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The Official 2014 Woodstock Film Festival lineup includes:

• Feature Narratives • Feature Documentaries • Short Films


all relative
Directed by J.C. Khoury
USA / 2014 / 85 minutes
World Premiere

When Harry, a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace, he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcee, Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point.

the american side
Directed by Jenna Ricker
USA / 2014 / 104 minutes
World Premiere

Ever hear the one about the Polish detective?… When Charlie Paczynski’s raven-haired partner is caught in the crossfire of a blackmail scheme gone bad, he trails the prime suspect to the brink of Niagara, only to receive a cryptic warning: ‘what’s happening here you can’t begin to comprehend’… Thrust into a world populated by a whiskey-swilling raconteur (Robert Forster), strangely bonded siblings (Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle), and a dubious government agent (Janeane Garofalo), Paczynski joins the quest for a long-lost design by enigmatic genius, Nikola Tesla. From the eccentric eavesdropper who gives him his first clue (yes! - that’s Robert Vaughn, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) every door Paczynski forces open raises the stakes. Reminiscent of the conspiracy thrillers of the 70’s, complete with a score by David Shire (The Conversation, All the President’s Men), and packed with nods to Hitchcock and classic noir, The American Side is a jigsaw puzzle mystery, climaxing under the roar of the Falls as the final piece snaps into place.

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amira and sam

Directed by Sean Mullin
USA / 2013 / 88 minutes

Reminiscent of classic Hollywood romances, where the leads hold their own and the chemistry runs high (think Hepburn and Grant, Bogie and Bacall), Sam and Amira spar with their wits and embrace with their hearts. Behind this romantic curtain, however, is a film that addresses race, class and militarism. Under the restrained hand of director Sean Mullin, it takes place with a dose of humor and a light touch.

Just back from Iraq, floundering Sam, played with reserved mien by Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks) is lured into the world of finance by his ambitious cousin Charlie. But when fast-talking, street-savvy Amira, niece of Sam's Iraqi translator, literally descends on him as she goes on the run from immigration officials, Sam begins to rediscover his true self.

In a charming story that shifts between moral dilemma and budding romance, the struggling duo has everyone in the audience rooting for them.

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Directed by Samer Najari and Dominique Chila
Canada / 2013 / 105 minutes
New York Premiere

Rarely does a film combine such high quality elements. With Arwad, directors Dominique Chila and Samer Najari have crafted a visually stunning, emotionally charged masterpiece. Ali (Ramzi Choukair, who has been described as the Syrian Javier Bardem) struggles with a harsh middle-aged reality after his beloved mother dies. Torn between a wife and a mistress; his family and a desire for adventurous spontaneity; the old world and the new; he travels home with his mistress and his mother's ashes to rediscover his roots.

An unexpected turn of events connects past and present in a film that is exotic, romantic and foreboding. The soundtrack provides a sparse yet distinct and amorous background matching the romantic setting of the remote Syrian island. The acting is transcendent and raw, including a commanding performance by Julie McClemens, who plays the understanding but psychologically exhausted wife. Arwad is an absolute standout of this festival season. – Johnny Misheff

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before i disappear
Directed by Shawn Christensen
USA / 2014 / 98 minutes
New York Premiere

Before I Disappear follows Richie (Shawn Christensen), a man who is very much inclined to commit suicide. After facing his end and deciding to take his own life, he receives a phone call from his younger sister, Maggie (Emmy Rossum of Shameless), begging him to look after her daughter for a few hours. Willing to withhold death for a little while longer, Richie agrees to take care of his niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek).

What follows is an intensive glimpse into the life of a man who believes he has nothing to lose. Between his shady job with a menacing boss (Ron Perlman), a drugged-out friend with a bad temper (Paul Wesley of The Vampire Diaries), and an ominous twist that throws everything out of whack, Richie must find a way to hold on to what little life he has left in order to take care of his quick-witted, hard-hitting, alarmingly determined niece. –Jess Carson

Based on the 2012 WFF Best Short Film Curfew, which went on to win the 2013 Academy Awards® for best live action short.

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before i disappear
Directed by A.J. Edwards
USA / 2013 / 94 minutes
East Coast Premiere

At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick's longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards.

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bread and butter
Directed by Liz Manashil
USA / 2014 / 89:13 minutes
World Premiere

Late bloomer Amelia, played by Christine Weatherup has spent the first three decades of her life alone, reading books and working as a receptionist for an eccentric Life Coach. At the urging of her boss, she starts to search for a soulmate.

Daniel (Bobby Moynihan, SNL) is a kind and introverted client at the office. He and Amelia share many of the same idiosyncrasies, fears, and overall naivety. Amelia finds her second prospect from clues written in the margins of a book. Leonard (Micah Hauptman, Everest), whose originality and unpredictability immediately attract her, leads the story into a Feliniesque and humor-filled entanglement.

Liz Manashil directs a cast of talented actors to make her oddball characters come alive. This quirky and endearing film will bring audiences together, like Bread and Butter, in an experience both heartwarming and distinctly human. –Cristin Carlin

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Directed by Patrick Brice
USA / 2014 / 80 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Comprised of psychological enigma and horror, as well as humor and sadness, Creep is a two-man story set in a remote mountain cabin in the woods. Joseph, expecting to die soon of an unstated illness, hires Aaron through an ad on Craigslist to document the end of his life as a legacy to his unborn son.

Starting innocently enough, we meet Aaron, a warm-hearted, down-on-his luck filmmaker, played to perfection by director/co-writer Patrick Brice. After an unsettling arrival at the cabin, Aaron is soon greeted by Joseph, the somewhat off balance, yet diabolically sweet and charming protagonist, portrayed with an inspired mix of goofiness and darkness by indie icon Mark Duplass (who co-wrote the script). But watch out Aaron, Joseph may have more up his sleeve than appears to the naked eye.

Unscripted and electrified by the remarkable talent of the two actor/filmmakers, Creep is a roller coaster of wits that twists the viewer's mind and heart. This film will keep surprising you until the very end. –Svetlana Krotek

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Eat With me
Directed by David Au
USA / 2014 / 96 minutes
New York Premiere

Love and food intersect in Eat with Me, where the quest to overcome loneliness reunites Emma and her estranged son, Elliot. When she shows up at Elliot's apartment for a short stay, secrets abound and conflicts develop. Elliot struggles with his sexual identity while trying to keep his small restaurant afloat. The one thing mother and son do connect over is their love of Asian cooking, which revitalizes their relationship with love and understanding.

Eat with Me from director David Au, is a fresh and well-prepared film delivering exhilarating music, mouth watering food and unexpected humanity. –Sam Robotham

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the fly room
Directed by Alexis Gambis
USA / 2014 / 85 minutes
World Premiere

During 10-year-old Betsey's first visit to her father's lab where he is deciphering the fundamental laws of genetics, she is initially reluctant to enter his world, but is eventually drawn into his study of fruit flies as a means of getting closer to him. When she is exposed to how he conducts his personal affairs, however, she receives an unwelcome unorthodox education. Glimpses of Betsey at 21, mourning her father's death, and in old age reveal how this complex relationship, both inspiring and damaging, informed her transition to adult life and, eventually, the life she chose for herself.

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friends and romans
Directed by Christopher Kublan
USA / 2014 / 99 minutes
World Premiere

Family man Nick DeMaio drives a fruit delivery truck by day, but his passion is doing background extra parts in of mob movies. Yearning to be a "real" actor and prove to his family, and the world, that he's more than just a stereotypical "goombah," Nick convinces his mob movie buddies to put on a staged production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in their local Staten Island theater. Only the theater is the hideout of camera shy mob boss Joey "Bananas," on the run from the FBI, and with acting ambitions of his own. Now the Feds plant one of their own in the cast to determine who among the familiar, and "Familial" cast, is the real Mafioso.

Cleverly exploring the parallels between Shakespeare and the cinematic myth of the Mafia, Friends and Romans is a comedy about the danger of stereotypes, the joy of acting, and the real meaning of Family.

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I believe in unicorns
Directed by Leah Meyerhoff
USA / 2014 /80 minutes

The word unicorn conjures up the sense of fanciful imagination and mythical realism. It also conjures up the longing for the unrealistic and unbelievable to be true. In Leah Meyerhof's debut feature, imagination and reality become interchangeable. Davina, played with stunning range by Natalia Dyer, seeks to escape her dire life taking care of her disabled mother, by creating dreamy settings in her room and looking for romance and adventure away from home. She finds all of that, and then some, in Sterling (Peter Vack), an older "bad boy" who seems to have invented cool.

The two set off on a wild adventure where playfulness and passion collide. A celebration of color, sound and whimsy make I Believe in Unicorns something you want to believe in. –Svetlana Krotek

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Just Before I Go
Directed by Courteney Cox
USA / 2013 / 95 minutes

First time director Courteney Cox (Friends, Cougar Town) uses her comedic style to focus on the universal struggles of loss, pain and desperation in a witty and smart portrayal of a man on the edge.

Ted decides to end his mediocre life, but before doing so, he returns to his hometown to revisit the demons of his past: the cruel school teacher; the relentless bully; the girl who got away. While staying with his brother and his dysfunctional family, he makes an unexpected connection with a girl who decides to document his last few days. A motley cast of characters helps Ted realize that life is complicated for everyone and the memories of the past can be reinterpreted.

A compelling story, stellar script and memorable performances make Just Before I Go a film that deeply connects with the audience, and takes them on a journey filled with comedy, angst and love. –Cristin Carlin

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the last time you had fun
Directed by Mo Perkins
USA / 2014 / 78 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Mo Perkins directs an emotional journey of four struggling adults trying to let loose in The Last Time You Had Fun, a lighthearted film about divorce, unhappiness, disloyalty and love.

Meet Ida, Alison, Clark, and Will, who attempt to escape it all for just one night. Trying to recreate the events that inspired the last time Clark could remember having fun (an episode involving a fully stocked stretch limousine), they meet their uninhibited selves, and embark on a night long joy ride of self discovery.

The spot-on ensemble featuring performances by Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Demetri Martin, and Carlyne Yi, will connect with anyone who has ever been in a relationship, and will take audiences on a journey of raucous humor and candor. –Cristin Carlin

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late phases
Directed by Adrián García Bogliano
USA / 2014 / 96 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Crescent Bay is not the best place to live out one's golden years. Once an idyllic retirement community, the secluded neighborhood has been beset by mysterious and deadly attacks. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Stake Land) moves in, the residents immediately take offense to his abrasive personality. But his take-no-prisoners attitude is just what he needs to survive as it becomes clear that the increasingly violent and patterned attacks are beVisit Websiteing caused by beasts that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is harboring something truly sinister in its midst.

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Directed by Khalil Sullins
USA / 2014 / 98 minutes
World Premiere

Listening brings us a powerful debut from director Khalil Sullins, as it skirts the sci-fi genre with its own unique storytelling approach and bold cinematic style. Many of us have fantasized about having the power to read minds but a dark side looms.

In this psychological thriller, a group of penniless graduate students think they have solved their financial problems when they invent a new technology that allows them to share each other's thoughts. What they don't realize is that they have opened up a Pandora's box that will come crashing down on them. As the experiment destroys their relationships and falls into the wrong hands, the audience is presented with a color-saturated vision of a new reality that twists and turns along the way. –Sam Robotham

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little accidents
Directed by Sara Colangelo
USA / 2014 / 104 minutes

After a mine collapses in a small Appalachian community, sole survivor Amos Jenkins (beautifully played by Boyd Holbrook), finds himself embroiled in a court case surrounding the disaster. Families of deceased co-workers expect him to testify that the accident was the coal company's fault while miners untouched by the tragedy want him to keep quiet.

When the son of the mine's boss goes missing, a chain reaction is set off that impacts three very different families and gives an intimate view of what life is really like in the rust-belt.

Debut director Sara Colangelo handles her cast with such sensitivity and finesse that, while steeped in anguish,"Little Accidents" is a beautiful, touching gem. –Ben F. Fischer

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Mahjong and the west
Directed by Joseph Muszynski
USA / 2013 / 93 minutes
World Premiere

Maddy runs a New York interior design firm with her mother, Diane. When a hit and run accident kills Diane, Maddy returns to rural Wyoming for the funeral, for the first time in fifteen years. There, she stays with Shirley, her Mahjong-playing grandmother. But when Maddy reconnects with Kate, an old childhood friend, it reawakens memories of their violent, troubled past. As both women tiptoe around their history, they live hard and booze their way through the mourning process along with Jack and Stewart, two local bull riders.

Immersed in cowboy culture, the girls embark on a kamikaze course, running from the past and toward thrills and comfort. But pressure builds and their extended reunion proves that neither control nor chaos can erase their trauma. And if they can't erase it, they'll either have to make peace with it or set it on fire.


Directed by Peter Anthony
Denmark / 2014 / 105 minutes
World Premiere

No one knows his name. No one knows his story. But everyone owes their life to Stanislav Petrov.

September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saves the world from nuclear Armageddon. Decades later, after his life has unraveled around him, his contribution to the world today is recognized, and he embarks on a spectacular journey to save himself. The Man Who Saved the World seamlessly mixes fact and fiction to create a historical thriller and personal redemption story. This unlikely real life hero reminds us how close we came to Apocalypse, and what the loss of billions of lives looks and feels like.

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patrick's day
Directed by Terry McMahon
Ireland / 2014 / 101 minutes
East Coast Premiere

In Patrick's Day, Terry McMahon writes and directs about the destructive force of love, the question of sanity, the value of intimacy, the impact of memory and the consequence of choice. Patrick, a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic played beautifully by the talented Moe Dunford, falls in love with Karen, a suicidal flight attendant, setting off a magical yet impossible love affair.

Convinced that Karen will either break her son's heart or steal his affection, Patrick's mother enlists the help of dysfunctional detective, who will use his position to help her, for a price.

With exquisite cinematography and stellar performances, audiences are skillfully guided on a ride through a chaotic circus of emotions in this provocative Irish film. –Cristin Carlin

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red robin
Directed by Michael Z. Wechsler
USA / 2013 / 93 minutes
New York Premiere

Judd Hirsch plays Dr. Shellner, a Nobel Prize winning psychiatrist whose work with war refugees has brought him considerable fame. While doing PTSD-related work in war zones decades ago, Shellner adopted three orphans who crossed his path. These now grown children, along with his biological son, have gathered in their childhood home to celebrate their dying father's 75th birthday.

The reunion doesn't turn out quite as Shellner expected when adopted son Tommy, (Ryan O'Nan), accuses him of war crimes and mind control experiments.

Tommy's story starts to take on an element of truth, as strange things begin to unfold. Eerie flashbacks suggest hidden secrets in a long night of accusations and revelations.

The Red Robin combines family drama with psychological thriller, and keeps the audience perched on the edge of their seats to see how it ultimately unfolds. –Ben F. Fischer

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Directed by Kimberly Levin
USA / 2014 / 90:17 minutes

The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town.Gorgeously shot against the backdrop of rural Kentucky's working farms, first-time writer/director Kimberly Levin's beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping debut explores the all too real struggles of the American farming community.

Betty is a fiercely committed matriarch driven to desperate measures by a failing business, her husband's deteriorating health and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. Played by Joanne Kelly, Betty is the beating heart of this sensitive, skillfully written narrative, which flips the standard gender dynamic and brings unexpected insight and realism to an established genre. Called "inexorably powerful" and "riveting" by Variety, Levin's stirring family drama touches on matters of social conscience and environmental justice to ask: How far will we go to save our families?

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Directed by Michael Cohn
USA / 2013 / 100 minutes
World Premiere

When four high school friends venture into the wilderness for a hunting trip, one of the boys shoots a stranger in the woods, mistaking him for a deer. At first the four friends work together in a frantic struggle to save the wounded victim, but when this fails they are paralyzed with fear and uncertainty, and soon become divided about what to do and whether to hide this terrible accident. Increasingly desperate to stay out of trouble they act with the hope of leaving their nightmare behind, yet each decision only deepens their guilt and further ensnares them in a web of unforeseen consequences.

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the sisterhood of night
Directed by Caryn Waechter
USA / 2014 / 102 minutes
North American Premiere

Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser, The Sisterhood of Night is a story of friendship and loyalty set against the backdrop of a modern-day Salem witch trial. Shot on location in Kingston, NY, the film chronicles a group of girls who have slipped out of the world of social media into a mysterious world deep in the woods. The tale begins when Emily Parris exposes a secret society of teenage girls. Accusing them of committing sexually deviant acts, Emily's allegations throw their small American town into the national media spotlight. The mystery deepens when each of the accused takes a vow of silence. What follows is a chronicle of three girls' unique and provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence, revealing the tragedy and humor of teenage years changed forever by the Internet age.

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Uncertain Terms
Directed by Nathan Silver
USA / 2014 / 71 minutes
Produced in the Hudson Valley
East Coast Premiere

Robbie is a guy who's looking for an escape. Venturing to Upstate New York to flee the city and complications of his marriage, he arrives at his aunt's bucolic country home where he hopes to find room to breathe. He soon discovers that the house has been repurposed as a respite home for pregnant teenage girls. Despite doing his best to keep to himself, Robbie soon forms bonds with the girls, stirring up the kinds of emotions that he was attempting to escape and creating an upheaval of jealousy and love triangles where rest and tranquility are meant to be the norm.

Prominent Indie director, Nathan Silver, presents a film inspired by his mother's life. Cindy Silver (Nathan's real life mother) plays a lead role that steals the show. The rest of the cast, comprised of professionals and non actors make this gem of a film authentic. Filled to the brim with scenes that are both poetic and wrenching Uncertain Terms is an original story about how love isn't always as easy as boy meets girl. –Sam Robotham

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white rabbit
Directed by Tim McCann
USA / 2013 / 89 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Told from the inside out with haunting revelations along the way, we first meet Harlon as a vulnerable three-year old, back to camera, as he endures the abuse of his cruel, homophobic and overbearing father. Growing up in gun country and forced to shoot a white rabbit, Harlon's world is soon infiltrated by voices and images that take on increasing ferocity as he becomes the target of schoolyard bullies. His only friends are Julie, an emotionally unstable newcomer, and his best friend Stevie, a vulnerable, undersized side kick.

White Rabbit is a voyage into the heart of madness so skillfully drawn we can't help feeling compassion. Flawless performances coupled with first-rate cinematography in the service of an all too timely subject make this a psychological study you won't want to miss. This is masterful filmmaking. –Barbara Pokras, ACE

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Directed by Frank Hall Green
USA/ 2014 /98 minutes

WildLike is an overwhelmingly beautiful and intoxicating tale of two strangers who cross paths in the wilderness of the Alaskan frontier.

Mackenzie, portrayed by the show stopping young actress Ella Purnell, is sent to live with her uncle who is played by Brian Geraghty in an unnervingly brilliant role. Utterly on her own, she struggles to navigate her way back to her mother in Seattle. Her hapless journey across the last frontier changes we she begins to follow a solitary backpacker, played magnificently by the rugged Bruce Greenwood.

While the breathtaking Alaskan scenery is a sight to behold on screen, the real beauty in this film comes from the actors' extraordinary performances. The characters are undeniable in their complete captivation of the audience. Through Frank Hall Green's impeccable direction, the story is brought to life with both authenticity and wonder. WildLike offers viewers an emotional and provocative film experience that exemplifies the potential caring embedded in human nature. WildLike takes viewers on an adventure of body and soul in an emotionally captivating and provocative film experience.

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young kieslowski
Directed by Kerem Sanga
USA / 2014 / 94 minutes
New York Premiere

Reminiscent of Juno (from the male perspective), The Young Kieslowski combines thoughtful writing and creative directing to bring us a quirky yet touching comedic love story of two teens and a pregnancy.

When Brian Kieslowski, a CalTech physics major and a reluctant virgin, meets Leslie Mallard, a self-proclaimed Christian and bible student, they uncharacteristically experience an intimate night of lovemaking. Due to the unfortunate circumstance of Brian losing Leslie's phone number, the evening turns into a one-night stand and the two go on with their separate lives – until Leslie learns she is pregnant. The earth shattering news brings the teens back together on a turbulent journey of indecisions in which neither they nor the audience can foresee what the outcome will be.

Maintaining an offbeat, humorous style, peppered with awkward situations, amusing dialogue, fanciful imaginings and creative camera work, The Young Kieslowski delivers a touching and thoroughly entertaining story that will capture the hearts of young and old. —Svetlana Krotek

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A Small Section of the World
Directed by Lesley Chilcott
USA / 2014 / 62 minutes
New York Premiere

How many hands touch your morning coffee before you? How many of those hands are women's?

A Small Section of the World is an inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region in Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world. After the men of the village left in search of work the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community for themselves, their families, and their community. The film follows the impact of this remarkable story of perseverance as it touches lives around the globe. The movie features the original song, The Morning by Alanis Morissette and Carlos Tapado Vargas.

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snake gives birth
Directed by Michael Lessac
USA, South Africa/ 2014 / 101 minutes
U.S. Premiere

How do we heal a world where neighbors kill neighbors and violence runs rampant? A diverse group of South African actors try to share a message of rapprochement based on the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in their own country. As the troupe tours war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia, they ignite a highly charged dialogue among people still suffering from the raw memories of recent atrocities in their own countries.

Emotions are right on the surface. This powerful play turns real as the actors question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. Everyone is forced to confront their homeland's violent past and no one comes out of it unscathed. Featuring original music composed on screen for the play by jazz legend Hugh Masekela, A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake brings us full circle to the question of can we put aside our differences to create a world where all people can live with respect and justice. —Ben F. Fischer

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Angel Azul
Directed by Marcelina Cravat
Mexico, USA / 2014 / 71 minutes
New York Premiere

Artist Jason deCaire Taylor is a passionate environmentalist who is concerned about what the world will look like for future generations. Marcy Cravat's beautifully shot film transports us to an underwater world populated by Taylor's hauntingly life-like statues that give birth to an artificial coral reef designed to restore the ecosystem.

Through stunning underwater cinematography, we see his magical creations in various stages of being transformed by coral, algae and other forms of life. We also experience the mentoring of local artisans in the Yucatan peninsula, where Taylor's project is conceived, and the camaraderie that comes from his labor-intensive plaster casting of real people.

