To preserve their culture, the Pamir Kirghiz people have migrated across Central Asia from the U.S.S.R to China to Afghanistan to Pakistan and finally to remote eastern Turkey, but now they face the most serious threat to their traditions, globalization. Using a variety of techniques, this fascinating, at times comic doc, is as enjoyable as it is informative. | Read MoreDocumentary
Sam hates the scary movies his parents force him to watch on “family movie night.” But on one such movie night in 1982 the horror seems to be coming from his own suburban home. Is that Dad upside—down in gravity boots, or is that a vision from the twilight zone? | Read More
On his way to a statistics conference, John Wilkins is the victim of a freak accident, sucked out of a plane when an emergency door fails mid-flight at 43,000 Feet.
Screening as part of the Shorts: Status Update program. | Read More
In this sardonic comedy set in Los Angeles, Owen (Paul Schneider) is a failed novelist who now makes his living writing tabloid biographies. After an earthquake hits, he decides to skip town and start a new life on the East Coast. However, his plans go awry when he meets the woman of his dreams at the airport. | Read More
A provocative yet charming take on digital communication, this debut follows a teen caught between her stepdad (who records the family's supposedly perfect life online), her real father (now a transsexual), and the refuge of her online life as she searches for meaningful connections. | Read MoreFemale Director(s)
In the fairytale retold, the most famous bachelors in history, the Seven Dwarves, live deep within a female-free-zone of the Enchanted Forest, but they cannot resist the innocent charms of Snow White when she enters their world. So when the evil queen (Nina Hagen) abducts her, it is up to the dwarves to save her life. One of the highest-grossing German films of all time. | Read More
One of the most sexually explicit English-language films ever made outside the porn industry, Winterbottom's raw depiction of a brief encounter between a British glaciologist and a young American abroad, punctuated with concert footage of bands including the Dandy Warhols and Franz Ferdinand, searches for a relationship's truth in its physical expression. Explicit sexual content; for mature audiences only. A Tartan Films release. | Read More
Slipping through the predawn darkness over highways, through traffic and across the border, Palestinian construction workers go to work clandestinely in Israel every day. Haar's raw, handheld photography follows workers who build their own border shanty community to enter Israel more easily, with no choice but to risk their lives simply to earn a living. In Arabic. A Koch Lorber Release. | Read MoreDocumentary
The title of Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan's latest album, 90 Millas,
refers to the distance between Cuba and southern Florida, a region that
has become synonymous with Latin culture. At the core of that culture is
its music, and Gloria's husband Emilio captured the blood, sweat and
tears that went into the new record in this very intimate film about the
In this magical tale set in Uruguay, a cheerful and dynamic eleven-year-old named Obdulio sells newspapers and lives with his grandmother and two sisters. Everyone tries to convince him to go to school, but he proclaims his "working man" status. One night, he meets a watchman who is full of magical visions and gifts. Reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and the films of Fellini, this gem for viewers of all ages is a celebration of life, the beauty of friendship, and the magic of knowledge.
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The "slasher" film will always have a place at the high school sleepover party but horror is no longer relegated to the teenage market. Recent releases, both remakes or originals, are raising the bar of what was once a B-list genre and proving that the movie going audience loves a good fright.
Panelists: Peter Block (Lions Gate Films) | Read More