LOUDER THAN BOMBS – APRIL 21st, 2016
LOUDER THAN BOMBS is led by celebrated Norwegian director Joachim Trier. It boasts a cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Gabrielle Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, all of who come together to tel the film's beautiful, devastating story. An impending exhibition of work by Jonah's (Jesse Eisenberg) late mother brings him back to the family house, compelling Jonah to spend more time with his father Gene (Gabrielle Byrne) and withdrawn young bother Conrad (Devin Druid) than he has in years. With the three of them under one roof, and Gene trying desperately to connect with his two sons, all struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
"Trier has meaningful things to say about the ways in which tragic, incomprehensible loss can make us hyper-protective, jealous, even dishonest with our private memories and with the picture we present of the loved one who's gone." —The Hollywood Reporter
SPEED SISTERS- MARCH 11th, 2016
SPEED SISTERS is the first all-female race-car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street-car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.
“It's like we put the pepper on the food. The race without the girls, it's not fun.” — Betty, "Speed Sister"
THE AGE OF LOVE- NOVEMBER 26th, 2015
THE AGE OF LOVE follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it's an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change—or don't change—from first love to the far reaches of life.
“A touching and funny look into the lives of seniors who just want to find love.” —The Huffington Post
Playful and revealing, wise and inspiring, our senior daters entertain and enlighten with a candor that puts media stereotypes to shame. Just as we’re all destined to age, and the aged were all once young, we suddenly come to realize just how much, and how little, our hearts change over a lifetime.
ART AND CRAFT - SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
We hosted a UK screening of the documentary film Art and Craft along with the 2015 Oscar-winning short film The Phone Call.
ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity—but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose. And THE PHONE CALL stars Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent and follows Heather (Hawkins) who works in a helpline call centre and receives a phone call from a mystery man (Broadbent), which changes her life forever.
GUIDANCE - JUNE 9, 2015
We hosted the UK Premiere of Pat Mills's debut film Guidance. David Gold, 36, a pathologically immature former child actor, has never been able to get over high school. He has just been diagnosed with skin cancer and has been fired from the last acting gig he could get. Desperate for money and with nothing else to lose, he fakes his resume, and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor. The students of Grusin High love him—it might be because he drinks and smokes with them. But this is just the beginning of his downward spiral. When he meets Jabrielle, a teenaged outcast who’s just as screwed up as he is, he might learn that in the company of teenagers, sometimes you can go too far, especially when it comes to committing a ridiculous crime.
“The screenplay is a gutsy work of originality that plays with audience expectation and ends up delivering a surprising and admirably untraditional story.” —Exclaim
MAIDENTRIP - APRIL 23, 2015
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger's debut feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
"Dutch authorities tried to stop her, and editorials called Laura Dekker delusional, spoiled, insane. On the evidence of the documentary Maidentrip, receiving its world premiere at SXSW, the young sailor is as grounded, resourceful and clearheaded as anyone could hope to be. In 2012, she fulfilled her “delusional” goal and became, at 16, the youngest person to sail around the world solo." —The Hollywood Reporter
ZERO MOTIVATION - MARCH 5, 2015
A Unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Through the story of a group of young female soldiers, Zero Motivation provides a comic and tragic glimpse into the Israeli militaristic society, depicting a real and surreal, humorous and gloomy journey inside a maze of army bureaucracy. The film won both the Nora Ephron Prize and Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.
“FULL OF UNEXPECTED TWISTS AND TURNS!
Inventively recasts conflict in decidedly non-heroic, absurdist white-collar terms...
In this militaristic Office Space, the mayhem can only escalate.”
—Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY
A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING - NOVEMBER 19, 2014
First-time feature film director Rob Meyer delivers a sparking feature film debut with a coming-of-age tale to warm the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion. It becomes a tenderhearted look at the moments and relationships that change even the most intensely focused lives. The film won second place in the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sideways meets Stand by Me, this is an endearing story of friendship, family and a place in bird watching's history books. On the eve of his widower father's second wedding, 15-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birder's Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answer to teenage questions large and small.
THE DOG - OCTOBER 8TH, 2014
The award-winning documentary The Dog; directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, this New York Times Critics Pick took an extraordinary 10 years to make. The film’s subject, John Wojtowicz—and his attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery—was immortalised by Al Pacino in the Academy Award-winning film Dog Day Afternoon (1975). “Berg and Keraudren’s film is driven by Wojtowicz himself, making for one the most remarkable retellings of someone’s life caught on camera in recent years,” says Daniel Pratt of Exclaim. Both hilarious and heart wrenching at turns, the film, is, in the words of critic Matt Zoller Seitz editor-in-chief of rogerebert.com, “A humbly extraordinary film.”
UWANTME2KILLHIM? - JUNE 11TH, 2014
Directed by Andrew Douglas, produced by Bryan Singer (director of X-MEN and The Usual Suspects) and Steve Golin (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Babel) and written by Mike Walden,The Hollywood Reporter reports that "If this story wasn't true, you wouldn't believe it." When 16-year-old Mark, a handsome and popular boy, meets local girl Rachel on the Internet, he quickly finds himself in an intense online relationship. Besotted, he will do anything for her - even befriend and defend her bullied, loner brother, John. When Rachel, who is trapped in an abusive relationship, is murdered, Mark and John are determined to avenge her death. Their actions draw the attention of a female MI5 agent as they unwittingly stumble into an ongoing operation. Soon, Mark is recruited to commit a devastating crime, one that made British legal history.
Based on true events in the UK in 2003, uwantme2killhim? is the story of the dangers of the internet, the new crime scene of the 21st century.
Actors Jamie Blackley and Toby Regbo shared the Best Actor Award at the 68th annual Edinburgh Film Festival in 2013. The film also starts Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt and Jaime Winstone
SWEET DREAMS - APRIL 30TH, 2014
"Lisa and Rob Fruchtman have made a nuanced and deftly edited film about a complex issue."— NY Times
A New York Times Critics Choice pick, Sweet Dreams is the story of a remarkable group of Rwandan women who defy the devastation of the genocide to form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe and open the country's first ice cream shop.
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transitionTRA
AFTERNOON DELIGHT- MARCH 6TH, 2014
"Afternoon Delight plays like Belle De Jour, done LA style." —The Independent
Her first feature film, Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy) won best director at Sundance in 2013 for Afternoon Delight. An acutely-observed comedy on relationships, it solidifies Jill Soloway as a powerful new cinematic voice and stars Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple and Josh Radnor. Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Everything looks just right-chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child and hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, something cracks open. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny. "The writer-director Jill Soloway throws in satirical sideswipes at the behaviour of the pampered Jewish moms in Silver Lake but also delves fearlessly into raw, intimate and uncomfortable areas that more conventional comedies would avoid like the plague."—The Independent
MARY AND BILL - JUNE 26TH, 2013
Mary and Bill is a documentary about Mary Stroebe, a 90-year-old triathlete, and Bill Wambach, an 83-year-old high jumper. Bill holds the national record in his age bracket and was also named "Male Athlete of the Year" by the National Congress of State Games. Mary appeared on the Regis and Kelly Show and received a "Relly award."
The film follows Mary and Bill immediately after they experience health related problems. Mary just broke her leg while down hill skiing and Bill, who smoked for 45 years, is recovering from a heart attack. Despite these physical ailments, both decide to train and compete in their respective events. Mary hopes to complete the Lifetime Fitness triathlon and Bill will attempt to win the National Senior Olympics. Through their amazing commitment, both Mary and Bill prove that age is just a number. Twenty-four year old director Andrew Napier was a producer and assistant director of the 2012 Academy Award Winning live action short film Curfew.