As is often the case, Taylor must play the political game as he seeks to install his sculptures in some of the Earth's most beautiful - and endangered - underwater habitats. "Angel Azul," like Taylor's moving artistry, forces us to consider our choices and the impact of climate change already being felt around the world. –David Becker

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Directed by Jon Bowermaster
USA / 2014 / 38 minutes
World Premiere

With a reputation as cold, forbidding and remote, Antarctica can also be a fragile place, home to an incredible variety of life along its edges. Join National Geographic explorer Jon Bowermaster as he and his team travel along the continent's frozen coastline in Antarctica 3D, On The Edge.

The adventurers explore by sea kayak, ice-worthy sailboat and on foot to gain an up-close look and attempt to better understand just how the seventh continent is changing – and in some parts changing very fast -- in part due to a warming ocean. Meet scientists and the wildlife they study up-close and learn about the history of exploration and the continent's future.

From its place anchoring the bottom of the globe, Antarctica might seem too frozen to have any impact on the rest of the planet. But the very fact that it is constantly changing – the sea around it freezing and thawing every year – makes it the planet's beating heart, its rhythm intimately influencing the earth's weather, ocean currents and climate.

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down in shadowland
Directed by Tom DiCillo
USA / 2014 / 66:31 minutes
World Premiere

If the whole of humanity were marched before our eyes, it might resemble Down in Shadowland, a descent into the subterranean universe of the iconic New York City subway. Told in eight parts, each probing ever more deeply into the human psyche, Shadowland is a profound meditation on the human condition.

This is a world where the camera is restless, constantly exploring, unearthing private movements, holding until we are struck with revelation. A telephone receiver hangs down, an impotent reminder of disconnect, like the hordes of people oblivious of one another. Just when we think we're following someone, they disappear. The train itself becomes both serpent and protector, alternately maniacal and comforting. Every strata of life – howling madmen, distracted mothers, sleepy children – reveals itself.

Bold, masterful and entirely unpredictable with a soundtrack that propels us forward with the velocity of the train itself, Shadowland is a remarkable film that leaves no doubt we are in the hands of a master. –Barbara Pokras, ACE

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east jerusalem/west jerusalem
Directed by Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman
Israel/ 2014 / 80 minutes
World Premiere

October 15 screening will be preceded by a VIP Reception, only for ticket holders who purchase $50 VIP tickets. All other ticket buyers will be admitted after VIPs have been seated.

The Premiere screening and Q&A will be followed by a live performance with popular Israeli singer / songwriter & activist David Broza and famed American singer / songwriter Steve Earle. The performance will feature songs from the East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem album and more.

At a time when Israelis and Palestinians seem hopelessly divided, renowned Israeli musician David Broza's new album East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem was created with such a spirit of determined optimism that it's hard not to feel hopeful.

Henrique Cymerman and Erez Miller's film documents the creation of Broza's album, produced by legendary American musician (and part-time Woodstock resident) Steve Earle. The music is rich in converging sounds of Israeli, Palestinian and American musicians.

At its heart, the film is a story about searching for hope by using the power of music to bridge cultural divides and form lasting friendships. In these troubled times, it can be difficult to find even a sliver of optimism. East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem exists in that sliver of light, and it's a welcome change of perspective. The light may be small but it shines brightly, and to watch this film is to bask in the glow of hope. –David Becker


Directed by Ric Burns
USA / 2014 / 97 minutes
World Premiere

Emmy award winning filmmaker Ric Burns focuses his camera on "The National Enquirer" and its legendary founder and editor, Gene Pope, whose outsized personality matched the paper. Pope learned the tricks of the trade from his father, an Italian newspaper editor, and took what was a struggling broadsheet and transformed it into the world's most read tabloid. Burns follows the fascinating and incredible 80 year history of the Enquirer: from being a notorious tabloid to the corner stone of a huge media empire and a major breaking news source.

the hand that feeds
Directed by Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick
USA / 2014/ 88 minutes
New York Premiere

The Hand That Feeds shows what solidarity can do when a small group of restaurant workers in New York City go from invisible laborers to budding union members. In this classic underdog story, we witness the courageous actions of undocumented workers at the Hot and Crusty café in NY City's Upper East Side. Although they are smiling on the job, these workers are subjected to sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who threaten to fire them for calling in sick. When mild-mannered sandwich man Mahoma Lopez has finally had enough, he convinces a few of his co-workers to join him in protest.

Risking deportation and loss of livelihood, the workers, joined by a crew of young organizers, ride out a year-long roller coaster of events to set a historic precedent for low-wage workers. Watching them in action is a deeply humanizing experience that will change how we view peoples' struggle for rights and activism in general. –Ben F. Fischer

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how i got over
Directed by Nicole Boxer
USA / 2014/ 88 minutes
NY Premiere

Is it possible to travel the road from a homeless shelter, tough streets, and a life of abuse and trauma, all the way to stand under the bright lights of The Kennedy Center in Washington DC? This is not an ordinary path, but then again, the women in How I Got Over are far from ordinary.

Lives of addiction and abuse have taught these women to shy away from the public eye, but have also left them with the depth of raw emotions and harrowing traumas that could be mined under the right guidance. Enter the skilled teachers from the Theater Lab of the Dramatic Arts. Under their leadership, which remains steadfast even when a couple of the women are about to walk away, some of the most dramatic human stories you are ever likely to hear come to life. The result is not just mesmerizing, but remarkably professional and accomplished. As you watch the performance, these brave and talented women and those sitting in the packed house at the Kennedy Center are moved to tears of joy and understanding. You will be too. –Svetlana Krotek

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Directed by Ali Akbarzadeh
USA / 2014 / 72 minutes
World Premiere

The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs.
Killswitch is about the battle for control over the Internet. Lawrence Lessig and Tim Wu frame the story of two young hactivists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet.

Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

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limited partnership
Directed by Thomas G. Miller
USA / 2014 / 76 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Limited Partnership is a love story spanning 40 years between two men who fought the system and never gave up. In 1975, Richard, a Filipino-American, married his lover, Tony, an Australian citizen living in the US, thus becoming one of the first gay couples to legally marry. Soon, though, the happy couple received a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating, You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.

Outraged by this blatant show of discrimination, the couple sued the U.S. government, becoming the first to officially seek equal treatment for a same–sex marriage in the U.S. What ensued for the two men was decades of legal battles that mirrored the LGBT marriage and immigration equality movements. Through it all, they never lost their sense of humor and joyous disposition.

A David and Goliath story, Limited Partnership is ultimately both celebratory and inspiring, reminding us that love and tenacity are powerful life tools. –Svetlana Krotek

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little white lie
Directed by Lacey Schwartz
USA / 2014 / 65 minutes
New York Premiere

What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents' own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.

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Directed by Chuck Workman
USA / 2014/ 95 minutes
World Premiere

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work

Directed by Alix Lambert
USA / 2013 / 78 minutes
East Coast Premiere

At first glance, Mentor, Ohio, seems like any other wholesome midwestern town, even earning a spot in Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live. But Mentor's tree-lined streets and marching bands could not prevent the spate of teen suicides caused by relentless bullying and an indifferent school system.

The Vidovic family came to Mentor to escape the war in Croatia only to have their daughter Sladjana commit suicide at age 16 after years of relentless bullying. More interested in maintaining its image than in helping protect vulnerable students, Mentor High School failed to punish the perpetrators.

Eric Mohat, 17, hardly seemed the type to be targeted by bullies. Active in musical theatre, he seemed like a happy kid. Until the day he committed suicide, the family had no idea of the bullying he endured.

