Feature Films

BRADLEY COOPER caught in a love triangle.
“…powerfully affecting urban drama ...” -Variety, Scott Foundas
Sometimes coming home... Means going back

Adopt a Sailor

“…straightforward and intimate film that flourishes in the independent cinema scene.” DVD Verdict

It is Fleet Week in New York, a time when sailors about to be shipped out to duty are given an evening of freedom with the option of accepting the invitation of families to invite them into their homes as a farewell. A young HM3 (navy corpsman) from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas played with poetic sensitivity by Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck) is serendipitously 'adopted' by a dysfunctional New York couple - Patricia (Bebe Neuwirth) runs a gallery and husband Richard (Peter Coyote) makes films. As Patricia responds to the sailor's wonder, 'Movies are what people want to go see, films are...more>>

Barking Water

"...the quiet humanity of the performances infuses the movie with a truthfulness” – Stephen Holden, NY TIMES

Frankie is dying. Irene hasn't forgiven him. And they are racing against time to find their way home. Frankie needs help and Irene is the one he turns to. He must go home one last time. And, like so many times before, Irene is extending herself beyond her common sense. The two set out on a journey that becomes more than getting home; confronting the past, love, understanding, and self discovery. Barking Water is a tale of great love that looks at what brings us all together. It's a tale of home...and what it takes to get there.

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Bending All the Rules

BRADLEY COOPER caught in a love triangle.

Smart, sexy and free-spirited, Kenna drifts from one boyfriend to the next, leaving any relationship that threatens to distract her from her dream: having an exhibition of her photography. But just as Kenna is offered her first show, her cool and casual personal life turns hot and heavy! Suddenly, Kenna is being pursued by two very special – and very different – men: Jeff, a sensitive, struggling DJ; and Martin, a slick and powerful businessman. As Jeff and Martin wage a fierce and funny battle for Kenna’s attentions, Kenna begins to wonder if she can’t have both love and success

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Blackbird

Writer-director Adam Rapp's gritty urban romance Blackbird unfolds in mid-1990s Manhattan. The picture dramatizes the ill-fated courtship between two melancholic heroin addicts - Gulf War veteran Bayliss (Paul Sparks) and ex-stripper Froggy (Gillian Jacobs) - as they fall in love and battle magnetizing addictions. The possibility of redemption waxes strong from time to time, with hope for some semblance of a "normal life" lingering quietly in the background, but Bayliss and Froggy never quite seem to find the strength and control to pull everything together. And in the end, they join one...more>>

Bourek

"One of the most affectionate and optimistic films of this year's festival - Athens Film Festival

BOUREK is an international comedy. Set against current global issues – economic crises, political upheavals, and general bad news, an extravagant international cast of characters meets on the sleepy Greek island of KHRONOS, lost in the Mediterranean, in-between Europe, North Africa and Asia: A paranoid US billionaire, a British DJ hiding from his life, a Greek woman, holding on to the crumbling remains of her family house against the pressure of banks and creditors, a Libyan refugee, a Turkish Hashish-dealer, and more…. Hiding from the end of the world, or hoping to find a better future...more>>

Children of Invention

"Urgent, artful and poetic.” John Anderson, Variety

Two young children living outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears.

One of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film," writer-director Tze Chun makes "a fine feature debut" (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) with one of the most-awarded and best-reviewed films of the year. CHILDREN OF INVENTION is by turns humorous and heartbreaking, an "urgent, artful...austerely poetic" (Variety) "edge-of-your-seat family drama" (Spout) that’s both “powerfully moving and rigorously intelligent."(Boston Phoenix)....more>>

Dead Man's Burden

"...a fine example of economical storytelling" The Village Voice

The year is 1870, and a fragmented America still strains to pick up the pieces from a savage Civil War. Martha (exciting newcomer Clare Bowen) and her husband Heck (David Call, Tiny Furniture) are living on a homestead that Martha’s father purchased on the rural New Mexico frontier, and struggle to make ends meet. When a mining company expresses interest in buying their land, Martha and Heck see their ticket to a better life.
Their hopeful plans are soon complicated when Martha’s oldest brother Wade (Barlow Jacobs, Shotgun Stories)—whom she had thought killed during the war —returns...more>>

Diamonds On Vinyl

Indiewire's Picks For the Five Breakouts of Slamdance 2013

Henry's fiancee Beth kicks him out after discovering his audio recordings of their intimate life and his confession that he may no longer love her. A chance meeting with Charlie, a headstrong young photographer, allows Henry to act out his obsession with creating the perfect interaction: spontaneous, rehearsed, both fixed and changeable. Charlie and Henry's recordings of imagined conversations become a dangerous game where intimacy and identity may be both real and imagined.

