They say all good things come in threes. We're certain the old proverb applies to films too, so this year for the first time we're screening the second and third place films in the Heineken Audience Award competition. | Read More
Although the statistic is alarming--one in 150 children in the U.S. is now diagnosed with autism--this documentary is steeped in a sense of optimism. Filmed over the course of one year, it follows five autistic children in Los Angeles as they write and rehearse their own full-length musical, tossing aside all stereotypes in the process.
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Go behind the scenes like never before at BAM, the nation's oldest performing arts center. Featuring footage of recent BAM performances, interviews with groundbreaking artists like Laurie Anderson and Robert Wilson, and the fascinating history of the creative home to such greats as Pina Bausch, Peter Brook, and Merce Cunningham, TFF alum Michael Sládek's (Con Artist) doc shows that BAM's 150 years were not always easy, but are a testament to the power and stamina of the institution that launched Brooklyn as a cultural mecca. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Detroit is burning. Meet the men and women charged with saving the once-roaring American city that many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of forsaken buildings left as kindling, they face one of the worst arson rates in the world. From executive producer Denis Leary, BURN drives us straight into the heart-pounding fire and introduces us to the characters and controversies that make up the most overworked and underequipped firehouse in the country. | Read MoreThriller and Documentary
Four classmates (Kurd, Christian, Shiite, and Sunni/Shiite) in Baghdad are given cameras to document their last year in high school, resulting in a rare firsthand view of what it’s like growing up where sectarian violence rages right outside the classroom window. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Filmmaker and TFF alum Marie Losier, who has created engaging short films on avant-garde artists like George Kuchar and Guy Maddin, makes her feature documentary debut with a mesmerizing and deeply romantic love story between pioneering musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and soul mate Lady Jaye. Breaking new ground in its depiction of gender identity, Ballad chronicles the physical and spiritual merging of two beings into one. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Music
In 2000, Slavik Kryklyvyy became the World Latin American Dance Champion. Enduring success seemed assured, but instead Slavik's career sputtered... until redemption seemed possible with his new partner and lover, Anna. But will Slavik's unwavering ambition prove toxic to their romance? Subtly depicting the pair's shifting relationship through gestures, glances, and the dance itself, Ballroom Dancer begins as a comeback story and evolves into a movingly intimate tragic romance. | Read MoreDocumentary and Relationships
As the cholera epidemic rages in Haiti and the UN denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite mounting evidence, witness the stories of a young baseball player named Joseph, and a Haitian lawyer fighting for victim compensation inBaseball in the Time of Cholera.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Help Wanted program. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Based on a True Story examines the real people and events that inspired the1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino. Film clips, archival news footage, plus interviews with hostages, police officers, and FBI agents capture the chaotic 14-hour standoff, but Stokman's recorded phone conversations with threatening, delusional convicted felon John Wojtowicz are the centerpiece of the documentary. In English. | Read More
Surrounded by death and the brutal lifestyle that feeds it, a Los Angeles gangbanger explores the history of Southern California street gangs from the 1950s through the 1990s in an attempt to fully understand his existence. Eloquently and passionately directed, Bastards of the Party humanizes the staggering casualties of the LA gang wars. In English.
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Five journalists, photographer Molly Bingham, foreign correspondents Marie Colvin and Janine DiGiovanni, camerawoman Mary Rogers, and producer May Ying Welsh, share their experiences from the front lines of the most recent Iraqi-American war. This brutally graphic and honest video diary explores the challenges, sacrifices, and dangers experienced by female war reporters. In English and Arabic. A&E Indies.
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