Devastating, illuminating and buttressed with a haunting score, director Lambert skillfully documents bullying in the internet age and makes us wonder if Mentor is just the tip of the iceberg. This film is thought provoking and unforgettable. –Barbara Pokras, ACE

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pauly shore stands alone
Directed by Pauly Shore
USA / 2014 / 86 minutes
East Coast Premiere

The full spectrum of human emotions and condition are on display in this brutally honest self-portrait of the sadness behind the clown. Pauly Shore, once a successful stand-up comedian, directs himself in this raw, cinema verite style documentary. Years after his Hollywood golden era of the 90s, Shore sets out up to revive his career – or document its decline – as he goes on the road, through snow-covered towns, appearing in small comedy clubs strewn throughout the midwest. In Shore's typical self-deprecating and free style uncensored performance, he gets his audience to laugh and strangely draws us, the viewer, to empathize with him. While you watch Shore taking charge of his elderly, ailing mother, or exchanging raunchy comments with members of his audience, you find yourself cheering him on and hoping that Pauly Shore will not stand alone for long. –Svetlana Krotek

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Playing with Parkinsons
Directed by Burrill Crohn
USA / 2014/ 50 minutes
World Premiere

Jazz guitarist Sangeeta Michael Berardi played with many of the greats. In 2003, and Berardi was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, however he continued to make music without self pity and with plenty of humor. Now, eight years later, he is making his first CD since his diagnosis. He reunites with musicians from former recording sessions and though his technical skills diminished, he and they have to find the common ground he calls the 'virtuosity of the soul'. Featuring terrific performances, interviews and Sangeeta's views on life, death and beyond, "Playing with Parkinson's" is not just about music, or Parkinson's, but the everyday heroes who walk among us.

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queens & cowboys
Directed by Matt Livadary
USA / 2014/ 92 minutes
New York Premiere

Matt Livadary's Queens & Cowboys leaps from the screen in a rousing and uplifting story with a big heart and a rollicking sense of humor. More than just an entertaining exploration of the rodeo, the film is a high octane, moving portrait of a community whose members support each other inside the arena and out.

We meet these extraordinary men and women who compete over a full season in the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Wade Earp, descendant of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, struggles to keep his rodeo dream alive; young Chris Sherman, who nearly gave up on his love of rodeo before finding his place in the IGRA; and Char Duran, a female bull rider, is determined to win a buckle.

Queens & Cowboys reveals the strength it takes to be gay in the rural west, while busting every stereotype of what makes a "real cowboy." –David Becker

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red lines
Directed by Andrea Kalin and Oliver Lukacs
USA / 2014/ 99 minutes
U.S. Premiere

At first glance, you might think Razan Shalab al-Sham and Mouaz Moustafa are just your average young Middle Eastern professionals – bright, sophisticated and tech savvy. The truth is hardly average – these two are revolutionaries. They are conspirators in a deadly serious collaboration to create a secular, democratic Syria, and the risk is enormous. Mouaz, Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, practices shuttle diplomacy on the international stage, while Razan, from one of Syria's wealthiest families, commands a team of dedicated "smugglers," delivering humanitarian aid, medicine, fighters, money and journalists into Syria.

As the situation deteriorates, the two activists feel certain the West and the free world will intervene once the Red Line – the use of chemical weapons – is crossed. Yet no military aid is forthcoming, even as we witness dead and dying children, victims of a brutal regime intent on destroying its own people. This is a harrowing story, all the more so because it is still going on. Unforgettable, graphic and not for the faint-hearted. –Barbara Pokras, ACE

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Directed by Paul Lazarus
USA / 2014 / 93 minutes

SlingShot focuses on inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's safe water crisis.

Iconoclast, Kamen, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. There are several documentaries currently being produced about the world's dire water challenges. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions.

A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative world view, Kamen is our era's Thomas Edison. He takes on the world's grand challenges one invention at a time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the Ibot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on. Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people's lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world's water supply.

Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens. Dean Kamen has invented an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water (seawater, poisoned well water, river sludge, etc.) into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters. Kamen has nicknamed his device the SlingShot as in the David and Goliath story. In Kamen's imagining, undeveloped countries are filled with little Davids, and just like the biblical slingshot and stone, the SlingShot device is the tiny piece of technology that is going to take down the gigantic Goliath of bad water.

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Stray Dog
Directed by Debra Granik
USA / 2014 / 105 minutes

Director Debra Granik returns to the screen to tell the fascinating story of a man who sparked her imagination while she was filming the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone. Her talent for capturing the honesty of her characters in their natural environment carries through in this gritty, yet surprisingly touching portrait of a man struggling to find peace with himself.

At first glimpse Ron "Stray Dog" Hall is hell on wheels. The chain-smoking, moonshine-drinking, bike-riding tough guy Hall is a Vietnam vet running a trailer park in rural Missouri, still fighting off the demons of his days in service. But quickly Hall's gentle spirit and wounded soul rise to the surface as Stray Dog takes us on a ride along with Hall's endearing Mexican wife and his crew of Harley-riding gentle giants.

Hall's raw pain mixed with eternal respect for all of those who fought the fight with him become an open, touching book. Under Granik's meticulous and loving eyes, his story unfolds. Between concocting his own brand of coffee to standing still in front of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., Stray Dog is a true slice of Americana that is far more layered than first meets the eye. –Cristin Carlin

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two raging grannies
Directed by Håvard Bustnes
Norway / 2013 / 77 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A combination of curiosity and frustration with the status quo drives Shirley and Hinda, two gutsy, nearly 90-year-old American women, to seek answers to the burning question on everyone's mind: How do we get out of this economic mess? In this touching and thought-provoking documentary they challenge the idea that we must continue to shop, consume, amass, and keep the economy growing. Armed with courage, humor, a long friendship and a zest for life, Shirley and Hinda take to cities and towns across the US to engage everyone from the recently homeless to economy students, to growth economists and Wall Street tycoons, questioning the sustainability of continued economic growth, and demonstrating that it is never – ever – too late to get out and make a difference.

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world citizen
Directed by Arthur Kanegis
USA / 2014 / 78 minutes
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A lost piece of history that gives hope for a fabulous future!

In May, 1948, a US Army flyer who was horrified over having bombed civilians, walked into the US Embassy in Paris and officially gave up his national citizenship. Garry Davis astonished Embassy officials by declaring himself the first citizen of the world. His act galvanized war-weary Europe, and along with his succeeding bold actions, sparked a massive movement which helped pave the way for passage of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Bookended by comments from the incomparable Martin Sheen, this forthcoming documentary tells the inspiring story of a former song-and-dance man and Danny Kaye understudy who devoted his life to promoting peace. Director Arthur Kanegis masterfully uses archival footage along with this Broadway actor's on-stage mesmerizing storytelling to present one of the most enlightening histories ever to be shown on film – and what Sheen calls "a roadmap to a better future." Be forewarned: This film may cause you to think that you can change the world!

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Directed by Brant Pinvidic
USA, Canada/ 2014 / 78 minutes
World Premiere

One man's soul searching decision on whether or not he should join Facebook sets him off on an epic journey of self-discovery as he weighs the pros and cons of becoming a member of the world's largest social networking site. Along the way he talks with family, friends, total strangers and even celebrities whose lives have all been touched in one way or another by Facebook. From the long lost high school friend who uses it to stay in touch with classmates, to the pick-up artist who trolls the site to score with women, to the criminal who tracks your every movement to know when to rob your house, the best and the worst of Facebook is on display.

