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THEATRICAL starts June 7, 2013PEACHES DOES HERSELF A film by Peaches
2012 / 80 min / Germany
You came to see a rock show...
On the advice of a 65 year old stripper, Peaches makes music that is sexually forthright. Her popularity grows and she becomes what her fans expect her to be, Transsexual. She falls in love with a beautiful Shemale but Peaches gets her heart broken and has to realize who she really is.
Described as an anti jukebox musical or the jukebox musical that got a sex change.
Peaches wrote, directed and played the role of Peaches, herself. Visit Peaches Official Blog
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, 2013. Following the film's screening party with Peaches and friends! (Facebook Invite)
NOW PLAYING!GRACELAND A film by Ron Morales
2012 • Philippines/ USA • 84 mins • Colour • In Tagalog with English subtitles.
Family man Marlon Villar is the long-time driver of Manuel Chango, a corrupt Filipino congressman. One afternoon, while driving his and Chango’s preteen daughters home from school, the three are violently ambushed in a kidnapping attempt. When the attempt goes horribly awry, the wrong girl is taken, and the driver's life takes a sudden, terrifying turn. Left as the only witness to the crime, Marlon’s loyalty is called into question. As events unravel further, he, Chango, and their families become ensnared in a downward spiral of betrayal and deceit that will ultimately leave no one innocent.ChristCORE A film by Justin Ludwig
Produced by: Robin Schlaht and Justin Ludwig
2012/ 74 Minutes/ Canada
ChristCORE is an inside look at the explosive subculture of Christian hardcore music which is surging across North America. Filmmaker and atheist punk rocker Justin Ludwig goes on tour with two evangelical hardcore bands -- driven newcomers Messengers and Christcore superstars Sleeping Giant -- culminating in the important Cornerstone Christian Music Festival. The tribulations of touring combine with the trials of preaching from the stage for these talented musicians and devoted evangelical Christians.WRONG A film by Quentin Dupieux
2012 • USA/ France • 94 mins • Colour
From electronic musician-turned-director/writer/editor/cinematographer/composer Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Steak) Wrong is a willfully surreal comedy, which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, about a man’s frantic search for his kidnapped dog and the strange characters he encounters along the way. Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others. In his journey to find Paul, Dolph may lose something even more vital – his mind. A limited theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013.IN YOUR DREAMS
A film by: Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart
100 min / In English / USA
Decadent rock star, ’70s survivor, gypsy songbird, white-winged dove—the inimitable Stevie Nicks has entranced millions of fans worldwide with her poetic lyrics, sultry singing and featherand-lace style. In 2010 Nicks embarked on the recording of a new solo album, In Your Dreams, produced by former Eurythmics mastermind Dave Stewart. With cameras in tow, documentarian Stewart and diva Nicks set up shop in her home studio and reveal their collaborative creative process. Shifting dynamically among video formats, painstaking recording sessions and revealing interviews, this magic-tinged musical journey is a loving and tuneful portrait of the eternally bewitching Gold Dust Woman.LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE A film by Abbas Kiarostami
2012 / Japan / France / 109 Minutes / In Japanese with English Subtitles
An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of twenty four hours bears no relation to the circumstances of their encounter.
More info coming soon!WAKE IN FRIGHT A film by Ted Kotcheff
1971 / Australia/ USA / 114 mins / Colour
In 60s Australia, John Grant (Gary Bond), is an Education Department bonded teacher at a tiny outback school. Making his way to Sydney for the holidays, John takes the train but stops overnight in Bundayabba. Drawn into the 'Yabba's' culture of drinking and gambling, he becomes embroiled in the locals' insular and threatening world.MIAMI CONNECTION A film by Y.K. Kim and Woo-sang Park
1987 / USA / 83 mins / Colour
The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice. When not chasing beach bunnies or performing their hit song “Against the Ninja,” Mark (kung-fu master/inspirational speaker Y.K. Kim) and the boys are kicking and chopping at the drug world’s smelliest underbelly. It’ll take every ounce of their blood and courage, but Dragon Sound can’t stop until they’ve completely destroyed the dealers, the drunk bikers, the kill-crazy ninjas, the middle-aged thugs, the “stupid cocaine”...and the entire MIAMI CONNECTION!!!
Toronto screenings sponsored by: Canadian Music WeekLEVIATHAN A film by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
2012 / 87 Minutes/ France / United Kingdom / USA
Leviathan is a feature-length film about men at sea and fish on boats. It offers an appreciation for the sensory experience, labor, and political and ecological stakes of one of the oldest endeavors that has been an important part of human history since the Paleolithic. Shot off the coast of the mythic city of Moby Dick, with eleven cameras swapping hands between the filmmakers and fishermen, in an effort to create a form of collective experimentation that gives free reign to the perspectives of both fishermen and their catch, the film seeks to capture the many ways in which human, animal, and machine; beauty and horror; and life and death all merge in uncanny ways in the world of contemporary commercial fishing.SHEPARD & DARK A film by Treva Wurmfeld
2012 / USA / 89 Minutes
Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (The Right Stuff), while Dark was a homebody with a penchant for letter writing, photography, and supporting himself with odd jobs from dog-catcher to deli worker. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983 leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters.LUNARCY! A film by Simon Ennis
2012 / Canada / 80 Minutes
With wry humor and affection, LUNARCY! follows a group of disparate individuals who share one thing in com- mon; they’ve all devoted their lives to the Moon. From the former ventriloquist who’s made millions selling Moon lots to the young man who’s resolved to depart for Luna (permanently) LUNARCY! is a touching and comic por- trait of passion, obsession and quixotic dreams.
World Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - Read More!GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS A film by Ben Shapiro
2012 / USA / 77 mins / Colour / In English
Reel Artists Film Festival, invites you to the new, visually arresting tribute to celebrated American photographer Gregory Crewdson. A New York Times Critics’ Pick, Ben Shapiro’s Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters will leave you in awe of this artist’s imagination and his ability to capture the underlying drama in everyday American life. Opens at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, December 21, 2012.
An acclaimed photographer with the eye of a filmmaker, Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting pictures in the history of the medium. His meticulously composed, large-scale images are stunning narratives of small-town American life—moviescapes crystallized into a single frame. While the photographs are staged with crews that rival many feature film productions, Crewdson takes inspiration as much from his own dreams and fantasies as the worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Edward Hopper and Diane Arbus. Crewdson’s imagery has also infiltrated the pop culture landscape—including his inimitable Six Feet Under ads and Yo La Tengo album art. Shot over a decade with unprecedented access, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters beautifully bares the artist’s process—and it’s as mesmerizing and riveting as the images themselves.BARBARA A film by Christian Petzold
Colour / 1:1.85 / Dolby Digital / Germany 2012 / 100 min / Original Language: German with English Subtitles
Summer, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape.
Barbara waits, keeping to herself. The new apartment, the neighbors, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her. Working as a pediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced toward her colleagues. Her future, she feels, will begin later.
But Andre confuses her. His confidence in her professional abili- ties, his caring attitude, his smile. Why does he cover for her when she helps the young runaway Sarah? Does he have an as- signment to keep track of her? Is he in love? But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.
Special thanks to German Films for their distribution support of BARBARA.CHASING ICE A film by Jeff Orlowski
2012 / USA / 76 Minutes
In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
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THEATRICAL starts June 14, 2013HANNAH ARENDT A film by Margarethe Von Trotta
2012 / Germany, Luxembourg, France / 110 Minutes/ Original Language: German, English
The film portrays Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) during the four years, (1960-64), that she observes, writes, and en- dures the furious reception for her work about the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. Watching Arendt as she at- tends the trial, staying by her side as she is both barraged by her critics and supported by a tight band of loyal friends, we experi- ence the intensity of this powerful Jewish woman who fled Nazi Germany in 1933. The fierce, chain-smoking Arendt is an exile who is happy and flourishing in America, but whose penetrating vision makes her an outsider wherever she goes.
