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This insightful and provocative documentary charts the lives of some of America’s heaviest hitters—including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins—as they seek to break out of poverty via one of the few outlets available. Bert Marcus skillfully weaves their personal histories and gripping footage from their biggest bouts to explore the meaning of the American dream in a society increasingly fragmented between rich and poor. | Read MoreDrama, Sports, Documentary, Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
A heightened homage to the City of Angels, Electric Slide riffs on the real-life story of Eddie Dodson, the notorious "Gentleman Bank Robber" who managed to lure money from mesmerized female tellers at over 60 banks during an epic spree in the 1980s. Director Tristan Patterson gathers Jim Sturgess, Chloë Sevigny, and Patricia Arquette to paint a dark, hyper-stylized crime tale. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Thriller, First Time Filmmaker
Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters, a New York City icon, has left a lasting imprint on the collective memory and palate of Coney Island. Featuring endearing characters, rare archival material, a nuanced editing style, a strong score, and a director who is the grandson of "Famous" Nathan himself, this documentary gem takes a look back at the immigrant experience and almost 100 years of family and New York history.
Photo credit: Daniel Farrell | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food
The iconic voice and noble philosophies proffered by Harry Dean Stanton punctuate this authentic look at life on the edge of wilderness. Andrew Renzi makes his directorial debut with this glimpse into the rugged lives of the cowboys of Montana’s Fishtail Basin Ranch as they survive another calving season. Set to a seraphic score, this captivating, atmospheric documentary is a film, as Stanton would say, for “those of earth-born passion.” | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
Executive produced by Eva Longoria, this hard-hitting documentary gives pause for thought with every plate of food we eat by exposing the rampant abuse embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries. The fi lm sheds light on the wage theft and outright slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s (mostly Latino) farm workers, and gives voice and attempts to bring justice to those fi ghting to change these practices. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused twenty-something longing for stability and happiness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend will bring his dreams to fruition, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit. First-time writer/director Lou Howe authentically portrays the heartbreaking reality of a young man battling his inner demons, establishing himself as an extraordinary new filmmaking talent. | Read MoreDrama, New York, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
Twenty years ago, Garnet Frost nearly lost his life hiking near Scotland’s Loch Arkaig. The near-death experience haunts him to this day, in particular the peculiar wooden stick he discovered right before he was rescued. Believing the staff to be a marker for a fortune hidden nearly 300 years ago, Garnet embarks on a treasure hunt for the lost riches. Beneath the search for gold lies a poignant pursuit for life’s meaning and inspiration. | Read MoreDocumentary, TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker
Otto Wall is just a little unlucky in life, and unbeknownst to him, in love. When his wife suddenly asks for a divorce, he bounces between a search for answers, desperate attempts to stay connected to his daughter, and his fateful reentry into the dating pool. Junebug screenwriter Angus MacLachlan returns to the woods of North Carolina for this sharp and sensitive comedy starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Heather Graham, Anna Camp, Amy Sedaris, and Celia Weston. | Read MoreComedy, Relationships, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker
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
Renowned magician James “The Amazing” Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes, and sleight of hand for over 50 years. Now he has made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses. An Honest Liar chronicles Randi’s best debunkings, with a little help from interviewees including Penn Jillette, Bill Nye, and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage. | Read MoreDocumentary, NY Director(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker