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#twitterkills

USA
Directed By Brett Sorem
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A lonely Zoe (Sunah Bilsted)—whose only friends are the 6,669 imaginary ones on twitter—and her self-centered sister (Sarah Paulson), uses social media to construct a perfect public persona. But creating a fake life has consequences and she's got a lesson to learn... that no good lie goes unpunished. {more}

2 Autumns, 3 Winters

FRANCE
Directed By Sébastien Betbeder
Running Time: 93 Minutes

The day Arman turns 33 is a day of revelation. The Parisian cinephile is going to get off the couch, start exercising, and find a real job. Something has to happen. Enter Amélie, a gorgeous cynic who dislikes her name because it’s “too nice.” The two literally knock heads on a morning run and Arman is instantly head over heels. Weeks later, they cross paths again in a much more scathing encounter that leaves both... {more}

3 Mile Limit

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Craig Newland
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Journalist Richard Davis hates his job. His true love is music, and he spends his free time trying to get the band he manages on the radio. It's 1965 and the world is going bonkers over rock 'n' roll. Unfortunately for Davis, the New Zealand government, which controls the airwaves, want nothing to do with it. After getting canned from work, and inspired by the encouragement of his girlfriend, Davis decides to take a stance... {more}

52 Tuesdays

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Sophie Hyde
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Sixteen-year-old Billie is trying to come to terms with her mother's transition from female to male. It's an awkward time for her entire family; but for a teenage girl, it's especially rough. As her mom transforms from Jane to James, Billie is sent to live with her father Tom in an effort to make the switch less stressful. In reality, the distance only makes things harder for Billie, who feels completely left out. During this... {more}

82 Days in April

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, TURKEY
Directed By Bart Van den Bempt
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Herman and Marie have flown to Turkey to pick up their son Maarten’s belongings. While on a tour through that country, Maarten was killed in an accident. All that remains is his back pack. While sorting through it, Herman finds a journal detailing his travels, along with brochures and receipts. He is suddenly seized with the desire to piece together Maarten's last trip and retrace the journey, to see and experience everything his son did... {more}

Adieu Paris

GERMANY, LUXEMBOURG, FRANCE
Directed By Franziska Buch
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Patrizia (Jessica Schwarz) is an author whose career is finally taking off. As she shares her joy on the phone with her French lover Jean-Jacques, he crashes his car. Devastated, she flies from Düsseldorf to Paris, to find his icy wife Francoise (Sandrine Bonnaire) at his side as he lies in a coma. Shuttling back and forth between her love in Paris and her work in Düsseldorf, she bumps repeatedly into a fellow traveler, an... {more}

Adonis

USA
Directed By David Dibble
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A romantic comedy about a young man who uses a dating service that employs a cute dog named Adonis as a chick magnet to get guys dates. {more}

An Adoptee Roared in Ohio

USA
Directed By Jean Strauss
Running Time: 15 Minutes

On December 19th, 2013, Governor John Kasich signed into law a new statute giving Ohio adoptees access to their original birth certificates. This historic legislation, twenty-four years in the making, provides 400,000 adopted citizens with the actual record of their birth—and for many, knowledge of their origins for the very first time. This short documentary reveals the fascinating story behind why Ohio sealed these records in the first place, and how one woman never gave... {more}

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE
Directed By Declan Lowney
Running Time: 90 Minutes

A recurring character on British radio and television programs, DJ Alan Partridge finally hits the big screen as Steve Coogan reprises his role for ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA. In the film, the small radio station he works for is being taken over by a soulless corporation. His friend Pat is convinced they'll lose their jobs, but Partridge is unfazed. That quickly changes when he inadvertently discovers the bigwigs are making a cut, and the choice... {more}

Alfredo's Fire

ITALY, USA
Directed By Andy Abrahams Wilson
Running Time: 40 Minutes

An Italian writer sets himself on fire at the Vatican, igniting troubling questions about the clash between faith and sexuality. {more}

Alice Walker

UNITED KINGDOM, USA
Directed By Pratibha Parmar
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Alice Walker never did things the way somebody told her to, but the way she had to. ALICE WALKER: BEAUTY IN TRUTH is a loving portrait of the passionate personality that made the Pulitzer Prize-winning activist-author a revered and criticized figure. An African-American sharecropper’s daughter, Alice graduated from Sarah Lawrence, aided by her determined mother. Walker’s 1967 marriage to Jewish civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal broke miscegenation laws in their home state of Mississippi. Never... {more}

Alive Inside

USA
Directed By Michael Rossato-Bennett
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Across our nation there are facilities full of people lost to Alzheimer's and dementia. What if there was a way to reach them, to reconnect them to themselves? This documentary follows Dan Cohen, a social worker who began bringing iPods and headphones in so patients could listen to music. The effect was remarkable. People who had not responded to medications or therapy suddenly seemed to awaken, recalling memories and regaining some motor skills. Dan's excitement... {more}

All About the Feathers

COSTA RICA
Directed By Neto Villalobos
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Observe the common rooster: his color and texture tell us everything about him. Observe, if you will, the common man: the same can be said for him. ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS is an unusual bromance (dare we say crowmance?) between a taciturn Costa Rican security guard and his beloved bantam. Chalo is a night watchman in a broken-down warehouse that houses no visible wares. He spends his time trying to fix the TV antenna and... {more}

All Cheerleaders Die

USA
Directed By Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. The cheerleaders are initially skeptical of Mäddy’s motives, but she impresses the hell out of them with her skills. This radical social move drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend, Leena Miller—a heartbroken teenage witch whose dabblings in the occult have increased since the end of their tumultuous relationship. No one knows that Mäddy is carrying... {more}

Alphée of the Stars

CANADA, SWITZERLAND
Directed By Hugo Latulippe
Running Time: 82 Minutes

There is no greater joy than to see the world through a child’s eyes. But it is even more enchanting to see it through the eyes of ALPHÉE OF THE STARS, a five-year-old sparkle of light. At birth she was diagnosed with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting the body’s growth and development. Determined to give her an environment where she can freely explore and learn at her own pace, the family decides to... {more}

The Amazing Catfish

MEXICO
Directed By Claudia Sainte-Luce
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Martha and Claudia could never have imagined the impact they'd have on each other's lives when they randomly met in the hospital. Martha, a cancer patient, and Claudia, recovering from an appendix removal, were placed in the same room to heal. But they came from different worlds—single mom Martha was surrounded by her noisy kids, while no one came to visit Claudia. When the family spots Claudia walking home from the hospital alone, they offer... {more}

American Arab

USA
Directed By Usama Alshaibi
Running Time: 58 Minutes

After the events of 9/11 there was a backlash against Arabs in the United States. Some citizens ignorantly connected all Middle Eastern people with the acts of terrorism that were committed against our country. As Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi displays in AMERICAN ARAB, it was an extremely difficult time. It's been more than a decade since the attacks, but the fear and racism towards Arabs still exists. During the 2008 election, John McCain was famously... {more}

Amka and the Three Golden Rules

MONGOLIA
Directed By Babar Ahmed
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Amka is a sweet Mongolian boy. The tragic loss of his parents has made him the sole provider for his family. He wakes up early to go into town and get water for his little sister, reminding her about the importance of washing her hands. He collects plastic bottles for money, only for his older brother to waste it getting drunk every night. One day he finds a gold coin and sells it at the... {more}

Andrew

USA
Directed By Joseph Jurecki, Travis Pollert
Running Time: 22 Minutes

ANDREW tells the story of a young man who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, and anxiety at age 4, and his family's struggle to find new ways to help him grow into a person defined by who he is rather than the condition he has. {more}

Anina

URUGUAY, COLOMBIA
Directed By Alfredo Soderguit
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Anina Yatay Salas is a 5th grader with bright red hair and a big imagination. Her family is creative and a little bit crazy, and her thoughts often dissolve into flights of fantasy. Anina’s dad is obsessed with palindromes—words that read the same backwards as forwards. That’s why she was given the name she hates so much. After Anina fights with a big girl known as Yisel the Elephant, the school principal issues the girls... {more}

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Anthony Powell
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Nature photographer Anthony Powell spent ten years making his documentary ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE. It was so cold he had to build a special camera to withstand the frigid temperatures. Because of this, he was also able to capture the continent's pitch-black winter with a precision that no one else could. Before now, most depictions of Antarctica were shown through the lens of its less scary summers. This gorgeous film observes the harsh region... {more}

Antboy

DENMARK
Directed By Ask Hasselbalch
Running Time: 77 Minutes

Who you gonna call if you’ve been kidnapped by a super villain named The Flea who’s holding you captive because your daddy runs a company that genetically modifies the environment? ANTBOY. Antboy’s alter ego is pudgy-faced Pelle, a 12-year-old Danish kid who’s so boring his classmates don’t even bother to pick on him. He worships perfect Amanda from afar. But when Pelle gets bitten by an ant with modified DNA, weird things start to happen.... {more}

The Apothecary

USA
Directed By Helen Hood Scheer
Running Time: 18 Minutes

A documentary portrait of a beloved druggist in a rural Colorado outpost who navigates a profound divide between his public and private lives while operating the only pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. {more}

The Architect

USA
Directed By Doug Dearth
Running Time: 9 Minutes

A top architect talent eagerly starts his first job at a prestigious design firm and lands the dream account of a lifetime. But, he quickly learns this new world may be far more sinister than he bargained for, when he finds himself trapped in his own creation. Will he be able to draw himself to freedom? {more}

Ariel

CANADA, ARGENTINA
Directed By Laura Bari
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Ariel Bari lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. Only 33, this skilled mechanic suddenly became wheelchair bound and at the mercy of his country's inefficient health system. Ariel, always good with his hands, becomes obsessed with replacing his lost limbs with a mechanical set he will design and build on his own. As his family begins to crumble under the strain of his anger and frustration, Ariel faces challenges on a number... {more}

As It Used To Be

FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Clément Gonzalez
Running Time: 9 Minutes

In the near future, all teachers conduct their classes through a web cam. But a history teacher will see his routine change when a student comes to his class. {more}

As the Palaces Burn

USA
Directed By Don Argott
Running Time: 90 Minutes

AS THE PALACES BURN was supposed to be a tour documentary that spotlighted Lamb of God's growing global fanbase. But then all hell broke loose. Halfway through filming in 2012, the heavy metal band was greeted by Czech authorities as they exited a plane in Prague. Lead singer Randy Blythe was then arrested for his supposed involvement in a fan's death in 2010. After jumping on stage several times, the fan was allegedly pushed back... {more}

The Auction

CANADA
Directed By Sébastien Pilote
Running Time: 111 Minutes

For 40 years Gaby has been the sole proprietor of Bouchards and Sons, an idyllic sheep farm in Canada. There are no sons, however; there are two estranged daughters to whom Gaby is devoted. When Marie, his eldest, informs him she is separated and about to lose her house, Gaby arrives at the painful decision to auction off his farm for the money. He has known nothing else and has nowhere else to go. But... {more}

Awake in a Bad Dream

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Sabrina, Vicky, and Ingrid are three extraordinarily brave women who allow filmmakers to accompany them on their fraught journeys through diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. AWAKE IN A BAD DREAM is an intimate, commentary-free documentary that shows the different ways in which these women – aided by strong family support systems—keep fighting to maintain their dignity and their womanhood. Ingrid loves to dance to Greek music. Feeling out of balance with one breast amputated,... {more}

Awful Nice

USA
Directed By Todd Sklar
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Jim and Dave are just your typical dude-bros who engage in bouts of one-upmanship, differences of opinion about cleanliness, and full-on brawls at their father’s funeral. They’ve completely lost touch with each other – Jim is a college professor with a wife and family, while Dave lives off the grid in a wigwam. But when they each inherit half of their dad’s house in Missouri, it’s time for the brothers to pile into a car... {more}

Baby, Is It Warm in Here?

USA
Directed By Jared White
Running Time: 4 Minutes

An honestly modern parody of the holiday classic Baby, It's Cold Outside. {more}

Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story

USA
Directed By Michael Lee Nirenberg
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Wet those lips and get ready for the mouth-watering story of the success behind the pornographic magazine Hustler. Founded and published by the notorious Larry Flynt, Hustler has become known as one of the most explicit adult magazines. Framed by a conversation between director Michael Lee Nirenberg and his father Bill, Art and Creative Director for Hustler in the late 70s to early 80s, BACK ISSUES: THE HUSTLER MAGAZINE STORY features employees, photographers, writers, lawyers,... {more}

Baghdad Messi

BELGIUM, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Directed By Sahim Omar Kalifa
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Iraq, 2009. Little Hamoudi, ten, is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC-Barcelona-Manchester United. The long-awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi's television breaks down. {more}

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

USA
Directed By Jace Freeman
Running Time: 72 Minutes

“If you wanna love me baby, then I wish you would.” So sings the song 1200 Miles by husband and wife folk duo Shovels & Rope. You’re in Cleveland, so it’s imperative that you recognize great music; and you’re at the CIFF, so you also have a palate for captivating filmmaking. Welcome to THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE, a combination of behind-the-scenes filmmaking and intimate portraits of artists creating their defining work. When filming... {more}

Before the Revolution

ISRAEL
Directed By Dan Shadur
Running Time: 60 Minutes

At one time Israel and Iran had a mutually prosperous political and economic relationship. Israelis living in Tehran enjoyed great privilege and wealth. Such was the much coveted “friendship of the Middle East”—Iran supplied oil while Israel helped with infrastructure and weapons. It seemed idyllic; but a storm was brewing, the warnings of which were largely ignored. In 1979 that storm erupted. The Islamic Revolution shook the Shah's regime. Suddenly, the Israelis in Tehran were... {more}

Before You Know It

USA
Directed By PJ Raval
Running Time: 112 Minutes

Are the most terrifying words in the gay universe “Everyone gets old?” PJ Raval's wonderful documentary BEFORE YOU KNOW IT offers a heart-warming and heart-tugging look at the aging challenges unique to the gay community. Meet our three gay elder statesmen. First is Dennis, ex-military, wife deceased, family estranged. Dennis is just now, in his 70s, coming out as a cross-dresser publicly. At the Rainbow Vista Retirement Community, he finds acceptance and the courage to... {more}

Belle

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Amma Asante
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Eighteenth century English propriety meets the horrors of the slave trade in BELLE, inspired by a true story. Dido Elizabeth Belle, daughter of a Royal Navy officer and an enslaved African woman, is taken to be raised by her father’s uncle, the Chief Justice of England. Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his fussy wife (Emily Watson) are already raising Dido’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth. Though Belle’s aristocratic lineage affords her privileges, the color of her skin... {more}

Beyond the Walls

ARGENTINA, USA, EL SALVADOR, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, UNITED KINGDOM, SLOVENIA, LIBERIA, AUSTRALIA
Directed By Gayle Embrey
Running Time: 91 Minutes

This is the visual history lesson you weren’t taught in high school. From the Argentinian Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to Bobby Sands and The Troubles of Northern Ireland, legacies of oppression are embedded within our global history. In most cases, these oppressed people are silenced, and their stories are lost to the detriment of history. BEYOND THE WALLS shows us the unlikely way in which these people have gained a voice: mural art.... {more}

Big Girl

USA
Directed By Lisa Melodia
Running Time: 16 Minutes

A six-year-old girl tries to maintain a sense of control on the day her mom lies to keep her out of school. {more}

A Birder's Guide to Everything

USA
Directed By Rob Meyer
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Before she died, David's mother gave him a passion for birding. Over a year after her death, the 15-year-old still hasn't accepted the loss and his father is about to remarry. On the weekend of the wedding, David sights what he thinks is a Labrador Duck, a species thought extinct. He and two other misfit members of the Young Birder's Society steal a car, enlist the photographic services of a pretty classmate, and take off... {more}

The Bit Player

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Jeffrey Jeturian
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Loida is a single, middle-aged mother with very lofty goals. For years she's been working as an extra on soap operas, patiently waiting for her chance to shine. However the path to “making it” is anything but easy. The odds are always stacked against you, especially as you age. Since her non-speaking roles don't pay much, Loida works extra hard to make ends meet. While this means time away from her daughter, her extreme work... {more}

