Naïve teen Gili (Sivan Levy) changes schools and is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the most popular guys. But as she pushes her own limits with every new encounter — offering a succession of sexual favors and allowing herself to be photographed and filmed— the line of consent begins to blur. Israeli filmmaker Jonathan Gurfinkel's provocative debut is raw, racy, and immediately recognizable. | Read More
Comprised of five autobiographical stories from the filmmaker's life, S.P.I.C. centers around the racist, derogatory term for Spanish Americans and how it affected Castillo and his family. It records his family's move from New York City to Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1980 and how his new neighbors duped Castillo into believing the racial epithet was actually an acronym for "special person in Chelsea." | Read MoreAnimation
Getting a Broadway musical off the ground isn't easy-even if it stars Boy George, is written by Tony Kushner, or is based on a bestselling novel, and especially if the script features puppets having sex. Show Business tracks four musicals (Wicked, Avenue Q, Taboo and Caroline, or Change) from inception to the Tony Awards.
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The last day in the life of Sadegh Hedayat, an Iranian writer in Paris, who studied existential philosophy with Jean-Paul Sartre in the 1940’s and committed suicide in 1951. Projected on three screens that resemble the walls of a room, and also the parallel narratives of Hedayat’s mind, the film recounts through imagery Hedayat’s last day and night. | Read More
An original and delightfully gruesome slasher film, Saint reimagines jolly old Saint Nick as a murderous bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy under the December 5 full moon. Full of creative yuletide horror, Saint is a fun chiller that follows local teen Frank as he sets out on a bloody, high-energy battle to save Amsterdam from the wrathful "Sinterklaas" and his minions. | Read MoreHorror
James Franco's Sal chronicles the final day in the life of actor Sal Mineo (Val Lauren), 1950s teen idol and an Academy Award® nominee for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus. Almost two decades later, Mineo is no longer the marquee sensation he had once been — but he has become open about his homosexuality and is finding his way to becoming the actor and director he has always wanted to be. Featuring a magnetic performance by Lauren, Franco's intimate portrait finds the human details in a larger-than-life Hollywood story. | Read More
Brooklyn-raised Soraya (spoken-word artist Suheir Hammad) travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather's savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Frustrated by unwieldy official policies, she sets out with friend/love interest Emad on a road trip for poetic justice into Israel—after which there is no return. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Same Sex America personifies the ramifications of Massachusetts' decision to sanction gay marriage by following seven gay and lesbian couples through their painstaking journey to the altar, which ends dramatically at that state's constitutional convention. A defining tribute to the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights. | Read MoreDocumentary
In a desolate castle in the South Pole lurks Santastein, keeper of an industrial shop of horrors. Animation and live-action producer Peter Wallach brings this demented and sexually-repressed Santa to life using both humor and horror. | Read MoreAnimation
This romantic fable has all the eccentric charm of Amelie, though with a harder New York edge. It even has its own presiding Audrey Tautou-like gamine in Stephanie Szostak, a winsome French model-actress who plays Ro, who falls in love with the stranger she follows on a midtown street. | Read More
Saturday Night Live has been a New York icon for decades, but few have witnessed what it actually takes to pull off an episode. Actor/director James Franco settles confidently behind the camera and into corners of cubicles and conference rooms to bring unprecedented access to the cast's vigorous marathon of comedy creation. With John Malkovich hosting the episode, Franco sculpts an intimate look at the making of one hilarious episode of SNL.
After the Movie: Join James Franco and cast members of SNLfor a lively conversation. Moderated by Dave Karger, Senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and frequent contributor to NBC's Today Show.
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A daring dramatization of the disintegrating psyche of '60s socialite Barbara Baekeland, Savage Grace brilliantly showcases Julianne Moore at her most haunting. Insulated by wealth and abandoned by her husband, Baekeland falls into tragic dysfunction with her adoring son. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller