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The Official 2013 Woodstock Film Festival lineup includes:

• Feature Narratives • Feature Documentaries • Short Films

FEATURE NARRATIVES

ASS BACKWARDS

Directed by Chris Nelson
USA / 2013 / 92 minutes
New York Premiere

Kate (June Diane Raphael) and Chloe (Casey Wilson) are two childhood best friends who met when they placed dead last in their hometown beauty pageant. Now they are all grown up and living in New York City, where Chloe works as a "girl in a box" at a nightclub and Kate is a CEO of her own one-woman egg donor "corporation." Lost in delusion, they believe they are living large until an invitation to their hometown pageant arrives and their past comes back to haunt them. Join these two loveable losers as they take an ass backwards journey home to reclaim their crown, stopping off at a women's separatist commune, an amateur strip club competition, and meeting their favorite reality TV star along the way.

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AT MIDDLETON

Directed by Adam Rodgers
USA / 2013 / 100 minutes
East Coast Premiere

At Middleton subverts all expectations of a standard college romance, focusing on the bittersweet adult years of two unsatisfied parents who come together in a single afternoon of magic. Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia star in Adam Rodgers' romantic dramedy as eccentric mother, Edith, and straight-laced father, George, two strangers who come to life in one another's company and decide to play hooky on their respective children's college tour. While At Middleton initially seems to follow the college hopefuls, Edith and George quickly steal the focus of what becomes a revealing and enlightening experience for the two adults. The parents come together despite their opposing temperaments in an afternoon reminiscent of their lost youth, ditching the textbook tour for a crash course in the pursuit of passion.

Shot in picturesque eastern Washington at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, At Middleton is sure to steal the hearts of all ages in its portrait of the timelessness of romance and youth. –Chandra Knotts

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BASTARDS OF YOUNG

Directed by Josiah Signor
USA / 2013 / 77 minutes
World Premiere

Refreshingly authentic, Bastards of Young is a debut feature that puts a new twist on the coming of age cliché… maybe because everyone has already come of age. Jen (Amelia Martin) has reached a breaking point with her husband of ten years while Jesse (Gregory Perri), is an artist turned schoolteacher who refuses to accept that the couple were married too young. Jen and Jesse are forced to face buried emotions at their old college friends Kevin (Christopher J. Domig) and Julie's (Lucy Walters) annual Halloween party. The couple must confront their own adulthood while Kevin and Julie work to do the same. Even Halloween costumes fail to maintain youthful spirits as sex, drugs and rock n' roll intermingle with thoughts of pregnancy, adultery and divorce.

Signor's casting features an outstanding ensemble of rookie actors that deliver authenticity and relatability despite the dramatic tension. Bastards of Young will leave you charmed and reeling at the fact that this is Signor's student thesis and first feature film.
-Chandra Knotts

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A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING

Directed by Rob Meyer
USA / 2012 / 90 minutes

David Portnoy is a 15 year-old birding fanatic who has made the discovery of a lifetime…or so he thinks. Now, on the eve of his father's remarriage he sets out with his two best friends on a bizarre road trip to confirm his rare sighting. Nerdy, naive, and totally unequipped to handle the challenges of the real world, the band hold it together through misfortune upon misadventure as well as their own ineptitude. Rob Meyer's feature debut is a unique coming of age comedy featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as David's ornithologist idol. As David begins to come to terms with his father's impending marriage he realizes that there is more to life than his birding obsession. Featuring winning performances by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) and Kingsley and filmed in the Hudson Valley, A Birder's Guide is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy. -Michael Burke

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BLIND PASS

Directed by Steve Tatone
USA / 2012 / 94 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Blind Pass is a psychological drama/thriller starring Armand Assante and a terrific ensemble cast. Shot entirely on location in Southwest Florida and Ireland, the film follows the journey of a young, wealthy woman (newcomer Danielle White) who learns she's going blind and the psychologist (Chris McKenna) who struggles to save the girl from following the path of her demanding father (Armand Assante)- who died from an apparent suicide after battling the ravages of Multiple Sclerosis. Along the way, the doctor/patient relationship is stretched to the limit as we learn that both characters are deeply flawed from their life experiences and are hiding dark secrets that neither of them dare reveal...lest circumstances spin completely out of their control.

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THE COLD LANDS

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Directed by Tom Gilroy
USA / 2012 / 101 minutes

Conditioned into an ethos of self-sufficiency by his overbearing mother, Atticus has been preached to about the dangers of television, ticks and corn syrup saturated cupcakes. More importantly however, she's passed onto him the lessons of bearing the brunt of life's trials without running to others for aid. Following her untimely passing, the eleven year-old continues to be haunted by her eccentric teachings.

Hardly looking back, Atticus takes to the wilderness, fending for himself at every turn until having a curious run in with a man named Carter. The two learn together just how much they have in common while joining forces out on the open road of upstate New York. Holding fast to an engaging story line from start to finish, director Tom Gilroy incorporates gorgeous locations and creative talent, all into a single, powerful feature. –Terence Gardner

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COLD TURKEY
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Directed by Will Slocombe
USA / 2013 / 85 minutes
New York Premiere

Will Slocombe's Thanksgiving dramedy Cold Turkey follows a holiday reunion turned raconteur hair-raiser when Turner patriarch, Poppy (Peter Bogdanovich), has to face the moral and fiscal responsibilities of fatherhood.

An autobiographical picture inspired by Slocombe's family experiences, Cold Turkey confronts not only the trying nature of sibling hood but the underlying value in shared upbringing, revealing the safe-haven that an otherwise train wreck of a reunion can provide to a family torn by individual differences and times past. Slocombe innovatively plays with would-be antiquated themes of family drama, with Cheryl Hines starring as the not-so-evil stepmother, Alicia Witt as the "insane" outcast daughter and Ashton Holmes and Sonya Walger as the semi-innocent bystander siblings. While Cold Turkey might encourage hesitance for the holiday season, it will be sure to instill in its audience the belief that home is where the heart is – and that goes without a price. –Chandra Knotts

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CONCUSSION
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Directed by Stacie Passon
USA / 2013 / 93 minutes

Abby is a middle age, married lesbian housewife who, after suffering a blow to the head, awakens with a new desire for something more than her banal suburban existence. Walking the city streets, Abby remembers what it felt like to be sexy, and her pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. She creates a dual life as a high-end escort named Eleanor. Stacie Passon delivers a sensually hypnotic directorial debut, while Robin Weigert's performance is a powerful sexual double take delicately balancing two very different and complicated women. Concussion delves into the thorny issues of midlife crises and what emerges is a portrait of a woman on the verge of sexual liberation.
- Michael Burke

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DNA
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Directed by Thierry Obadia
France, Tunisia / 2013 / 98 minutes
World Premiere

Akim grows up in Tunisia with a father who teaches him the healing powers inside him and in nature. When his father dies, Akim moves to France, only to discover that a pharmaceutical group is after his blood in search of a cure for a deadly virus. With outstanding cinematography of the surrounding environs and an intimate portrait of a dedicated man, director Thierry Obadia's plot twists and turns in this good versus evil tale, where we are never quite sure which side all the characters are on.

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DOOMSDAYS
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Directed by Eddie Mullins
USA / 2013 / 91:36 minutes
US Premiere

Eddie Mullins takes living off of the grid to a whole new level with Doomsdays, a self-proclaimed "pre-apocalyptic comedy" starring Justin Rice and Leo Fitzpatrick as low-budget vandals with little regard for the law. Dirty Fred and Bruho are a tag team of criminal house-hoppers who find themselves with more than they bargained for when a disenchanted teenager and indignant young woman join them in their shenanigans. The pair of newcomers unintentionally reveal to Fred and Bruho that the feeling of family doesn't necessitate a home and the feeling of home doesn't necessitate settling, but that both can be found within the company you keep.

Freeloading through high-end Catskills vacation homes forces the group to acknowledge feelings and morals that they otherwise would have never recognized. Perhaps most importantly, the pair come to recognize that isolating themselves from the death-grip of society does little in the face of compassion and companionship, two side-products of our troubled world that are well worth keeping. –Chandra Knotts

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ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
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Directed by Randy Moore
USA / 2013 / 103 minutes

Disney from the dark side. Like nothing you've ever seen, Randy Moore's directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip to the happiest place on earth, where newly unemployed, middle-aged American (played by Roy Abramsohn) embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses with his nagging wife and two wound-up children. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious and the idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white to create a neo-noir effect that has led critics to compare Escape from Tomorrow to the work of Roman Polanski and David Lynch.

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FACE OF LOVE
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Directed by Arie Posin
USA / 2013 / minutes
NY Premiere

Love at first and second sight. In this romance filled with humor, surprise and reflections on the mystery of love, Nikki (played by Annette Bening) falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. The star-studded cast includes Ed Harris as the art teacher who wins Nikki's affections five years after losing the love her life, and Robin Williams as her confidante and would-be lover.

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THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM
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Directed by Andrew Mudge
USA / 2012 / 97 minutes
New York Premiere

Atang has been disconnected from his father for years after being uprooted from his hometown of Lesotho as a child. Currently living in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, Atang is misguided and full of resentment. News of his father's death comes with a predetermined trip to Lesotho for his burial. Reluctantly, Atang embarks on the visit to his ancestral land where he forms an unexpected connection with his childhood friend, Dineo.

Director Andrew Mudge wonderfully portrays the mystery and spirit of the land as audiences accompany Atang on his journeys. Atang's initial trek to bury his deceased father evolves into a voyage to reconnect with Dineo, her stubborn, traditional father and terminally ill sister. Powerful performances delivered by each cast member paired with exceptional cinematography makes The Forgotten Kingdom a compelling story that leaves the audience emotionally moved and wanting more. –Nina Gioia

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GO FOR SISTERS
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Directed by John Sayles
USA / 2013 / 122 minutes
New York Premiere

When they were girls, Bernice and Fontayne were as close as sisters. Time and trouble have taken their toll and 20 years later they meet again–when one is the parole officer for the other. Bernice needs help from the dark side and calls on Fontayne, who is just out of prison and fighting to stay clean. Bernice's son Rodney is missing and may be found on the Mexican border in hiding or in the hands of smugglers. The friends enlist The Terminator Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos), a disgraced ex-LAPD detective suffering from macular degeneration, to help them find the boy before it's too late. How far would you go for an old friend?

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HERE COMES THE NIGHT
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Directed by Peter Kline and Pete Shanel
USA / 2013 / 84 minutes
World Premiere

Leo and Nick, college friends now estranged, meet again after the funeral of their friend James. Seemingly polar opposites, straight laced east-coast family man Leo and flakey would-be Hollywood movie producer Nick embark on a series of outrageous nocturnal adventures. With a knowing nod to the worst of L.A. stereotypes, Nick pulls Leo along on what becomes an homage to debauchery. Ably assisted by Trish and Claire, a pair of drug-loving young beauties they meet along the way and hook up with for a while, Leo and Nick's journey is both poignant and hilarious. With a wealth of unexpected and thoroughly engaging plot twists and turns, this is one of those rare films that strikes just the right balance between comedy and pathos. Pitch perfect casting, snappy dialogue, sly observations, seamless editing and an evocative score make this a "must see" movie. Sweet, gentle, hilarious and thought provoking.
-Barbara Pokras A.C.E

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IT FELT LIKE LOVE
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Directed by Eliza Hittman
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes

During an uneventful summer in Brooklyn, lonely Lila develops an unhealthy fixation on an older thug. Deluded and awkward in her romantic pursuit, she soon finds herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation.

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KILIMANJARO
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Directed by Walter Strafford
USA / 2013 / 80 minutes
East Coast Premiere

For years, Doug Collins has been working a soul-sucking job and coming home to an increasingly loveless relationship. After his girlfriend moves out, Doug pushes himself to live a more fulfilling life starting with a trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Life pushes back. In the face of challenges from every direction, Doug struggles to make his way to the mountaintop.

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LOST ON PURPOSE
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Directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms
USA / 2012 / 101 minutes
New York Premiere

Ambling well past their mid-twenties, brothers Rooker (James Lafferty-One Tree Hill) and Randall Lee are beginning to learn just how unaccommodating the universe really is. Rather than bend to their plans, it's instead kept them working on a dairy farm for the past several years in the company of three close friends, Leslie, Jackie, Wade, and their boss Elizabeth James (Jane Kaczmarek). Ms. Liz is a woman whose unforgiving, temperamental nature is a force to be reckon with, even to a fault. So when co-op owner, Delbert Furgeson (C. Thomas Howell), threatens to dismantle her operation with a buyout, she's more than ready to man the barricades and meet him head on. Meanwhile, the Lee brothers and friends come face-to-face with their own demons throughout the film, each struggling to find his place in the world. Whether it's an estranged relationship with one's parents or a history of violent feuds, the cast of Lost on Purpose sells each ordeal with impeccable grace. -Terence Gardner

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MAN OF TAI CHI
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Directed by Keanu Reeves
USA/China / 2013 / 105 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Set in modern Beijing, Man of Tai Chi marks Keanu Reeves' directorial debut. The spectacular martial-arts epic stars Matrix stuntman Tiger Chen and features fight choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping.

Also starring Reeves, Man of Tai Chi follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights intensify, so does his will to balance pacifist principles with violent impulses.

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THE MOTEL LIFE
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Directed by Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky
USA / 2012 / 85 minutes
US Premiere

The Motel Life explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada. They grew up dependent on each other and their big imaginations to escape the challenges of their transient life. When the brothers are involved in a fatal accident, it forces them to choose between running or facing reality. It's a story of brotherhood, shared dreams and the redemptive power of hope.

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ORENTHAL: THE MUSICAL
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Directed by Jeff Rosenberg
USA / 2013 / 90 minutes
New York Premiere

OJ Simpson may be one of the most recognizable and infamous names of the last 20 years. So when overly eccentric theatre artist Eugene Oliver (Jordan Kenneth Kamp) decides to make Mr. Simpson the subject of his next musical, the results are truly something spectacular. Orenthal: The Musical, the hilarious new film from director Jeff Rosenberg, captures, in outstanding mockumentary style, the process of developing the greatest musical regarding a murder trial ever to be produced. With the help of some loyal childhood friends, a handful of local actors, and a group of producers from a biblical theater company, can Eugene and company overcome the obstacles they face and achieve their goal in creating the next great American musical? Orenthal, reminiscent of the work of Christopher Guest, is sure to have you laughing from Act I. - Sam Robotham

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THE RETRIEVAL
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Directed by Chris Eska
USA / 2013 / 91 minutes
East Coast Premiere

2007 WFF Alum and Maverick Award winner for Best Narrative Feature (August Evening) returns with a powerful period drama set on the outskirts of the Civil War. Teenage Will is a young African-American bounty hunter. Moral boundaries are crossed as Will, along with his uncle Marcus work for a gang recapturing runaway slaves. The two are contracted to cross Union lines and bring back freed slave and accused murderer Nate in an astounding performance by Tishuan Scott. Yasu Tanida's beautiful cinematography turns the Texas landscapes into another essential character. Eska, meanwhile patiently crafts a brilliantly acted tour de force that foists tough ethical questions upon the viewer. –Michael Burke

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SECRET SCREENING
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Directed by Mystery Director
USA / 2013 / 75 minutes

It's like Disney, but don't bring the kids.


THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL
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Directed by Francesca Gregorini
USA / 2013 / 95 minutes

Director Francesca Gregorini pulls audiences underwater and into a world of fragility and twisted perceptions in this sophomore feature starring Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins).

Linda is a new mother in a new town who manages to find companionship in her neighbor Emanuel, a troubled teenager who refuses to forgive herself for the death of her own mother. Emanuel quickly becomes Linda's closest friend and confidant when she begins baby sitting Linda's infant daughter Chloe, immersing herself into Linda's personal life as she grows increasingly distant from her own family. Gregorini follows Emanuel's search for intimacy, whether it be from the false maternal presence that Linda provides or the delicate yet distant affections from Claude, a boy from the train who catches her eye. As Emanuel grows closer to Linda, she finds herself drowned in the secrets of Linda's jarring reality and the women struggle to stay afloat as old memories tempt their lost minds beneath the waves. –Chandra Knotts

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UMMAH (AMONG FRIENDS)
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Directed by Cüneyt Kaya
Germany / 2013 / 104 minutes
US Premiere

After killing two skinheads in a failed operation against NeoNazis, young undercover intelligence agent Daniel Klemm finds a hiding place and new friends in Berlin's Arab community. Realistic and witty, Berlin filmmaker Cueneyt Kaya shows the rapprochement of two worlds which seem violently opposed. Wounded physically and psychologically, Daniel's cultural isolation breaks down as he becomes integrated into the Islamic community. Stereotypes vanish as we gain human perspective on a culture too often seen as radicalized. Here family bonds are strong, and Daniel's physical and psychological wounds begin to heal. But unable or unwilling to intervene when his friends are stopped and harassed by the police, Daniel feels the impotence of his own inaction. Is there redemption? And why do we fear the stranger? This is assured filmmaking, unflinching and timely. -Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.

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UNDER THE SAME SUN
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Directed by Sameh Zoabi
USA, Palestine, Israel / 2013 / 75 minutes
World Premiere

Set in the near future, Under the Same Sun explores how peace was achieved between Palestine and Israel in 2013. Two businessmen on either side of the conflict struggle to establish a solar power company that will bring green energy to both sides of the border. As they battle not the societal powers working against them as well as the open hostility within their own families, they must also confront their own issues of trust.

Using social media the pair creates a popular campaign that may just change how two societies can finally come together.

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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
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Directed by Jim Mickle
USA / 2013 / 105 minutes

A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years.

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WINTER IN THE BLOOD
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Directed by Alex Smith and Andrew Smith
USA / 2013 / 98:05 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the plains of Montana, battered and hung-over. His wife has left him and taken his beloved rifle.

Virgil embarks on a wild and darkly comic odyssey fueled by alcohol to retrieve the rifle. Ultimately, he finds himself. Adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name, Winter in the Blood is largely a visualization of internal memories and thoughts. The audience is never quite sure what is real and what isn't because Virgil isn't so sure either.

Filmed on location in Montana, with gorgeous cinematography and a haunting and evocative score, this is a melancholic and surreal depiction of a distraught hero trying to make peace with his past and his identity. –Eliza Kunkel

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES

AMERICAN COMMUNE
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Directed by Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo
USA / 2012 / 90 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Rena and Nadine, two documentarian sisters, leave their jobs in reality television to visit their secret rural upbringings at The Farm, America's largest commune. The film cuts between past and present as the filmmakers explore what is left of their alternative childhood, bridging gaps between their adult metropolitan lifestyles and their off-the-grid rearing. American Commune reveals the rise and fall of The Farm, a 1970s commune that created what appeared to be the ideal self-sufficient community. Members shared everything from child rearing and communal households, to currency, clothing and food. Through unapologetic storytelling and a hint of nostalgia, the Mundo sisters tap into the alternate universe of their pasts and bring to light the undying legacy of true community.

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AMERICAN JESUS
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Directed by Aram Garriga
USA, Spain / 2013 / 78 minutes
World Premiere

Why is there a polarization between the Left and the Right within American Society? Why are there millions of Americans waiting for the end of the world? How does that effect American foreign policy in the Middle East? Why is Christian Pop Culture a growing multi-billion dollar industry? How does spirituality express through the American Dream?

These are some of the questions that American Jesus explores through a wide array of characters that truly represent the American social texture in its very different spheres. Christian organizations, Christian pop culture specialists, secular analysts, apocalyptic preachers and their view of the End Times, Christian bikers, cowboys & wrestlers, creating an enriching and otherwise impossible dialog and drawing a map of American Christianity as it remains today.

American Jesus offers a unique and unseen approach to a subject that has been under constant exploration over the last decades, portraying a wide array of characters from a non-judgemental perspective and letting the viewer extract his own conclusions.

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS
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Directed by Grace Lee
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes
New York Premiere

What constitutes revolution? 98-year old writer and radical activist Grace Lee Boggs has no hesitations when it comes to changing the world, one conversation at a time.

Filmmaker Grace Lee initially sought out Grace Lee Boggs due to their shared name but instead found a breath of rebellious inspiration in Boggs that continues to motivate nonviolent philosophies of civil rights growth, revolution and evolution. Once a 1960s militant, the Detroit-based activist Boggs continues to challenge expectations through her lifelong devotion to the African American movement and fight for individual freedoms. "The time has come for a new dream," Boggs says, relying on the ever-evolving artistry of conversation to fuel the fire of revolution. American Revolutionary is a story of growth: of Boggs' lifetime commitment to activism, of filmmaker Grace Lee, and of the viewer as they align with Boggs' philosophy of positivity and change. –Chandra Knotts

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BARZAN
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Directed by Alex Stonehill and Bradley Hutchinson
USA / 2012 / 77 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Sam "Barzan" Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee to the US and beloved father, was working toward his piece of the American Dream in a Seattle suburb. But a footnote in 'The 9/11 Commission Report,' connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative through his childhood nickname, changed everything.

To neighbors, Sam Malkandi was the model immigrant and perfect family man. He worked hard to buy a house, secure a better future for his children and assimilate to American life. To investigators, Malkandi was a cold-blooded terrorist that represented a potential link between Iraq and the 9/11 attacks. To audiences, Malkandi is a mercurial character whose story embodies controversial issues of immigration, xenophobia, and the price of security in the 21st century.

Featuring haunting animation sequences, Barzan takes audiences on the epic geopolitical journey of a family torn apart by suspicion, and examines the opaque government agencies charged with keeping us safe, even at the cost of freedom.

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BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD
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Directed by Rob Kuhns
USA / 2012 / 76 minutes
New York Premiere

1968: A year of peace, love and music? Try peace, love and the undead

Rob Kuhns' feature-length documentary Birth of the Living Dead compiles original and found footage to provide a stunning portrait of George A. Romero and his 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead. Kuhns explores the birth of zombie culture as well as the political and cultural backdrop of the 1960s that led to Night of the Living Dead's overwhelming success, revolutionary backbone and the ever-changing reception of our society to media violence. Birth of the Living Dead goes beyond a standard behind-the-scenes and taps into the distinctly independent and inspiring style of Romero's work, making this a must see for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Kuhns shows how this once highly criticized grindhouse flick has revolutionized the horror film genre and earned Romero's reputation as the godfather of zombies. –Chandra Knotts

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RIDING SHOTGUN (precedes Birth of the Living Dead)
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Directed by Jack Fessenden
USA / 2013 / 32:27 minutes
World Premiere

Atticus and Max are just two ordinary teenagers who spend their days bickering over the little things, while all around them the big thing is closing in.

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BRAVE MISS WORLD

Directed by Cecilia Peck
USA / 2013 / 92 minutes

Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When to her shock she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. The film follows her from the rape, to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman's journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.

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BREASTMILK

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Directed by Dana Ben-Ari
USA / 2013 / 90 minutes
North American Premiere

Perhaps one of the most overlooked yet universal aspects of pregnancy and childbirth is the production of a mother's breastmilk. Despite endless research on the benefits of breastfeeding, the stigma surrounding this natural and age-old practice has led to a new world of motherhood where maternity confronts sexuality and naturalists are forced to confront a culture brimming with baby formulas, breast pumps and endless skepticism.