THEATRICAL starts June 28, 2013STORM SURFERS 3D A film by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan
2012 / Australia / 95 Minutes/ In English
An epic, character-driven adventure documentary following two best friends on their quest to hunt down and ride the biggest and most dangerous waves in Australia. Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time world champion Tom Carroll enlist the help of surf forecaster Ben Matson and together they track and chase giant storms across the Great Southern Ocean.
THEATRICAL starts July 5, 2013MUSEUM HOURS A film by Jem Cohen
2012 / 106 min / 1,78:1 / 5.1 / Austria / USA
When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. More info coming soon.
THEATRICAL starts July 19, 2013THE ACT OF KILLING A film by Joshua Oppenheimer
2012/ Denmark/Norway/UK/ Indonesian with English Subtitles
In this chilling and inventive documentary executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), The Act Of Killing examines a country where killers are celebrated as heroes and the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride International Film Festivals, The Act Of Kiling is an unprecedented film and according to CNN, "could well change how you view the documentary form."
THEATRICAL starts July 27, 2013COMPUTER CHESS A film by Andrew Bujalski
92 minutes, Analog NTSC Video, USA, 2012
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers circa 1980, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. More info coming soon!
THEATRICAL starts Aug 2, 2013BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO A film by Peter Strickland
2012 / 92 Minutes/ Original language: Italian, English
1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy. Only the most sordid horror films have their sound processed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy, a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro, Santini. Thrown from the innocent world of local documentaries into a foreign environment fuelled by exploitation, Gilderoy soon finds himself caught up in a forbidding world of bitter actresses, capricious technicians and confounding bureaucracy. The longer Gilderoy spends mixing screams and the bloodcurdling sounds of hacked vegetables, the more homesick he becomes for his garden shed studio in his hometown of Dorking. His mother’s letters alternate between banal gossip and an ominous hysteria, which gradually mirrors the black magic of Santini’s film. As both time and realities shift, Gilderoy finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat in an environment ruled by exploitation both on and off screen.
THEATRICAL starts September 2013
2012 / 96 Minutes/ USA/ In English
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression.
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THEATRICAL: Fall 2013A FIELD IN ENGLAND A film by Ben Wheatley
Written by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump
A FIELD IN ENGLAND is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley, award-winning director of DOWN TERRACE, KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS.
In the war-torn England countryside in 1648, a small group of deserters flee the raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured and forced to help one of their captors in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
The group defends into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they gradually become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.
NON-THEATRICALTHE ANGEL INN A film by Kirk Schriefer
2013/ 90 Minutes/ Canada/ Colour/ English
Featuring: Daniel Kelly, Carla Albi, Matthew Gonzales
Pete Miller, Janet Sloan and Stan Winston attend the funeral of their friend, Keith Owens, and discover that Keith left his pub, “The Angel Inn”, to them under the condition that all three of them take equal ownership. Despite Keith's weird offer, Pete, Janet and Stan each find reasons to accept.
Involved with each other's lives again, Pete and Janet struggle with the romance that was once there. For Stan, the inheritance brings up painful memories which he tries to control by turning the “Evil” Angel Inn into something “Good” assuming that Pete and Janet will agree with his plan.
Pete discovers that he likes running the Angel Inn while Janet makes plans to sell the pub to finance a new career. But the more time the three of them spend together at the Angel Inn, the more they realize that the past still rules them.
Inspired by one of the Angel's regulars, Pete is able to forgive Keith and Janet for what happened four years ago. He encourages Janet to do the same, and despite the emotional cost involved, she does. This frees them to pursue their love affair. Stan, however, is frustrated by the failure of his “Plan” and the uncertainty of his situation is heightened as Stan witnesses the freedom and change of heart Pete and Janet experience.
