Arquette, a self-professed lover of "real music musicians" sets out to find out how rockers balance their lives with art, their opinions on today's music and who inspires them. Artists, including Stevie Nicks, Sting, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, and Joni Mitchell, provide all the answers.
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Traditionally, times of adversity, war, and cultural repression are fertile breeding grounds for creative expression and artists are among the first to respond. Yet, if present-day Hollywood seems more inspired by commerce than confrontation, what will the emerging American filmmaker's response to current events be? Is an artistically and socially engaged film renaissance in our future?
Moderator: Anthony Kaufman (Village Voice, indieWIRE)
Panelists: Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Ted Hope (This is that.) | Read More
A brand-new archival print, with new English subtitles, of Vittorio de Seta's rarely screened second feature film, which earned Jacques Perrin the Best Actor award at the 1966 Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of a young writer's descent into madness. Lea Padovani costars, and the score is by Ennio Morricone. (see also Detour de Seta in Showcase) | Read More
This playful drama follows a young couple from the excitement and commotion of their wedding send-off to the stillest hours of the night. Told with warmth and candor, David Shuff's Alone at Last is an intimate portrait of a less-than-perfect relationship. | Read MoreDrama
In this skin-crawling, fact-based thriller partially shot on surveillance equipment, Doug (Colin Hanks) sets his sights on a young woman, slyly inserts himself into her life, and plants hidden cameras in her apartment. But when another man comes on the scene, Doug must take desperate measures. | Read MoreCrime and Thriller
In Amarelinha, Matteus is a six-year-old who treasures storytelling hour with his parents before bedtime. Believing that they will stop telling him bedtime stories once he learns how to read, Matteus comes up with a plan to exempt himself from reading exercises at school. | Read MoreAnimation
In acclaimed Canadian choreographer Lock's own interpretation of his modern ballet, the power and grace of his La La La Human Steps dance troupe are brilliantly complemented by striking cinematography and editing, which surround the dancers so completely that it appears Amelia is fully realized on screen rather than on stage. With transcendent music by David Lang and lyrics by Lou Reed. | Read More
In this warm coming-of-age drama, a high school quarterback, still coping with the untimely death of his older brother and the pressures of West Texas football, journeys to Brooklyn in search of answers. What he finds there may not be what he sought, but it may be what he needs. | Read More
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
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In this unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at a doomed reality show, a pair of novice TV writers team up with the distributor of the Paris Hilton sex tapes to create a reality show in which contestants are starved on a desert island. More than just gripping entertainment, this documentary poses important questions about how far people will go in pursuit of fame and fortune. | Read MoreDocumentary
Politicians and the media like to talk about the relationship between Wall Street and Main Street, but investigative journalist Leslie Cockburn's debut feature gets to the guts of the matter, visiting defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble and, on the flipside, visiting the working-class Americans who were the unwitting chips on the table. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
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Set against a vivid backdrop of American rural landscapes, Alex Mar's meditative documentary artfully weaves together the stories of three young Americans exploring alternative religion: a pagan priestess in California mining country, a Spiritualist in upstate New York, and a Native American father and sundancer in South Dakota, all yearning for fulfilling spirituality in disparate but often strikingly similar ways. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary