Director: Davy Rothbart
Two decades of intimate home video reveal the story of Washington, DC's Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence lead to a journey of love, loss, and, eventually, acceptance.
THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY
Director: Ben Berman
What begins as a documentary following a magician's final tour becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.
Directors: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert
Cultures clash when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. Winner: Directing Award, Sundance
Director: Roger Ross Williams
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Life, Animated comes this rich history of Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, which over 85 years has demonstrated the pivotal role that the arts play in the African American experience.
COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Director: Mads Brügger
A filmmaker provocateur and private investigator team up to solve the suspicious 1961 death of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and uncover a shocking, stranger-than-fiction conspiracy with global ramifications. Winner: Directing Award, Sundance
Writer/Director: George Pelecanos | Directors: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stephen Kinigopoulos & Nicholas Pelecanos
Based on short stories written by acclaimed author and writer/producer George Pelecanos (HBO's The Deuce, The Wire), this crime anthology follows a diverse cast of characters living and dying on the fringes of society in the nation’s capital.
THE DOG DOC
Director: Cindy Meehl
Called a miracle-worker by some, dismissed as a quack by others, maverick holistic veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein and his dedicated team provide a mecca for pets and their owners looking for hope.
THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY
Director: Petra Costa
Brazil's recent political upheaval, which saw the ouster of its first female president and growing polarization, is explored with unprecedented access in this urgent cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis.
ERNIE & JOE
Director: Jenifer McShane
Two compassionate officers with the San Antonio Police Department's innovative mental health unit divert people away from jail and into proper treatment, one 911 call at a time.
Directors: Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts
A woman reflects on five years of footage she shot while living in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war and siege of the city. Winner: Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival; Grand Jury Award and Audience Award, SXSW.
Co-presented with Facing History and Ourselves.
A FAITHFUL MAN
Writer/Director: Louis Garrel | Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière
In this charming French comedy, Abel, a hapless journalist and hopeless romantic, reunites with an old flame suddenly widowed years after leaving him to marry his best friend. Featuring Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, and Lily-Rose Depp.
Writer/Director: Sam de Jong
Would-be dancing star Goldie is on the verge of a big break when her mother is arrested, forcing her to take care of her little sisters, in this stylish and scrappy New York City fable.
Directors: Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
In this visually stunning film, a traditional Macedonian beekeeper finds her peaceful existence - and nature's delicate balance - upset by the arrival of new neighbors. Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance
IT STARTED AS A JOKE
Directors: Julie Smith Clem & Ken Druckerman
A funny and surprisingly moving love letter to the world of stand-up comedy through the decade-long story of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival and its founder, featuring Mike Birbiglia, Michael Ian Black, Jim Gaffigan, Kristen Schaal, Kumail Nanjiani, Janeane Garofalo, and Bobcat Goldthwait, among its who's who of standout comedians.
Director: Liza Mandelup
Enter the unusual world of live-streaming with Austyn, an optimistic 16 year old trying to escape the confines of his rural Tennessee hometown through online fame. Winner: Special Jury Award, Sundance
THE KILL TEAM
Writer/Director: Dan Krauss
Based on a true story, this gripping drama follows an ambitious young soldier stationed in Afghanistan as he finds himself swept up in an escalating conspiracy of violence perpetrated by his fellow troops. Featuring Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård.
Writers/Directors: Michael Matthews & Thomas Matthews
Back home in Washington, DC, for the holidays, a young woman and her irresponsible friends find themselves embroiled in an unexpected adventure involving kidnapping, drugs, and extortion. Featuring Kate Lyn Sheil, Thomas Matthews, William Jackson Harper, and Joshua Leonard.
MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
Director: Nick Broomfield
Leonard Cohen met single mother Marianne Ihlen on an idyllic Greek island during a time of free love, beginning a love story that endured long after he became a world-famous musician.
MICKEY AND THE BEAR
Writer/Director: Annabelle Attanasio
Teenager Mickey, forced to take on adult responsibilities as her veteran father struggles with addiction, must ultimately choose between familial obligation and personal fulfillment.
Director: Luke Lorentzen
In Mexico City, the Ochoa family struggles to make a living as ragtag private paramedics, facing cut-throat competition to respond to patients in need of urgent help. Winner: Special Jury Award, Sundance
MIKE WALLACE IS HERE
Director: Avi Belkin
An engrossing, in-depth look at 60 Minutes' hard-hitting reporter Mike Wallace, whose legendary career paralleled the evolution of broadcast journalism from its infancy to today's polarized media landscape.
MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky turns the camera on her own family to craft a moving, intergenerational exploration of living with deafness, as her teenage son grows up, and her parents confront growing older.
