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
Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Heartwarming. Illuminating. Alarming. The films in this year's World Documentary Competition run the gamut. Get your tickets now to see the film chosen as the best of the Fest by a distinguished jury of some of the biggest names in news media, nonfiction filmmaking, scholarship, and show business. | Read More