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Directed by Tashi Dhondup
USA / 2013 / 12:28 minutes
New York Premiere

Butter & Cheese is about a nomadic family who live in the highlands of Sikkim, India. Shot at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level, close to India-Tibet border, the film captures the unique lifestyle of the yak herders against the backdrop of the Himalayan mountains, and the process of making yak dairy products such as butter and cheese.

The nomadic couple, who belong to the Sherpa ethnic group, move with their semi-wild yaks as seasons change. In summer, they camp at an altitude of about 14,000 feet in shacks made of wood and plastic sheets. As winter approaches, the nomads and their animals move to lower altitude, though not very far down, in search of pasture. They sell the yak dairy products - butter and cheese - in nearby villages and towns located about 50 miles down the treacherous mountains.

Passing Ellenville
Directed by Gene Fischer and Samuel Centore
USA / 2014 / 16:11 minutes
New York Premiere

Passing Ellenville follows two transgender youths in a small, economically-depressed town in the Catskills mountains of New York. The film is a reaction to the complacent portrayal of transgender youth in national news media. Ashlee and James are at the margins of society, barely surviving on government assistance and food stamps while struggling to find acceptance in their community.

Ashlee, male-to-female, strives to align her orthodox Jewish faith with her transgender identity. James, female-to-male, comes from a history of abuse and family problems. The film juxtaposes two different methods of survival while living under oppression.

Precedes CREEP
Directed Davur Djurhuus
Faroe Islands, UK / 2013 / 10 minutes
North American Premiere

Children are playing on the playground, while people are making their way to work. It seems to be just another day in the streets of London, except it's not. A group of Londoners will forever be affected by the actions of one man…


Directed by Gavin Bond and Ian Abercomby
Australia / 2013 / 34:30 minutes

A quirky and passionate rocumentary that chronicles a fan's thirty year obsession with rock musician Todd Rundgren. The film combines rare archival and historical footage with interviews, to weave an intriguing narrative about a Woodstock icon.

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Directed by The Brothers McLeod
UK / 2014 / 7 minutes
East Coast Premiere

From the BAFTA Award winning animation studio of The Brothers McLeod. Greg animated one second of animation every day for the 365 days of the year 2013. There was no story line, script or story board. The ideas come from things read, seen or experienced on the day, with a little artistic license for good measure.

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Bless You
Directed by David Barlow-Krelina
Canada / 2014 / 2:42 minutes

A man takes the subway. Inside his brain, a countdown clock hits zero and a little person prepares for lift-off. The man sneezes.

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Car Park
Directed by Ant Blades
USA / 2013 / 1:23 minutes

A simple shopping trip goes horribly wrong

Dam Keeper
Directed by Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
USA / 2013 / 18 minutes

Set in a desolate future, one small town's survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.

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Dirdy Birdy
Directed by John Dilworth
USA / 2014 / 8 minutes

A wide-eyed bird has difficulty expressing his love for an emotional remote cat.

Directed by Bill Plympton
USA / 2014 / 4 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster.

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In The Beginning
Directed by Arthur Metcalf
USA / 2014 / 2:32 minutes

There can be no doubt a little girl had a hand in creation. Her fingerprints are everywhere.

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Isle of Seals
Directed by Edmunds Jansons
Latvia / 2014 / 6 minutes
North American Premiere

In the middle of a grey sea there is a grey isle. On this grey island seals and hunters live together in a cruel balance. Life is simple and harsh.One day, a photographer arrives to document this everyday life. For him it turns out to be deadly complicated.

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Monkey Rag
Directed by Joanna Davidovich
USA / 2013 / 3:45 minutes

Monkey Rag is a traditionally animated throwback to the musical cartoons of yore. Inspired by the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers, Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

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My Kingdom
Directed by Debra Solomon
USA / 2014 / 4 minutes

A film about personal space written from a poem by W.H. Auden from 'The Birth of Architecture.' In the past, one's personal space might have included a castle surrounded by rolling hills and a moat. My personal space is a space bubble that is obscured by only 24 inches around my body and zero inches on the subway. Everybody has a threshold of tolerance for space, either in the city, suburb or country side, but one can only handle so much at a time!

Phillip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness
Directed by Patrick Smith
USA / 2014 / 5:34 minutes

Philip Seymour Hoffman talks about life, death and happiness.

Directed by Brandon Oldenburg and Limbert Fabian
USA / 2014 / 2:40 minutes

Two street performers dream of bringing their "Picture and Sound Show" to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound, traveling through movie history to find the audience they always wanted.

Directed by Signe Baumane
USA / 2014 / 3:28 minutes

A man meets a woman on NYC subway and they flirt until it hurts.

Twiller Parkour #2
Directed by Morgan Miller
USA / 2014 / 1 minute
New York Premiere

Jeff's second attempt at parkour.

Why Do I Study Physics
Directed by Xiangjun Shi
USA / 2014 / 3:14 minutes

I decided to study Physics in college because, since childhood I have been enchanted by the idea of perfection. However, while seeking a rational world, irrationality shadows every step of my journey. Is this a pursuit destined to end in a dilemma?

Zhukya (The Gum)
Directed by Olga Makarchuk
UK / 2014 / 7:41 minutes

The Gum is an outcast, constantly neglected and forced to adjust to circumstances. After a random meeting with another rejected soul – a plastic bag – dreams expand.

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Gloom (Perfidia)
Directed by David Figueroa García
MEXICO, USA / 2013 / 25 minutes

When Lucia's father dies under mysterious circumstances, the hierarchies of the household shift, and Lázaro, the driver, feels that this might be his only chance to resolve his desire for her. Without realizing it, Lázaro will be caught between Lucia's attempts to exorcise the demons left from the relationship with her father and this attraction, which, slowly, is turning into an obsession.

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Directed by Trey Edward Shults
USA / 2013 / 14:13 minutes

Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When Krisha decides to join her family for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her demons at bay

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Directed by Cyril Aris
Lebanon/USA / 2013 / 13:20 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Childishly and innocently in love, a couple, in their late twenties, and expecting a baby, receive devastating news concerning the condition of their future daughter. The wife resorts to her religion, finding the strength to accept whatever God sends her, while the husband pushes her to get an illegal abortion.

Winter Morning (Vetrarmorgun)
Directed by Sakaris Stórá
Faroe Islands / 2014 / 19 minutes
East Coast Premiere

Winter Morning (Vetrarmorgun) is a story about two girls in their early teens whose friendship has led them to a turning point in their lives.
Dealing with love, friendship and identity, the film brings up a universal subject about teenagers struggling with stigmas. Told through the unique atmosphere of a small town community of the Faroe Islands, an isolated archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean.

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5 Ways to Die
Directed by Daina Papadaki
Cyprus / 2013 / 15 minutes
New York Premiere

How many ways are there to commit suicide? Can a suicide attempt be considered successful? Makis, disappointed by a loveless marriage, over-analyzes this subject, struggling to achieve the most ideal result.

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All the Pain in the World
Directed by Tommaso Pitta
UK / 2014 / 12:20 minutes
East Coast Premiere

London. Christmas time. A man is desperately trying to save the life of a minuscule fish, but the situation spirals out of control. Based on the short story 'All the pain in the world' by Michele Mari.

Directed by Jonathan Van Tulleken
UK / 2013 / 15:35 minutes

Christmas Eve. An enormous explosion tears through the winter woods of Lapland, burning presents, like festive shrapnel, hurtle through the dusk sky. Santa and his elf, Anthony, have crash-landed, in the middle of nowhere on their busiest night. It's a perilous situation for the festive duo: all the reindeer are dead except a badly injured Rudolph and the sleigh is a flaming wreck. On top of this Anthony's best elf friend Jonathan hangs dead in one of the trees and Santa, a brutal taskmaster at the best of times, seems to care only for himself. In fact Santa's not worried at all, he's more interested in celebrating Christmas and not letting some of the treats that survived the crash go to waste.