Director: Barbara Kopple
Refugee boys from war-torn Syria and Iraq newly resettled in Canada attend summer camp, a rite of passage where some thrive while others struggle.
Writer/Director: Jeremy Teicher | Writers: Alexi Pappas & Nick Kroll
In the Athlete Village at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, a tentative relationship develops between a lonely cross-country skiier and a volunteer dentist. Featuring Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, and Gus Kenworthy.
ONE CHILD NATION
Directors: Nanfu Wang & Jialing Zhang
After becoming a mother herself, filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment. Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance
Writer: Semi Chellas | Director: Claire McCarthy
In this fresh retelling of Hamlet, Ophelia takes centerstage, navigating court intrigue, true love, and the desire to control her own destiny. Featuring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, and Clive Owen.
Writer/Director: Daniel Schechter
A young professor faces criticism over a classroom controversy while grappling with his beloved grandmother’s serious illness in this New York City comedy. Featuring Justin Long, Kate Berlant, Richard Schiff, and Fran Drescher.
Writer: Kelly O'Sullivan | Director: Alex Thompson
Not following a prescribed path of motherhood or career, a thirtysomething woman takes a job as a nanny for an opinionated six-year-old girl. Winner: Audience Award and Special Jury Award, SXSW
SEA OF SHADOWS
Director: Richard Ladkani
In the Sea of Cortez, environmental activists, marine biologists, and undercover investigators are on a mission to save the vaquita - the world's smallest whale - from extinction. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance
Writer/Director: Guy Nattiv
A young man raised by skinheads and adorned with white power tattoos begins to question his convictions and seek redemption. Featuring Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Bill Camp, Mike Colter, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Vera Farmiga.
Writer/Director: Hilary Brougher
When her teenagers head off to camp and her husband abruptly leaves her, Lila is left to her own curious and chaotic devices for a summer in her rural home in the Catskill Mountains. Featuring Talia Balsam and Scott Cohen.
TEL AVIV ON FIRE
Writer/Director: Sameh Zoabi | Writer: Dan Kleinman
In this irreverent satire, a middle-aged slacker fails upwards in his job on the set of a popular Palestinian soap opera only to end up fielding script notes from a disgruntled Israeli military officer. Winner: 2016 NFF Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition
THEM THAT FOLLOW
Writers/Directors: Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage
Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition. Featuring Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, and Thomas Mann.
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM
Director: Timothy-Greenfield Sanders
An artful and intimate meditation on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her iconic body of work, which explores the complex intersection of race, history, and subjectivity in American writing.
VITA & VIRGINIA
Writer/Director: Chanya Button | Writer: Eileen Atkins
In 1922, socialite and author Vita Sackville-West meets the enigmatic Virginia Woolf and becomes enamored with the celebrated writer, beginning an unconventional affair that inspires one of Woolf’s greatest novels. Featuring Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isabella Rossellini.
WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS
Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color in Oakland on the front lines of social justice, and the two pioneering women who began this alternative self-empowerment organization.
WELCOME TO THE BEYOND
Director: Brent Huff
The surprising story of the world’s first male supermodel, who was secretly a member of a doomsday cult.
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
Writer/Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
A young woman who hides her insecurities with humor becomes determined to turn her life around one block at a time training for the New York City Marathon. Featuring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Winner: Audience Award, Sundance
DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME
Director: A.J. Eaton
Produced by Cameron Crowe, this incredibly intimate portrait of David Crosby finds the legendary musician of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame reflecting on his life, loves, music, and regrets with unflinching honesty.
Writer/Director: Gavin Hood | Writers: Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein
A British intelligence officer risks everything to become a whistleblower after she learns of a plot to blackmail the UN Security Council to support the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Featuring Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, and Ralph Fiennes.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
Writers/Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Zak runs away from his care home and teams with fugitive Tyler to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Featuring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, and Thomas Haden Church.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE
Writer/Director: Michael Tyburski | Writer: Ben Nabors
A successful "house tuner," who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve. Featuring Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, and Austin Pendleton.
Writer: Richard Curtis, from a story by Jack Barth & Richard Curtis | Director: Danny Boyle
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill), and Working Title comes a rock’n’roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
Writer/Director: Lulu Wang
Billi (Crazy Rich Asians' Awkwafina) returns to China with her dysfunctional family to say goodbye to her grandmother under the ruse of a family wedding.
TOY STORY 4
Writers: Stephany Folsom & Andrew Stanton | Director: Josh Cooley
When Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.
MISSION STATEMENT: TO PROMOTE THE CULTURAL AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION OF THE ART OF SCREENWRITING IN THE WORLD OF CINEMA.
To promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting and storytelling.
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