In the end we see someone who looks an awful lot like Keith Owens walking away from the Angel Inn in the dark.
THEATRICAL: Fall 2013I USED TO BE DARKER A film by Matt Porterfield
2013/ 90 Minutes/ USA/ English
Featuring: Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Ned Oldham, Kim Taylor
When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby, just home from her first year of college.
A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting each other go, looking for love where they’ve found it before and, when that doesn’t work, figuring out where they might find it next.CASTING BY A film by Tom Donahue
2012/ 89 Minutes/ USA/ English
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John Travolta
Putting the spotlight on filmmaking’s unsung heroes – the casting director – CASTING BY takes us on a fast-paced journey through the last half century of Hollywood history from an entirely new perspective. Pioneers like Marion Dougherty and Lynn Stalmaster were iconoclasts whose exquisite taste and gut instincts helped to put the final nail in the coffin of the old studio system and usher in the New Hollywood. Afforded the unprecedented freedom and power of the new medium of television, they broke away from the traditional typecasting of Hollywood and brought actors like James Dean, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman to the screen.
THEATRICAL: Fall 2013GOOD VIBRATIONS A film by Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D'Sa
DCP / 1:2,35 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Belgium / Netherlands 2012 / 111 min / In Flemish and English (with English Subtitles)
Cast: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Dylan Moran, Liam Cunningham
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative ulster, to bring his city back to life. More info coming soon!
THEATRICAL: Fall 2013MUSCLE SHOALS A film by Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
102 Minutes / USA / In English
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.
Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals is some of the most important and resonant of all time. "I’ll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "I Never Loved A Man the Way That I Loved You", "Mustang Sally”, "Tell Mama", "Kodachrome", and "Freebird" are just a few of the tens of thousands of tracks created there.
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white musicians together to create music that would last for generations while also giving birth to the unique ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the rhythm section ‘The Swampers’.
In this movie legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Wilson Pickett, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Steve Winwood and others bear witness to the magnetism and mystery of Muscle Shoals and why it remains a global influence today. More info coming soon!
THEATRICAL: Fall 2013THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN A film by Felix van Groeningen
DCP / 1:2,35 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / Belgium / Netherlands 2012 / 111 min / In Flemish and English (with English Subtitles)
‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ tells the love story between Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop, he plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed in her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground.
Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born. Unfortunately, Maybelle, at six years old, becomes seriously ill. Didier and Elise respond in very different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice. Didier and Elise will have to fight for her together.
Will you get through something like that if you are so different? Or will love let you down if you need it most?
‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. About how love can conquer fate, and sometimes not.
THEATRICAL: Fall, 2013GOLD A film by Thomas Arslan
DCP/ 1:2,35 / Colour / Original Language: German, English
Summer 1898. Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. Emily Meyer joins a group of seven German American immigrants. Together they embark on the long journey to the newly discovered gold fields in Dawson. Brought together by shady businessman Wilhelm Laser's advertisement, the members of the group put it all on the line to change their miserable lives. Recommended by Laser, they decide to take the Ashcroft Trail, a route through the Canadian interior. With horses and a covered wagon, they take off without an exact idea of the dangers and strains that this journey has in store for them. Hardly any of them will have known that from their point of departure in Ashcroft, the distance to Dawson was more than 2,500 kilometres.
IN CINEMAS, iTUNES, DVDOpen or CloseTABU A film by Miguel Gomes
2012 / 110 min / Portugal / Germany / Brazil / France - In Portuguese with English Subtitles
A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid and a neighbour devoted to social causes live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment building. When the old lady dies, the other two learn of an episode from her past: a tale of love and crime set in an Africa straight from the world of adventure films.STEP UP TO THE PLATE (ENTRES LES BRAS) A film by Paul Lacoste
2011 / 90 Minutes / France / In French with English Subtitles
In 2009, Michel Bras, at the head of a 3-star restaurant (Michelin guide), in the heart of the Aubrac region, decides to hand over to his son Sébastien.