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Jewish Girls are Easy
Directed by Charlotte Glynn
USA / 2013 / 13:12 minutes
World Premiere

Tova has a Passover Seder to throw but her brother Sol who is supposed to bring the main course is nowhere to be found. To make matters worse, Colin, Tova's most recent one night stand, thinks the hickey on her breast is the Virgin Mary and refuses to leave her side. Will Tova be able to find Sol in time for the Seder, get rid of Colin, and save Passover?

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Directed by Lucas Spaulding
USA / 2013 / 9 minutes

Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever from the hit ABC television show, Castle star in Sequestered a sharp allegorical tale of political conviction gone wrong. Shot on the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles, Sequestered premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film festival and has been turning heads ever since. A onetime resident of Woodstock, the film's director, Lucas Spaulding is thrilled to bring his film to the community he once called home.

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Frank and Azalee Austin
Directed by Zachary Kerschberg
USA / 2014 / 10 minutes

Frank, a native New Yorker and Azalee, a Nigerian nursing student, have their first immigration interview after getting married, but when their stories break down, deeper truths are revealed, changing all three lives.

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Market Hours
Directed by Jon Goldman
USA / 2014 / 14:30 minutes

Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of various vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works: none more so than Angela, an angel with her own pastry shop. But Randall's inattention to his work has lead to a string of thefts and soon threatens to cost him his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet and her lapdog provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, but a chance to prove his worth to everyone at the market – including himself.

Night Hawks
Directed by Jun Bung Lee
UK / 2014 / 31 minutes
North American Premiere

The lives of three lonely strangers in the city interconnect: a blind man with an obsession, a boy who sees the world differently, and a girl who is more than meets the eye.

So You've Grown Attached
Directed by Kate Tsang
USA / 2014 / 15 minutes
New York Premiere

An off-beat comedy about Ex, an imaginary friend, who is forced to consider retirement when his creator, Izzy, starts to grow up.

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Captive Radio
Directed by Lauren Rosenfeld
USA, Columbia / 2012 / 23 minutes

Every Sunday morning, men and women in captivity deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. Captive Radio tells the story of two families that use the unique radio program to communicate with their loved ones held hostage by rebel guerrilla groups in Colombia. The film follows the harrowing personal accounts of the police major, Guillermo Solórzano, and the parents of Juan Camilo Mora, who have waited six years for news of their kidnapped son. Their stories represent the thousands of people marred by kidnapping who desperately seek a way to cope with separation and find it through The Voices of Kidnapping.

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Our Curse (Nasza Klatwa)
Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski
Poland / 2013 / 27:32 minutes

Our Curse is the director's personal story about himself and his wife as they learn to live with their newborn son Leo's rare medical condition. The disease is called Ondine's curse, scientifically referred to as Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, causing the sufferer to stop breathing when he or she falls asleep, and there's no cure for it. Director Tomasz Sliwinski uses the camera as a diary in which visits to the hospital, the first day at home, the first outing and other daily activities are interspersed with scenes in which he and his wife voice their thoughts and fears. Gradually, their existential considerations disappear and we only see images like in the home movies of any "normal" family.

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The War Photographers
Directed by Steven Kochones
USA / 2013 / 28 minutes
New York Premiere

The War Photographers recounts the personal experiences of award-winning photojournalists who risk their lives covering conflict in the world's most dangerous war zones. Intimate interviews and gripping imagery reveal stories of sacrifice, courage and the emotional toll endured by photographers and their subjects. Stories include New York Times photographer Joao Silva revisiting sites in his native South Africa, recalling the violence that led to that country's first democratic elections in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson travels to Midland, Texas, for the final shoot of his project documenting the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war. Other photographers shares their firsthand experiences covering conflict in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and the Middle East.


Against The Wind
Directed by Tomasz Gubernat, Christopher Nostrand
USA / 2014 / 8:22 minutes
World Premiere

Against The Wind follows a handful of practitioners of the almost forgotten sport as they take advantage of one of the coldest winters the Hudson River Valley has seen in decades. These yachters are intent on taking full advantage of one of the deepest, longest ice sheets on the Hudson in years, knowing they might not see its like again anytime soon.

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Catskill Park
Directed by Nina Warren
USA / 2014 / 13:33 minutes
World Premiere

What's so special about the Catskills? Why has this area inspired so many over the last two centuries? The film explores this question in interviews with many who have discovered the magic of this place. They consider the historical role of the Catskills as a mecca for recreation, health, and artistic pursuits. They consider their personal connections to The Catskills. And they look at its critical role as the watershed that not only supplies water to millions in the New York metropolitan area but stands as a role model for the rest of the country. Interviews include artists, historians, environmentalists, farmers, residents and visitors.

The Game Changer
Directed by Indrani Kopal
USA / 2014 / 17:25 minutes
World Premiere

Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since.

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Twelve-Foot Tall Rabbits of Rokeby Farms
Directed by Samuel Crow, Rubi Rose
USA / 2014 / 22 minutes
World Premiere

Every year, novice and expert puppet makers alike converge on a farm in New York's Hudson Valley to build giant-scale puppets for the New York City Village Halloween Parade. Under the direction of Alex and Sophia from Superior Concept Monsters, a full performance is designed, built, and choreographed, all leading up to the big night of the parade, where millions of people around the world will watch them come to life in the largest Halloween celebration on the planet.

The performance and its twelve-foot-tall puppets take a full month to create, with Alex, Sophia, and their team of volunteers struggling against deadlines, creative chaos and the natural limits of corrugated cardboard. As if that weren't enough, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded, arrives at the worst possible moment, threatening everything they've worked so hard to build.

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Waning Wolf
Directed by Ian Todaro
USA / 2014 / 17:10 minutes
World Premiere

Waning Wolf tells the story of Atka, a traveling ambassador wolf who helps teach people about wolves and the importance they have in the wild while at the same time dispelling myths and stigmas that are associated with wolves.


Star Without a Name
Directed by Ariel Cohen
Israel / 2013 / 21 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A Sudanese refugee needs to decide which life he is going to save, his family or his own.

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They Came at Night
Directed by Andrew Ellis and Alex Mallis
USA / 2013 / 19:20 minutes

In a desperate attempt to return home, an abducted child soldier risks his life to flee from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) deep in central Africa after years of being forced to fight. When capture appears imminent, he encounters a stranger who must decide whether to help him – risking his own life, and the respect of his community.

Too Alone
Directed by Chi Kit Chan
Hong Kong / 2013 / 23:51 minutes
New York Premiere

A man wakes up from a stupor amid the wreckage of a birthday party. As he confronts his situation, his mind races through the chain of events that have impacted his life and those closest to him.

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Directed by Jonathan Wysocki
USA / 2014 / 6 minutes
New York Premiere

Jake has agreed to move in with his boyfriend Anthony, so Anthony decides they should buy a new mattress. The simple errand, however, quickly stirs Jake's fears about the impending move. What starts as a witty spat about different tastes in beds devolves into a deep uncertainty about the future of their relationship.

The Lipstick Stain
Directed by Dagny Looper
USA / 2013 / 9:30 minutes

Abandoned by her mother, young Addie goes to live with her father at his funeral home in Arkansas. Addie lives in her own silent world until her new family decides to test her by visiting a corpse in the middle of Christmas dinner.