The Black Brothers

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND
Directed By Xavier Koller
Running Time: 100 Minutes

It’s 19th century Switzerland and Giorgio, 14, is as happy-go-lucky as the goats in his Alpine home. But his mother has an accident, and the family can’t pay a doctor. A man in black materializes and makes them a deal: he’ll give them money to save her life if they sell him their son. This man, Antonio Luini, leads Giorgio and a gaggle of ragtag boys to Milan, where they’re forced to work as chimney... {more}

Black Christmas

FINLAND
Directed By Juuso Räsänen
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Ethiopian immigrant Samuel has the most ungrateful job in the world: he works as a Santa Claus in Finland and does not speak the language. {more}

Blind Dates

GEORGIA
Directed By Levan Koguashvili
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Sandro is a Tbilisi schoolteacher—balding, single, and living at home at 40. His only friend Iva, a girls’ soccer coach, finds himself similarly lacking a soul mate. Gregarious Iva comes up with schemes to help them meet women through the internet, which place them in ridiculously awkward situations. Tired of his parents’ nagging to get married already, Sandro suggests a trip to a Black Sea resort for fresh air. They run into Manana, a soccer... {more}

Blue

USA
Directed By Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend. {more}

Bluebird

USA, SWEDEN
Directed By Lance Edmands
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Lesley has driven a school bus in a small Maine logging town for 12 years without incident. One day, checking her bus at shift's end, she is distracted by a bluebird that has flown into her bus. This distraction makes her overlook a small boy asleep in the back, whose mother drunkenly forgot to meet him at his stop. The next morning the child is found in a hypothermic coma. Lesley is held responsible, and... {more}

Border

ITALY
Directed By Alessio Cremonini
Running Time: 95 Minutes

When Fatima's husband leaves the Syrian regime army to join the rebels, he arranges for a man named Farid to take her and her sister Aya out of the country. If they stay, they could become targets of revenge. Headed for Turkey, they also pick up Bilal, whose mysterious reasons for fleeing remain unknown to the women. Shortly after starting the trip, Farid unexpectedly dies, leaving the three completely clueless about where they are and... {more}

Borgman

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Alex van Warmerdam
Running Time: 113 Minutes

Drop whatever you’re doing and pay close attention. His name is Camiel Borgman and he knows your wife. Intimately. Long ago she nursed him back to health, but your wife was never a nurse. He’s lurking in the shadows of your home, and you can hear him talking to your kids late at night. Dogs appear and disappear in your hallways at random. Your gardener vanishes. Your wife may not be who you think she... {more}

Born to Fly

USA
Directed By Catherine Gund
Running Time: 82 Minutes

BORN TO FLY chronicles the fascinating life and career of experimental dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Streb. For nearly 40 years, she's been pushing the boundaries of modern dance with her no limits approach. Motivated by extreme sports and inspired by the circus, Streb puts demands on her performers that require immense physical strength and endurance. As the documentary shows, the members of the troupe are more like stunt men and women than dancers. Their performances... {more}

The Bravest, The Boldest

USA
Directed By Moon Molson
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter some news about her son who's serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain't trying to hear it. {more}

Breaking Dawn

FRANCE
Directed By Novat Antoine
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Along a river, a crime takes place under the eyes of a fisherman. One man will have to call upon his survival instincts to escape the killer. {more}

Bunion

USA
Directed By Jessica Sanders
Running Time: 8 Minutes

The short comedy about a man, his foot and finding happiness. {more}

Care

USA
Directed By Brett Wagner
Running Time: 22 Minutes

Drea, a 20-something woman living in Brooklyn, struggles to make progress in her own life while being the sole caregiver for her father who has Alzheimer's. {more}

Carrie's Wish

USA
Directed By Maria Alvarez
Running Time: 9 Minutes

CARRIE'S WISH is about an older sister, Monroe, coping with the guilt she feels about the death of her younger sister, Carrie. When she finds one of the last memories of her sister, a summer bucket-list, regardless of how ridiculous it seems, she goes through it herself. As much as Monroe feels as though she is helping her sister by finishing the list, she finds in the end that Carrie is really helping her. {more}

The Case Against 8

USA
Directed By Ben Cotner, Ryan White
Running Time: 112 Minutes

It was simple. Kristin and Sandra wanted to get married for the same reason as their parents: because they loved each other. The same goes for Paul and Jeff. But with California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages, the two couples were denied their pursuit of happiness. The couples were picked to be the public face of opposition to Prop 8 by an unlikely duo of attorneys working together: progressive David Boies and ultraconservative Ted Olson... {more}

Catch

MEXICO, USA
Directed By David Henrie
Running Time: 10 Minutes

An eight-year-old boy will take extreme measures to get what he wants. {more}

The Cavedigger

USA
Directed By Jeffrey Karoff
Running Time: 39 Minutes

An unsung land artist who creates singular, cathedral-like 'eighth wonder of the world' sculptural caves with nothing but hand tools, grit, and passion struggles with unappreciative patrons, poverty, and his aging body. He strives to complete his magnum opus before his time and resources give out. {more}

The Centipede and the Toad

FRANCE
Directed By Anna Khmelevskaya
Running Time: 10 Minutes

In a faraway forest, the gracious, lissome Centipede is admired by all the other creatures. Except for an old Toad, haughty and jealous, who hates him. One day, he decides to get rid of the Centipede. {more}

The Chain

USA
Directed By Scott Weintrob
Running Time: 30 Minutes

Some people donate to charity. Some people may even donate blood. But who donates a kidney to a total stranger? THE CHAIN follows unrelated individuals as they give their own kidneys to complete strangers in return for a family member in need receiving a compatible kidney from another complete stranger. In this case, one kind woman generously gives one of her kidneys to a man who is in need of a kidney for the second... {more}

Chasing Ghosts

USA
Directed By Joshua Shreve
Running Time: 89 Minutes

After the passing of his brother, 11-year-old Lucas Simons is obsessed with death. He continuously watches scary movies and dreams of becoming a horror director. He films anything morbid he can find, from road kill to cemeteries. After capturing a funeral on film, he notices what appears to be a ghost during playback. Lucas decides to upload it to YouTube, where it quickly amasses millions of views. Overnight, he becomes a celebrity. But it's not... {more}

Check Please

USA
Directed By Geoffrey James
Running Time: 10 Minutes

After a relaxing evening out to dinner, two prideful men battle over who gets to pay the check. {more}

Chief, Your Butt's on Fire

USA
Directed By Steve Moore
Running Time: 5 Minutes

This is a cautionary tale about leadership. It was inspired by my own experiences working for large animation studios in Hollywood. I animated this film entirely myself, the old fashioned way, pencil and paper, in my spare time. This took years. My wife scanned and digitally painted my drawings in her spare time. This also took years. We hope our efforts make you laugh. A lot. —Steve Moore {more}

The Choice

USA
Directed By Evan Kaufmann
Running Time: 21 Minutes

A young man who recently experienced a miraculous recovery from a terminal illness seeks the mysterious woman whose daily encouragement he credits for saving his life. {more}

Class Enemy

SLOVENIA
Directed By Rok Bicek
Running Time: 112 Minutes

The Slovenian entry for this year’s Oscars®, CLASS ENEMY is a taut and thought-provoking drama. Robert Zupan is an icy, black-clad high school teacher who takes over when a class’s homeroom teacher goes on maternity leave. Zupan wastes no time telling the students what he thinks of them. They are unfocused slackers who will amount to nothing if they don’t decide what they believe in. His bright, passionate, and unruly pupils connect his insistence on... {more}

Clownwise

SLOVAKIA, LUXEMBOURG, CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND
Directed By Viktor Tauš
Running Time: 120 Minutes

Once a hugely popular clown trio, Oskar, Max, and Viktor are now living very different lives. The intense fight that ended their friendship has left them on bad terms for over 40 years. They may have been able to make audiences laugh then, but there's nothing funny about the things they are facing now in their old age. Max is battling colon cancer, Viktor's wife is losing a battle to Alzheimer's, and Oskar, who's never... {more}

Club Sandwich

MEXICO
Directed By Fernando Eimbcke
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Fifteen-year-old Hector and his mother Paloma have an abnormally healthy relationship. On a sweepstakes vacation, they slather sunscreen on each other, swim together in the pool, and even trade thoughts on each other’s more-than-revealing swimming garb. While tanning, Hector asks his mother why she listens to Prince. Her reply, "Because he’s sexy," prompts Hector to ask his mother, "Am I sexy?" Their peculiar openness is put to the test when Hector meets Jazmin, another hotel... {more}

Code Black

USA
Directed By Ryan McGarry
Running Time: 88 Minutes

At L.A. County Hospital's Emergency Room, Code Black is when patient load dangerously exceeds staffing capacity. Welcome to C-Booth, where the county's worst cases come. Here a team of physicians and residents work in extreme conditions to save shattered lives. But the city's earthquake code spells the demise of the old hospital and C-Booth. Suddenly a new E.R. and the imposition of new laws, regulations, and budgets create a culture shock for this amazing team... {more}

Coherence

USA
Directed By James Ward Byrkit
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Miller’s comet is the closest celestial body to pass over earth in almost a century. This could be the reason why Em’s cell phone suddenly shatters on her way to a dinner party. At the party, people loudly express divergent opinions on the comet’s significance. But things change as the internet and phone service go down, the power goes out, and glass begins to inexplicably shatter. Frightened, the partygoers head outside to look around. Two... {more}

The Coin

USA
Directed By Fabien Martorell
Running Time: 9 Minutes

An old homeless man saves the soul of a kid by giving him a magic quarter. {more}

Colera

SPAIN
Directed By Aritz Moreno
Running Time: 6 Minutes

The tale of outraged villagers determined to rid themselves of the blight on their community. {more}

The Congress

ISRAEL, GERMANY, POLAND, LUXEMBOURG, FRANCE, BELGIUM
Directed By Ari Folman
Running Time: 122 Minutes

Ever wonder what Robin Wright has been up to the past couple years? Well, you’re about to find out. Set in an alternate reality that could only come from the mind of Ari Folman, Robin Wright is about to sell her body to the Hollywood mega-studio “Miramount.” (Sound familiar?) Miramount is going to scan every inch of her body and digitally control her image. They can cast her in any role they’d like: Oscar®-bait, sci-fi... {more}

Continental

USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA
Directed By Malcolm Ingram
Running Time: 94 Minutes

In pre-Stonewall New York, homosexual activity was illegal. Bars and bathhouses exploited their gay clientele. Enter Steve Ostrow, an opera singer forced to abandon his career due to federal fraud allegations. Ever the entrepreneur and a gay man himself, Steve opens the Continental Bathhouse, a revolutionary combination of sexual playground, dignified service, dancing, and entertainment. Even an on-site medical clinic! From 1968 to 1974, the Continental was not just an erotic paradise during the Sexual... {more}

The Cooler Bandits

USA
Directed By John Lucas
Running Time: 112 Minutes

In 1991 a group of four African-American teens committed a series of robberies at restaurants in Akron, Ohio. Coming from bleak neighborhoods hit hard by poverty and the effects of the 80s crack epidemic, these young men made poor decisions that led to enormous consequences. Armed and sporting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles masks, they forced employees into walk-in coolers before making off with the cash. They were eventually caught and, despite the fact that they... {more}

Cootie Contagion

USA
Directed By Joshua Smooha
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Cootie Levels: Maximum. Patient: Matt. Infected by: Becca. Warning: Patient still expresses interest in Becca. Patient must be QUARANTINED. —Connor Nelson, Cootieologist. {more}

Copenhagen

USA, CANADA, DENMARK
Directed By Mark Raso
Running Time: 98 Minutes

After the death of his father, William travels with his friend to Copenhagen to find his estranged grandfather and deliver the letter his dad wrote to him. Originally intended as a guys-only trip, things get heated when his pal's uninvited girlfriend causes a rift. After parting ways, William is alone in the city, with no knowledge of the area or the language. Luckily, he meets Effy, a beautiful and tenacious local girl who's eager to... {more}

Crack, Back & Sack

NORWAY
Directed By Johan Kaos
Running Time: 90 Minutes

“Just be yourself, and you'll be fine.” These are the encouraging words of Christian's mom as he boards the train for Oslo at the start of Johan Kaos' rousing CRACK, BACK & SACK. Leaving his simple small town to finish college in the city, Christian is in for a very rude awakening. His roommates are Leo and Karl, two macho pick-up artists who treat sex as a competition. To them, girls are just numbers. Refusing... {more}

The Cyclist

USA
Directed By Morgan Krantz
Running Time: 10 Minutes

After a lackluster date, Harry (Luke Baybak) gets a second chance to impress Hannah (Shannyn Sossamon) when she discovers her bicycle has been stolen. Based on the short story by Jessica Garrison (Flaunt Magazine, Dollar Dollar Books) and further inspired by The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt, THE CYCLIST is a darkly comic tale concerned with what it really means to get to know someone. {more}

Cycloid

JAPAN
Directed By Tomoki Kurogi
Running Time: 4 Minutes

CYCLOID is an animation work representing an impermanence. I expressed the beauty of the changing times to draw a landscape animation by hand. I want to describe that accepting and enjoying the change would cause a full life. {more}

The Dam Keeper

USA
Directed By Daisuke Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo
Running Time: 18 Minutes

THE DAM KEEPER, a short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig,... {more}

The Dark Matter of Love

RUSSIA, USA
Directed By Sarah McCarthy
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Claudio and Cheryl Diaz are real-life, amiable Wisconsinites and loving parents of a bubbly teen. Unable to have more children, they decide to adopt three from Russia—all at once. A self-proclaimed “Disney family,” the Diazes have an idealized view of their lives as a tribe of six. But when they bring their new kids home, Masha, 11, shows no emotion. Marcel and Vadim are five-year-old twins who push every button, literally and figuratively, in the... {more}

Day of the Dead

USA
Directed By Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, Lindsey St. Pierre
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A little girl gets taken to the land of the dead, where she learns the true meaning of the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. {more}

December 25

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Wendy Dent
Running Time: 1 Minutes

A Christmas message speaks louder than words. Produced without a camera, actors, interviewees, or even animation, this film delivers a new take on Christmas—and the explosive significance of subtext. The film's context is Christmas, but wait a minute—it's about much more than that. In just 60 seconds this film reveals the immeasurable power of words. {more}

Deep City: The Birth of The Miami Sound

USA
Directed By Marlon Johnson, Chad Tingle, Dennis Scholl
Running Time: 57 Minutes

South Florida has been home to several music movements throughout the years, from 2 Live Crew and Miami bass to the Latin sounds of freestyle. But there may be one you don't know about. When you think of R&B, you probably think of Motown in Detroit or Stax in Memphis. However, in the mid-60s, Miami had a burgeoning soul scene of its own. Started by producers Johnny Pearsall and Willie Clarke, Deep City Records was... {more}

Democracia

SPAIN
Directed By Borja Cobeaga
Running Time: 11 Minutes

The manager of a company proposes a daring plan for keeping the workers’ morale high. {more}

Derek Hess—Forced Perspective

USA
Directed By Nick Cavalier
Running Time: 26 Minutes

An intimate portrait of Derek Hess by documentary filmmaker Nick Cavalier. From his early flyer work and celebrated sketches, to his elaborate mixed media pieces, this film showcases the evolution of Derek's art and the emotional ripples it leaves behind in the world. {more}

Detective Downs

NORWAY
Directed By Bård Breien
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Snappy graphics and a plaintive jazz score mark the opening of this nouveau Norwegian noir. Our world-weary detective is kitted out in trench coat and fedora, his voiceover reminiscent of Bogey’s. But Robert Bogerud is a different kind of private eye, one with Down syndrome. Business is rotten in Robert’s office in the Ladybird group home; he wants to solve cases like his policeman dad. One day, a leggy blonde named Rita shows up in... {more}

Detour

SINGAPORE
Directed By Michael Kam
Running Time: 8 Minutes

On a hot, humid, uneventful day, a taxi driver has trouble controlling his young sons—embroiled in a childish, petty rivalry, until a sudden encounter with a stranger shatters their innocence forever. {more}

Distraction

USA
Directed By Stephen Schuster
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A young writer. A prostitute. An old desert motel. All stories need an ending and all endings need a beginning. Distraction is a short film noir that focuses on the fragile psyche of a writer whose sole desire is to finish his screenplay while learning that the beginning is always easier to write than the end. {more}

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?

FINLAND
Directed By Selma Vilhunen
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids, and a mother who is determined that it's best to take care of everything herself. {more}

Do Not Enter

USA
Directed By Daniel Blanco
Running Time: 11 Minutes

James arrives to paint an apartment while its owners are away. They've left simple instructions—help yourself to food and drink, make yourself at home, just don't enter the room with the closed doors. James' curiosity gets the best of him, and he ends up discovering something beyond his wildest dreams... but with dire consequences. {more}

Dog Food

USA
Directed By Brian Crano
Running Time: 18 Minutes

A self-employed butcher gets an interesting dinner invitation. {more}

The Dog

USA
Directed By Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
Running Time: 100 Minutes

We all know the movie “Dog Day Afternoon.” But that was Hollywood’s abridged version. Thirty years later, John “The Dog” Wojtowicz sits down with filmmakers Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren for this provocative look into the life of the man behind the polarizing bank robbery. Quick to invoke his raging libido, John details his salacious life before the robbery and his involvement in the early days of the NYC gay liberation movement. After the robbery,... {more}

Dom Hemingway

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Richard Shepard
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Jude Law, former “Sexiest Man Alive,” plays a bloated, hyperactive basket case in DOM HEMINGWAY, a stylized black comedy about an ex-con who continues on the warpath following 12 years in prison. Dom lets it all hang out in a memorable opening scene: foul-mouthed yet semi-profound, he’s a whole new category of larger-than-life gangster. Dom Hemingway may be a safecracker, but he’s a loyal friend to fellow criminal Dickie (Richard E. Grant, fabulously seedy). Dom... {more}

Dream Girl

USA
Directed By Tulica Singh
Running Time: 6 Minutes

Laura is about to marry Daniela, the girl of her dreams, when she realizes she is actually dreaming. Trying to avoid further embarrassment by carrying on the narcoleptic charade, Laura inadvertently insults Daniela and learns that sometimes you have to take care of your fantasies in order to find happiness in your reality. {more}

Drone Strike

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Chris Richmond
Running Time: 21 Minutes

A day in the life of a devoted father and serving RAF drone pilot—juggling the normality of his domestic life with the warped reality of firing Hellfire missiles 4,000 miles away in Afghanistan—and how one fateful decision shatters his conviction. {more}

Dual

SLOVENIA, DENMARK, CROATIA
Directed By Nejc Gazvoda
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Sometimes the perfect person appears at the worst possible time. Such is the dual nature of fate and the case for Iben and Tina. Iben has a dark secret, and Tina is on the eve of a life-changing interview. When Iben's flight is cancelled, Tina drives her and the other stranded passengers to a hotel. With a glance a connection is made. Facing uncertain futures and with unhappy pasts, they decide to risk everything. Iben... {more}

Electric Indigo

BELGIUM, FRANCE
Directed By Jean-Julien Colette
Running Time: 24 Minutes

It is sometimes complicated for a little girl to face peer pressure and become aware of her own identity. Especially since she never knew her mother and the only reference she has is the love of two heterosexual fathers united by the bonds of a 'non-carnal' marriage. {more}

The Empty Hours

MEXICO, FRANCE, SPAIN
Directed By Aarón Fernández
Running Time: 100 Minutes

When Uncle Gerry becomes ill, he puts his 17-year-old nephew Sebastian in charge of the seedy motel he runs. It's certainly not the classiest joint - customers rent by the hour, and curtains are pulled over the garages so no one can see their cars from the street. With his uncle away in the city for treatment, Sebastian is left alone to take care of the daily operations. It's a boring existence that is void... {more}

Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, FRANCE, SLOVENIA
Directed By Danis Tanović
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Nazif and Senada live in a tiny Roma settlement in rural Bosnia. Nazif is a loving father and provides as best he can, chopping wood for the stove and tearing apart old cars to make cash. Senada spends her time cooking and watching over Sandra and Semsa, their adorably rambunctious and bored preschoolers. One day Senada has severe pains in her abdomen. The child she is carrying has died, and she needs an operation before... {more}

Ernest & Celestine

FRANCE, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG
Directed By Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Running Time: 80 Minutes

One of the nominees for Best Animated Feature film at this year's Academy Awards®, ERNEST & CELESTINE is adelightful parable on the value of cross-species friendship, based on the beautiful watercolor children’s books by Belgian illustrator Gabrielle Vincent. Ernest is a struggling bear musician searching for food to quell his post-hibernation hunger pangs. Celestine is an artistic, headstrong little mouse, schooled by her grim elders to fear bears. Above and below ground, each society abhors... {more}

The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

GREECE
Directed By Elina Psykou
Running Time: 88 Minutes

After 20 years of hosting a popular morning TV program, Antonis Paraskevas decides to stage his own kidnapping. With the help of his friend Filippos, who also owns the TV station, he is taken to a remote and oddly empty hotel to hide out while his return from captivity is carefully planned and staged. Antonio wants it to be legendary—the stuff of myth—to satisfy his fans and revive his career. But the plan quickly crumbles.... {more}

Exhibits or Stories from the Castle

SLOVAKIA
Directed By Palo Korec
Running Time: 72 Minutes

The website of the historic Slovak town of Stupava boasts a lively cultural calendar. Yet inside the gates of a Renaissance palace now used as a home for the infirm, time stands still. Its inhabitants make up the “exhibits” on display in this gently good-natured documentary. An eccentric and sometimes confused lot, they unselfconsciously relate their stories. There’s an incoherent philosopher and a legless man imprisoned for years for killing a cop. There’s a woman... {more}

A Family Like Mine

USA
Directed By Katherine Kearns
Running Time: 23 Minutes

A documentary about children growing up with same-sex parents in a society where homosexuality is a constant topic of controversy. {more}

Farmland

USA
Directed By James Moll
Running Time: 77 Minutes

FARMLAND is the latest documentary from Academy Award®-winning director James Moll. In this film, he goes behind-the-scenes with a new generation of American farmers whose passion for their jobs is not only inspirational, but also vital to our country's future. In today's modern world, it's something we all take for granted. But, even with advanced technology, it still starts at the farm. Whether it's organic or conventional, the film explores all sides of the equation... {more}

The Ferry

CHINA
Directed By Shi Wei
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Tian Huai'en is a quiet and simple man. Most of his life is spent on the tiny boat he uses to ferry people back and forth across the Dasha river. It's his life work, though he won't accept a dime for doing it. In our fast-paced, money-driven society, it's a concept that seems unfathomable. Even his own son Chuanjie finds it ridiculous. After his mother died, he left his dad for the city to earn... {more}

Finding Home

USA, CAMBODIA
Directed By Derek Hammeke
Running Time: 118 Minutes

Stephanie Freed was just another soccer mom, content with her comfortable American lifestyle. But after hearing her father’s horrific stories of human trafficking while he was stationed in Cambodia, she decided she needed to see things for herself. In Cambodia she discovered something heartbreaking: bright, beautiful young women being exploited and sold into abhorrent slavery. Shaken, she took the initiative and co-founded Rapha House, an orphanage and recovery program for girls and young women trying... {more}

First Prize

USA
Directed By Kevin McMullin
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A boy finds a dinosaur in the woods, but no one believes him. {more}

Five Dances

USA
Directed By Alan Brown
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Chip is a gifted young dancer from the Midwest pursuing his dreams in New York. He lands a golden opportunity with a small troupe to perform at a festival. As these talented young dancers rehearse and get to know each other, a work of art emerges. Life on the other hand, as Chip discovers, is not so easy to choreograph. His alcoholic mother wants him to return to Kansas and bail her out of her... {more}

Fool's Day

USA
Directed By Cody Blue Snider
Running Time: 20 Minutes

FOOL'S DAY is a dark comedy about a 4th grade class that pulls an innocent April Fool's prank on their teacher... with disastrous results. Fearing jail time, they set out to cover up their crime before their D.A.R.E. officer shows up for his weekly lesson. {more}

For No Good Reason

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Charlie Paul
Running Time: 89 Minutes

We’re all familiar with Hunter S. Thompson; but when you think of the gonzo legend, you’re probably picturing the work of Ralph Steadman. The British cartoonist is best known for his signature brand of illustrations that accompany Thompson’s work. However, his influence extends far beyond his surreal sketches. Steadman was a chronicler of the rebellion and anger that pervaded the 60s and the ushering in of a more cynical political and social climate throughout the... {more}

For the Birds

USA, IRAN
Directed By Tara Atashgah
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A crowd of people in Iran gather to watch the execution of a young woman; she begs everyone for help but horrified of the authorities, they all just watch as she is about to get hanged, except for one particluar young man who cannot remain silent. {more}

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, QATAR, GERMANY
Directed By Jasmila Žbanić
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Kym Vercoe travels from Sydney to Sarajevo one summer. Pleased to be touring the Balkans independently, she creates a chatty video journal. A favorite place is Višegrad in Bosnia, where she enjoys the 16th century Ottoman bridge across the Drina River. But at the lovely Vilina Vlas spa resort, she spends an inexplicably restless night. Back in Sydney, she discovers to her horror that, during the Bosnian War of the 90s, Višegrad was the site... {more}

Four Brothers. Or Three. Wait... Three.

USA
Directed By Philip Buiser
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Three brothers have to figure out what to do with their newly undead brother before their parents wake up. A touching farce about brotherly love. {more}

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair

USA
Directed By Samantha Grant
Running Time: 76 Minutes

Scandal struck the New York Times when it was discovered that prolific Times reporter Jayson Blair plagiarized a story about a missing soldier in Iraq. Investigations revealed this was just one of a stunning series of fabrications and plagiarisms he perpetrated over the years, including such high profile stories as the D.C. Snipers and Jessica Lynch. A FRAGILE TRUST is primarily Jayson's story, a man with an undiagnosed mental illness who was handed a sacred... {more}

Francis

USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Richard Hickey
Running Time: 8 Minutes

FRANCIS is a short story written by American novelist Dave Eggers. This is the story of a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. He spent his vacations in Quetico Provincial Park, up on the border of Minnesota and Canada. But he won't be going back any day soon, not after what happened to a girl called Francis Brandywine. {more}

Free Bruno

ITALY
Directed By Daniel Maculan, Damiano Zanchetta
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Bruno is a lonely poop, creeping along the streets of a quiet city looking for a friend or someone to stay with. Unfortunately, his appearance and stink make everyone run away. People's prejudices make Bruno's search harder and harder, and he almost resigns to a lonely life when… {more}

Frombluetored

SPAIN
Directed By Ana Lorenz
Running Time: 5 Minutes

Fran has a picture and a goal: to beat up the boy who appears in it. {more}

The Gallant Captain

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Katrina Mathers, Graeme Base
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a boat, a bottle, and a vivid imagination. {more}

The Ghosts in Our Machine

CANADA
Directed By Liz Marshall
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Toronto-based photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur suffers from PTSD. Though she’s not exactly a war photographer, her subject is too potent for publication in consumer magazines. McArthur photographs the cruel mistreatment of animals by humans who operate giant “systems” to process them for their furs and meat. Filmmaker Liz Marshall accompanies McArthur as she scales fences to photograph enormous European mink and fox farms, showing anxious creatures that are prone to cannibalism and self-mutilation. She documents the... {more}

The Gift

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Lloyd Harvey, Spencer Harvey
Running Time: 16 Minutes

Grace is forced to face her own sexuality and the strain on her marriage when her son Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, asks to lose his virginity for his birthday. {more}

A Girl Named Elastika

CANADA
Directed By Guillaume Blanchet
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Elastika is not like any other little girls. First, because she is made of elastics. Also because her universe is a land of cork. {more}

Globe Trot

USA, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Mitchell Rose
Running Time: 5 Minutes

An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each contribute two seconds of movement by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller. {more}

Good Conduct

USA
Directed By Patrick Rea
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A young man visits his father in prison the day before he will be paroled. {more}

Good Morning

CANADA
Directed By Peter Knegt, Stephen Dunn
Running Time: 10 Minutes

GOOD MORNING is a short film that comically examines ideas of sexual identity and age anxiety via the story of a man who—on the morning after his 30th birthday party—wakes up with both a massive hangover and a 17-year-old boy sleeping on his couch. {more}

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

USA
Directed By Nicholas Wrathall
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Whether it’s trading blows with William F. Buckley, smashing homosexual taboos in mainstream literature, or casually insulting presidential intelligence, Gore Vidal is a man of opinions. Venerated by many as the last great American intellectual, this captivating documentary weaves in and out of Vidal’s numerous public and private personas. Combining archival footage from Vidal’s television appearances with interviews from the last few years of his life, GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA reveals more... {more}

Grandpa

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Leslie Simpson
Running Time: 16 Minutes

Milo is a troubled kid. He's having night terrors, little accidents, and his only friend has lost an eye. Luke, his father, is blind to Milo's problems. He's overworked, underpaid, and up to his eyes in debt. They live in Grandpa's old house; not so much an inheritance than a millstone around their necks. But something is changing. And Grandpa keeps watch. {more}

Grantham & Rose

USA
Directed By Kristin Hanggi
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Seventeen-year-old Grantham has just entered juvenile detention. Tattooed and hiding behind a tough exterior, he instantly clashes with his fellow inmates. This brings him to the attention of Rose, an elderly volunteer who mentors some of the boys. Rose has a unique style that is tough, wise, and unpredictable. Sensing something special in him, she offers an outrageous proposal to Grantham. She wants him to accompany her on a journey, the purpose of which she... {more}

The Gravedigger's Tale

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Min Young Oh
Running Time: 14 Minutes

The gravedigger leads a solitary existence—so far from the living, yet so close to the dead. This is her story. A love story. {more}

Great

GERMANY
Directed By Andreas Henn
Running Time: 24 Minutes

Did the Nazis ever see Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"? Yugoslavia, 1942—The young Serbian projectionist Nikola Radosevic decides to teach the German oppressors a lesson they won't forget. The beginning of a true and astonishing World War II resistance story. {more}

GriGris

FRANCE, CHAD
Directed By Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Running Time: 101 Minutes

GRIGRIS features the unconventional talents of first-time actor Souleymane Démé from Burkina Faso. A Central African “Saturday Night Fever”-style performer, Souleymane gets down on the floor in the village club at night with an astonishingly vigorous dance. Astonishing because the easygoing Souleymane, known by his nickname GriGris, has a withered leg and walks with a shocking limp. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun explores the upright character of this man, who works hard at many jobs to support... {more}

The Gunfighter

USA
Directed By Eric Kissack
Running Time: 9 Minutes

In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty. {more}

Handy

ITALY
Directed By Vincenzo Cosentino
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Martini’s left hand is called Handle, while his right hand is known as Handy. Martini relies upon Handle for his creative drive, while Handy is relegated to the armrest. After decades of being ignored and living with Handle’s mediocrity, Handy does what any sensible hand would do: he quite literally breaks free. With the help of a venerable writer (played by the legendary Franco Nero), Handy begins an enchanting journey across the entire globe that... {more}

Hanna's Journey

GERMANY, ISRAEL
Directed By Julia von Heinz
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Hanna is a beautiful young German woman traveling to Israel to work with mentally handicapped adults and visit a Holocaust survivor. However, this isn't what it seems; it has been carefully planned to impress a board considering her for a position at a huge consulting firm. In other words, it looks good on the resumé. What she didn't plan for was Itay, the handsome young Israeli counselor who becomes her mentor. She also didn't plan... {more}

Happiness

FRANCE, FINLAND, BHUTAN
Directed By Thomas Balmès
Running Time: 120 Minutes

In 1999 the King of Bhutan reluctantly approved the use of television and the internet throughout the largely undeveloped nation, not convinced that modernization would contribute to the “gross national happiness” of his country. Now Laya, the last remote mountain village without electricity, eagerly awaits connection. Its residents lead hard lives as barley harvesters and yak herders, and Peyangki , an eight-year-old boy who loves to turn cartwheels, is sent by his mother to become... {more}