A father and his son. Both at a crucial time in their careers.
Is it possible to pass on one’s life’s work? Is it so easy for a son to make a name for himself?
This film is the story of a family over three generations, a fine reflection on passing down know-how, on heritage.THE AMBASSADOR A film by Mads Brügger
2011 / 93 Mins/ Denmark/ In English
A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission.
Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches - this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. The Ambassador is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.THE CAPSULE A film by Athina Rachel Tsangari
2012/ 35 mins / 1:1.78/ Color, 5.1 surround/ French (with English Subtitles)
Seven girls, a mansion perched on a Cycladic rock, a cycle of lessons on discipline, desire and demise—infinitely.MEKONG HOTEL A film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2012 / 57 Minutes / In Thai with English Subtitles
Mekong Hotel is a portrait of a hotel near the Mekong River in the north-east of Thailand. The film shuffles different realms, fact and fiction, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, the young lovers and the river. Mekong Hotel - since it was shot at the time of the heavy flooding in Thailand - also weaves in layers of demolition, politics, and a drifting dream of the future.KÜMARÉ A film by Vikram Gandhi
2011 / USA / 84 Minutes
Sri Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who has come to America to spread his teachings. After three months in Phoenix, Kumaré has found a group of devoted students who embrace him as a true spiritual teacher. But beneath his long beard, deep penetrating eyes, and his endless smile, Kumaré has a secret he is about to unveil to his disciples: he is not real. Kumaré is really Vikram Gandhi, an American filmmaker from New Jersey who wanted to see if he could transform himself into a guru and build a following of real people. Now, he is conflicted -- can he unveil the truth to these disciples with whom he has spent so much time, and who now look to him for guidance?OSLO, AUGUST 31 A film by Joachim Trier
2011 / 96 min / Norwegian with English Subtitles
Anders will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays on in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn't seen in a long while. Thirty-four-year-old Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted, all the people he has let down. He is still relatively young, but feels his life in many ways is already over. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, the ghosts of past mistakes will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life and the hope to see some future by morning.MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT a film by Matthew Akers
2012 / USA/ 89 Minutes
(English and French versioning available)
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.ALPS a film by Yorgos Lanthimos
2011 / 93 min / Greece (In Greek with English Subtitles)
A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach have formed a service for hire. They stand in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased. The company is called Alps. Their leader, the paramedic, calls himself Mont Blanc. Although Alps members operate under a discipline regime demanded by their leader, the nurse does not.L!FE, HAPPENS
A film by Kat Coiro
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Justin Kirk
2011 / USA / CanadaDRIVER X 4: THE LOST AND FOUND FILMS OF SARA DRIVER
4 films by Sara Driver.
SLEEPWALK, YOU ARE NOT I, WHEN PIGS FLY and THE BOWERY.
Special Feature: Stummer, a vivid document of Joe Strummer composing and recording the musical soundtrack of "When Pigs Fly" in a studio in Rockfield, Wales with Sara Drive and Jim Jarmusch in attendance.
NON-THEATRICALOpen or CloseKLOWN A film by Mikkel Nørgaard
2010 / Denmark / 90 mins / Colour / Danish
In what critics are hailing as “the funniest movie of the year!” (IFC), KLOWN follows two wildly inappropriate friends — played by celebrated international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen — as they run amok through the Danish countryside, plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries.GRANDMA LO-FI A film by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
2012 • Iceland/ Denmark • 62 Mins
At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from her living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 song; an eccentric myriad of catch compositions mixing in her pets' purrs and coos, found toys, kitchen percussion and casio keyboards. Before long the musician and visual artist, Sigríður Níelsdóttir, became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic Music scene, represented here by her young apprentices Mugison, múm, Sin Fang, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Mr. Silla and Kría Brekkan who pay tribute to the grandma's irresistible tunes and charm.IN THE FOG (V Tumane) A film by Sergei Loznitsa
2012 / A German, Russian, Latvian, Dutch, Belorussian Co-Production / 128 Minutes/ Original Language: Russian (with English Subtitles)
Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya's treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge. As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy. Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA A film by Emile de Antonio
1982 • USA • 92 Mins • Stereo
Combining documentary footage with a scripted recreation of the trial, Emile de Antonio, America's original iconoclast filmmaker and chronicler of the Cold War, tells the story of The Plowshares Eight.