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Points of Origin
Directed by Anya Leta
INDIA / 2014 / 19 minutes

New Yorkers RJ and Rosemary have been trying to have a baby for the past eight years. Upon arriving in Mumbai to begin the process of embryo transfer to a surrogate mother, things start to go awry. The pressure leading up to the procedure leaves them vulnerable as they face one of the most important experiences of their lives. Will RJ and Rosemary's relationship survive the controversial process of surrogacy to have the family they've always wanted? Or will their doubts consume them before it's too late?

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Directed by Iva Gocheva
USA / 2014 / 12:26 minutes
World Premiere

Guided by an off screen interviewer, Sunday follows a young Bulgarian woman in New York dealing with the harsh reality of her expired Visa. Through a cascade of images and events from her final days in the city, we see her building anxiety as she begins to realize the beauty and impermanence of her existence.

The Young Housefly
Directed by Laurence Vannicelli
USA / 2013 / 8 minutes
East Coast Premiere

An amorous housefly yearns to be known by the beautiful young woman he loves.

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Satellite Beach
Directed by Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson
USA / 2014 / 26 minutes

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager, navigates the missions on his own accord while the citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

Suffering Kind
Directed by Kevin Liddy
USA/Ireland / 2014 / 26 minutes
North American Premiere

The Suffering Kind is a story about Michael Hannan, a sanitation worker in the town of Newburgh, upstate New York, who, recently sober, is getting through the days as best he can. Card games with the local priest, Father Jim, are about the height of it now as Michael whiles the hours away, his woman gone though still around, his road getting narrower, his nights longer. Father Jim is an inner city priest doing what he can for his congregation and keeping an eye on Michaels's sobriety. A chance encounter with his past sets Michael off on a journey where the past is like a sad lullaby that haunts him so close it's all he can hear. Then one morning reality comes knocking.

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Fallen Sun
Directed by Ivan Andrijanic
USA / 2013 / 3 minutes

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Globe Trot
Directed by Mitchell Rose
USA / 2013 / 4:30 minutes

An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each contribute two seconds of movement by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller.

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Organs-The Uncluded
Directed by Rob Shaw
USA / 2013 / 3:13 minutes

The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video 'Organs' by rock duo The Uncluded. Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects.

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Pale Little Ghost Girl-Mark Donato
Directed by Beck Underwood
USA / 2014 / 4 minutes

A man is haunted by a ghost.

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Start Again-Bishop Allen

Directed by Brad and Brian Palmer
USA / 2014 / 3:48 minutes

Falling asleep and waking up all over again.

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Start Again-Bishop Allen
Directed by Chad Smith and Justin Rice
USA / 2014 / 4:38 minutes

Bishop Allen's new video for Start Again takes us on a journey through their hometown of Kingston, NY.

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Start Again-Bishop Allen

Directed by Juliet Lashinsky-Revene, Marc Fratello
USA / 2014 / 4:15 minutes

A collage of living portraits.

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Whiskey Pick-Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones
Directed by Emily Carragher
USA / 2014 / 3:35 minutes

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones perform their single "Whiskey Pick" off their new album, "Luck Maker."

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Yarmouth Road-Mike Gordon
Directed by Philip Andelman
USA / 2014 / 4:07 minutes

Do-it-yourselfer goes terribly wrong.

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Your Direction-The Boy Dahlia
Directed by Lauren Rachel Brady
USA / 2014 / 4:42 minutes

Love, loss and lunch.
The premiere music video from San-Francisco based musical duo, The Boy Dahlia.

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The End of War
Directed by Bernard E. James
Canada / 2014 / 9 minutes
New York Premiere

The End of War follows three Allied soldiers as they approach the last minutes of combat during WWI.

Directed by Jesse Kreitzer
USA / 2013 / 11:33 minutes

In 1941, folklorist Alan Lomax was sent from the Library of Congress to the Mississippi Delta to record an oral history of the blues lineage. Hauling 500 pounds of recording equipment powered by his car battery, Lomax venture across nameless roads to discover the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung.

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One Armed Man
Directed by Tim Guinee
USA / 2014 / 27 minutes
New York Premiere

CW Rowe has it all. He owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin's machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But today is anything but a normal day.

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Directed by Merav Elbaz Belschner
USA / 2014 / 13 minutes
East Coast Premiere

A Dane is pointing a gun to a Writer's head, demanding a story. When The Writer tries to talk his way out of it The Dane leaves him no choice but to give him what he wants. Reluctantly The Writer starts to tell a story, but as the story unfurls a series of events ensues, resulting in The Writer never finishing his story.

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The Adults
Directed by Jack Fessenden
USA / 2014 / 17 minutes
World Premiere

A dinner party with a twist.

Black Rock Creek
Directed by Malone Lumarda
USA / 2013 / 5:17 minutes
New York Premiere

A young girl takes a mystical walk along beautiful Black Rock Creek.


City So Fine
Directed by Michael Stevantoni
Canada / 2013 / 4:01 minutes

Khaya Cohen performing her original song City So Fine.

Food Fight
Directed by Ejaniia Clayton and Nyzeria Bush
USA / 2014 / 10 minutes
New York Premiere

Food Fight explores the challenges of eating healthy facing inner city communities by highlighting the stories of people who are growing their own food and engaging in the battle for food justice.

Directed by Morgana McKenzie
Canada / 2014 / 10 minutes
New York Premiere

At age six, Jan was miraculously revived after her body was retrieved from the frozen river that consumed her parents. Now, after a lifetime of experiencing visions of others' pain and suffering, thirteen year old Jan hopes to intervene on fate and prevent a murder.

In The Land of the Blind (Regione Caecorcum)
Directed by Drew Goldsmith
USA / 2013 / 3 minutes
New York Premiere

The 16th century humanist, Erasmus, espoused "In regione caecorum rex est luscus," which translated means, "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." But contemporary, social models of disability challenge Erasmus's logic. If a society is built with blind persons as the norm, it might be the person with sight who feels disabled, as this short stop-motion animation illustrates.

Minimum Max
Directed by Joshua Ovalle
USA / 2014 / 3:09 minutes

A brief and powerful first-hand account from high school student, Max, who must navigate through the world of ADD and all the medications that come along with it. Ultimately, he must make a choice between medicated better grades, or accepting his ADD and poor grades; but in the end, be happy.

Directed by Alexander Bergmann
Germany / 2013 / 17 minutes
New York Premiere

Momentum is a film that deals with conflict in human life. It's about failure and success represented by two intervening principles embodied in men and women. The gist is mutual understanding and the change in life.
The film shows how two young people come together in an unexpected situation in their lives. They see each other for the first time in a library. At a second meeting they notice that they have the same interests and needs. Their initial conversation develops into an intense discussion. Everything revolves around a mysterious book which offers wisdom from an ancient time. Based upon their past experience, they have a difference of opinion about the book's message, which leads to a fundamental disagreement among them. They go their separate ways for the time being. Eventually they begin to acquire a better understanding of each other's position.

Forced to face their own doubts and misgivings, they begin to understand how their different approach to life complements each other. They learn to let go of the past and confidently look to the future.

The Noise Eater
Directed by Emma Pittelman and Casey Hall
USA / 2014 / 2 minutes
World Premiere

A young girl take a chance and gains an unusual friend.

The Oracle Stayed at Home
Directed by Dante Kanter
USA / 2014 / 1 minutes
World Premiere

If you knew all things past and present, would you be able to get off the couch?

Directed by Emma Pittelman
USA / 2014 / 2 minutes
World Premiere

Layered images dance with each other in this experimental video.

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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 premieres 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.

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