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Five Star

“…powerfully affecting urban drama ...” -Variety, Scott Foundas

After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film and in reality—the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture...more>>

Full Grown Men

"..a lovely, bewitching film with a lot on its mind"- Bilge Ebiri & Logan Hill, NY MAGAZINE

Alby Cutrera (Matt McGrath) is a pathologically nostalgic guy who yearns for a time when life was carefree and action figures were 12-inches tall. When his wife kicks him out for being more of a playmate than a father to his young son, Alby tracks down his boyhood pal Elias (Judah Friedlander) for a trip down memory lane. Only Elias's version of their younger days is considerably less rosy.

In a twist of fate, Alby and Elias set out on a comedic road trip to Diggityland, their favorite place as kids, but simpler times turn complicated as the two friends confront the landmines of...more>>

Helena From the Wedding

"Pacing is brisk, and performances and writing sharp enough to engage throughout."- Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

Newlyweds Alex and Alice host a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. However, when an unexpected guest shows up, the group's facades begin to crumble.

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I Do and I Don't

Jane Lynch steals not only every scene, but every moment she's on screen. Tom Becker, DVD Verdict

An outrageous comedy about a blissfully unaware couple who must endure church-sanctioned marriage counseling before they can tie the knot. Little do they know that the couple they're assigned to turn out to be beyond dysfunctional and on the edge of divorce. Our couple must learn the hard and hilarious way of what it really takes to be truly, happily married.

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I'll Come Running

"A heartfelt and observant drama" -- Austin Chronicle

Pelle wants a change from his change of scenery. Another day, another place, another postcard, another girl…. But is Veronica really just another girl? It was only supposed to be a stolen, sweaty day together in Texas, and all they have in common is too many hours watching THE SIMPSONS. But when circumstance brings Veronica to Pelle’s door in Denmark, this “casual” fling shakes things up for his best friend and family as well. Comedy and tragedy entwine in I’LL COME RUNNING, Spencer Parsons’ feature directorial debut, a broken romance about what happens when a stranger accidentally changes...more>>

Just Like the Son

“a small gem and a fitting valentine to ‘70s dramas.” – George Schmidt, MOVIE FREAK

"Just Like the Son" chronicles twenty year-old Daniel Carter's (Webber) attempt to help an eight year-old, Boone (Ortiz), find a better life. Daniel First meets Boone while doing community service at an East Village grade school. The boys strike up a friendship during which Daniel learns that Boone's mother is sick and may be hospitalized. He also learns that Boone has an older sister, Charlotte, who lives in Dallas. When Boone does not show up for school a few days later, Daniel begins to ask questions and learns that Boone was placed into a temporary foster care in Upstate New York....more>>

The Kitchen

If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!

Jennifer's thirtieth birthday party is supposed to be a special day. But what starts out as a day of celebration quickly spirals into a most ill-fated day Jennifer wishes she could forget, in this ensemble comedy set entirely in a kitchen.

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Loggerheads

Beautifully acted, structurally sophisticated heart-tugger. Ken Fox, TV GUIDE

Inspired by true events and unflaggingly true to life in its subtlety, Loggerheads charts the course of an adoption triad- birthmother, child and adoptive parents – as they struggle to bridge the gaps of time, space and culture that separate them.

In the small town of Eden, a minister’s wife (Tess Harper) must confront her conservative husband, who has enforced a harsh estrangement from their adopted son since they have learned that he is gay. Listless and disappointed in life, Grace (Bonnie Hunt) makes a last ditch decision to search for the son she was pressured into giving up...more>>

Love

In this stylish, atmospheric thriller, a hit man who learned his deadly craft in the Balkan wars, his beautiful former lover, and her police officer boyfriend all cross
paths in lower Manhattan. The looping, nonlinear narrative structure and crisscrossing fates of its colorful characters may remind many of Pulp Fiction, butinstead of recycling the hipster argot and rap rhythm of that influential L.A. story of more than a decade ago, love gives us a wintry, present-day New York City that is very much a cosmopolitan metropolis, a city of immigrant hustlers and
their Old World...more>>