Director Dana Ben-Ari in her feature debut, takes a daring look at the world surrounding breast milk in exclusive interviews with both men and women, professionals and parents, bringing the clandestine world surrounding breast milk to the forefront. Breastmilk not only confronts our modern perspective on breastfeeding but delves beneath the surface in uncovering what exactly has led us to treat breast milk as "liquid gold" and breasts as overtly sexual iconography. This documentary is brilliant in revealing the guilt, humor and controversy surrounding breastmilk while providing a unique look at this lesser understood challenge of parenthood. –Chandra Knotts

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BROADWAY IDIOT
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Directed by Doug Hamilton
USA / 2013 / 81 minutes

From punk rock mosh pits and sold-out stadiums to the Great White Way, this electrifying documentary follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Broadway veterans to turn his mega-hit album, American Idiot, into a Broadway musical. The film goes behind the scenes to reveal the creative choices and challenges made by Grammy® winner Billie Joe and Tony® winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) to create the thrilling and one-of-a-kind musical experience. More than just a making-of profile, Broadway Idiot is a portrait of a world-famous artist having the guts to try something totally new. The film grants insider access to the actors' rehearsals, the creative team's process and live performances that reveal Billie's transformation from rock star to Broadway star. Broadway Idiot provides a unique window into the art of theater as rock stars and stage stars collide and create something never seen before.

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FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO
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Directed by Haskell Wexler
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes
NY Premiere

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and lifelong activist Haskell Wexler takes a personal look at Chicago over four days in May 2012 -- four days filled with politics, protest and police. The Occupy movement and others converged on Chicago to tell President Obama and Mayor Emanuel to stop the insane spending on wars around the world, and bring the money home for housing, schools and healthcare. Mayor Emanuel spent $27 million to secure the city against the threat of citizens speaking out. It was a huge event in Chicago, but the national press wouldn't cover it. The national media ignored stories of citizens exercising their constitutional right to protest. Emanuel's decision to militarize the city to protect the war-makers of NATO raised a key question: is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people -- or is it of, by, and for the 1%?

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GOD LOVES UGANDA
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Directed by Roger Ross Williams
USA / 2013 / 90 minutes

God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.

The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating "sexual sin" and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

Offering a portrait of Lou Engle, creator of The Call, a public event that brings tens of thousands of believers together to pray against sexual sin, God Loves Uganda records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandan.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams directing his feature debut; provides a rare view of the most powerful evangelical minister in Uganda, who lives in a mansion where he's served by a white-coated chef.

Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, God Loves Uganda will make you question what you thought you knew about religion.

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THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT
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Directed by Matt Reynolds
USA / 2013 / 71 minutes
New York Premiere

Chicken Wings have become a staple of the American culinary experience, but filmmaker, journalist and upstate New Yorker Matt Reynolds takes finding the best wing to an entirely new level. Abandoning his successful career as an overseas reporter Matt returns to the States to embark on a journey across New York State to find the world's best chicken wing accompanied by his confused Czech girlfriend, Lucie. In an odyssey covering over 2500 miles, Matt and his cabal of chicken wing obsessed friends consume nearly 300 varieties of wings in two weeks. Eventually Matt must decide what is greater: his love for wings or Lucie. The Great Chicken Wing Hunt is more than a foodie's delight; it's three parts gastronomic competition, two parts oddball comedy and one part love story. –Michael Burke

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HANK: FIVE YEARS FROM THE BRINK
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Directed by Joe Berlinger
USA / 2013 / 85 minutes
World Premiere

For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet Paulson wasn't quite the pinstriped banker he appeared to be. A devout Christian Scientist with left-leaning politics, he'd refused two previous offers to be Secretary of the Treasury before finally accepting. In Hank: Five Years From the Brink, Paulson tells the complete story of how he persuaded banks, congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts—even as he found the behavior that led to the crisis, and the bailouts themselves, morally reprehensible. Directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Some Kind of Monster), the film features Paulson and his wife of 40 years, Wendy. It's a riveting portrait of leadership under unimaginable pressure—and a marriage under unfathomable circumstances. –Courtesy Lincoln Center

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I AM A VISITOR IN YOUR WORLD
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Directed by Miguel Silveira
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes
World Premiere

Rebecca Babcock is for all intents a normal young woman, but her life was tragically altered at the age of 25 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Undeterred by her disease she took to the blogosphere to inspire others. Director Miguel Silveira and filmmakers Scott Busch and Ehsan Ghoreishi, in their feature documentary premiere, capture an unflinching depiction that is both graphic in its authenticity and honest in painting a true portrait of living with a life altering illness. Silveira's access to Rebecca and her on going treatment will lead you on an emotional journey as she fights not just her disease, but also the medical system that is stacked against her. Her words moved and inspired a nation of readers that followed her to keep up their own struggles. Now I Am a Visitor in Your World tells Rebecca's story and we find out that she was more than just passing through. –Michael Burke

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THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF DORIS PAYNE
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Directed by Matthew Pond and Kirk Marcolina
USA / 2013 / 74 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry takes a meticulous, carefully thought out plan in order to be perfectly executed without getting caught- but not for Doris Payne. Provoked by the blatant acts of racism she encountered in the 1950's as a black woman, Ms. Payne found a way to casually obtain any jewel she wanted. Teeming with interviews, the film delves into the process of how this 83 year-old woman stole two million dollars worth of jewelry throughout her lifetime, free of any inhibitions. Originally justifying her theft as means to free her mother from an abusive relationship, Doris soon fell in love with her newfound lifestyle of wealth, glamour, and over thirty aliases. As she now stands on trial for the theft of a department store diamond, the sharp-minded, sweet-hearted Doris Payne sways the audience into rooting for her innocence. This thoroughly engaging, yet comical, documentary takes the audience for a ride within the mind of an international criminal. –Nina Gioia

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THE LONGEST GAME
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Directed by Camille Thoman
USA / 2013 / 70 minutes
World Premiere

In the picturesque Vermont town of Dorset, twelve elderly men get together every day at 1 p.m. to play a game called paddle tennis. With an average age of 81, these men spend their time batting a small, spongy ball back and forth across the courts that they frequent. Director Camille Thoman's first feature documentary is an intelligent and humorous examination of building a brotherhood, while at the same time preserving a youthful spirit into old age. Over the years, the walls of the Paddle Hut have absorbed every lavish story these men tell. Through a handful of jokes and dozens of witty insults, The Longest Game is a thought provoking film on memory, fantasy, time, love, death and most importantly, paddle tennis.

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MAGIC MEN
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Directed by Ted Wallach
USA / 2012 / 80 minutes
World Premiere

"Pick a card, any card." The illusion and mystery of even the simplest magic trick can be incredibly captivating. However, for some, being a magician is much more than just making cards disappear. In this emotionally charged documentary, the audience follows the story of two troubled teenagers from Queens, NY who found magic as an escape from the gangs, drugs, depression, poverty and violence that once ruled their lives. As the two struggle through the roadblocks in their path to becoming famous magicians, they learn that certain things can't be made to vanish with a wave of the hand, but their persistent and diligent work can lead them to a happier place.

With narration from Executive Producer and Hip-Hop luminary, Common, Magic Men is a hopeful tale that is sure to make you believe that, if you look hard enough, magic is indeed real. –Sam Robotham

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MAGICAL UNIVERSE
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Directed by Jeremy Workman
USA / 2013 / 77 minutes
New York Premiere

Step into the unique and thought-provoking world of lifetime outsider artist Al Carbee, an 88-year old eccentric who spends his days creating outlandish works of art featuring Barbie Dolls. Filmmaker Jeremy Workman has spent over a decade of friendship with Carbee compiling extensive footage and memories to provide audiences with a look into the magical universe of Carbee's bizarre creative force.

What began as a simple trip to Maine with his girlfriend became, over time, a life-changing partnership between Workman and Carbee that culminates in this extraordinary bio-pic, a glimpse of an otherwise unknown artist's lifelong body of work. Workman is able to come full-circle in this documentary and brings his audience along with him, revealing the astoundingly powerful role of companionship and creativity in the human mind while emphasizing the importance of mutual inspiration. Magical Universe provides a priceless look at the immeasurable wonder of creative drive and inspiration. –Chandra Knotts

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THE MANOR
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Directed by Shawney Cohen
Canada / 2013 / 79 minutes
US Premiere

For his bar mitzvah, filmmaker Shawney Cohen asked for a set of hockey pads. His father bought him a lap dance instead. Since the family owns a strip club, he surely got a discount.

In the tradition of Grey Gardens, The Manor is an unblinking yet compassionate portrait of a family and its demons. Father Roger weighs almost 400 pounds. Mother Brenda weighs only 85 pounds. Brother Sammy revels in the strip club culture. Filmmaker Shawney wants to try and figure out where his family lost its way...and what, if anything, they can do about it. The Cohen's lifestyles are financed by the business of sex steeped with alcohol and drugs. They are corroded by the same forces that sustain them. Is change possible?

Always honest, and at times sad, funny and surreal, The Manor depicts a unique family that is, somehow, just like the rest of us. –Eliza Kunkel

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MEDORA
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Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart
USA / 2013 / 82 minutes
New York Premiere

In a small town that seems to have been forgotten, directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart explore the convoluted lives of the Medora Hornets varsity basketball team. The dynamic of the run down, struggling town of Medora, Indiana directly reflects the disadvantage that their high school basketball team faces each year. The Medora Hornets, a small force stemming from a school of only 72 students, often find themselves competing against consolidated schools up to twenty times their size.

A once flourishing community teeming with employment opportunities, the termination of surrounding factories and the flooding of farms has stripped Medora of almost all-economic value. The film provides insight into the broken, conflicted homes that pervade the dwindling town and the eminent death of small-town America. The intimate relationship that forms between the players and the audience creates a moving and exciting documentary as we follow Medora's bittersweet basketball season as they look to create their own Hoosier dreams. –Nina Gioia

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PURGATORIO
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Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
USA / 2012 / 80 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A line in the sand is drawn in Purgatorio, where only the desperate and courageous dare cross. Documentary director Rodrigo Reyes questions the role of humanity on planet earth and how the divisions we've created between one another have set in motion a millennium of adversities.

Fast forward to present day, where the border between the United States and Mexico echoes the mistakes of generations past as immigrants are taking great pains to find a better life north of the Rio Grande. They will endure heat exhaustion, dehydration, sexual assault and much worse. All of this to escape a world from where even the most devout must work from dawn until dusk under the baking sun in order to survive. Even then, the fatal whims of a stray bullet can still threaten to cut short a life of perdition, and deliver them to whatever waits beyond. –Terence Gardner

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RUNNING FROM CRAZY
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Directed by Barbara Kopple
USA / 2013 / 100 minutes

The Hemingway family may be considered the most distinguished family in American literature. But with such talent and brilliance, also comes a slew of dark thoughts and haunting secrets. Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple focuses her newest film, Running from Crazy, on Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, using her as a vehicle in which to explore the family's history of mental illness and suicide.

Kopple's use of stunning archival footage, intimate scenes from Mariel's life, and the examination of the heartbreaking Hemingway legacy, creates an emotionally powerful history, unfolding one step at a time. Through Mariel's work as an advocate for suicide prevention and her power in overcoming the same fate that has cursed her family for years, she may just be able to find strength and inner peace. –Sam Robotham

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SICK BIRDS DIE EASY
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Directed by Nik Fackler
USA / 2013 / 86 minutes
US Premiere

"Only through searching can the universe experience itself." Director Nik Fackler takes audiences along with a motley crew of addicts and personalities into the heart of Western Africa on a search for enlightenment with the help of iboga, a natural shrub made illegal in the 1960s due to its potent psychedelic properties. The group quickly finds itself trapped in Eden with the devil and God, or perhaps Fackler's version of this, where the camera is God while Ross, a drug-addicted conspiracy theorist, represents humanity.

Sick Birds Die Easy reveals human mental apocalypse as Fackler and friends search for meaning among madness, fact and fiction blending seamlessly as the crew heads deeper into the jungle. What initially began as a trip towards enlightenment becomes a desperate attempt at maintaining safety and sanity when the party turns sour, the fear of an ancient curse tearing relationships apart and resulting in a drug-addled if not edifying journey. –Chandra Knotts

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SONNY ROLLINS BEYOND THE NOTES
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Directed by Dick Fontaine
UK / 2012 / 78 minutes
East Coast Premiere

More than forty years ago Dick Fontaine made a film with the brilliant and influential jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who suddenly rejected fame and 'the jazz life' to play alone high above the traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. Back then the film followed him on his lonely journey to find out why? What was he searching for? Now forty-three years later, in the context of his historic 80th birthday concert and with the help of other jazz legends, including Ornette Coleman, who Sonny invited to celebrate the history of his music with him. Beyond the Notes follows Rollins' extraordinary journey, still refusing stereotype and compromise and still searching for answers to his music and his life.

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STATE OF CONTROL
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Directed by Christian Johnston and Darren Mann
USA / 2013 / 84 minutes
East Coast Premiere

State of Control is a firsthand account of the global technological arms race between the voices of dissent and the power of the state. Can the struggle for basic human rights survive in the global media age? Technology enables dissenters while also extending State repression beyond any physical borders.

In the months leading up to the Beijing Olympics, Tibetan rights activists are determined to make their voices heard to the international community. The Chinese government wants nothing to interfere with its triumphant Olympic narrative.

Filmmakers Christian Johnston and Darren Mann traveled to India, Nepal, China and Tibet intending to shoot a documentary about regional unrest. With their efforts were thwarted by constant surveillance by the Chinese government, the filmmakers turned their cameras on themselves and their harassers. State of Control is a chilling depiction of both the ham-handed and high-tech methods of a 21st century Police State. –Eliza Kunkel

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TO BE FOREVER WILD
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Directed by David Becker
USA / 2013 / 70 minutes
Work in Progress

To Be Forever Wild was created by a group of filmmakers, musicians and artists in New York's Catskill Mountains. Based in a little red cabin perched above a waterfall, the crew spent several weeks exploring the landscapes that are considered to be America's "first wilderness." More than a portrait of a place, the film profiles the people who live in and visit this region, including artists, hikers, scientists, farmers and young people. In the film we see the power of nature to restore, reclaim and provoke our deepest emotions and connections to the world. It's a film that inspires people to reconnect with nature in their own way, wherever they happen to be.

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TOWN HALL
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Directed by Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot
USA / 2013 / 74 minutes
New York Premiere

Town Hall casts an unflinching eye at Katy and John, two Tea Party activists from the battleground state of Pennsylvania during the 2012 Presidential election, who believe America's salvation lies in a return to true conservative values.

In Katy, we see a political novice rocketed to media stardom after a sensational confrontation at a town hall meeting with her senator. A young stay-at-home mom turned Tea Party spokesperson, she is gifted a new identity, steeled by the voices of conservative media.

For John, a retired former businessman and lifelong Republican, the America he knows is slipping away. Heading up a local Tea Party group is his last, best chance at stanching the changes he is witnessing all around him.

More than a political treatise, Town Hall immerses the viewer in Katy and John's world, painting a portrait of the fears of those who believe they will be left behind by a nation's transition.

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SHORTS: ANIMATION

A TANGLED TALE
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Directed by Corrie Francis Parks
USA / 2013 / 6 minutes

In this unusual romance, hand-tinted sand, becomes a metaphor for two souls as they join and separate.

A lonely fish, hooked by an angler's line, encounters another in the same dire situation. As the two struggle, they develop an inevitable, entangling attraction. Is it love or merely a will to survive?

With a radical new approach to sand-animation, Corrie Francis Parks tells this fluid tale of love and entanglement.

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CHRISTMAS DAY
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Directed by Richard O'Connor
USA / 2012 / 3:50 minutes

There are no singing elves, flying fauna or gifts magically appearing through cozy hearths. Instead, melting snowmen, empty boxes, and -in the too common worst scenario -messy and muddled emotions.

This film is a holiday gift to everyone who has experienced the conflicting sadness of the season.

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DRUNKER THAN A SKUNK
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Directed by Bill Plympton
USA / 2013 / 3.5 minutes

Bill Plympton adapts a poem by Walt Curtis about a cowboy town that torments the local drunk. The results are gloriously Plympton-esque!

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THE DUKE
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Directed by Jonathan Campo
USA / 2012 / 2 minutes

The Duke is about a sandwich -- a chicken parmesan hero to be precise.

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DUMB DAY
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Directed by Kevin Eskew
USA / 2012 / 10 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Flower sniffing, carpet calisthenics, and other restless leisure-time activities. Domestic life can be tough. Finally, the day breaks.

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ED
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Directed by Gabriel Garcia
Brazil / 2013 / 14 minutes

Meet Ed and his extraordinary life. Fifty years of an unforgettable journey. Many loves, adventures and remarkable stories. What nobody knows is why Ed wants to end it.

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FERAL
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Directed by Daniel Sousa
USA / 2012 / 13 minutes

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

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GRAND CENTRAL DIARY
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Directed by Andy & Carolyn London
USA / 2013 / 5:13 minutes

Urban Anthropologists, Andy and Carolyn London, interview some of New York's most distinguished citizens for the centennial anniversary of Grand Central Terminal. Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design for the exhibition "On Time /Grand Central at 100."

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LAKE
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Directed by Steven Subotnick
USA / 2013 / 4 minutes
North American Premiere

A burial on a frozen lake.

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PEPE & LUCAS
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Directed by Wim Bien and Mo Davoudian
USA / 2012 / 8:29 minutes
North American Premiere

A hi-tech street fight is waged between an angry clown and an innocent street mime.

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ROCKS IN MY POCKETS: LINDA
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Directed by Signe Baumane
USA / 2013 / 3 minutes

A funny film about depression that wonders why very smart people go crazy.

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SIDEWALK
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Directed by Celia Bullwinkel
USA / 2013 / 4:15 minutes

A woman walks through life, but the real journey is deeper within as she confronts her changing body and learns to love herself.

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SUBCONSCIOUS PASSWORD
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Directed by Chris Landreth
Canada / 2013 / 10:55 minutes

The absurd misadventures of Charles, a friendly kind of guy who meets up with someone whose name completely escapes him.

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WOMAN WHO HATES PLANTS
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Directed by Morgan Miller
USA / 2013 / 1 minutes

But she likes cigarettes.

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SHORTS: CONVERSATIONS

THE CHARLATAN
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Directed by Alexis Manya Spraic
USA / 2013 / 13:20 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Sleight of hand…illusion…smoke and mirrors... Call it what you will, it's all magic just as long as you can get away with it.

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IN THE BLIND
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Directed by Davis Hall
USA / 2013 / 17:30 minutes
World Premiere

Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black, Third Watch) and Neal Huff (Moonrise Kingdom, Meek's Cutoff) are estranged brothers struggling with their father's apparently self-inflicted death. In this adaptation of an Adam LeFevre play, the two must first understand their absent father, then each other, in order to know the truth. Shot almost entirely in a 5' x 10' set, this incredible journey takes place in a small space that resonates.

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LAST REMARKS
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Directed by Umar Riaz
Pakistan, USA / 2012 / 17 minutes

On the eve of the creation of Pakistan in 1947, the British rulers of the Indian subcontinent prepare to depart the region amidst waves of ethnic violence. Arastu Jan, a troubled and isolated native servant to a British master, takes a dose of poison and finds himself with ten minutes to record the confession of his brief lifetime.

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LATE SPRING
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Directed by Zachary Kerschberg
USA, Tunisia / 2013 / 15 minutes
New York Premiere

Mahmoud, a petty clerk in a police station, must suddenly choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help.

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ON THE HOUSE
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Directed by Daniel Serafini-Sauli
USA / 2013 / 5:25 minutes
World Premiere

On a cold fall day a beleaguered man goes into a rural pawn shop to purchase a firearm.

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SHORTS: DYSTOPIA

THE BIG LEAP
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Directed by Kristoffer Rus
Poland, Sweden / 2013 / 13 minutes

Three people meet atop a skyscraper with the same intention – to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly escalates when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the afterlife. The only way to find out who's right is to take The Big Leap.

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THE COMPOSITOR
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Directed by John Mattiuzzi
USA / 2012 / 31:49 minutes
New York Premiere

An autobiographical sci-fi fantasy film that follows Paul Paxton, a slave artist working in the film industry, who begins to question his own existence, and the realities that he is forced to create. These questions lead him to anger, and that anger, quickly to rage. With little hope and nothing to lose, Paul rages war against the very same system he is sworn to uphold, in a desperate attempt to free himself from the suffocating grip of physical and psychological slavery.

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THE EXIT ROOM
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Directed by Todd Wiseman Jr.
USA / 2012 / 10 minutes

It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution as he contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and new-born in The Exit Room.

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HUNGER
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Directed by Güçlü Aydogdu
Turkey / 2013 / 2:16 minutes
U.S. Premiere

A deadly game played by a family of four.

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PROMISED LAND
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Directed by Joe Turner Lin
USA / 2013 / 19:17 minutes

Three generations of reckless and unsustainable development have transformed the future environment into an almost total wasteland.

Refugees from the future have found a way to return to the past, but the impact on present-day resources and fear of these 'immigrants' has led to the formation of citizen watch groups, who are determined to stop these time-travelers at any cost.

Jackson, the teenage son of one of these bounty hunters, is enlisted into his first patrol -- eventually forcing him into a brutal choice between his father's principles and his own sense of humanity.

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SHORTS: FAMILY

1982
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Directed by Jeremy Breslau
USA / 2013 / 10:24 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A blocked novelist reflects on a pivotal year in his life, when, as a precocious six-year-old, he struggled for the attention of his bickering parents.

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BONESHAKER
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Directed by Frances Bodomo
USA / 2013 / 13 minutes

An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to find a cure for its problem child.

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THE EARLY BIRDS
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Directed by Lena Beug
USA / 2013 / 3:40 minutes
World Premiere

A magical journey through a normal day turned upside down by the absence of adults.

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THE EARTH, THE WAY I LEFT IT
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Directed by Jeff Pinilla
USA / 2013 / 17:28 minutes
World Premiere

A child coping with death in the family is visited by a stranger from the stars. This is a tale of youth preserving innocence through imagination.

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RELICS
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Directed by Jennie Allen
USA / 2013 / 14 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A vacuum cleaner salesman must decide how far he will go to please his customers.

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TIME 2 SPLIT
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Directed by Fabrice Bracq
France / 2012 / 4:38 minutes

A couple and their young child realize that sometimes in life we must go our separate ways.

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WE COULD BE YOUR PARENTS
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Directed by Charlie Anderson
USA / 2013 / 18 minutes

Sue wants to have a baby, but first she needs her husband to quit smoking. Bob has been trying and failing for months now, so Sue gives him some added incentive: no sex until he successfully quits.

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SHORTS: SHE, TOO

THE BIGGEST FEAR
(La paura piu grande)

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Directed by Nicola di Vico
Italy / 2013 / 9:37 minutes
North American Premiere

Media information induces a father to avenge the rape of his daughter, on two young foreigners. Only the truth that lurks in his daughters memory will reveal a different truth and leave the father in a state of helplessness and defeat.



CARE
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Directed by Brett Wagner
USA / 2013 / 25 minutes

Drea, a 20-something woman living in Brooklyn, struggles to make progress in her own life while being the sole caregiver for her father, who has Alzheimer's.

