Director: Pamela Yates
The third film in a 35-year trilogy which contributed to the downfall of Guatemala’s dictator. This sweeping story of resistance focuses on the nation’s indigenous Mayan population, poised to reimagine their society. Co-presented with Facing History and Ourselves.
ABUNDANT ACREAGE AVAILABLE
Writer/Director: Angus MacLachlan
Siblings wrestle with questions of family, legacy, and generational responsibility when a group of strangers arrive possessing a surprising connection to their land.
AFTER AUSCHWITZ: THE STORIES OF SIX WOMEN
Director: Jon Kean
Six courageous Holocaust survivors detail how they forged new lives after their liberation from Auschwitz-Birkenau.
THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN
Writer/Director: Jared Moshé
Aging sidekick Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) has ridden with Wild West legend Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) his entire life. Forced out from his partner’s shadow, Lefty must confront the ugly realities of frontier justice. Featuring Kathy Baker, Jim Caviezel, and Tommy Flanagan.
Writer/Director: Eliza Hittman
A suburban Brooklyn teenager leading a double life faces dark consequences when he tests the limits of his emerging desire.
BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY
Directors: David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
A famous television personality struggles to restore science to its rightful place in a world hostile to evidence and reason.
BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY
Director: Alexandra Dean
The story of the glamorous Austrian-born Hollywood actress, focused on her groundbreaking but under-acknowledged work as an inventor.
Directors: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
A portrait of iconoclastic singer Chavela Vargas, who was legendary throughout Latin America for her romantic songs, had a love affair with Frida Kahlo, and served as a muse to Pedro Almodóvar.
CITY OF GHOSTS
Director: Matthew Heineman
An immersive profile of a group of anonymous Syrian citizen journalists who risk their lives to stand up against ISIS and report the truth of the Syrian conflict to the outside world.
Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
An unforgettable couple, both on the autism spectrum, navigate the complexities of sex and romance in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film.
FITS AND STARTS
Writer/Director: Laura Terruso
Struggling writer David (Wyatt Cenac) finds it hard to escape the shadow of his published wife’s success in this satire of literary world pretension.
Sponsored by LIFETIME
Directors: Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest
In this intimate coming-of-age story, a young African-American teenager is determined to make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood.
A GRAY STATE
Director: Erik Nelson
The tragic fate of an Iraq veteran who was making a controversial political film fuels conspiracy theories in this insightful film executive produced by Werner Herzog.
I AM EVIDENCE
Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir
Produced by Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU), this eye-opening documentary investigates the alarming backlog of untested evidence kits that have denied justice to sexual assault survivors.
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
Writer/Director: Elijah Bynum
Lonely teen Daniel (Timothée Chalamet), sent away to Cape Cod for the summer of 1991, re-invents himself when he befriends the charismatic town rebel (Alex Roe).
INGRID GOES WEST
Director: Matt Spicer
Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is excited to move to Los Angeles to be closer to her BFF, Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), a “lifestyle guru” whose Instagram documents her seemingly perfect life.
Writer/Director: Gillian Robespierre | Writer: Elisabeth Holm
Secrets and lies abound in this 1990s set dramatic comedy following the dysfunctions of a Manhattan family. Featuring Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, John Turturro, and Edie Falco.
Sponsored by LIFETIME
LITERALLY, RIGHT BEFORE AARON
Writer/Director: Ryan Eggold
Adam (Justin Long), still harboring feelings for his ex, Allison (Cobie Smulders), tries to brave the awkwardness of her wedding in this romantic comedy.
THE LITTLE HOURS
Writer/Director: Jeff Baena
A young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a dysfunctional convent in medieval Tuscany. Featuring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, John C. Reilly, and Molly Shannon.
LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY
Directors: Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell
A profile of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America, as witnessed by influential farmer, activist, and author Wendell Berry.
LOVE AFTER LOVE
Writer/Director: Russell Harbaugh | Writer: Eric Mendelsohn
After the death of her husband, a mother and her two grown sons navigate the peaks and valleys of life over the next several years. Featuring Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd, and James Adomian.
Writers: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja | Director: John Carroll Lynch
Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton), a 90-year-old self-sufficient loner living in a desert town, embarks on a journey of self-discovery to try to come to terms with his own mortality.
Writer/Director: Michael Almereyda
In the near future, Marjorie, suffering from dementia, is told the story of her life by a hologram in the form of her late husband. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Featuring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith, and Tim Robbins.
Writer/Director: Joshua Z Weinstein | Writers: Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed
Within Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community, a widower struggles to prove himself a worthy father to retain custody of his son in this gentle drama.
MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE’S CREATORS
Director: Ema Ryan Yamazaki
The story of Hans and Margret Rey, who fled Nazi-occupied Europe as refugees, carrying with them one of the most beloved children’s book characters of all time.
MORE ART UPSTAIRS
Director: Jody Hassett Sanchez
Who gets to decide what is good art? A competition touting the biggest cash prize in the art world demonstrates what happens when the cultural elite butts up against Midwest populism.
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
An immersion into the experiences of new mothers in the world’s busiest maternity hospital, located in one of its poorest and most populous countries.
Writer/Director: Kirsten Tan
A chance encounter with an elephant named Pop Aye kicks off an eventful road trip for both man and beast.
Writer/Director: Gabe Klinger | Writer: Larry Gross
Two outsiders in Portugal - Jake (Anton Yelchin), an American loner, and Mati (Lucie Lucas), a French student - experience a brief but intimate connection that leaves a haunting impression.
Director: Jonathan Olshefski
A portrait of a North Philadelphia family and the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio, intimately filmed over a decade.
THE REAGAN SHOW
Directors: Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill
1980s news footage and videos produced by the Reagan White House reveal the first made-for-TV president, one uniquely suited to face off against a charismatic Russian rival.
Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin | Co-Director: David Rane
Set in private boarding school in Ireland - a real-life Hogwarts - a married pair of teachers contemplate retirement after more than 40 years.
SERENADE FOR HAITI
Director: Owsley Brown
This portrait of a classical music school in Haiti - before and after the earthquake - is a poignant testament to resilience, hope, and the power of music.
Director: Oren Jacoby
Before Banksy, there was Richard Hambleton. A pioneer of street art in early 1980s New York City, he succumbed to personal demons - but now stands on the brink of a comeback.
Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
Once upon a time there was a tiny village in Tuscany whose residents found a remarkable way to confront their issues – they turned their lives into a play each summer.
Director: Amanda Lipitz
High-school seniors in the inaugural class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women strive for success both academically and through their fierce step dancing team.
THE STRANGE ONES
Writers/Directors: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein
In this engrossing, atmospheric mystery, an innocent road trip into the woods by two brothers is not all as it seems. Featuring Alex Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson.
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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