Alexander Mackendrick directed some of the best Ealing comedies (The Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit) and one of the grittiest American noirs, Sweet Smell of Success, before taking the reins of the film department at the then-new California Institute of the Arts and revealing himself to be one of the greatest and most inspiring of film teachers. These excerpts from his lectures show him in action. | Read More
Each year more than 6,000 fourth and fifth graders in the New York City public school system learn to foxtrot, merengue, rumba, tango, and swing dance in hopes of winning the citywide team ballroom dance contest. This joyfully riveting film-Spellbound with music-is one you'll never forget.
A Paramount Classics release. | Read More
The title heroine of this stunning debut work lives in a remote Andean village where, every Easter weekend, the villagers live sinfully without fear of celestial reprisal. When our ostensible hero blows into town from the big city and meets the heroine, what could spin into a classic fairy-tale takes a surreal, satisfying turn. | Read More
As one warm October day unfolds, the sleepy town of Buhl, Idaho will never be the same. A fish farmer finds his crop destroyed, a couple of kids are playing an unusual game in the sun-dappled fields, and after a wild party a sleepless teenager is harboring an awful secret…. First-time director Jaffe Zinn presents an atmospheric picture of small-town life with a sharp eye and assured hand. | Read MoreDrama
In this heartwarming family tale, a young boy's selfless gestures transform his family's many miseries into joy and acceptance. Jiro Manio is a revelation in the title role, while Michiko Yamamoto's perceptive script, Flores' fluid camerwork, and de los Reyes' intelligent direction manage to sustain an air of magical enchantment without descending into bathos. | Read More
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we are pleased to present two programs celebrating the seminal film The Boys in the Band, a cultural watershed that still resonates today. Join us for a free screening of the 1970 film-directed by William Friedkin and written by Mart Crowley, based on his groundbreaking play that debuted one year before Stonewall. Crowley will be present for this special screening. (The Boys in the Band print courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)
We also welcome to the Festival a special work-in-progress version of Making the Boys, directed by Crayton Robey. This documentary features the many people involved with the original stage play and film, including Crowley and Dominick Dunne, as well as Edward Albee, Robert Wagner, and Paul Rudnick. | Read MoreDocumentary
Oftentimes, films are propelled toward success, not just by talented filmmakers, but also by the sharp eye and savvy skills of the sales agent. Join us for a discussion with the power brokers who guide filmmakers in their feature's development, financing, and sale.
Moderator: Eugene Hernandez (indieWire)
Panelists: Glen Basner (Focus Features), John Sloss, (Cinetic Media), Sara Rose (United Artists), Bart Walker (CAA), Paul Federbush (Warner Independent Pictures)
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A daring new film from internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Carter, MALADIES charts the struggles of an unstable former soap opera star (James Franco) in 1960’s New York as he tries to restart his floundering creative career. Hoping to find clarity and new purpose as a writer, he holes up with his eccentric sister at the seaside home of their best friend (Catherine Keener). But as he disappears further into his own mind, reality begins to slip through his grasp. Featuring an award-winning ensemble, including David Straithairn and Alan Cumming, MALADIES is a heartfelt but defiantly unconventional exploration of the creative mind. | Read More
Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba's songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
On August 7, 1974, New York gasped as Frenchman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers-without a safety net. Peppered with humor and awe, this stunning portrait of an artist of reckless daring and impish charm is sure to leave viewers spellbound. | Read MoreDocumentary