Douglas' travelogue through the modern South has a mythical, philosophical tone reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater. Sublime cinematography and a soundtrack of macabre Americana immerse us in a world of fiery ministers and hard-luck barflies, where fact is important but feeling is king. Featuring an acoustic performance by on-screen tour guide Jim White (before first screening only). | Read More
The Second Day is a touching and inspirational documentary film about the students and educators at Ground Zero area schools who experienced first-hand the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in New York City. Directed by 14-year-old filmmaker Brook Peters, then a member the kindergarten class at P.S. 150 Tribeca Learning Center, the documentary continues to shed emotional light on the manic moments of that fateful September morning via Brook's interviews with fellow classmates, students, teachers, faculty, firefighters, and counselors. This special FREE screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Lines at BMCC begin 30 min. prior to the start of each screening. All seats are first-come, first-served. | Read MoreDocumentary
Rodriguez was the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. But when a bootleg copy of his antiestablishment rock made its way to apartheid South Africa, he was an instant hit. Years later, two intrepid fans investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker, setting off a wild chain of events that has to be seen to be believed. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
Family man Marlon Villar is the longtime chauffeur of prominent politician Manuel Chango. While he and his daughter accompany his boss' preteen daughter home, Marlon is ambushed and the wrong girl is kidnapped. Suddenly the unassuming driver is propelled into a horrifying downward spiral and, as events in his life unravel, Marlon, Chango, and their families become entangled in a game of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent. | Read MoreCrime and Thriller
The second place winner of the Heineken Audience Award - Documentary is Cutie and the Boxer.
Once a rising star in the ’70s New York art scene, eighty-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to jumpstart his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations depicting their chaotic forty-year marriage. Zachary Heinzerling's wonderfully candid debut captures two not-always-happy lives united by a dedication to art. It becomes a touching portrait on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. | Read More
The second place winner of the Heineken Audience Award - Narrative is A Birder's Guide to Everything.
On the eve of his widowed father’s second wedding, fifteen-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) leads the stalwart members of his local Young Birders Society on a rollicking, interstate search for an extremely rare duck. Marvelous supporting performances by Ben Kingsley and
James LeGros color Rob Meyer's feature film debut, a poignant, funny and ultimately winning look at the moments that change even the most intensely focused lives. | Read More
In the years following September 11, the black redaction stripe has become a familiar sight to most Americans. Secrecy probes the roots of the United States' culture of classification-and its consequences. | Read MoreDocumentary
James and his dad use Irish as a secret language to discuss their secret spy business. They must never let James' mother know about their covert missions. But soon everything will be thrown into the open and life will never be the same again. In English and Gaelic. | Read More
Winner of best picture and best director Césars, this remarkable depiction of a family of North African immigrants in a decaying port town in southern France introduces a large group of characters you'll soon warm
to as members of your own family-except they make better couscous. | Read More
This spiritual road-trip follows the real-life path of Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code. Interweaving the themes and ideas of the novel, Secrets of the Code explores the past and the present-and holds out hope for the future. The festival will present a 25-minute sneak peak of this work-in-progress, followed by a discussion with director Jonathan Stack and Secrets of the Code author Dan Burstein.
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