Heart of a Lion

FINLAND, SWEDEN
Directed By Dome Karukoski
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Fresh out of prison, Teppo is trying to start a new life. But with the swastika tattooed on his arm and his skinhead friends following him everywhere, it’s closed doors at every turn. When he meets a beautiful blonde at a café, the two forge a steamy connection. Later, Teppo is informed that she has a child from a previous relationship who will be staying with them… and he’s black. Cue a cunning game of... {more}

Here Was Cuba

IRELAND
Directed By Emer Reynolds, John Murray
Running Time: 78 Minutes

Fifty years later, HERE WAS CUBA explores the intensely tricky political predicament that was The Cuban Missile Crisis. Back then, communication was still primitive – which meant that, even in the most urgent times, world leaders had to depend on telegraphs and couriers to carry their messages. When the Kennedy administration found out the Soviets secretly installed missiles in Cuba, it spiraled into a 14-day altercation that literally could have ended the world as we... {more}

Heterosexual Jill

USA
Directed By Michelle Ehlen
Running Time: 80 Minutes

It's simple, really. See, Jill thought Jamie was a man, and when it turned out she wasn't, they had an affair anyway. But that had to end because that would have made Jill, well, a lesbian. So Jill does what anybody would do. She joins a lesbian-conversion therapy group so she can be straight again. Problem solved. To show how totally un-lesbian she has become and how heterosexual she really is, she asks Jamie to... {more}

Home

USA
Directed By Jason Pangilinan
Running Time: 31 Minutes

A reclusive older man agrees to help a young woman with no recollection of her identity or past find her way home, but soon discovers she's no ordinary girl. {more}

Honeymoon

CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA
Directed By Jan Hřebejk
Running Time: 92 Minutes

It is Radim and Tereza's wedding day. Before the ceremony, Radim's young son breaks his glasses. At a nearby optical shop, the optician recognizes Radim, follows him, and attends the wedding. Later, at the reception, this same man who calls himself Jan Benda arrives uninvited with a gift. He unsettles some of the guests with his insinuating manner and dark talk. Finally Tereza asks him to leave. Jan refuses to go until she has opened... {more}

Honeymoon Suite

CHINA
Directed By Zao Wang
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A hotel in Beijing, China, forgets to feed its monstrous and angry guest from America. But one brave Chinese woman from the staff stands out to tame the beast. But little does she know that the American guest is not what he appears to be at all. {more}

Honk If You're Horny

NEW ZEALAND
Directed By Joe Lonie
Running Time: 12 Minutes

In this ribald comedy about tall stories and erroneous assumptions, an enigmatic young musician becomes the captive audience for a lascivious old taxi driver's hilarious dirty story on the taxi ride from hell! {more}

Hopeless Hopeful

PUERTO RICO
Directed By Coraly Santaliz
Running Time: 97 Minutes

By most accounts Jorge is not a remarkable guy. He lives a routine existence and is seemingly happy with the daily monotony. But when he discovers his wife Lisa is in need of a life-saving heart surgery, Jorge's world becomes anything but mundane. Without health insurance or the funds to pay for the operation, he's faced with a serious quandary. How far would you go to save the one you love? Finding inspiration in the... {more}

The Horses of Fukushima

JAPAN
Directed By Matsubayashi Yoju
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Fukushima, Japan has a thousand-year-old tradition of horsemanship. The Soma Nomaoi Festival is a pageant of armor, banners, and formidable equestrian skills. But modern technology brings with it modern disasters, and in March 2011 a massive tsunami caused the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to release substantial amounts of radiation. Less than 20 km away, 40 horses miraculously survived the tsunami. But when the government commanded people to evacuate the disaster zone, many of the horses... {more}

Hu's Game

SOUTH KOREA, USA
Directed By Shaun Seong-young Kim
Running Time: 8 Minutes

The game to make friends, and the game to be loved by artists! {more}

The Human Experiment

USA
Directed By Dana Nachman, Don Hardy
Running Time: 91 Minutes

If you made a list of the risks and dangers you face, it might include terrorist attacks, plane crashes, smoking, and driving. But does it include your coffee mug, toothpaste, shaving cream, or lipstick? After watching this thoughtful and disturbing documentary, it will. Since the rise of chemical usage began, certain illnesses started to spike as well. Breast cancer, autism, and infertility all rose dramatically as new chemicals made their way into virtually every product... {more}

The Human Factor

ITALY
Directed By Bruno Oliviero
Running Time: 83 Minutes

In Milan, high finance and high fashion meet up with low morals and lonely lives. Detective Monaco is tight-lipped and world-weary, deep in his shell since the death of his wife three years ago. He keeps family photos—like his emotions—locked up in a drawer. Though he’s a keen analyst and a superb cop, Monaco lacks THE HUMAN FACTOR. Monaco’s teenage daughter Linda is desperate for his attention, but his attitude toward her is frosty. Coke-fueled... {more}

Humpty

USA
Directed By Clare Sackler
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Dean is thrilled to find out his girlfriend Dani is pregnant. Eager to prove his parenting abilities to an unsure Dani, he decides to retake an old high school parenting test he once failed miserably—taking care of a fragile egg for a week. {more}

Hungry Man

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Jordan Prosser
Running Time: 18 Minutes

The story of a man, his tapeworm, and the girl who comes between them. {more}

Hypebeasts

USA
Directed By Jess dela Merced
Running Time: 20 Minutes

The most coveted new sneaker goes on sale at 8 AM and sneakerheads across the country are camping out overnight to get them. Ronny, a young Filipino-American and die-hard sneakerhead, has been dreaming of these shoes for months, but his quest to get in line is hindered when a fast food cashier's racist joke offends his sister Justine. Ronny's night takes a turn for the worst when he sees the same cashier in the sneaker... {more}

Hypothetically

USA
Directed By Peter Zinn
Running Time: 7 Minutes

In this short spoof on the mob genre, two could be mob-types walk into a restaurant and discuss business. But they do so in such non-committal terms it becomes a verbal joust with comedic turns and rhyme schemes, leaving the audience guessing: are these guys for real? {more}

Ilo Ilo

SINGAPORE
Directed By Anthony Chen
Running Time: 99 Minutes

There are 1,400 miles between ILO ILO in the Philippines and Singapore, where Teresa comes to serve as a maid to Teck and Hwee Leng Lim, a Mandarin-speaking family. It’s 1997 and Asia is in a deep economic crisis. Families are under strain everywhere, and Teresa has a young son back home in the Philippines. The Lims are decent enough people, though there’s a baby due soon, and their ten-year-old is a challenging handful. Teck... {more}

In Sickness and In Health

USA
Directed By Aaron Denius Garcia
Running Time: 12 Minutes

A young man tells his family he is dying of AIDS. When his father storms off, his partner walks out to talk to him. He tells the father he wants to marry his son and take care of him, but he wants the father's blessing first. A film about unconditional love, marriage equality, and staying committed through the worst of times. {more}

In the Name of the Son

BELGIUM
Directed By Vincent Lannoo
Running Time: 80 Minutes

How did IN THE NAME OF THE SON—a movie about a suburban mom who questions her Catholic faith—win first prize in a European “genre” film festival? Like its protagonist, at first you might have to accept not knowing. Elisabeth (Astrid Whettnall) has a beautiful home, two sons, and a supportive husband. A strong-minded woman with a firm but gentle demeanor, she hosts a radio show called “Living Word,” in which she fields questions by doubting... {more}

The Invisible Collection

BRAZIL
Directed By Bernard Attal
Running Time: 89 Minutes

After a tragic incident leaves Beto, a smooth city dweller, with nothing, he returns to the old family business: a dingy antique shop. At the mercy of his overbearing mother, Beto searches for anything to occupy his mind. He stumbles across an odd transaction in the dusty record books: hundreds of priceless drawings sold to a man named Samir. Beto sets out into the Brazilian countryside to find Samir and is eventually led to a... {more}

It's Only Make Believe

NORWAY
Directed By Arild Østin Ommundsen
Running Time: 91 Minutes

IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE is not just a strikingly visual tale of love and longing; it’s also a heart-pounding thriller. Jenny has a romantic nature and the face of an angel, but she’s prone to making bad choices. Just when she’s found true love, her life explodes, and she’s doing time for murder. Free after ten years, she struggles to clean up her act enough to get her daughter Merete back from her foster mother.... {more}

Ivory Tower

USA
Directed By Andrew Rossi
Running Time: 97 Minutes

The price of college in America has risen 1120% since 1978. In the same time period, prices for health care—the poster industry for excessive costs—have risen by only half that percentage. IVORY TOWER is an unprecedented look at the American higher education system, once thought of worldwide as the model for educating the people, and how it has now become a vehicle for the mass creation of debt. American student loan debt has topped 1.1... {more}

The Jane

USA
Directed By Trevor Williams
Running Time: 15 Minutes

The story of a man who must face a great temptation and learn to live with the consequences of his decision. {more}

The Japanese Dog

ROMANIA
Directed By Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Running Time: 85 Minutes

When a flood strikes Costache's village in Romania, his wife Maria and all of their possessions are swept away. Now in a village shelter, Costache refuses to sell his land and move onward. He has plans to re-build and refuses help and advice from his neighbors. The village is all he has left, except for an estranged son now living in Tokyo. But when his son Ticu hears of his mother's death and father's plight,... {more}

La Jaula de Oro

MEXICO, SPAIN
Directed By Diego Quemada-Diez
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Juan, Sara, and Samuel are teenagers from the poorest part of Guatemala. With dreams of a happier life, they embark on a journey through Mexico, willing to do whatever is necessary to get to the United States. On their way, they meet Chauk, an Indian boy who can't speak Spanish, but ends up tagging along. When Chauk shows a liking for Sara, the brutish Juan becomes increasingly jealous and hostile. But their inner tensions are... {more}

Jerry & Me

USA
Directed By Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
Running Time: 38 Minutes

A personal documentary film exploring the significance of Jerry Lewis films in the life of the filmmaker as a viewer and, later on, as a filmmaker and film teacher, both in Iran and in the U.S. {more}

Jingle Bell Rocks!

CANADA
Directed By Mitchell Kezin
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Most of us only get in the mood for Christmas music once a year. Some people—especially those who work retail—think even that's too often. For music enthusiast Mitchell Kezin, his obsession for holiday tunes extends well beyond the season itself. It all began with Nat King Cole's The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot. As a child, Mitchell related to the song's emotional message about a lonely little boy with an absent father. From there,... {more}

Jujitsuing Reality

USA
Directed By Chetin Chabuk
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Despite living with ALS, screenwriter Scott Lew maintains his voice in the world through his scripts, giving added meaning to the expression 'living to write'. {more}

Jump

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Aimée-Lee X. Curran
Running Time: 15 Minutes

JUMP is a film that celebrates difference. In a visually dazzling story about the importance of family when pursuing your dreams, JUMP tells the tale of 12-year-old Edwin, a circus clown like his father, who defies tradition by embarking on a daring quest to become a trapeze artist. {more}

Just About Famous

USA
Directed By Jason Kovacev, Matt Mamula
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, President George W. Bush, and Elvis Presley team up for this documentary... sort of. Actually, you are at the Sunburst Convention, a yearly gathering where professional celebrity impersonators gather to strut their stuff and attract the attention of agents. But the directors do more than just let us see them romping in character. Expanding on their award-winning 2010 short film (35th CIFF), we get to know the people behind the... {more}

Kakara

FINLAND
Directed By Kimmo Yläkäs
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A man drags his girlfriend to the hospital for an abortion. A brat is last thing needed right now, but sitting in a waiting room can change your mind. {more}

Kidnapped for Christ

USA
Directed By Kate S. Logan
Running Time: 85 Minutes

With a 4.3 GPA and a potential college scholarship, David goes to sleep one night, eager to start his senior year. Sometime in the early hours of the morning, three men broke down his door and took him. His destination: The Dominican Republic. His parents had enrolled him in Escuela Caribe, a rehabilitation school for “troubled teens.” Film student Kate S. Logan stumbled upon the school and decided to shoot some footage of what she... {more}

The Kill Team

USA
Directed By Dan Krauss
Running Time: 79 Minutes

In 2010, stories of an Army infantry murdering Afghani civilians for sport dominated the news here at home. And in Dan Krauss’ documentary we get unprecedented access to some of the members of the platoon dubbed “The Kill Team.” Focusing on Spc. Adam Winfield and his struggles as a whistleblower among killers, THE KILL TEAM takes audiences into the gripping tales of the training, false bravado, and premeditated planning that went into targeting and executing... {more}

Killing Vivian

USA
Directed By Mandy Fabian
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Megan is right there to help her best friend David cope with the news that his beloved companion is dying. But when Megan's good intentions turn into a jealous obsession, David must make the most difficult decision yet—which one of them does he lose? KILLING VIVIAN is a dark comedy about undying friendship, true devotion, and one... crazy... bitch. {more}

Knighthood

TAIWAN
Directed By Pei-Ju Hsieh
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A young knight must face her worst nightmare—her first training bra. {more}

Kush

INDIA
Directed By Shubhashish Bhutiani
Running Time: 24 Minutes

Inspired by a true story: In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, causing anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher traveling back from a field trip with her class of ten-year-old students struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him. {more}

The Landing

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Josh Tanner
Running Time: 18 Minutes

A man returns to the Midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960. {more}

Last Days in Vietnam

USA
Directed By Rory Kennedy
Running Time: 98 Minutes

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepares to withdraw. As they begin to realize the reality of certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confront a moral... {more}

A Last Farewell

SWEDEN
Directed By Casper Andreas
Running Time: 13 Minutes

A LAST FARWELL is both a calm and upsetting portrait of an aging author's sorrow over the death of his long-term partner. Haunted by visions of his late husband, and in conflict with his daughter who is trying to renew the ties between them, he must tackle the impossible task of moving on and finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss. {more}

The Last One

USA
Directed By Nadine C. Licostie
Running Time: 74 Minutes

Before he was born, Cleve Jones’ grandmother made him a quilt. This simple gift of love and continuity was to inspire the largest memorial in history. During the height of the AIDS crisis, Cleve Jones founded the Names Project Foundation. Since then, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has grown to over 48,000 panels and is known throughout the world. “It was never intended to be a passive memorial,” says Jones, “It was intended to be a... {more}

The Last Time I Saw Richard

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Nicholas Verso
Running Time: 23 Minutes

In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows? {more}

The Lay-By

FRANCE
Directed By Jamel Zaouche
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Sebastien, a car salesman, stops at a freeway rest area. He meets Laura, solitary and introverted, a lover of nature and organic food. Throughout their discussion, Sebastien goes more and more for the hard sell. {more}

Lesbiana

CANADA
Directed By Myriam Fougère
Running Time: 63 Minutes

Pack your bags! We are going on a roadtrip! You will discover new lands and meet amazing and unique characters as Fougère takes us on a journey from Canada and throughout the U.S., revisiting many of the women she encountered during her travels in the 80s. These women—reaching across the U.S. from Arizona to Texas to Vermont—are in a way the mothers of this lesbian community, connecting through art, music, literature, academia, and political activism.... {more}

Levitated Mass

USA
Directed By Doug Pray
Running Time: 89 Minutes

It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s Super Rock! LEVITATED MASS, a sculpture of monolithic proportions 40+ years in the making, was conceptualized by Californian artist Michael Heizer and finally realized with the transportation and arrival of its key component, a 340-ton granite boulder. The seclusive Heizer is known for his land art and “negative” sculptures, using the earth’s natural landscape to create illusions. The journey of this visually minimalistic piece took a... {more}

LFO

SWEDEN, DENMARK
Directed By Antonio Tublén
Running Time: 98 Minutes

Robert has an unusual ailment. He’s allergic to music. Hiding from his domineering wife, he huddles in his basement over a series of mysterious synthesizers, seeking a cure for his bizarre allergen. Late one night he stumbles upon a remarkable discovery: a low-frequency oscillation (LFO) signal that lends itself to an intense form of hypnosis. It doesn’t take him long to realize that he can make anyone do anything he wants. He sets his sights... {more}

