickly choreographed fight scenes, Fighter is an empowering story that culminates with an emotional punch. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Action, ESPN, Sports
In Tolan's (co-creator, Rescue Me) hysterical feature directing debut, a successful TV writer (Matthew Broderick) struggles with his addiction to gambling, drugs, and alcohol, making it that much harder to travel to Las Vegas and convince his troubled niece (Brittany Snow) to go to rehab. | Read More
Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso spent 33 years being tortured and starved in Chinese prisons. He watched his nation ruined and his countrymen jailed or killed. Despite this, Gyatso remains unbroken, keeping the flame of his spirit ablaze. Co-hosted with Asian Cinevision. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
When the members of a Berlin women's football team (we call it "soccer") learn to their surprise that they have counterparts in Iran, but that those women have never been allowed to play an actual game, they set out for Tehran to make the impossible happen. Co-hosted with Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. | Read MoreESPN and Sports
Evil comes from within in this smart, supernatural thriller, set in a small extremist evangelical town that is mysteriously afflicted with serial suicides. Up-and-coming cast includes Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker(Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Laura Allen (Dirt), and Rumer Willis. | Read MoreThriller
Ariana, Isha, Rosie, and Esme are young girls who are followed for four years as they navigate the precarious path to womanhood and, in Valadez' and Guevara-Flanagan's expert hands, breathe new life into the coming-of-age story.
Co-hosted with New York Women in Film & Television. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Festival vet Berinstein (ShowBusiness, TFF '05) tells the inspirational story of the New Jersey NETSationals, the NBA's first senior citizen hiphop dance team. Against all odds, these energetic and dedicated seniors prove that even in their golden years, they've just Gotta Dance!
Director Benita Raphan "explores the twin concepts of genius and stupidity," focusing primarily on deaf and blind Helen Keller and itinerant mathematician Paul Erdős. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
These short shorts-conceived, written, directed by, and featuring Isabella Rossellini (who co-directed with Jody Shapiro)-provide a comical but insightful glimpse at how bugs and insects "make love." See them all together preceding My Winnipeg and in pairs (naturally!) before selected features. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)