Leaders of the Catholic peace movement including Father Daniel Berrigan and his brother Philip were arrested after staging an anti-nuclear protest inside a General Electric plant that was manufacturing nose cones for ballistic missiles.
Martin Sheen stars as the uncompromising Judge Salus II but even Sheen himself has said the read credit goes to Daniel Berrigan whose passionate self-performance gives legitimate voice and reason to the pacifist anti-nuclear movement of the 1980s.BRICK AND MORTAR AND LOVE A film by C. Scott Shuffitt
2012 • USA • 80 mins
Brick and Mortar and Love follows the story of ear X-tacy Records, the legendary record store in Louisville, Kentucky, as it struggles to survive in the changing music retail industry. In-depth interviews include owner John Timmons, staff at ear X-tacy, leaders in the record store industry and scores of independent record store owners from all over the US. These interviews look into the state of the independent record store, what services they provide and what is at stake if they disappear.BESTIAIRE A film by Denis Côté
2012 • Canada • 72 mins
Animals/People: Along the rhythm of the changing seasons they watch one another. Bestiary unfolds like a filmed picture book about mutual observation, about peculiar perception. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of lose, calm and indefinable elements.TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM A film by Grant Hamilton
2012 • USA • 95 mins • Color • In English
Time Zero starts as a eulogy to Polaroid instant film and cameras, sharing with viewers the magic of Polaroid through the perspective of a few Polaroid artists and former employees of the corporation.
After documenting the fateful day when Polaroid announced it would cease production of instant film, Time Zero shares the intense emotions of several photographers as they recount hearing the news…and focuses on a few passionate photographers who decide to start a grass-roots effort to keep instant film alive.NATURE CALLS A film by Todd Rohal
2012 • USA • 79 mins • Color • In English
Determined to honor his father’s scouting legacy and mount one last comeback for his dwindling troop, Assistant Scoutmaster Randy Stevens (Patton Oswalt) pays a visit to his business-minded brother Kirk (Johnny Knoxville), who is throwing a television-themed slumber party for his newly adopted 10-year-old son at his McMansion. Randy pressures the boys to secretly ditch the party and join him on a weekend scout trip. Pursued by Kirk and his security guard (Rob Riggle), the adventure lands the boys in trouble at every turn, pits them against angry parents and park rangers, yet ultimately turns the group of sheltered kids into a troop to be reckoned with.BULLHEAD A film by Michael R. Roskam
2011 / Belgium / 124 mins / Colour
Perhaps the year’s most stunning international debut, Michael R. Roskam’s BULLHEAD is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.THE FP A film by Brandon Trost and Jason Trost
2011 / USA / 83 mins / Colour
In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again.WILD STYLE A film by Charlie Ahearn
1983 • USA • 82 mins • Color • In English
WILD STYLE follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention. A documentation of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in WILD STYLE is authentic - the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more.DOWNTOWN 81 A film by Edo Bertoglio
2001 • USA • 72 mins • Color • In English
DOWNTOWN 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean Michel Basquiat (1960-1988.) Basquiat was a 19 year old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician when he played the lead in this film, which vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81. Basquiat was an important figure on that scene. He had yet to have his first exhibition. But his paintings and words were part of the city landscape. Today, his paintings hang in museums and important collections around the world and he is internationally recognized as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth century.THREE
A film by Tom Tykwer
2012 / 120 min / Germany