Life & Crimes of Doris Payne

USA
Directed By Matthew Pond, Kirk Marcolina
Running Time: 74 Minutes

At first glance, Doris Payne seems like a pretty normal old lady. The 81-year-old is sweet and charming and could easily remind you of your grandmother. But, as THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE proves, she's anything but ordinary. And, unless your grandma is a notorious international jewel thief, it's safe to say they're unalike. For over 60 years, Payne has stolen more than two million dollars in jewelry from places including Tiffany's and... {more}

Life Calling

INDIA
Directed By Uttam Domale
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Siddharth is addicted to gadgets. He faces a tough choice when his father offers him a deal—go gadget free for 15 days and get the cool, new phone, HD371. Will he win the deal or will he finally see the light? {more}

Life Changing Moments

USA, UGANDA
Directed By Sherry Thomas
Running Time: 18 Minutes

LIFE CHANGING MOMENTS follows director and surgeon Dr. Sherry Thomas as she travels to Africa to provide free surgery and medical care to dozens of impoverished African women suffering with fistula. This inspiring documentary also contrasts the experience of providing health care in Africa with her medical practice in the USA. {more}

Life Feels Good

Poland
Directed By Maciej Pieprzyca
Running Time: 107 Minutes

As long as he's been alive, Matuesz has heard people call him a vegetable. Crippled by cerebral palsy and unable to speak, he's been labeled mentally disabled. His parents hold out hope that he can understand them, but doctors refuse to believe he's an intelligent being. Most of them suggest he be put in a home. One even compares him to her dog. The experts are wrong, though—Matuesz thinks and feels like anyone else. For... {more}

Life Inside Out

USA
Directed By Jill D'Agnenica
Running Time: 103 Minutes

Laura is a loving mother and wife who works at a bakery and is constantly being suckered into attending her sister's cheesy scrapbooking parties. It's not an awful life. But for a creative person such as herself, it's hardly satisfying. Her youngest son is experiencing a similar struggle. While his father and brothers enjoy everything sports, Shane is an outsider, still trying to find his passion. After abandoning it years ago, Laura decides to pick... {more}

Life's a Breeze

IRELAND, SWEDEN
Directed By Lance Daly
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Emma, a 13-year-old Dubliner, is asked by her Uncle Colm to take her Nan for a day out so the family can surprise her with a home makeover—to which Emma reluctantly agrees. When they return to find the house transformed, refurnished, and redecorated, all rejoice… until Nan announces that she had hidden her life savings in the mattress. To everyone’s dismay, the mattress was dumped during the clean-up, and nobody has any idea where it... {more}

Lonely Hearts

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Leon Chambers
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A killer of a love story. {more}

A Long and Happy Life

RUSSIA
Directed By Boris Khlebnikov
Running Time: 77 Minutes

Idealistic Sasha left the city for a Russian village on the river, where he bought a small farm. Eager to turn a profit, he hired a group of workers to help with the crops. Unfortunately, his new life becomes threatened when the local government bullies him into selling the land. After some convincing, he hesitantly decides to take the deal. But, after his employees protest the move, he's inspired by their passion for the farm.... {more}

A Long Walk

USA
Directed By Chinonye Chukwu
Running Time: 15 Minutes

When a child is publicly ridiculed by his father, a neighborhood onlooker laments over what he could have done to prevent the incident and the irreversible consequences that it causes. {more}

The Longest Distance

VENEZUELA, SPAIN
Directed By Claudia Pinto Emperador
Running Time: 113 Minutes

Caracas is an urban nightmare, with its traffic chaos and sudden violence. Lucas, age ten, lives with his parents in a strained relationship, not realizing their divorce is pending. When his mother is brutally murdered, distraught Lucas finds papers indicating she was about to reunite with her estranged mother Martina in the remote Gran Sabana region, where the family has a vacation home. Lucas runs away, taking a bus on the long journey and hoping... {more}

Look Up!

USA
Directed By George Barnes
Running Time: 45 Minutes

An award-winning director makes a terrifying discovery while testing a time lapse camera then accidentally playing the footage backwards. LOOK UP! is a new genre of documentary with an integrated Mobile App. The film addresses the world's most dangerous environmental programs ever—GeoEngineering and Solal Radiation Management (SRM)—the science that uses airplanes to spray the sky with toxic metals and particles, with the intention of blocking the sun and forcing climate change while creating unknown consequences.... {more}

Love and Dating in LA!

USA
Directed By Alex Russell
Running Time: 8 Minutes

A serial killer looking for love finds rich pickings in Los Angeles. {more}

Love In The Time Of Advertising

USA
Directed By David Bokser, Matt Berenty
Running Time: 9 Minutes

LOVE IN THE TIME OF ADVERTISING is an animated short film about a young man living inside of a billboard, charged with updating the advertisements. When a tear in the sign reveals a beautiful young lady living across the highway, he falls instantly in love. Unable to leave his billboard home to tell her how he feels, he decides to use the only method he knows in order to get his message across—advertising. {more}

Love Is Blind

ESTONIA
Directed By Ilmar Raag
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island, features unique nature in an isolated location. But insularity is not always picturesque, and LOVE IS BLIND, which is set on the island, is an unforgettably gothic tale of warped relationships and the power of forbidden love. Kertu is a waifish 30-year-old postal carrier who skitters away when approached by her fellow villagers; everybody considers her slow. Her father is a bully, and her sharp-elbowed mother and sister fear his rage.... {more}

Love Steaks

GERMANY
Directed By Jakob Lass
Running Time: 89 Minutes

When socially awkward Clemens gets a job as a masseuse at a resort hotel, things get off to a rocky start. He doesn't seem to mesh with his co-workers or his snooty bosses. And the customers are weird, including a frisky older woman who does everything possible to make a massage creepy. Eventually he meets Lara, a cute blonde cook who hangs out with a bunch of troublemakers from the kitchen. Timid Clemens is immediately... {more}

Ludwig II

AUSTRIA, GERMANY
Directed By Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle
Running Time: 140 Minutes

LUDWIG II is a sumptuous costume drama about the life of the eccentric Bavarian “fairy-tale king” who was both wedded to the past and prophetic of the future. Ludwig is 18 in 1864, a dreamy aesthete full of fanciful ideas about architecture and music. When his disapproving father, King Maximilian II, dies suddenly, Ludwig reluctantly ascends the throne. Passionate about the music of composer Richard Wagner, he summons him to court, and their embattled partnership... {more}

Machsom

USA
Directed By Joel Novoa
Running Time: 25 Minutes

MACHSOM—the Hebrew word for checkpoint—tells the story of Yaniv Greenblatt, a barely 19-year-old Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous such checkpoints along the West Bank. He would like to be a pacifist and struggles to be fair to the Palestinians, but has to contend with the prying eyes of his superiors. The problems Yaniv faces at home are no easier. His mother is a wheelchair bound hard-right-winger due to the same terrorist... {more}

The Magnificent Lion Boy

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Ana Caro
Running Time: 11 Minutes

Whilst leading an expedition to Africa, anthropologist Leonard Orlov discovers a feral child living a brutal and primitive existence. Horrified, he brings the creature back to Victorian London, intent on civilizing the child. {more}

The Maid

GERMANY
Directed By Sascha Zimmermann
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A bored businessman alone in a hotel makes a phone call home only to make a shocking discovery when he talks to the maid. {more}

The Major

RUSSIA
Directed By Yuri Bykov
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Sergey Sobolev furiously weaves in and out of cars at high speeds, anxiously trying to get to the hospital to see his newborn son. Suddenly, he notices a woman and a young boy attempting to cross the street. As he tries to brake, ice on the road causes his SUV to slide. The vehicle collides with the child, killing him instantly and leaving his mother stunned. In that split second, several lives will be forever... {more}

Marmato

COLOMBIA, USA
Directed By Mark Grieco
Running Time: 87 Minutes

Marmato is a mountain village in Colombia sitting on one of the greatest gold reserves in the world. For 500 years the residents have mined the gold with traditional methods. In 2006 a Canadian mining company bought the mines from the government. Now the town's future is at stake as an open-pit mining project is proposed. More than 8,000 inhabitants and a culture are about to face extinction as Marmato becomes ground zero in the... {more}

Maryan

INDIA
Directed By Bharatbala
Running Time: 151 Minutes

This is a tale of one man’s love for his woman and the sea. MARYAN is a handsome Tamil tiger shark hunter and cocky self-proclaimed king of the ocean. Though he’s standoffish, the fetching Panimalar tries to charm him into loving her. Just as Maryan (inevitably) falls for Pani, a rivalry between him and a local thug forces him from the village. Two years pass as Maryan labors in the hostile deserts of Sudan, while... {more}

Matilde

ITALY
Directed By Vito Palmieri
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Despite a shy nature, Matilde is a child with a dynamic intelligence and a strong spirit. In her classroom, however, something is upsetting her. Combining the suggestions received from her teacher, the interest in the tools of a hairdresser mother, and her passion for tennis, Matilde looks for a drastic and original solution to find serenity. {more}

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

USA
Directed By Michele Josue
Running Time: 89 Minutes

The 1998 beating and murder of a 21-year-old college student, Matthew Shepard, raised the world’s awareness about discrimination against LGBT people. The tragedy inspired a generation of activists to work for human rights and led to the Congressional passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act—legislation that bore his name 11 years later. You would think the story of Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy was well-documented, but most of the media coverage at the time stripped... {more}

Mecs Meufs / Guys Girls

FRANCE
Directed By Liam Engle
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Bob knows when it comes to seduction, men are the weaker sex. But what if things were switched around? {more}

Men with Balls

HUNGARY
Directed By Kristóf Kovács
Running Time: 68 Minutes

It took a lot of balls to make this documentary. Tennis balls, specifically. Welcome to the impoverished Hungarian village of Besence, population 126. There is 99% unemployment, and days are passed in an idle fog. Mayor Ignac, trying to appropriate funds for anything he can, manages to score funding for two projects: a horticultural garden and... a tennis court. Ever the optimist, he feels the court will build community spirit, and he even dreams of... {more}

Mi Corazón

PUERTO RICO, USA
Directed By Marielle Woods
Running Time: 10 Minutes

An old jeep cuts a winding path through the calm claustrophobia of dense jungle. The travelers are a young American couple, content in life and love, but completely unprepared for the catastrophe that lies around the bend. {more}

Mia

BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Wouter Bongaerts
Running Time: 9 Minutes

7-year-old Mia tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn. {more}

The Missing Picture

FRANCE, CAMBODIA
Directed By Rithy Panh
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh is searching for a photograph. Taken in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, the photo could bring clarity about the atrocities committed against his family and friends during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Panh narrowly escaped as those close to him died of forced labor and starvation before his eyes. Unable to find or recreate the photograph, Panh provides us with something else: his journey attempting to uncover his past. One... {more}

The Missing Scarf

IRELAND
Directed By Eoin Duffy
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection, and finally the fear of death. {more}

Mistaken for Strangers

USA
Directed By Tom Berninger
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Formed in Cincinnati in 1999, The National are critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated indie rock superstars. The band is comprised of two sets of brothers and lead singer Matt Berninger. His little brother Tom is an aspiring horror movie director, who was asked to join the band on the road in 2010. Instead of doing his duties as a crew member, Tom mostly just drank, annoyed everyone, and walked around with a video camera like a big... {more}

Monk with a Camera

USA
Directed By Guido Santi, Tina Mascara
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Nicholas Vreeland is the grandson of Vogue legend Diana Vreeland. As a teenager he was a committed dandy and a working photographer, thanks to Grandmamma who hooked him up with Irving Penn. But Nicholas sought something in life beyond material satisfaction and, exchanging the silver spoon in his mouth for a begging bowl, he became a Buddhist monk. Now this MONK WITH A CAMERA is known as Abbot of Rato Dratsang, an important Tibetan Government... {more}

Monsoon Shootout

INDIA, UNITED KINGDOM, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Amit Kumar
Running Time: 88 Minutes

As a rookie cop, Adi just wants to do what's right. The rest of his force is jaded and seemingly uninterested in saving the world from crime. In fact, it becomes blatantly clear to him that corruption is fairly widespread. He finds himself feeling isolated, unsure who to trust. When a string of murders takes place, Adi is sent on his first assignment. His bosses have pressured him to follow a man who they claim—despite... {more}

Mood Indigo

FRANCE
Directed By Michel Gondry
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Colin lives a truly charmed life. A helpful mouse works around his house and he has invented a Pianocktail, an instrument that makes cocktails based on what you play. However, his friends Chick and Nicolas have found love. This is the one thing that has eluded Colin. One night, at a dog's birthday party, he is introduced to Chloe. They fall in love and are happily married. But Chloe develops strange music in her lung... {more}

Mother, I Love You

LATVIA
Directed By Jānis Nords
Running Time: 83 Minutes

MOTHER, I LOVE YOU tells the precarious story of Raimonds, a confused 12-year-old boy who always seems to get into trouble. He lives with his mom, a rough and emotionally unavailable woman who's overworked and unsatisfied with her life. With Raimonds often being the target of her frustrations, their relationship is distant, at best. His buddy Peteris is in a similar predicament, and they swap stories of the brutal punishments they've received. When the boys... {more}

Mr. Bear

SPAIN, USA
Directed By Andrés Rosende
Running Time: 14 Minutes

It's Christmas again—family, presents, parties—the worst time of the year for Steve. Driving through New York City for Christmas Eve dinner, his car breaks down and he accidentally stumbles upon a crime scene. Mistaken for the notorious cleaner, Mr. Bear, Steve has to face a difficult choice: dismember and get rid of some bodies or become a corpse himself. {more}

Mr. Hublot

FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG
Directed By Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Mr. Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down—he has to share his home with this very invasive companion. {more}

Mr. Invisible

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Greg Ash
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A lonely, disregarded old man seems invisible to the world around him. But when he journeys to the heart of London, being invisible proves to be his greatest weapon. {more}

Much Better Than You

CHILE
Directed By Ché Sandoval
Running Time: 85 Minutes

It is going to be a very long night for Cristobal, a 40-year-old failed businessman. His wife Elisa has departed for Barcelona on a scholarship, leaving him behind with his children and a massive load of bitterness and hurt pride. He decides to cope with this by disappearing and wandering the streets of Santiago, trying to deaden his pain with alcohol and meaningless sex. But even in this endeavor, he seems unable to succeed. As... {more}

My Dear Americans

USA
Directed By Arpita Kumar
Running Time: 7 Minutes

New immigrants to the USA, a Sikh couple encounter racism on the patriotic fourth of July holiday. Witnessing her husband, Baldev, dwarf in the face of such hate triggers the wife, Tejpreet, into defiant action that redefines the racism aimed at them as well as their marriage. {more}

My Guide

HUNGARY
Directed By Barnabás Tóth
Running Time: 12 Minutes

Vilmos tries to cope with his wife and legendary backseat driver. {more}

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

USA
Directed By Justin Baldoni
Running Time: 23 Minutes

Zach Sobiech is a 17-year-old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turns to music to say goodbye to his friends and family, not realizing how big of an impact it would have on the world. {more}

My Right Eye

SPAIN
Directed By Josecho De Linares
Running Time: 13 Minutes

Zurdo maintained a special relationship with his grandmother. Since he went away to study they have lost contact. On the last day of summer, Zurdo decides to visit her with the intuition that he might not see her again. {more}

My Uncle Hector

USA
Directed By Darlena Roberts
Running Time: 44 Minutes

My Uncle Hector is one of the most famous people in the world, but nobody knows he's real! {more}

Natives

USA
Directed By Jeremy Hersh
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A young woman meets her girlfriend's parents for the first time. {more}

The New Black

USA
Directed By Yoruba Richen
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Centered around the 2012 battle for Marriage Equality in Maryland, this empowering and disturbing documentary highlights a rarely discussed aspect of the struggle for gay rights. Referred to as the “unfinished business” of Civil Rights within the African-American community, this film explores the unique challenges for black LGBT individuals. THE NEW BLACK welcomes everyone under its tent. In addition to outspoken LGBT activists, we hear from ministers of African-American churches and politicians from both sides.... {more}