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THE CLOISTERS • YASSOU BENEDICT
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Directed by Steve Durand
USA / 2013 / 3:46 minutes
World Premiere

Expressions of inner turmoil caused by love lost come to life in the surreal dreamscape of this story. Emotions powerful enough to affect not only the human condition but the workings of the natural world play out on a hauntingly beautiful remote mountain top. Sometimes the desire to travel through time and space to revisit or correct a wrong can be powerful enough to manifest that potential.



KEYS. WALLET. PHONE.
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Directed by Juliet Lashinsky-Revene
USA / 2012 / 11 minutes
New York Premiere

A woman seeks peace over breakfast in a café. But peace is not to be found this morning ...

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MR. LAMB
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Directed by Jean Pesce
USA / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

Mr. Lamb is Jean Pesce's NYU - Tisch School of the Arts pre-thesis film. It is a dark comedy about a diner waitress named Myrna, who is in love with her pen pal -- the convicted murderer, Charles Lamb. Myrna is convinced of his innocence and their mutual love. When Mr. Lamb escapes from prison and shows up at Myrna's door, her dreams of romance turn into a violent nightmare – involving a can of chili.

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
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Directed by Lauren Wolkstein
USA / 2013 / 14 minutes

A 30-year-old American woman attends a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

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SHORTS: SHE WON

ABOVE THE SEA
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Directed by Keola Racela
USA / 2013 / 16:23 minutes
World Premiere

A young woman is forced to take extraordinary risks to survive in the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai when her life is threatened by a murderous policeman.

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Close Your Eyes
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Directed by Sonia Malfa
USA / 2013 / 14:32 minutes

Thirteen-year-old Imani Cortes is a gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss. She has a crush on a quiet artist, Junito, with whom she has a natural connection, but she also faces an enormous challenge: she is slowly losing her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease. Will Imani let her disease stop her or be the path to independence?

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MADE IN CHINATOWN
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Directed by Kevin Lau
USA / 2013 / 17:20 minutes
World Premiere

A frog, a seamstress and a factory king all collide in this tragic love story.

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MOBILE HOMES
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Directed by Vladimir de Fontenay
USA, France / 2012 / 13 minutes
New York Premiere

A young mother survives the day to day binds of human trafficking, while her son dreams of finding a permanent home.

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THE RIVER
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Directed by Sam Handel
USA / 2013 / 12:18 minutes

The River is a comedic journey to the river with a pregnant Maria (Lauren Ambrose) on a sweltering hot day. Her loving-kindness practice is tested by a variety of difficulties along the way. With work schedules, mechanical failures, and complex human relationships conspiring against her, Maria must rely on her improvisational resourcefulness to carve a path to a desperately needed cooling dip.

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SHORTS DOCS I

AERODROME
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Directed by Devin Pickering
USA / 2013 / 18:05 minutes
World Premiere

Set in upstate New York's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, this visually stunning documentary paints an intimate portrait of a group of pilots who not only transcend the sterile world of modern aviation, but stay true to what pioneers held close to their hearts over 100 years ago.

With the oldest flying airplane in North America, and one of the most impressive collections in the world, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is truly a place where history comes to life.

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DISARMING FALCONS
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Directed by Wendy Johnson and Annie Nocenti
Pakistan / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

A lyrical, exciting and tender portrait of a falcon hunt in the desert of Pakistan, with an international cast – Qatars, Baloch, Lebanese, Egyptians.... and two American women. Rarely have Western women been invited to hunt with falcons in the Arab world.

The film is a love letter to the special relationship a falconer has with his falcon. Disarming Falcons illuminates the falconers' all-consuming love for his falcon, and its wily and fierce prey-- the Houbara.

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EDDIE ADAMS: SAIGON '68
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Directed by Douglas Sloan
USA / 2012 / 17 minutes

The story underlying the most influential and electrifying photograph to come out of the Vietnam War – and how the picture transformed the lives of Eddie Adams, who captured the moment on film, and Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the man who pulled the trigger. The film reveals the little known, and very surprising, back-story and follows the complicated, conflicted lives lead by Adams and Loan both before and after the photo transformed world opinion. The film also launches a broader inquiry into our perception and understanding of the visual image. Is there something about that photo – about many such images – we should know other than what we see?

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FIRST NAME: JOGGER, LAST NAME: JOHN
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Directed by Kaleigh Griffin
USA / 2013 / 15:24 minutes
World Premiere

Once a successful businessman, John Synan's downward spiral through drugs, poverty and heartache are documented in this short documentary. Jogger John as he's affectionately known, has become a local character known for running and a kind heart. We watch his journey from destitution to serenity as he finds his home in Woodstock, NY.

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SHORTS DOCS II

THE BEAST AND THE ANGEL
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Directed by Shira Piven
USA / 2012 / 19:46 minutes

The Beast and the Angel peers into the transformed life of Wayne Kramer, famed guitarist and founder of the influential American band the MC5. He once lived a life of rock and roll, radical politics and drug and alcohol addiction, doing prison time in his 20's, and finally getting clean at age fifty. Now fourteen years sober, Wayne's belief in service as a healing principle takes shape both through his music and his charity, Jail Guitar Doors, which brings guitars into prisons for inmate rehabilitation.



POUSTINIA
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Directed by Kristian Berg
USA / 2013 / 27:20 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Poustinia is a documentary short about the life and work of Gendron Jensen, a man passionately devoted to his artistic calling- drawing detailed, precise, wondrous images of bones. Though bones commonly represent sterility and death, Gendron sees them as 'emissaries - portals unto exaltation, bespeaking all of creation'. The onetime recluse spent 5 years at a Benedictine monastery in Wisconsin and 17 as a semi-hermit on his family's rented farm south of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In 1987 he forsook the north woods of Minnesota for the mountains of New Mexico and a new life with artist Christine Taylor Patten. For more than 40 years the 73-year-old artist has obsessively, lovingly transformed found relics into wakeful images of uncommon beauty. His meticulously rendered, often monumental, graphite drawings invite the viewer to see anew -to journey beyond ordinary context to a deeper, more spiritual realm.

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WHERE BEASTS DWELL
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Directed by David Kaplan
USA / 2013 / 12 minutes
New York Premiere

Artist Kathy Ruttenberg lives and works in the country with her menagerie of animals.

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SHORTS: WHOOPS

HORRIBLE THINGS
(Les choses horribles)

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Directed by Vincent Biron
Canada / 2012 / 12 minutes

Everybody does horrible things, from time to time. Dédé, Carole and Steve each try to buy back their faults in a desperate yet mundane attempt to appease their guilt.

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THE INTERVIEWER
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Directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith and Robin Bryan
Australia / 2012 / 13 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Thomas Howell is a lawyer looking for more in life - the chance to make a difference in the world. When he snags the opportunity of a lifetime, an interview at a prestigious law firm for his dream-job‚ working in the pro-bono department he realizes that his chance to make a difference is closer and more unexpected than he could ever imagine.

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NIGHT GIANT
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Directed by Aaron Beckum
Canada, USA / 2013 / 8 minutes

It's hard to keep things casual and party with the cool kids when a Night Giant is after you. Plus, is this Giant Hunter even qualified? Who knows what could happen in this noir-ish, twilight-zone-world.

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PENNY DREADFUL
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Directed by Shane Atkinson
USA / 2013 / 17:45 minutes

The story of a kidnapping gone horribly wrong.

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SPOONERS
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Directed by Bryan Horch
USA / 2013 / 13:21 minutes
New York Premiere

After convincing his husband to retire their old lumpy futon, Nelson is forced to come out in a spectacular way while shopping for a new bed at Drowzy's Mattress World.

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SHORTS: MUSIC VIDEOS ONLINE

FOSTER MCGINTY •
CURIOUS PRETENDERS

Foster McGinty
Directed by Heidi Sjursen and Jeffrey Abell
USA / 2013 / 3:37 minutes

The new music video for the super talented Foster McGinty.

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WALTER LUKENS •
DEAR SOMEONE

Dear Someone
Directed by Tetsuo Kamata
Japan / 2013 / 3:38 minutes

Dear Someone from the album by Walker Lukens, released on April 2, 2013.

