Narrative Feature Films

Butter on the Latch

Sarah and Isolde are former friends who meet by chance at a music festival in the woods of Mendocino, California. Happy to be away from the urban life that has for too long defined them, in this mystical setting Sarah teaches Isolde old folk songs about myths, such as dragons that entwine themselves in women’s hair. From this point they begin to share their most intimate confidences with one another. The flow of their conversation in this female utopia is easy until Steph, a male camper, ar...

Ernest and Celestine

Free Kids Movie

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
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Fall to Rise

This engaging, richly textured drama follows a renowned principal dancer whose injury forces her out of her company and uncomfortably into the role of motherhood. She realizes that her identity depends on dance and she struggles to return with the help of another former company dancer. With its star turns by ballerina Katherine Crockett (featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and the acclaimed actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, this is a timeless tale with a distinctly New York flavor, reve...

Human Capital

The story begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria ...

Lake Los Angeles

Francisco is a middle-aged Cuban immigrant working at a holding house. Cecilia is a ten-year-old Mexican girl who ends up there with no family members to fend for her.

When Cecilia ends up on her own, she turns the desert into a fantastical world – creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat.

Through navigating what was supposed to be their promise land, both Francisco and Cecelia find a common hope in each other whi...

North Passage

In an unusual twist on the post-apocalyptic genre, the film depicts a fragmented suburban family fleeing a cultural meltdown, seeking refuge on their survivalist grandfather’s farm. Part northwoods fairy tale, part psychological thriller, North Passage explores a young girl’s psyche as she seeks peace and redemption while facing a startlingly close past.

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The Better Angels

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, the film explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.
The stark wilderness they inhabit comes...

The Mend

A comic drama about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other brotherly hand-me-downs. One night in Harlem, sour, aging Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation with his live-in girlfriend Farrah. Only days later, much sooner than expected, Alan returns home from his vacation to find his apartment commandeered by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend, and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. As doors slam and the power gives out and the threads of family fray, a ...

The Right Juice

When a young English banker leaves everything behind to start an orange plantation, his plans change when he ends up striking oil. Oliver Fellows is pursuing fulfillment on an old farm in Southern Portugal. When Oliver discovers the land is barren for reasons that are more sinister than appear at first glance, he and his neighbor Manel face unprincipled enemies in an amusing quest to save the valley from exploitation.

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The Tribe

One of this year’s most talked-about films, and a wild success at this year’s Cannes — where it garnered three Critics’ Week awards, including the Grand Prix — Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut, The Tribe, is an unforgettably original drama set entirely in the world of the deaf.

Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), arriving at a boarding school for the deaf, is greeted by more than the usual challenges of integration. Put through the requisite initiation...

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Psychosexual tensions boil over in this hair-raising erotic drama, set on an idyllic farm in the Kentucky countryside. When hired hand Akin (DIY staple Joe Swanberg) arrives to help out for the summer, he becomes increasingly entangled with the mysterious and emotionally manipulative relationship between farmer (Robert Longstreet) and daughter. Using time-lapse photography and shifting points of view, Decker imbues the bucolic scenery with a mounting sense of dread that evokes John Steinbeck ...

Time Lapse

Time Lapse is a sci-fi thriller that explores the possibilities of time travel via a machine that is capable of peering 24 hours into the future. When three friends discover this strange machine in their neighbor’s apartment, they are faced with a number of pressing questions, not least of which is the whereabouts of their neighbor. Realizing the potential impact of the machine, they attempt to cash in on their discovery, but when a dangerous criminal learns their secret, the friends must s...

Two Step

Closing Night Film

Kicked out of college, James visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams’ neighbor, Dot, a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams’ affairs, James learns she’s been the victim of the “grandparent scam” in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door,...

Zero Motivation

Director Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with hu...