New World

SOUTH KOREA
Directed By Park Hoon-jung
Running Time: 134 Minutes

Goldmoon has a death grip on South Korea. The organized crime syndicate is the most powerful in the country, but there’s just one problem: the boss is dead. His sudden demise sets off a cutthroat series of events within Goldmoon. This leads to a surprising window of opportunity for Ja-sung, an undercover cop who for the past eight years has been climbing the Goldmoon ranks to be the right hand man of the heir apparent.... {more}

NGUTU

SPAIN
Directed By Felipe del Olmo, Daniel Valledor
Running Time: 4 Minutes

Ngutu is a newspaper street vendor who hardly sells any copies at all. Resentful, he starts to closely watch the passersby in order to make progress in his business. {more}

Nine To Ninety

USA
Directed By Alicia Dwyer
Running Time: 29 Minutes

89-year-old Phyllis Sabatini is 4-foot 7-inches but stands as tall as the feisty matriarch of a tight-knit family that she loves—and on whom she is determined not to be a burden. While her husband of 62 years, Joe, seems to have given up, Phyllis watches her daughter struggle to care for everyone from nine to ninety, and makes a radical decision to lighten her load. Leaving home is difficult at any age, but Phyllis takes... {more}

Not Another Happy Ending

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By John McKay
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Jane Lockhart hits the debut novel jackpot when her book strikes gold with critics and fans alike. Becoming an overnight success is every writer’s dream and she’s living it complete with success, notoriety, and a new famous writer boyfriend with an accent that could melt butter. Great news for Tom, her editor, since her success equals the survival of his little publishing firm, and both Tom and Jane are going to be living the dream... {more}

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

USA
Directed By Matthew VanDyke
Running Time: 15 Minutes

The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians—a male rebel fighter and a female journalist—as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people. {more}

The Numberlys

USA
Directed By Brandon Oldenburg, William Joyce
Running Time: 12 Minutes

THE NUMBERLYS is an epic homage to Fritz Lang's "Metropolis," but for kids. Friends 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 live in a world where there is no alphabet—only numbers. One day, they decide they want something different from their orderly, black-and-white world. They set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity, and jellybeans to their world. {more}

Obvious Child

USA
Directed By Gillian Robespierre
Running Time: 83 Minutes

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time.... {more}

Ode In Blood

USA
Directed By Rea Rangaka
Running Time: 40 Minutes

Two men from opposite corners of the world are thrown together by circumstance. They begin to forge a kinship in spite of their differences that is put to the ultimate test where death and the well-being of one's family hangs in the balance. {more}

Of Good Report

SOUTH AFRICA
Directed By Jahmil X.T. Qubeka
Running Time: 109 Minutes

The third feature by young South African director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka is the provocative story of a high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls. The film became the center of public attention following its controversial temporary ban by the South African Film and Publications Board for "promoting child abuse & pornography." OF GOOD REPORT takes us on a surreal journey into the backstory of a troubled man, Parker Sithole. When he applies for a... {more}

Of Horses and Men

ICELAND, GERMANY
Directed By Benedikt Erlingsson
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Kolbeinn is hopelessly in love with his breathtaking prize beauty, Grána. But Grána is in love with the burly, hyper-masculine Brúnn. Grána and Brúnn get a little too bold and end up making love right in front of Kolbeinn. Oh, by the way… Grána and Brúnn are horses. Kolbeinn is a man. Set in a small Icelandic village, the lives of the residents weave in and out of this offbeat tale, their stories often being... {more}

OJ: The Musical (formerly Orenthal: The Musical)

USA
Directed By Jeff Rosenberg
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Every small town has that one son who made it big, and for Orrville, Ohio that son is Eugene Olivier. From grade school pageants, to high school plays, all the way to the stages of New York City, Eugene has made a name for himself in the world of theater. Literally, just for himself. In the vein of “Waiting for Guffman,” OJ: THE MUSICAL follows Eugene as he recruits his hometown friends and sets up... {more}

Oliver, Stoned

USA
Directed By Tom Morris
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Oliver is always stoned. At age 26 he's not exactly leading the most mature or productive life. He lives in his dad's basement, which also doubles as a storage area for his bong collection. From Oliver's baked perspective, things are going well. He makes okay money working at his father's car cleaning business. Plus his dad hasn't grasped the whole adulthood thing yet himself—he's dating a girl half his age, and he refuses to let... {more}

OMG

CANADA
Directed By Siobhan Devine
Running Time: 10 Minutes

OMG is an inter-generational short film about 14-year-old emo-goth Kaylee who thinks she is the top of the food chain when it comes to being misunderstood. After a monster fight with her parents over her texting habit Kaylee runs away to her understanding grandma's house. All is going well until Kaylee's cell phone battery runs out. {more}

On the Job

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Erik Matti
Running Time: 120 Minutes

When a big time drug dealer is murdered, Sergeant Acosta is assigned the case. He's an honest guy, who works extremely hard. Even with his skills, though, finding the killers is going to be difficult. That's because they had the perfect cover up. They were temporarily sprung from prison by politicians, who hired them to carry out a series of assassinations. After doing the deed, they were quickly returned, leaving the cops with no trail... {more}

One Armed Man

USA
Directed By Tim Guinee
Running Time: 27 Minutes

In Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote's chilling drama, ONE ARMED MAN, a wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin's machinery. {more}

One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp

USA
Directed By Irene Taylor Brodsky
Running Time: 37 Minutes

ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP chronicles a three day summer camp for children learning to cope with the death of a loved one. With the guidance of trained professionals, grieving children as young as seven years old learn their feelings are normal, and by talking about them they can begin to heal. A testament to the healing power of shared sorrow, ONE LAST HUG shows the often-unseen and particular experience of children's... {more}

One: A Story of Love & Equality

USA
Directed By Becca Roth
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In 2012 North Carolina placed Amendment One on its ballot. The Amendment would forbid any recognition for same sex couples, including civil unions and extending partner benefits. One young lesbian couple living in New York (where Marriage Equality is a fact) felt they needed to go to North Carolina in the months leading to the election to talk to people on both sides of the issue, to see the real faces staring across this cultural... {more}

Only Lovers Left Alive

USA
Directed By Jim Jarmusch
Running Time: 123 Minutes

Adam and Eve, the original power couple, have been together for ages. He leads a cloistered Bowie-like existence, making dirge rock in a mansion in the ruins of Detroit, while she hangs with her friend Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt) in marginal Tangiers. They owe their languid nocturnal personalities to the fact that they’re vampires—hip, sexy ones in the shape of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston—who allow only pure, untainted hospital blood to touch their cold... {more}

The Orphan and the Polar Bear

CANADA
Directed By Neil Christopher
Running Time: 9 Minutes

According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself. {more}

The Painter

USA
Directed By Kevin Cooper
Running Time: 14 Minutes

In a dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will the painter survive? {more}

Palestine Stereo

TUNISIA, PALESTINE
Directed By Rashid Masharawi
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Sami and Stereo are Palestinian brothers trying to rebound after a tragic event. Israelis, attempting to take out a terrorist in Stereo's apartment building, set off bombs that killed Stereo's wife and rendered Sami deaf and mute. For Stereo, immense guilt follows. He wasn't home at the time and, besides the psychological trauma, went unscathed. Tired of the violence and hoping they can seek advanced treatment for Sami, they decide to leave. But before they... {more}

The Pandas

CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA
Directed By Matus Vizar
Running Time: 12 Minutes

After millions of generations they have a good chance of becoming another extinct species. But one day, an all too active primate called the human being found them and they became a pawn in man's game. {more}

Paris or Perish

FRANCE
Directed By Reem Kherici
Running Time: 89 Minutes

The unremittingly hilarious and snarky PARIS OR PERISH is the brainchild of the fabulously talented Reem Kherici, a French-Tunisian-Italian comedienne and first-time director. Kherici plays Maya, an “It” girl in the atelier of Parisian haute couture designer Paul Ritz. A 20-year resident of France who is proud to have stilettoed her way to the top of the fashion heap, she’s long since buried her identity as a North African. Though alienated from practically everyone, she’s... {more}

Peace After Marriage

USA, FRANCE, TURKEY
Directed By Ghazi Albuliwi, Bandar Albuliwi
Running Time: 86 Minutes

Arafat has a problem with porn. Watching it at work just cost him his job and it pretty much comprises his social life. He has no girlfriends, just a trunk of X-rated DVDs under his bed. His parents, with whom he still lives at age 30, are traditional Palestinians who keep coming up with one disastrous match after another. In desperation, Arafat joins a sex addicts’ support group where he meets Kenny, the worst 12-step... {more}

Pelada

USA
Directed By Ryan White, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Luke Boughen
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Luke and Gwendolyn are former college soccer players who never went pro. But their passion for the sport has not faded. These days they've discovered another side of the game. It's one that exists on alleys, concrete, and fields—away from the glare of bright lights and corporate sponsorships. This improvised style of play is often referred to as “pick-up,” and it's a favorite of soccer fans all over the world. In PELADA, the couple embarks... {more}

Ping Pong Summer

USA
Directed By Michael Tully
Running Time: 92 Minutes

The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. PING PONG SUMMER is about that time in your life when you're treated like an alien by... {more}

The Pixel Painter

USA
Directed By Josh Bogdan, Ryan Lasko
Running Time: 9 Minutes

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired. Now, Grandpa spends ten hours a day moving pixels around his computer paintings. His work is a blend of pointillism and 8-bit art. Meet 98-year-old Hal Lasko, The Pixel Painter. {more}

A Place Called Pluto

USA
Directed By Steve James
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Greg O’Brien, long-time Cape Cod reporter and newspaperman, has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Acting on instinct and journalistic grit, Greg has decided to face down the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey. {more}

The Pledge for Mr. Bunny

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Kevin Lim
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A boy's fascination with machines leads him down a path of deceit and betrayal. {more}

A Poet Long Ago

USA
Directed By Bob Giraldi
Running Time: 14 Minutes

A POET LONG AGO stars Steve Schirripa as Sonny and Boris McGiver as Malloy. In the present day, Sonny, a sanitation worker, and Malloy, a journalist, meet by chance on the street and reminisce about their grammar school days back in 1970s Brooklyn. Immediately an old wound is opened; flashbacks reveal how the least likely of the pair had an astonishing gift for poetry that was beaten out of him by a narrow-minded father hell-bent... {more}

The Portal

CANADA
Directed By Jonathan Williams
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A dimension-traveling wizard gets stuck in the 21st century because cell phone radiation interferes with his magic. With his home world on the brink of war, he seeks help from a jaded travel agent who he mistakes for a great sorceress. Without his powers to prove his identity, she has trouble taking him seriously, but finally agrees to reveal the secrets of our world in exchange for a lunch date. {more}

Practice Makes Perfect

USA
Directed By Devon Avery
Running Time: 3 Minutes

On date night, a 12-year-old boy anxiously considers how to deliver the perfect first kiss. {more}

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

USA
Directed By Edgar Barens
Running Time: 40 Minutes

HBO’s PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL is a moving cinema verite documentary that goes behind the walls of one of America's oldest maximum security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him. The film draws from footage shot over a six-month period inside the Iowa State Penitentiary and provides a fascinating... {more}

Puzzled

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Oliver Kember
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Set in 1980, PUZZLED is a story about Oscar, a ten-year-old boy whose only chance at survival in the playground is to learn how to solve the Rubik's Cube before anyone else can. {more}

R100

JAPAN
Directed By Hitoshi Matsumoto
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Any way you look at it, Takafumi’s life is boring. He gets up, makes his son breakfast, sells upholstery downtown, stops by the hospital to see his comatose wife, and picks up dinner for his son on the way home. He needs… adrenaline. When he stumbles upon a mysterious club with the word “Bondage” inscribed on the front door, his routine may be in for a change. The club has just one rule: it’s a... {more}

Reaching for the Moon

BRAZIL
Directed By Bruno Barreto
Running Time: 118 Minutes

A passionate love story whose imagery will haunt you, REACHING FOR THE MOON is a filmic ode to the relationship between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Set mostly in 50s and 60s Brazil on Lota’s breathtaking tropical estate, with key scenes in political Rio and New York, the film is a gem of mid-century style and vision. Abandoning her cherished regular conversations with fellow poet Robert Lowell in New... {more}

Real Change

USA
Directed By Adam Becker
Running Time: 9 Minutes

It's important to tell your story. {more}

Record Breaker

USA
Directed By Ryan Velasquez
Running Time: 15 Minutes

Jonathan, the one seemingly untalented member of a family of prodigies, decides the only way to fit in with his special family is to break a world record. {more}

The Red Carpet

SPAIN
Directed By Manuel Fernandez, Iosu Lopez
Running Time: 12 Minutes

158 million people live in Indian slums under very extreme insalubrity. Millions of children play surrounded by rubbish, cows, rats, and excrement. Garib Nagar slum, in Bandra district (Bombay, India) is Rubina's home, a 12-year-old girl who aims to become an actress and change the slum into a more clean and habitable place. {more}

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World

USA
Directed By Renée Silverman, Peter Miller
Running Time: 40 Minutes

REFUGEE KIDS: ONE SMALL SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD follows newly arrived students at the International Rescue Committee's New York-based boot camp for children seeking asylum from some of the world's most volatile conflicts. Culled from 80 hours of footage and animated with the kids' own artwork, illustrating their stories of escape and dislocation, the film puts a human face on a number of international crises—the aftermath of war in Iraq, unrest in Egypt, the... {more}

Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust

USA
Directed By Emily Harrold
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Inspired by Laurel Leff's award winning book Buried by The Times, this film explores how The New York Times handled reports of The Holocaust during World War II. It also explores why The Times, a Jewish-owned newspaper, buried more than one thousand articles in its back pages. Was it simply an oversight? Or did the publishers and editors fear an American Antisemitic backlash? Through interviews and testimonies of a Holocaust survivor, historians, journalists, and American... {more}

Resurrection of a Bastard

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Guido van Driel
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Ronnie is not a nice man. In fact, most would say he’s a bastard. A brutal professional thug, he’s the type to murder an innocent bystander and brush it off as “collateral damage.” The man he works for, curiously known only as “James Joyce,” is an equally barbarous crime boss who takes pleasure in telling grotesque allegories. But when Ronnie has a near-fatal encounter with the wrong end of a gun, he wakes up a... {more}

Rich Hill

USA
Directed By Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this intimate and shattering documentary is set in the impoverished town of Rich Hill, Missouri. Here life is very challenging for three teenagers with hopes and dreams. There is Andrew, age 13, whose mother is ill and whose father cannot provide for his family at all. Andrew is the All-American boy—athletic, devoted to his family, and trying to build a life. Harley... {more}

Ride with Larry

USA
Directed By Andrew Rubin, Ricardo Villarreal
Running Time: 90 Minutes

When Larry Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he cried on the way home to tell his family. Twenty years later, this retired police captain and successful bakery owner is done crying. Once a bike enthusiast, Larry found balance increasingly difficult. He now rides a reclining cycle, a familiar and beloved sight in his small South Dakota home town. One day Larry decides to do one big thing to empower others like him and raise... {more}

Rigg R Reet

USA
Directed By Todd Fechter
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A little, candy-obsessed girl stumbles onto a trick-or-treat jackpot. {more}

Rock the Casbah

ISRAEL, FRANCE
Directed By Yariv Horowitz
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Set in the Gaza Strip in 1989, ROCK THE CASBAH follows a group of Israeli soldiers sent to keep watch over the Arabs in the Occupied Territories. Not long after arriving, one of them is killed by a local, who ends up escaping. Their mission becomes focused on avenging the death of their fallen comrade, Iliya. The situation is especially troublesome for Tomer (in an extraordinary performance by Yon Tumarkin), a young soldier who struggles... {more}

Rosita Lopez for President

USA
Directed By Rachel Goldberg
Running Time: 9 Minutes

ROSITA LOPEZ FOR PRESIDENT is about a 14-year-old girl who is running for President of the United States of America. As she tries to garner votes, she renews more than just a faith in democracy in the people she meets. {more}