With amazing pixilation, the filmmaker follows a young man on a journey of introspection after a break up.

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DUCK SAUCE •
IT'S YOU

DuckSauce
Directed by Philip Andelman
USA / 2013 / 2:53 minutes

Duck Sauce duo A-Trak and Armand Van Helden seem to have the magic touch as hair comes alive in all shapes and sizes.

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STATE RADIO •
FRECKLED MARY

Freckled Radio
Directed by Michael Parks Randa
USA / 2012 / 4:44 minutes

The city of Boston's pollution level has reached a record high due to the Mayor's haphazard environmental policies. Rather than correcting the problem, the mayor simply administers gas masks to its citizens as consolation. In an election season, the city is adorned with political billboards vying for the Mayor's re-election. A proletariat anarchist/graffiti artist named Freckled Mary (played by actress Rachel Delante) seeks retribution for the Mayor's callous destruction of the city she loves.

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MAX SCHNEIDER •
NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE

Max Schneider
Directed by Daniel Karp
USA / 2013 / 3:50 minutes

The first single from Woodstock native, Max Schneider's, upcoming album. "Nothing Without Love" is a based on Max coming to grips with his feelings for a girl and the opposing life challenges outside of the relationship that affect it.

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STEFFY DE CICCO AND ADAX
INCREDIBLE

Incredible
Directed by Jarek Zabczynski
Italy, USA / 2013 / 4:34 minutes

What's beautiful on the outside isn't always the case. Filmed on location in Torino, Italy, "Incredible" gives you an eye opening glimpse at the other side of the coin you may not always be able to see. Featuring the powerful performances of Eva Squillari and Paolo Giustetto.

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MIK & GILLES •
RAPPIN' FOR GODOT

Mik & Gilles
Directed by Stephen Blauweiss
USA / 2012 / 3:50 minutes

A film by Stephen Blauweiss, written and performed by Mik & Gilles.

The elusive humorists Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine present the breakthrough play of Samuel Beckett, as it might be performed by a hapless pair of academic rappers. The entire three-hour play is condensed into four minutes of nonstop hip-hop, with no intermission.

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KILLER MIKE •
REAGAN

Killer Mike
Directed by Harry Teitelman and Daniel Garcia
USA / 2012 / 4:09 minutes

A darkly animated accompaniment to the rapper's tirade against political corruption and media debauchery, complete with killer robot and caricatures of recent presidents. Even as illustrations, the depictions of violence and greed pull no punches.

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KYLE MCNEILL•
SUZANNE

Kyl McNeill
Directed by Pele Alexandria Kudren
USA / 2013 / 3:18 minutes

Directed by Pele Kudren, Kyle McNeil's "Suzanne" (not to be confused with Leonard Cohen's similarly crestfallen but slightly less bitter song of the same name) takes a close look at the paralyzing effects of an ex-girlfriend who just straight effed you up. The video alternates between close-ups of Kyle singing alone in a motel room and grainy shots of him doing other "lone-man-with-his-guitar"-type things like smoking butts by a window sill, pensive face washing, and sulking down forlorn halls.

With a voice that sounds like swallowing a mouthful of tears, Kyle sings, "Suzanne, you made a mess of me / You cut my love and you let it bleed / Oh, Suzanne." Fortunately for this God-awful-sounding ex, Kyle doesn't actually name names -- "Suzanne" is just an alias. --Excerpeted from Rachel Dady's MTV Buzzworthy Blog

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JANINA GAVANKAR •
WAITING FOR GODOT

Janina Gavankar
Directed by Caitlin Pashalek
USA / 2013 / 4:39 minutes

A high-art music video for Janina Gavankar's single "Waiting for Godot."

Gavankar plays two sides of the same person, fighting with each other as they find themselves lost in a vast plane.

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS •
SACRILEGE
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Directed by Megaforce
USA / 2013 / 4:03 minutes

British actress-model Lily Cole portrays a woman who is condemned for having multiple lovers.

The video was filmed in Rosendale and other parts of the Hudson Valley in early 2013.

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SHORTS: YOUTH FILMS

INSIDE THE RING

Directed by Darian Henry and Imani Peterkin
USA / 2013 / 7:35 minutes
World Premiere

Inside the Ring profiles the longest running boxing program in Albany, NY, byt taking you inside the ring to hear from longtime coach Jerrick Jones and some of the up and coming young fighters.

 



LøK

Directed by Kayleigh A. Myer, Brandon Sawhill-Aja, Jazmin Kay
USA / 2013 / 1 minutes
World Premiere

An experimental film that takes a look at the ability for corruption that an onion embodies. Using stop-motion animation, combined with moving image and otherworldly music, this film strives to ignite an experience within the unconscious self.

 



MADESHWARA

Directed by David Britton
USA / 2013 / 3:48 minutes

A young man sets out on a whimsical journey to retrieve his feline friend.

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MENTAL HEALTH PSA

Directed by Allie Nagelski, Sydney Bowman, Tyler Ganis, Ciara Conway, Clare MacDonald, sophomores Arianna Hoshino, Taylor Scott, and Alivia Weddington
USA / 2013 / 3:08 minutes

A narrative short created in order to dispel the myths and eradicate the stigmas associated with mental health.

 



OPUS

Directed by Stephen Boyer
USA / 2013 / 12 minutes
New York Premiere

Michael Parker has neglected to do his volunteer hours in order to graduate high school. He and his friends use their combined search engine skills to find somewhere to get hours in the last two months of school. They find him a job playing piano at a medical clinic and at first, he hates it. Despite this, Michael goes and does his hours. It isn't until the last required day that something unique happens, a tumor-patient named Leonard Fitzgerald approaches Michael and tells him that the music has been healing.




THE PAINTED GIRL

Directed by Ben Kadie
USA / 2012 / 8:53 minutes
New York Premiere

The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15-year old, who runs away from her mother's expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.



PRETTY GOOD PROBLEMS

Directed by Hunter Hopewell
USA / 2013 / 4 minutes
World Premiere

"Pretty Good Problems" is a music video, written and produced by 16 year old High School Student, Hunter Hopewell. It's a story about an essentially average kid that dreams about having a rock band with raving fans and visualizes that it's really happening when he puts on his 'magic headphones.'



QUICKSAND

Directed by Lance Oppenheim
USA / 2013 / 7:31 minutes

A week prior to his passing, Lance Oppenheim's grandfather shared his former aspirations of becoming a filmmaker. After numerous hardships, a narrow escape from the Nazis and an immigration to the US, his grandfather's dream slowly, but surely, faded away. After his grandfather's passing, Lance uncovered an archival trove of dust-covered 8mm film that had seemingly not been viewed by anyone for at least a generation.
Mesmerized, what unfolded before Lance was something most people have never witnessed before: the development and utter decline of the human body and mind. Motivated by his grandfather's unfulfilled dreams of filmmaking, Lance decided to piece together a film that his grandfather had already unwittingly made. Quicksand is not only a personal tribute to Lance's grandfather nor father, but to anyone that has ever experienced loss. Whether it be a loss of a loved one, or a loss of memories, quicksand embodies the enigma of life and death.



TRAIN

Directed by Jack Warren
USA / 2013 / 15 minutes
World Premiere

In a time different from our own, two teenagers, Sam and Sylvia, meet in the ruins of a forgotten train station. For the first time in both their lives they dance and discuss the troubles of their torn pasts.



WYNTHER

Directed by Kayleigh Myer
USA / 2013 / 1:50 minutes

An experimental art film shot and edited over the course of 7 hours. Kayleigh Myer's production is a visually-based, interpretive portrait project of an intended resemblance to the 35mm aesthetic. Centered around exuding an internal vibe wrapped around vivid understanding of the unconscious self, this short film utilizes light to cultivate an essence within the viewers mind and perception of imagery.


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About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.

The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its 14th Annual Festival October 2-6, 2013, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston, Rosendale and Saugerties.

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