Compared to What is a rare and intimate peek into the life
of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first
openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Documentary, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s)
A baby goes missing in a New York suburb. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that has neither forgiven nor forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret. An ensemble cast including Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, and Nate Parker brings to life Laura Lippman’s acclaimed novel of secrets and murder. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Crime, New York, Female Screenwriter(s)
Sheri, a free-spirited 21-year old, has her own apartment, an older boyfriend, and works in a bar to make her living. One morning, a surprise phone call brings her face to face with her past, making it impossible to hide from it any longer.
Screening in Shorts Program: Moral Fibers | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
A water balloon dropping from the sky, exploding on a mother’s head, in the frantic first moments of this striking debut feature, announces its director, Alonso Ruizpalacios, as a bold new voice of Mexican cinema. Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale finds two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an aging legendary musician. Shot in beautiful black-and-white, Güeros brims with youthful exuberance. | Read MoreComedy, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
What begins as a happy honeymoon for Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) takes a sinister turn when Bea disappears and is discovered the next day naked in the woods with no memory of how she got there. Soon, Bea begins an escalating shift from a carefree young woman to a cold, distant, and calculating one. Supernatural forces may be at work, but they uncannily echo anxieties that come with a new marriage in Leigh Janiak’s domestic drama. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
Aloof graduate student Anya is on the run from the police when she encounters precocious and willful Kristina, an orphan determined to find her grandmother in Kazakhstan. The unlikely pair begin a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey, hitchhiking across the epic landscapes of Russia and its neighboring countries. I Won't Come Back is a visceral look at survival and a heartfelt exploration into the depths of friendship and the meaning of family. | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, Friendship
For years now, the kiosk has been Olga’s little home simply because her sweet tooth and monotonous life has made her bigger than the exit. To distract herself, she reads travel magazines and dreams of being far away. An absurd incident starts the beginning of her journey.
Screening in Shorts Program: Flight Delays | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Animation, Female Screenwriter(s)
Nearing 30, Sasha and Paige realize their codependent friendship is preventing either of them from settling down. When Paige meets the dorky yet lovable Tim, Sasha fears she is being replaced. Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey Sidibe, and Adam Brody star in a comedy revolving around two friends and the guy that strikes discord in their harmoniously laid-back resistance to growing up. Life Partners affectionately tackles the intimacy and complexity of female friendship. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Comedy, Romantic Comedy, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker, Friendship