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A businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race, a gangster (Brendan Fraser) sees the future, a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss (Andy Garcia) and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) must save the love of his life. Based on a Chinese proverb, these four overlapping stories dramatize the four emotional cornerstones of life: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. | Read MoreDrama and Crime
Akeelah is a precocious 11-year-old from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite her mother's objections, she enters several spelling contests, and with the support of a special tutor and the entire neighborhood, she earns a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This uplifting film stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer and Curtis Armstrong. A Lionsgate, 2929 Productions and Starbucks Entertainment Release.
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This hilarious doc about one man's unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken's transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. | Read MoreComedy and Documentary
Can an university computer scientist (Tom Cavanagh, best known from Urinetown and TV's Ed) make a woman fall in love with his interactive computer before she succumbs to a well-known professor? His job depends on it in this romantic comedy. Also starring Sarah Chalke, Illeana Douglas, and Celeste Holm. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. | Read MoreDrama
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Workaholic environmental attorney Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has always relied on her husband George (Chris Messina) to take the reins at home. But when he unexpectedly asks for a break, his departure forces Alex to reevaluate her life. Messina steps behind the camera for his directorial debut about a woman pushed to the edge who finds the strength to press on. | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. | Read MoreDocumentary
An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. | Read MoreDocumentary
"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre," the incantation that begins the Yom Kippur service and which pre-emptively nullifies any future vows made unintentionally. The film uses ancient archival films to depict an unknowable future, reflected through a dissolving historic document. Featuring cellist Maya Beiser performing an original composition by composer Michael Gordon, who has collaborated on numerous projects with writer and director Bill Morrison, including Decasia (2002), which was added to the National Film Registry in 2013.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read MoreExperimental and First Time Filmmaker