The title refers to the studied and quirky passion of Philip Ashforth Coppola's desire to catalogue and archive every station in the New York City subway system. This New Jersey printing press operator self-published and self-financed a multi-volume book that details the design and decoration of New York's 496 subway stations and how the uses of mosaic, faience, terra cotta, tile, and steel make each station its own distinctive place. | Read More
Onion Underwater is the story of Tara -- a woman with no memory who awakens surrounded by three beautiful strangers. They embark on a journey to discover who she is. In a night of sublime ecstasy they become her best friends, her lovers and ultimately her executioners. | Read MoreDrama
Two teenage ballet dancers from the working-class favelas of Rio are determined to dance their way to a better life, but to do so they must grow up against harsh prejudice, doubt, and some of the best dancers in the world. This inspiring doc trails their path to beat the odds and follow their dream of making it in the elite world of professional ballet. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Jacobs, a major figure of the experimental filmmaking world, embraces digital technology in this video reworking of the 1929 Laurel and Hardy film, Berth Marks. Preceded by Hidden Inside Mountains, Laurie Anderson's 20-minute meditation on "nature, artifice, and dreams," and Robert Wilson Video Portraits: Isabelle Huppert and Brad Pitt. | Read More
A man (Sharlto Copley, DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious -- and hungry -- than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together -- before it's too late. | Read More
Brian Geraghty gives a haunting performance as prim and taciturn David, forced for years to watch over his sexually predatory partner Lila and her violent urges. David longs for human connection and a less violent existence, and when a would-be victim becomes a chance at redemption, he is torn between his humanity and the only life he's ever known. | Read MoreThriller
One of Central Europe's leading filmmakers follows his unforgettable A Midwinter Night's Dream (2005 Tribeca Film Festival) with this new film whose five episodes conjure up a world where people have trouble distinguishing truth from illusions. Each segment reflects the motto of Voltaire's Candide: "Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad."
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Orange Bow humorously chronicles a teen's tedious journey from his house in Brooklyn to a neighborhood birthday party. Along the way, he encounters a handful of mundane obstacles, from a disinterested gift wrapping clerk to a nonfunctioning building elevator. Just as the frustrated teen is about to reach his party, he is hit with a highly unexpected surprise. Inspired by a true story, this winsome short provides a slice of what it is like to grow up in Brooklyn. | Read MoreDrama and Comedy
An unlikely story of how two energetic Romans created an orchestra composed entirely of immigrants from all over the world living in one area of the Eternal City. When 30 different musicians playing 15 unrelated instruments finally take the stage, they provide a rousing call to arms for all who believe in the mini-miracles of neighborhood cultural initiatives.
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In this fresh and colorful lovable loser tale, Henry has spent most of his life trying to blend in. When his seemingly normal life turns upside down, his friend convinces him to move to Spain and open a restaurant. But before he can break free of the mundane, he gets sidelined caring for his mentally unstable mother, running into a lost-soul feminist who does performance art in a strip club, and a big bag of steroids. | Read MoreDrama and Comedy
Pennebaker's goundbreaking film documents the marathon 18 1/2-hour recording session for the cast album of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical. Original Cast Album caused a sensation when it debuted, and it's easy to see why: By capturing the artists in their most intense and vulnerable moments, the legendary documentarian provides an exhilarating look inside the creative process. | Read More
A devastating meditation on the human costs of war, inspired by the Thomas Merton poem. Schonegevel's film mixes live action with found footage (including eerie color images of sun-drenched mornings in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and New York on September 11) to explore America's responsibility for its sordid nuclear legacy.
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For more than 20 years AIDS has ravaged the planet. The ancestral virus was found in chimpanzees, but the question remains: How did it cross over to humans? Origins examines the controversy that engulfed the scientific community when it attempted to explain the genesis of one of the deadliest diseases to afflict mankind. | Read More
There's a part of Washington, DC never seen by the tourists and ignored by the mass media. At least three percent of DC is HIV positive, a staggering rate higher than parts of Africa, but the city is also full of encouraging stories of grassroots movements to extend education, combat stigmas, and spread hope. TFF alum Susan Koch's (Kicking It) eye-opening documentary tells the unheard stories behind the growing epidemic in our nation's capital. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary