2018 Narrative Film Program
Writer/Director: Shana Feste
Animal-loving single mom Laura is forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing father Jack from Seattle to Los Angeles to live with her sister after he is kicked out of a retirement home. Along for the ride are her troubled son, a host of unresolved family issues, and unexpected reunions. Featuring Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd, and Kristen Schaal.
Writer/Director: Brad Bird
Disney*Pixar’s super family returns in THE INCREDIBLES 2! Helen is called on to help bring back Supers, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot. Featuring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Writer/Director: Galt Niederhoffer
WORLD PREMIERE. After Abigail, a single mom of two, becomes pregnant following a one-night stand with Ben, the unlikely pair try to make a go of it. Featuring Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater.
Writer/Director: Andrew Heckler
Based on a true story, BURDEN tells the redemptive tale of a longtime Ku Klux Klansman who faces retribution when he renounces his racist hatred under the influence of his girlfriend and of a local African-American reverend. Audience Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Featuring Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, and Usher Raymond. Co-presented with Facing History and Ourselves.
Andrew Heckler will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting award at the 2018 Screenwriters Tribute.
Writer/Director: Donal Lardner Ward | Writer: Elizabeth Crane
WORLD PREMIERE. As Jean reckons with the consequences of an affair, her husband worries he's falling prey to the same dementia that has befallen his father, while their children try to navigate the pitfalls of first love and young adulthood. Featuring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Damian Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Noah Schnapp, and Donal Logue.
Writer: Jane Anderson | Director: Björn Runge
On the eve of her novelist husband being presented with the Nobel Prize in Literature, Joan decides to pursue her own long-deferred aspirations as a writer. Based on the bestselling novel by Meg Wolitzer. Featuring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, and Max Irons.
Writer: Steven Knight | Director: Susanna White
Determined to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, Catherine Weldon leaves the safety of Brooklyn to travel to the Dakota Territory and finds herself in the middle of a struggle for the Lakota people's rights. Featuring Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Ciarán Hinds, and Sam Rockwell.
Writer/Director: Isabel Coixet
In a provincial seaside town in 1950s England, a young widow opens up a progressive bookstore only to find herself facing off against the community's ruthless grande dame. Based on the acclaimed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. Featuring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson.
Writer: Ian McEwan | Director: Richard Eyre
While dealing with her own personal problems, a British judge faces a controversial case involving a desperately ill teenager refusing life-saving medical treatment on religious grounds. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Featuring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.
Writer: Risa Mickenberg | Director: Marianna Palka
Old school friends - both expecting babies - reunite in this sharply-written satiric chamber piece exploring the complications of balancing motherhood and individual identity. Featuring Christina Hendricks, Anna Camp, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, and Gbenga Akinnagbe.
Writers: Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor, Phil Alden Robinson, Evgenia Peretz | Director: Jesse Peretz
Duncan has obsessed over faded singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe for decades, much to the chagrin of girlfriend Annie. Tucker's sudden reemergence upends the couple's routine existence in unexpected ways. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Featuring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O'Dowd.
Writer/Director: Debra Granik | Writer: Anne Rosellini
A father and daughter living off the grid in a nature preserve find their idyllic, isolated existence forever changed when they are detected by authorities. Featuring Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski | Director: Michael Noer
A roguish safecracker framed for murder and a crafty counterfeiter form an unlikely partnership to survive a notorious penal colony in 1930s French Guiana. Featuring Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, and Tommy Flanagan.
Writer: Oren Moverman | Director: Marc Turtletaub
The discovery that she has a special gift for solving jigsaw puzzles proves unexpectedly transformative for Agnes, an unassuming suburban housewife and mother. Featuring Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, and David Denman.
Writer/Director: Aneesh Chaganty | Writer: Sev Ohanian
Unfolding entirely on computer screens, this innovative mystery follows a desperate father as he searches for his missing 16-year-old daughter. Featuring John Cho and Debra Messing. Audience Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Writers: Charlene deGuzman, Sarah Adina Smith, Mark Duplass | Director: Suzi Yoonessi
A love and sex addict struggles to stay sober by channeling her energy into making music with her 12-step sponsor's reclusive brother. Featuring Charlene deGuzman, John Hawkes, and Melissa Leo. Special Jury Award, 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
Writer/Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Writer: Daniel Kitrosser
Growing up in a volatile household, brothers Manny and Joel begin to emulate their violent father, while their sensitive younger brother Jonah begins imagining a wholly different path. Based on the acclaimed novel by Justin Torres. Featuring Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand, Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian, and Josiah Gabriel. Special Award, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Writer: Glen Lakin | Director: Miranda Bailey
When Philip discovers his overbearing father secretly has been maintaining a second family a state away, the teen decides to use this information as blackmail to hilarious results. Featuring Jim Gaffigan, Logan Miller, Anna Gunn, Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky.