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2017 FILM GUIDE

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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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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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ELIÁN

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Directed By: Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell
  • Country: USA, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland
Thanksgiving, 1999: Two fishermen on the Florida Straits find a young Cuban boy, Elián González, floating alone in an inner tube. Their discovery evolves into a custody battle between Elián’s Cuban father and his Miami-located relatives that brings the conflict between Cuba and the U.S. to the forefront. Eighteen years later, ELIÁN, executive produced by Alex Gibney, gives the now grown-up Elián the chance to tell his own side of the story. | Read More
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
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THE FAMILY I HAD

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Directed By: Katie Green and Carlye Rubin
  • Country: USA
In The Family I Had, a mother recalls how her seemingly brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act. Now, left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in this moving true crime exploration of the nature and limits of familial love. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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THE FARTHEST

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Directed By: Emer Reynolds
  • Country: Ireland
On the 40th anniversary of Voyager’s twelve-billion-mile flight (and counting), experience a comprehensive behind-the-scenes account from those who built and nurtured this unprecedented deep space achievement. Emer Reynolds creates a vivid celebration of curiosity and exploration for the most audacious project in human history, and one of humankind’s greatest successes. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary
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FOR AHKEEM

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest
  • Country: USA
Beginning one year before the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Levine and Van Soest’s intimate and cinematic For Ahkeem is the coming of age story of 17-year-old Daje Shelton in neighboring North St. Louis. Falling in love and fighting with mom, Daje struggles with typical teen growing pains, but also must increasingly combat the institutional and social roadblocks that keep black teens like her from succeeding in America. | Read More
Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)
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FRANK SERPICO

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Antonino D'Ambrosio
  • Country: USA
With unprecedented access to a notoriously reclusive subject, Antonino D’Ambrosio creates a powerful portrait of Frank Serpico, the former NYPD officer who in the 1970s blew the whistle on the corruption and payoffs running rampant in the department. The true story that inspired Sidney Lumet’s American crime classic that bears his name. | Read More
Thriller, Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), TFF Alumni

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