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2017 FILM GUIDE

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COPWATCH

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Directed By: Camilla Hall
  • Country: USA
Copwatch is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. In her feature film debut, director Camilla Hall crafts an intriguing and timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists- including Ramsey Orta who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal arrest- who seek to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, First Time Filmmaker
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DABKA

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Directed By: Bryan Buckley
  • Country: USA
When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. Based on the true story of one reporter’s risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia. | Read More
Drama, TFF Alumni
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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Goldfarb
  • Country: USA
Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, Dare to Be Different is a nostalgic look at WLIR 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a US audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities.

After the Premiere Screening: A live music tribute to WLIR from A Flock of Seagulls, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, and The Alarm. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker
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THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: David France
  • Country: USA
Featuring never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, Academy Award nominee David France (How to Survive a Plague) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement. | Read More
Documentary, LGBT
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THE DEPARTURE

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Directed By: Lana Wilson
  • Country: USA
Lana Wilson follows up her award-winning film, After Tiller, with this profile of Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest renowned for saving the lives of countless suicidal people. But Nemoto, suffering from heart disease and supporting his wife and young son, risks his life carrying the heavy emotional load to support those who no longer want to live. When saving others takes such a toll, can he find the resiliency to save himself? | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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DEVIL'S GATE

  • Section: Midnight
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Directed By: Clay Staub
  • Country: USA, Canada
Struggling to overcome a recent professional tragedy, a tough-as-nails FBI agent (Amanda Schull) heads to a small North Dakota town to investigate the disappearance of a local woman and her young son. The search leads to the missing woman’s husband’s (Milo Ventimiglia) secluded farm, on which answers, new mysteries, and God-fearing terrors await. Not to mention, they need to figure out what is going on down in the basement. | Read More
Thriller, Science Fiction, First Time Filmmaker
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THE DINNER

  • Section: Spotlight Narrative
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Directed By: Oren Moverman
  • Country: USA
Two brothers, congressman Stan and caustic former teacher Paul, are locked in sibling rivalry and are forced to come head to head over a dinner with their wives. As the two couples (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall) sit down to dine, their dark family secrets are drudged on to the table along with the main course, in this adaptation of the Herman Koch bestseller. | Read More
Drama, New York, NY Director(s), Food
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THE DIVINE ORDER

  • Section: International Narrative Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Petra Volpe
  • Country: Switzerland
Political leaders in Switzerland cited ‘Divine Order’ as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)
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DOG YEARS

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Directed By: Adam Rifkin
  • Country: USA
Vic Edwards (Burt Reynolds) was one of the biggest movie stars in the world, known for his mustachioed good looks and cocky swagger. With his Hollywood glory a distant memory, the now-octogenarian Vic is prompted to reassess his life with the passing of his beloved dog and the arrival of an invitation to receive a lifetime achievement award from the (fictional) International Nashville Film Festival. | Read More
Drama
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DUMB: THE STORY OF BIG BROTHER MAGAZINE

  • Section: Midnight
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 79 minutes
  • Directed By: Patrick O'Dell
  • Country: USA
Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine charts the rise and fall of the irreverent, boundary-pushing “Big Brother Magazine”, whose taboo-breaking stunts and unapologetically crass humor spawned MTV’s Jackass and a generation of skaters. Featuring a trove of original footage and interviews with the magazine’s major players, Dumb celebrates the lowbrow legacy of this touchstone of 90’s counterculture. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker

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