Narrative Feature Films

A Light Beneath Their Feet

Director: Valerie Weiss College-bound Beth is torn between the prospects of either attending her dream school or sticking closer to home to care for her mother who is struggling to stabilize her bipolar disorder in this broody, wistful, and edgy coming-of-age drama, starring Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black) and rising star Madison Davenport. ...

Breathe

Director: Melanie Laurent A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, Breathe, the sophomore directorial effort from Melanie Laurent, is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Josephine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Ente...

Christmas Wedding Baby

Director: Kiara C Jones Three sisters struggle to find happiness through the holiday season as the youngest sister and bride to be is traumatized when she discovers that her first love has been hired as her wedding photographer. Kiara Jones took care to write beautifully flawed characters without making them caricatures. “No harm was done to women of color in this film,” it says at the close of the credits. Indeed, it was a pleasure watching Black women characterized as women, sisters, lover...

Dusk

John Whitmore’s (John McGlothlin) world is turned upside down when he wakes one morning to find that his wife, Anne (Juliana Harkavy – Dolphin Tale, The Walking Dead, Graceland), has been kidnapped. A mysterious recording left in her place demands that John contact a man named David (Ford D’Aprix), who is to escort Whitmore to a cabin deep within the woods. The voice assures John that if he follows the plan exactly, he will be reunited with Anne in exchange for his life savings. ...

Embers

Directed By: Claire Carre After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past. ...

It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Director Emily Ting in attendance In this sparkling romance, Ruby, a Chinese American toy designer from LA, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh, an American expat who shows her the city. Meandering through nighttime streets pulsing with energy and possibility, they fall into a winding and carefree conversation, buoyed by an undeniable attraction. Just as things start to look promising romantically for the pair, the night is stopped short by a...

Krisha

Director: Trey Edward Shults Following a prolonged battle with addiction and self-destruction, Krisha, the black sheep of the family she abandoned, returns for a holiday celebration. But what begins as a moving testament to the family’s capacity to forgive soon spirals into a deluge of emotional bloodletting, as old wounds are torn open, and resentments are laid bare. “Writer/director Trey Edward Shults owned Austin’s SXSW film festival this spring with his autobiographical debut Kris...

Men Go To Battle

Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry (Tim Morton) and Francis Mellon (David Maloney) couldn’t care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis’ practical jokes become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight. After humiliating himself in front of a daughter (Rachel Korine) of the town’s preeminent family, H...

Naz & Maalik

Two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance when their small-time scheming sets an agent on their trail. Set over the course of a single day in Bed-Stuy, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds, ten years into the War on Terror. Shot on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Naz & Maalik unfolds with a youthful vitality, bolstered by the charm of its lead actors. -Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter Pre-Screening Live Music fr...

Pictures of Lily

World Premiere
Two very different strangers spend a life-changing day together in an English seaside town. The troubled, nameless man-in-a-suit and the opinionated, bohemian Lily make a striking pair as they wander along the seafront, deep in conversation. As the night falls, Lily introduces the man to her friends, the music and the excesses of the night. But when the light returns, are they destined to part the way they met…as strangers? “Mark Banks’ Pictures of Lily is intelligent, graceful and s...

Remittance

World Premiere
Director: Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman Remittance follows Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines as she struggles to cope with demanding employers, long hours of work, and separation from her family. Breaking from the conventional image of maids as labor, the story explores the transformations Marie goes through as a woman dealing with conflicting obligations and aspirations. At its heart, Remittance is a coming of age story about a woman trying to balance living for her family...

Sea Fog

Director: Sung-bo Shim Kang, a long time captain of the Junjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold by its owner, leaving Kang’s entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Swallowing his pride, Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. When the Junjin arrives at the pickup point, a violent storm forces the boat to stall in the open waters, inevitably pitting KangR...

Second Honeymoon

World Premiere
Q&A will follow the film with Director Kristjan Knigge, cast and crew. Newlyweds Jesper and Agnes are spending their honeymoon at the beautiful lakeside home of Jesper’s uncle Harry, deep in sun-drenched Portugal. Free-spirited artist Agnes, sensitive and vulnerable, is determined to persuade her emotionally repressed new husband to open up. But as they explore the idyllic countryside, the picturesque villages and the stunning beaches together, their happiness is threatened by Jesper’s m...

The Driftless Area

Opening Night Film
Director Zachary Sluser is expected to be in attendance. Q&A will follow the film. In this quirky and metaphysical romantic drama, an unassuming bartender returns to his Midwestern hometown after the death of his parents and quickly finds himself drawn into danger involving an enigmatic woman and a violently incompetent criminal. Starring Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer), and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone); directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenp...

Tired Moonlight

Every town has a post office, lovers, guns, switchblades and beer. You just have to know where to look and when to look the other way. Pitting grand landscapes against dinners of fried chicken and the roar of V8 engines on Saturday nights. Tired Moonlight wanders through Solitaire games (always won), secrets lost in cavernous hearts, and the fifty miles of bad roads that always gets you home. Ms. West has an easygoing, perceptive sense of character and place, and an almost complete allergy to cl...

Wildlike

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts
In this thrilling coming-of-age adventure, a troubled teen must face the dangers of the Alaskan wild, as well as her own past, in order to find her way home. Sent to stay with her uncle in Alaska while her mother is in treatment, 14-year-old Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is forced to flee as her uncle’s attention turns threatening. Unable to reach her mother and afraid that the authorities will return her to her uncle, she embarks on a journey across miles of wilderness to find a way back home ...