Old Joy

Over 50 TOP TEN critics choice as movie of the year

Old Joy tells the story of two friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), as they reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range and Bagby Hot Springs, east of Portland, Oregon. The film is a story of friendship, loss and alienation. For Mark, the weekend outing offers a respite from the pressure of his imminent fatherhood; for Kurt, it is another chapter in a life lived on the edge--of maturity, and poverty. Tagging along for the ride is Lucy, Mark's mixed breed dog (played by Reichardt's dog of the same name), who simply enjoys the adventure, and is not...more>>

Prairie Love

“gratifying departure from overly predictable indie dramas.” Justin Lowe, THR

From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this wonderfully bizarre story about three people searching for love in the oddest ways. When a mysterious vagrant, wandering the deserted, snow-covered plains, discovers a nearly frozen local man, he stops to lend a hand. However, upon learning the man was en route to collect his pen-pal girlfriend, whom he has never met, from a correctional facility, the vagrant sees an opportunity to change his lonely existence. Blinded by his desire for love, the vagrant decides to take matters into his own hands—forever changing the destinies of all three...more>>

Sex Death and Bowling

Sometimes coming home... Means going back

ELI MCALLISTER, our eleven year old hero is on a quest. Consulting with rabbis, priests and gurus, he sets out to determine what happens to us when we die. “Are we just gone, finito, kaput? “ Or is there a part of us, ‘a soul’ that lingers on?” He also sets out to win The Fiesta Cup, a bowling tournament. Joining him on this quest is his world-famous, handsome, fashion designer, uncle, Sean McAllister. Sean is the prodigal son who hasn’t spent time with his family – specifically his crotchety father, Dick – for years. But now he has returned to bid farewell to his older brother, Eli’s...more>>

Stones in the Sun

"..a movingly poignant and observant film."- Vanessa Martinez, Indiewire

In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their intertwined past.
Through drama and humor, STONES IN THE SUN explores emotional fallout of politicalrepression, and the possibility of love in a time of violence.
A young man desperately tries to rescue the young woman responsible for his survival, a sontries to uncover the sins of his father, and two sisters who have chosen opposing lifestyles try to keep acrimony at bay after years of separation. Set...more>>

The Taiwan Oyster

" Mark Jarrett’s striking feature juggles questions of mortality along its rowdy cross-country path."-Variety, Peter Debruge

Shot on location in Taiwan, The Taiwan Oyster tells the story of Darin and Simon, two American ex patriots who steal the corpse of a fallen countryman and embark on a quixotic road trip through the Taiwanese countryside in search of a suitable burial place for a person they barely knew. Taiwan in the year 2000, only thirteen years after the lifting of Marshall Law rule and still an unruly place referred to by many as the “Wild, Wild East,” provides a perfect setting for The Taiwan Oyster. Masquerading as a bender road movie, the darkly comic film explores deep existentialist questions as...more>>

True Adolescents

"..a meditation on coming of age that will leave you refreshed" - Indiewire

At 34, struggling Seattle musician Sam (Mark Duplass, Humpday, The League) finds himself broke, jobless and losing touch with the person he wants to become. When his girlfriend kicks him out, he s forced to crash with his aunt Sharon (Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, The Fighter) and is reluctantly enlisted to take her teen son Oliver and his friend Jake camping.

Edgy, funny and honest, Craig Johnson s film follows the trio into the rugged Pacific Northwest as unforeseen revelations and transformations force them to face adulthood. Set to a mesmerizing soundtrack featuring both...more>>

Welcome to Pine Hill

“Uniquely intimate… a welcome breath of fresh air” - The Hollywood Reporter

WELCOME TO PINE HILL is an extension of Miller’s earlier short film PRINCE/WILLIAM about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, PINE HILL follows that short’s protagonist Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City.

A.O. Scott, The New York...more>>

Wild Tigers I Have Known

First-time feature filmmaker Cam Archer turns what might have been an exercise in salaciousness into a stylish visual poem about desire and adolescent alienation - Ken Fox, TV Guide

A soft-spoken, thirteen-year old dreamer enters into a tentative friendship with a decidedly older and more popular boy in director Cam Archer's compassionate coming of age drama. Logan is an adolescent boy who just doesn't seem to fit in. Though the majority of the kids in his school view Logan as an outcast, cool older kid Rodeo Walker is one of the few students in the school who don't seem to go out of their way to make Logan's life miserable. As Logan begins to get in touch with his sexuality and a strange bond forms between he and Rodeo, the newly empowered Logan soon begins to take...more>>