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Forty years before WikiLeaks and the NSA scandal, there was Media, Pennsylvania. In 1971, eight activists plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism. In this riveting heist story, the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Crime, Thriller, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
Aspiring novelist Brian (Anton Yelchin) meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French diplomat. They soon embark on a “cinq-a-sept” affair that challenges Brian’s traditional American ideas of love and relationships. A cosmopolitan comedy of manners told with surprising warmth and lightness, 5 to 7 marks Victor Levin’s directorial debut and welcomes Marlohe as a glamorous, ebullient screen presence. With Glenn Close and Frank Langella. | Read MoreDrama, Romantic Comedy, Relationships, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
A circle of twenty-something friends reunite to console a suicidal member of their group. Despite their best efforts, old jealousies, unrequited love, and their widening political differences cannot be contained. About Alex is a sometimes irreverent, always moving examination of the struggles of a generation that has it all—and wants more. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker, and Maggie Grace. | Read MoreDrama, Relationships, New York, First Time Filmmaker, Friendship
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
"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
Foppish groom-to-be Fionnan reluctantly agrees to spend a bachelor’s weekend camping. But when his fiancée’s alpha-male brother, nicknamed "The Machine," unexpectedly turns up, the trip takes a turn for the worse. A slapstick, good-natured comedy, The Bachelor Weekend hilariously delves into the stereotypical realm of masculinity that is camping and the great outdoors. | Read MoreComedy and First Time Filmmaker
Bing Russell is best known for his role as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, but he left Hollywood in 1973 to pursue his first love: baseball. Creating the independent Portland Mavericks, his ragtag roster of players that major franchises rejected were baseball’s biggest joke. Then they shattered expectations and turned Major League Baseball on its heels in an unheralded story of spirit and rebellion. | Read MoreSports, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker
A reverie of images and sound, Below Dreams follows the narratives of three very different people returning to New Orleans for the promise of a better life. As each character experiences the city, it becomes clear that their individual hopes and dreams are not possible without sacrifice. Shot documentary style but with dreamlike qualities melding fiction and reality, this is a hypnotic tribute to both the socially marginalized and to New Orleans itself. | Read MoreFemale Director(s), Music, New York, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
In the suburbs of Tbilisi, Georgia, seamstress Nutsa shares an apartment with her children and awaits the return of her husband, Goga, who has six years left on his prison sentence. With only rare chances to connect with her husband, Nutsa faces difficult decisions about her family and her own freedom. Tinatin Kajrishvili captures an intimate look at love and absence in a subtle indictment of the harsh Georgian penal system. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Relationships, Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker
A group of adolescents wrestle with uncertain futures in a remote mining town that is literally cracking underneath their feet. Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, sits above an iron ore mine that has been slowly eroding the land around it for decades. Soon, Kiruna and everyone in it will have to move, but to where they do not know. As the displaced teenagers linger on the cusp of adulthood, they echo the town’s own fragility in this beautiful and understated film. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker