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An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. | Read MoreDocumentary
"All Vows" is an English translation of "Kol Nidre," the incantation that begins the Yom Kippur service and which pre-emptively nullifies any future vows made unintentionally. The film uses ancient archival films to depict an unknowable future, reflected through a dissolving historic document. Featuring cellist Maya Beiser performing an original composition by composer Michael Gordon, who has collaborated on numerous projects with writer and director Bill Morrison, including Decasia (2002), which was added to the National Film Registry in 2013.
Screening in Shorts Program: Digital Dilemma | Read MoreExperimental and First Time Filmmaker
Mark Landis is one of the most prolific and notorious "artists" of the century, an expert forger who has duped and befuddled curators across the nation. Many have dedicated years tracking his escapades with one burning question: “Why?” Framed as a cat-and-mouse chase between Landis and those he has hoodwinked, Art and Craft paints a richly complicated portrait of mental illness, skewed philanthropy, and the desire to feel connected. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Foppish groom-to-be Fionnan reluctantly agrees to spend a bachelor’s weekend camping. But when his fiancée’s alpha-male brother, nicknamed "The Machine," unexpectedly turns up, the trip takes a turn for the worse. A slapstick, good-natured comedy, The Bachelor Weekend hilariously delves into the stereotypical realm of masculinity that is camping and the great outdoors. | Read MoreComedy and First Time Filmmaker
Junior, a nine-year-old living in Caracas, wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair—a fixation that stirs homophobic panic in his overtaxed mother. Each effort Junior makes to alter his appearance and gain his mother’s love is brushed off with abrasive avoidance until he’s ultimately faced with a heartbreaking decision. With a painfully tender performance by Samuel Lange, Bad Hair captures the search for identity as it clashes with intolerance. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Justin Peck, wunderkind choreographer of the New York City Ballet, undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company’s 422nd original piece. Following the creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, this intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary celebrates the skill and endurance of New York’s most talented dancers and offers a rare peek at those who remain hidden in the wings. | Read MoreDocumentary, New York, NY Director(s), Dance, Returning Filmmaker
Bing Russell is best known for his role as Deputy Clem on Bonanza, but he left Hollywood in 1973 to pursue his first love: baseball. Creating the independent Portland Mavericks, his ragtag roster of players that major franchises rejected were baseball’s biggest joke. Then they shattered expectations and turned Major League Baseball on its heels in an unheralded story of spirit and rebellion. | Read MoreSports, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFI Supported, First Time Filmmaker
From writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. | Read MoreDrama and Comedy