The Rugby Player

USA
Directed By Scott Gracheff
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Mark Bingham was flying to the wedding of a friend. The day was September 11, 2001. Mark was traveling on United Flight 93. This is not the story of 9/11, but of Mark's remarkable life and the equally remarkable mother who raised him. Through his mother's remembrances and plentiful home videos, we see Mark grow from an awkward boy to an athlete who threw himself into life with zeal and courage. Whether defending friends from... {more}

The Rwanda Blend

USA
Directed By Sam Zvibleman
Running Time: 17 Minutes

A mysterious Rwandan coffee profoundly and magically transforms a lonely young woman's life. {more}

The Sacrament

USA
Directed By Ti West
Running Time: 95 Minutes

In THE SACRAMENT, two media correspondents follow their friend as he sets out to find his missing sister. The journey takes them outside the U.S. to an undisclosed location where over 200 people are living in a strange religious utopia. When they find his sister, it becomes clear that the place they've come to is anything but paradise. This is further confirmed when they meet the creepy leader who is only known as “father.” Their... {more}

Salvo

ITALY
Directed By Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Running Time: 104 Minutes

Mafia hitman Salvo goes about his brutal job without even flinching. Killing has become second-nature. When he breaks into a rival's home and murders him, he finds that the target's sister has witnessed the crime. After realizing she's blind, Salvo finds himself conflicted. Though he's required to execute her, he can't seem to finish the deed. For the first time, his conscience kicks in. At the same time, the girl finds herself faced with a... {more}

The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies

SWEDEN
Directed By Wiktor Ericsson
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Joe Sarno was the “Ingmar Bergman of pornographic films.” But that was 40 years ago. What’s life like for a pornographer at the age of 88? As Joe hunts and pecks his way through the keys on his typewriter, he realizes he might have one more left in him. THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES is a probing, intimate portrait of the legendary filmmaker and his wife, as Joe sets out to make one... {more}

Sausage

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Robert Grieves
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Topical issues of food ethics are played out in the simple, but compelling tale of two artisan stallholders. Their idyllic market square is invaded by a slick fast-food vendor, set to steal all their customers. What new methods must these traditional providores invent to battle for their livelihoods? The turf war brings these two kindred spirits together, providing the inspiration for a truly original idea. {more}

The Sax Man

USA
Directed By Joe Siebert
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Everyone in Cleveland is probably familiar with the “Sax Man.” Whether he's playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” outside Progressive Field or rocking The Addams Family theme in Public Square, his presence is hard to miss. But how much do you actually know about him? Maurice Reedus, Jr. is the son of a Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, who was headed for his own success in the R&B world. Before becoming a street musician,... {more}

Saxophonist Howie Smith

USA
Directed By Ted Sikora
Running Time: 4 Minutes

SAXAPHONIST HOWIE SMITH describes his approach to the instrument and how he defines jazz in the modern ear. {more}

Scent Of A Woman

USA
Directed By Lauren Savoy
Running Time: 12 Minutes

On the eve of a romantic weekend upstate, sweet but profoundly awkward Chloe plans on telling Dan, her boyfriend of three weeks, that she loves him. While he prepares the one meal he knows how to make, fettuccine alfredo, she tries on sexy lingerie and works to build up her courage. Then, terror strikes as lactose intolerant Chloe comes face to face with Dan's creamy concoction. Chloe escapes to find her trusty dairy-aid, but she's... {more}

See You Next Tuesday

USA
Directed By Drew Tobia
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Mona may pop any minute now. The bun in her oven might even be a little overcooked. A perpetual loner in a hideous orange coat, she spends most of her time working as a cashier in a third-rate Brooklyn supermarket. She doesn’t have much to look forward to, except maybe going to A.A. meetings with her mother and trying to rekindle her relationship with her estranged sister Jordan – both of whom have serious issues... {more}

Sell By Date

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Emma Savage
Running Time: 15 Minutes

After the initial fun of trying for a baby starts to wear off and their failure to conceive starts to put strain on their relationship, a woman in forced to question “just what is so bloody brilliant about pregnancy and motherhood anyway?” {more}

Sequence

USA
Directed By Carles Torrens
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A man wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before. {more}

Seven Days

USA
Directed By Alex Lefebvre, Steve Hoover, Samm Hodges
Running Time: 9 Minutes

It is 1968. Minorities are rioting in streets across the country. The president, believing that deplorable housing conditions lay at the heart of the violence, is on his third try in two years to push a fair housing bill through Congress. On April 4th, a single gunshot rings out in Memphis. One week later, President Johnson gets his bill. SEVEN DAYS is an animated collage of 1960s media—TV, newspapers, archive photos, video, and radio—that captures... {more}

SEX(ED) The Movie

USA
Directed By Brenda Goodman
Running Time: 76 Minutes

They say sex sells, but what American history has taught us is that our country isn’t sold on the importance of an updated and contemporary education as it pertains to the practicalities and realities of sex for our youth. SEX(ED) THE MOVIE is an intimate look at not only the history and evolution of sex education, but also the challenges and obstacles inherent in our culture that prevent a reasonable discussion about the advantages of... {more}

Sex, Drugs & Taxation

DENMARK
Directed By Christoffer Boe
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Mogens Glistrup is a genius, or at least he was 15 years ago. When his long-lost friend Simon Spies has him take a look at his financial papers, Glistrup finds an interesting opportunity. In an act of revenge, the two team up and outwit a major airline and rebrand the company as their own. Under the new regime, Glistrup, an outspoken critic of the Danish government, finds an interesting series of loopholes that allows Spies’... {more}

She Wolf

ARGENTINA
Directed By Tamae Garateguy
Running Time: 92 Minutes

There are many sides to the serial killer in SHE WOLF. Well, three to be exact. She's the culmination of three separate identities who morph to attract potential victims and escape capture. It doesn't take much work to lure in victims, though. Unsuspecting men can't help but lust for the beautiful woman before them. But their pleasure quickly turns to pain as she turns feral, going from kinky to downright vicious in her transformation to... {more}

Shorts Audience Award Prog.

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

CIFF patrons determine this program by casting ballots throughout the 38th CIFF. The top vote-getter receives the Howard Hanna Audience Choice Award for Best Short Subject, which is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. {more}

Shorts Jury Awards Prog.

International
Directed By
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Best Animated Short Award* - sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A. Best Documentary Short Award - sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin Best International Short Award - sponsored by MP Star Financial, Inc. Best LGBT Short Award: Given in Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit - sponsored by Jan and Harold Babbit Best Live Action Short Award* - sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris Best Ohio Short Award - sponsored by Wayside Furniture Best Student Short... {more}

Side Effects of Barry

USA
Directed By Amy French
Running Time: 5 Minutes

A new pharmaceutical promises a boyfriend in a pill, but there are side effects. {more}

A Simple Piece of Paper

USA
Directed By Jean Strauss
Running Time: 57 Minutes

In 2011 Illinois passed State House Bill 5428. It allowed Adult Adopted Persons to finally have a copy of their original birth certificates, making Illinois the largest state to reverse sealed record laws. While opponents of the Bill managed to include a “firewall,” letting birth parents opt out of revealing their names, the law opened the door for hundreds of people to access much desired and sometimes very important personal details. This deeply emotional documentary... {more}

Sleight Of Hand

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Michael Cusack
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Sleight of hand—a set of techniques used by someone to secretly manipulate objects to deceive. This is a stop-motion film about illusions. A man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, but sometimes it's better not to know. {more}

SlingShot

USA
Directed By Paul Lazarus
Running Time: 90 Minutes

You may not recognize the name Dean Kamen, but you're probably familiar with his inventions. His most well-known product is the popular Segway, an eco-friendly scooter than was introduced in 2001. His company DEKA is also responsible for several key medical technologies, including the insulin pump and portable dialysis machine. In 1989 he launched FIRST, a successful science competition for students that has enriched the lives of over one million kids. For Kamen, inventing is... {more}

The Snowman and The Snowdog

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Hilary Audus, Robin Shaw, Joanna Harrison
Running Time: 24 Minutes

A young boy finds a box under the floorboards containing a hat, scarf, and some coal—a snowman-making kit! It snows and he builds a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night they come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed, a magical surprise awaits him. {more}

Soldier In Art: Arthur Szyk

USA
Directed By
Running Time: 10 Minutes

A wordless, musical tribute to the main themes in the life and work of Polish-Jewish artist and political cartoonist, Arthur Szyk (1894-1951)—the ideals of American democracy, the horrors of Nazism, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the rebirth of the Jewish people in Israel. Szyk was a leading visual voice against the Axis powers in New York during WWII. {more}

Song from the Forest

GERMANY, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Directed By Michael Obert
Running Time: 96 Minutes

In 1985, 30-year-old renowned American author Louis Sarno packed up the last of his belongings, scraped up $500, and bought a one-way ticket to the Central African Republic. A brilliant musicologist, Sarno was lured by the music of the Bayaka people, pygmies living deep in the African rainforest cut off from all modern civilization. Now, more than 25 years later, Sarno still lives there with a few additions: his Bayaka wife and their 13-year-old son... {more}

Sources of Life

GERMANY
Directed By Oskar Roehler
Running Time: 174 Minutes

SOURCES OF LIFE is a sweeping saga that charts the course of three generations of a post-war German family. Based on filmmaker Oskar Roehler’s memoir Origins, it’s rife with nostalgia and cultural references to the birth pangs of the fledgling Federal Republic of Germany. Erich Freytag fought for the Nazis in the war and now struggles home to his unwelcoming wife Elisabeth. While Erich becomes a successful manufacturer of garden gnomes, his eldest son Klauss... {more}

Spider's Lair

PHILIPPINES
Directed By Jason Paul Laxamana
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Greg doesn't seem too serious about anything. He and his gender-bending friend Marney spend most of their time on Facebook, looking for rich people to scam. Greg pretends to be Bam, a handsome man who easily lures lonely and naïve individuals into forking over cash. Greg and Marney don't seem to care about the consequences of their actions at all. They stealthily move from person to person, leaving a slew of people broke and broken-hearted.... {more}

StandUp

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Louis McCullagh
Running Time: 16 Minutes

STANDUP is the story of a 17-year-old dead boy who wanted to be a comedian and his father, a judge, who sentences himself to step into his son's shoes. But they're secret shoes. A dirty, sacrilegious film about comedy and love to scar your heart. {more}

Stardust

NETHERLANDS
Directed By Mischa Rozema
Running Time: 4 Minutes

PostPanic director Mischa Rozema's new short film, STARDUST is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction. The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died at age 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer. {more}

The Starfish Throwers

USA, INDIA
Directed By Jesse Roesler
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Here are three of the most amazing people you will ever meet. Thirteen-year-old Katie planted a single cabbage seed for a school project and created a national movement with over 50 gardens producing food to feed the hungry. Narayanan was a top chef in India who now prepares and delivers hundreds of meals to the poor, every day of the year. Finally, there is Mr. Law, a retired teacher who hasn't slept in a bed... {more}

Start of Something

USA
Directed By Derrick Hausen
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A different story about first love. {more}

Straight Down Low

USA
Directed By Zach Wechter
Running Time: 25 Minutes

STRAIGHT DOWN LOW is a neo-noir set in the inner city. A shrewd high school detective must solve a curious gangland crime to protect the girl he loves. {more}

Stranger by the Lake

FRANCE
Directed By Alain Guiraudie
Running Time: 97 Minutes

At a secluded lakeside cruising spot in rural France, men sit naked by the waterfront with hungry eyes. Michel’s tanned chest glistens in the water, his mustache bristles like a 70s swinger, and his eyes glow with secrets. Franck spots him from afar while Michel’s out swimming, his body pumping out seductive machismo. There’s just one problem—Michel already has a lover. At dusk, when no one else is around, Franck spies on the sexy Don... {more}

Strings

SPAIN
Directed By Pedro Solis
Running Time: 10 Minutes

Maria's routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends. {more}

Stumped

USA
Directed By Robin Berghaus
Running Time: 10 Minutes

STUMPED is a stirring documentary about the survival and physical rehabilitation of a filmmaker who suddenly finds himself a quadrilateral amputee. It highlights the trials and triumphs of adapting to a world he never could have imagined, including his first stand-up comedy performance. {more}

Subconscious Password

CANADA
Directed By Chris Landreth
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A forgotten name leads to a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious. {more}

The Sublime and Beautiful

USA
Directed By Blake Robbins
Running Time: 93 Minutes

When a terrible tragedy strikes a family in a small Kansas suburb days before Christmas, the patriarch David (played by writer/director Blake Robbins) must come to terms with his devastating grief, while trying to maintain a grasp on his home life. Like any person in his situation, David must do whatever he can to hold on. But is also forced to make decisions that will test the limits of his morality. With powerful performances by... {more}

Suddenly One Night

SPAIN
Directed By Arantxa Echevarria
Running Time: 20 Minutes

Maria is quietly preparing dinner when the doorbell rings. Her new neighbor is desperate to get inside her house. Someone has broken into his apartment, and he left his cell phone at work. He needs to call the police. Maria hesitantly lets him in. Suddenly, a cell phone starts buzzing and it's not Maria's. This is just the start of Maria's nightmare. {more}

Suicide Volunteers

JAPAN
Directed By Kenshow Onodera
Running Time: 25 Minutes

This film is based on a true story depicting the life of Commander Fujii, a flight school instructor who sacrificed his life in the suicide attacks at the end of World War II, December 1944. With defeat on the horizon, the Japanese military commits to desperate tactics via suicide attacks. {more}

The Taste Is Not the Same

USA
Directed By Kavita Pillay
Running Time: 18 Minutes

Inter-caste marriages remain a rarity in India, but when Indira and Balakrishna Pillay chose to marry across caste lines in 1969, such unions were virtually unheard of. Life in America promised an escape from their feuding families as well as career opportunities, and despite plans to return to India, America soon became home. These days, the Pillays are a Midwestern suburban couple like so many others, and they have a lot to say about everything!... {more}

Test

USA
Directed By Chris Mason Johnson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Frankie is an understudy in a big-league dance troupe, but he just can’t seem to make it to the front line. He has his eyes set on Todd, the hunky lead who just so happens to have the brains to fortify his brawn. As a mysterious fatal epidemic begins ripping through mid-80s San Francisco, Frankie and Todd are inevitably drawn into the confusion. While Frankie’s life is increasingly marred by fear, Todd seems strangely unaffected... {more}

That Burning Feeling

CANADA
Directed By Jason James
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Boy meets girl. Boy sleeps with girl. Boy doesn’t really know girl’s name, but that’s okay because boy has no intention of calling girl. Boy contracts a little something that rhymes with “shmonorrhea.” When Adam (Paulo Costanzo), a young womanizing professional, has to retrace his recent flings and inform them of his predicament, he never imagines the turns his once empty life will take. THAT BURNING FEELING is a romantic comedy that adapts the well-established... {more}

This Way Out

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Staten Cousins-Roe
Running Time: 20 Minutes

A pitch-black comedy about Minnie, the oddball owner of a euthanasia centre, her hapless assistant Maude, and their desperate attempts to keep the centre from closing. {more}

A Thousand Times Goodnight

NORWAY
Directed By Erik Poppe
Running Time: 111 Minutes

In A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT, Juliette Binoche plays Rebecca, a war photographer who constantly risks harm just to capture the perfect shot. It's a passion that's earned her many awards, but one that also leaves her family in constant fear. During a trip to Afghanistan, Rebecca is injured while accompanying a female suicide bomber to Kabul. When she returns home to Ireland, her husband makes it clear that he's fed up. With regret, Rebecca retires... {more}

A Time in Quchi

TAIWAN
Directed By Chang Tso-chi
Running Time: 110 Minutes

When Bao is sent to his grandfather's house for the summer, he's not exactly pleased. The countryside seems like another planet compared to the city, and, worst of all, there's no cable TV. As he spends the hours with his face glued to a tablet screen, the beauty and adventure surrounding him go unnoticed. His parents, who are in the midst of a divorce, placed him and his little sister with their grandpa, hoping to... {more}

To Be Takei

USA
Directed By Jennifer M. Kroot
Running Time: 90 Minutes

George Takei doesn’t shy away from digging into his remarkable career and personal life in Jennifer Kroot’s delightful and incisive film To Be Takei. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows. Even after landing the iconic role of Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek,Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with... {more}

Tobacco Burn

USA
Directed By Justin Liberman
Running Time: 17 Minutes

Decades before the Civil War, the actions of a brutal overseer spark the fire of revolution on a Southern tobacco farm. TOBACCO BURN chronicles true events and creates a portrait of man’s different understanding towards violence. {more}

Toothless

USA
Directed By Emma Jordan, Vivian Balasu, Alicia Fife
Running Time: 3 Minutes

A weekend at grandpa's results in a silly spoof of the tooth fairy—and dentures as well. This film was created as part of Wizards of the Post: An Advanced Animation and Post-Production Workshop at Reel Grrls in Seattle, WA. Reel Grrls is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent, and influence through media production. {more}

Tower Symphony

USA
Directed By Joni Lewanski
Running Time: 7 Minutes

TOWER SYMPHONY is a brief tour of Cleveland's Terminal Tower, from outside to inside, bottom to top. This documentary was created in the spirit of the city symphony films produced in the late 1920s, which is coincidentally when the Terminal Tower first opened its doors to tenants. Like its prototypes, TOWER SYMPHONY emphasizes patterns and movement of familiar and unusual perspectives set to musical accompaniment. {more}

Transfusión

USA, MEXICO
Directed By Robert Douglas Lemon
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The food truck craze is everywhere. In Columbus, Ohio they've seen an onslaught of taco trucks in the city, serving up delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. But the trucks are stirring up conversation for other reasons. In the Greater Hilltop area, people are upset, calling the trucks an eyesore, claiming they'll drive away potential customers and residents. However, there also seems to be an ulterior motive behind their concerns: some of the trucks may be operated... {more}

Trap Street

CHINA
Directed By Vivian Qu
Running Time: 94 Minutes

A noirish meditation on new technologies, privacy, and personal relationships, TRAP STREET is set in contemporary Nanjing. Li Quiming is a dreamy young charmer who plays video games and still gets food and cash from his mom. A fledgling surveyor for a digital mapping company, he’s got all the usual 21st century gadgets. His dad, the editor of an ossified Communist Party magazine, wants the money back he lent his son for a business gone... {more}

Trinidad

USA
Directed By PJ Raval, Jay Hodges
Running Time: 80 Minutes

The West has long been a symbol of new beginnings and endless possibilities: the frontier. In Trinidad, Colorado this symbolic resonance took on new meaning when Dr. Stanley Biber performed one of the first successful Gender Reassignment Surgeries (GRS) in 1969. Today the former coal-mining town of 9,000 residents is renowned as the "Sex-Change Capital of the World." While many locals are still opposed to the moniker, they also recognize the financial impact of these... {more}

Tryouts

USA
Directed By Susana Casares
Running Time: 14 Minutes

Being a teenager isn't easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim American girl who wants to join her new high school's cheerleading squad. {more}

UMMAH Among Friends

GERMANY
Directed By Cüneyt Kaya
Running Time: 107 Minutes

Daniel is a world-weary cop at age 24; his hangdog look reflects his stressful job with the German Intelligence Service. One night he nearly dies after a shootout with skinheads. Daniel’s handlers send him underground to the Neukölln area of Berlin with its large immigrant population. Miserable and alone, he mostly holes up in his decrepit apartment and gets drunk. Upon stumbling into a phone shop run by a Turkish-Arab German named Abbas, Daniel is... {more}

Uncle Nick

USA
Directed By Chris Kasick
Running Time: 85 Minutes

An important event occurred for Nick and his family at the catastrophic Ten Cent Beer Night Cleveland Indians game in 1974. Now, 40 years later, that alcohol-fueled chaos will be replicated in the beautiful Lakewood, Ohio home of Cody, Nick's younger brother. Cody has married a rich woman with a seductive daughter and a nerdy son. He has invited Nick over to share Christmas Eve dinner. Nick, a self-described “gross and disgusting man,” hates his... {more}

Unwarranted Influence

USA
Directed By Janek Ambros
Running Time: 11 Minutes

A look at what President Eisenhower described as the military industrial complex. {more}

Valencia

USA
Directed By Hilary Goldberg and Various Artists
Running Time: 106 Minutes

Michelle is an artist and a lover… a lover of women. VALENCIA is Michelle’s story, marvelously adapted from Michelle Tea’s groundbreaking autobiographical novel of the same name. Compiling short films by 20 queer filmmakers from across the country, each episode is a retelling of a designated chapter from Tea’s memoir. Michelle dynamically observes and participates in the rise of the lesbian punk scene as well as the gay liberation movement in 90s San Francisco. Through... {more}

Valibation

USA
Directed By Todd Strauss-Schulson
Running Time: 22 Minutes

VALIBATION is dark, it's weird, and it's a revealing nightmare in which the protagonist is forced to confront the man technology has turned him into. {more}

The Verdict

BELGIUM
Directed By Jan Verheyen
Running Time: 110 Minutes

Luc Segers is a high-flying executive with a charming wife and beautiful daughter, on the cusp of being named CEO of an important multinational. But one night after a company party, Luc’s world comes crashing down. When he stops for gas, his wife is brutally murdered and his panicked daughter runs into the path of a speeding car. Luc is able to identify the killer, who is quickly apprehended. But a legal procedural error allows... {more}

Virtuoso Virtual

GERMANY
Directed By Thomas Stellmach, Maja Oschmann
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Synchronizing to the music, abstract ink drawings grow in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits, and confrontation—stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures. {more}

Walesa. Man of Hope

POLAND
Directed By Andrzej Wajda
Running Time: 128 Minutes

We all know the name and legacy of Lech Walesa, who rose from being a shipyard worker to the President of Poland and became a Nobel Prize winning warrior for equality and fairness. But do we know the actual man and the very real hardships he endured to become what he was? Award-winning director Andrzej Wajda mixes archival footage and stunning re-enactments to bring the lengend back to life. Through Robert Wieckiewicz's uncanny and perceptive... {more}

Waltz for Monica

SWEDEN, DENMARK
Directed By Per Fly
Running Time: 111 Minutes

Lovely Monica Zetterlund, a switchboard operator in rural Hagfors, Sweden, often ditches work for four-hour bus rides to Stockholm. It’s the 50s, and Monica is a jazz singer on the verge of making it big. Leaving her daughter with her disapproving father over Christmas, Monica heads for New York to sing with jazz legend Tommy Flanagan. Shooed off the stage for being “too white” to play with the black musicians, Monica heads home in disgrace.... {more}

War Story

USA
Directed By Mark Jackson
Running Time: 90 Minutes

After a horrific experience in Libya, war photographer Lee (Catherine Keener) has holed herself up in a small hotel in Sicily. Instead of returning home to the noise of New York, she prefers to deal with it alone. Her phone constantly rings, as colleagues and loved ones try to convince her to come back. For years she's photographed the terrors of war as an outsider, but this time it was more personal. In Libya she... {more}

Watchers of the Sky

USA, CHAD, RWANDA, NETHERLANDS
Directed By Edet Belzberg
Running Time: 114 Minutes

Before German lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in the late 40s, the term “genocide” didn't exist. Of course the acts that it described did; but there was no way to properly explain them and no definition by which to punish those who committed them. It's crazy to think that a word could be so important. But as WATCHERS OF THE SKY reveals, it was a monumental moment for the cause. Lemkin, who lost 49... {more}

We Are the Best!

SWEDEN
Directed By Lukas Moodysson
Running Time: 102 Minutes

Based on the 2008 graphic novel Never Goodnight by director Lukas Moodysson’s wife Coco, WE ARE THE BEST! rocks with good fun. It’s Stockholm in 1982, and everyone is wearing awful sweaters. Punk may be out, but it’s not dead yet; it lives on in the minds of junior high school girls Bobo and Klara. These enfants terribles are fed up with Middle Class everything—parents, sports, politics. Mostly out of spite, and undeterred by their... {more}

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

USA
Directed By Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins
Running Time: 91 Minutes

What if your best friend and your girlfriend were starting college soon, leaving you behind in your small Texas town—wouldn’t you do anything for one last good time with them? That’s just what BJ was looking for when he took Bobby and Sue for a weekend of partying. But when the group returns home, they quickly realize the price they paid for their carefree ways. WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE is part thriller,... {more}

We Keep On Dancing

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Jessica Barclay Lawton
Running Time: 8 Minutes

Two strangers meet through a haze of smoke from a broken down Volkswagen Beetle in this sweet tale of love, loss and… car trouble. {more}

We've All Been There

AUSTRALIA
Directed By Nicholas Clifford
Running Time: 7 Minutes

A flat tire connects a stranded traveler, a struggling waitress, and a man in need of some luck in a way they could not imagine. {more}

Le Week-end

FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By Roger Michell
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Meg knew her 30th anniversary with Nick was going to be “an effing disaster.” And that’s just what it was. Of the best possible kind. The middle-class British couple decided to go on a Parisian aventure to rekindle the spark that had since been consumed by time and old age… and the global economic crisis. The result is an acid-tongued exploration of enduring love and everything that comes with it: joys, pitfalls, and mediocrities. Through... {more}

Welcome Nowhere

USA, BULGARIA
Directed By Kate Ryan
Running Time: 80 Minutes

Narrated by Academy Award® nominated actor Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the heart-wrenching story of a community of Roma Gypsies living in Sofia, Bulgaria. When their houses were demolished in 2001, they were moved to a tiny settlement where they had to make homes out of old train compartments. This relocation was supposed to be temporary, yet more than a decade later, they're still living out of boxcars. Ignored by their government and persecuted by... {more}

West

GERMANY
Directed By Christian Schwochow
Running Time: 102 Minutes

In the very first scene of WEST, Wassilij, Nelly, and their son Alexej seem like a happy family. Playfully throwing snowballs, Nelly and Alexej are wishing Wassilij what appears to be a casual goodbye. Jump to three years later and it's painfully clear that he's never returned. Looking to start a new life, Nelly escapes with her son from East Germany into West Germany during a volatile time for the still divided country. There they... {more}

Wetlands

GERMANY
Directed By David Wnendt
Running Time: 109 Minutes

WETLANDS tells the story of Helen, an unruly young woman who's fascinated with anything disturbing and perverted. Suffering from hemorrhoids, she's anal-obsessed and loves to do anything her mother warned against—including incredibly unsanitary things with public toilet seats. Vegetables are often not used as food, and her pizza fantasy will make you rethink delivery. She enjoys simple things like skateboarding barefoot, but she's usually coked out when doing it. Helen is open about everything, which... {more}

Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film

USA
Directed By Steven Kochones
Running Time: 37 Minutes

This documentary short explores the groundbreaking collaborations between photographers and recording artists who came together to create some of the most enduring images in rock history. From the early 1950s through the present, WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: THE FILM tells the stories behind the photos and takes viewers on a visual journey through the many eras of rock and roll. Powerful imagery and insightful commentary give viewers a unique glimpse into photography's impact on... {more}

Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?

USA, FRANCE
Directed By Anna Margarita Albelo
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Newly minted 40-year-old Anna, a down-on-her-luck, garage-dwelling filmmaker, has some birthday resolutions: finally make a movie, lose 20 pounds (okay, maybe ten), and find a girlfriend. Next thing she knows, she’s already on her way to completing her list by finishing up the script for a post-feminist retelling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? entitled, you guessed it, WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF? When the gorgeous Katia has a not-so-chance encounter with Anna’s left breast,... {more}

Why I Make Movies

USA
Directed By Sam Frazier, Jr.
Running Time: 4 Minutes

A short explanation of one filmmaker's unsatisfying life at work and home, but glamorous lifestyle when he's accepted into film festivals. {more}

A Will for the Woods

USA
Directed By Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Brian Wilson, Tony Hale
Running Time: 93 Minutes

In the face of global warming, many of us are trying to reduce our carbon footprint. But what about when we die? For psychiatrist Clark Wang, that question comes with great urgency. After a long struggle with lymphoma, doctors have predicted that his days are numbered. This harrowing experience has made him more environmentally conscious. In doing research, he's discovered the concept of green burials: no embalming fluid is used and the body is placed... {more}

The Winding Stream

USA
Directed By Beth Harrington
Running Time: 90 Minutes

THE WINDING STREAM honors the legacy of country music's most vital family, the Carters. Whether as the Original Carter Family, the Carter Sisters, or through their work with June Carter's legendary husband Johnny Cash, the impact they've made on music is indisputable. Unfortunately, until now, their story has never really been given the attention it truly deserves. Like many innovators, their contribution is heard through the artists who have come after them, while their own... {more}

Wini + George

USA
Directed By Benjamin Monie
Running Time: 12 Minutes

WINI + GEORGE is about an unlikely friendship that will change one young boy's life forever. When George, a shy nine-year-old outcast, first meets Wini, his 75-year-old reclusive neighbor, he's immediately frightened by her. But soon enough, these two realize they have more in common with each other than they do with the rest of the world. {more}

Women's Letters

FRANCE
Directed By Augusto Zanovello
Running Time: 12 Minutes

On the battle fields of the First World War, nurse Simon patches up the shattered faces of the infantrymen with love letters. These words from beloved women have the power to heal the wounds of these paper soldiers. {more}

The Yank

USA, IRELAND
Directed By Sean Lackey
Running Time: 89 Minutes

Tom Murphy is just your basic Irish-American lad getting ossified in all your favorite Cleveland Irish pubs, taking in the U2 exhibit at the Rock Hall and trying to find an Irish lass at the bottom of a pint of Gat. But will he ever find her? Go way outta that – of course he will! When Tom’s asked to be best man at his friend’s wedding in Ireland, he thinks it’s time to live... {more}

Yemeniettes

YEMEN, USA
Directed By Shawn Thompson
Running Time: 60 Minutes

YEMENIETTES tells the incredibly inspiring story of a group of teenage girls from Yemen who start their own business. After years of gender inequality and poor education, a new generation of Yemeni females is beginning to empower themselves. Thanks to teachers and parents who encourage this change, the girls in the film enter their company, Creative Generation, into an entrepreneurship competition. There they showcase a series of solar products they’ve developed, aimed to improve the... {more}

You Think You're the Prettiest, But You're the Sluttiest

CHILE
Directed By Ché Sandoval
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Nineteen-year-old Javier's gotta have it. A victim of various post-modern ailments like ennui and premature ejaculation, he roams the streets of Santiago looking to get laid. Javier tries first to sweet-talk his neighbor Valentina into sleeping with him. His ceaseless chatter convinces her he's cute, in a pathetic puppy-dog sort of way, but their amorous interlude is foiled when he fails in bed as usual. He persuades her to exchange CDs to make sure he'll... {more}

Young Americans

USA
Directed By Kevin Lacy
Running Time: 30 Minutes

Desperate for money, 17-year-old Mercedes Harper manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate with a massive crush on her, into helping her plan a bank robbery. {more}

The Zigzag Kid

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
Directed By Vincent Bal
Running Time: 95 Minutes

As the son of famous inspector Jacob Feierberg, 12-year-old Nono has already learned some serious detective tricks from his dad. As fun as their training sessions are, Nono has questions about his mom, who died when he was little. Jacob, however, is still unable to speak about his wife or her death. Uncomfortable with his son's curiosity, he sends him off to his Uncle Shmuel's for a visit. On the train ride there, Nono meets... {more}

Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

SPAIN
Directed By Óskar Santos
Running Time: 106 Minutes

Zipy and Zape are iconic Spanish comic book characters come to life in ZIP & ZAP AND THE MARBLE GANG. Pre-teen troublemakers Zip and Zap are sent to reform school due to somebody’s effort to turn them into useful members of society. And when they get to the gloomy castle that is the Hope Re-Education Center, they have to turn in their toys and forget about fun. Miserable boys in Hogwartian uniforms are kept in... {more}

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