World Narrative Competition:
The opening film in this year’s narrative competition, ‘Bluebird’, has film editor Lance Edmands making his feature debut in the director’s chair. Amy Morton stars as a bus driver, who makes a simple error that has disproportionately devastating consequences for a small logging town. Like Edmands’ earlier short, ‘Vacationland’, the action takes place in Maine.
Matt Creed’s directorial debut ‘Lily’, a collaboration with co-writer and lead actress, Amy Grantham, provides a reflection on changing perspectives after serious illness. Looking to reach beyond a straight drama, various stylistic devices will depict the lead character’s comprehensive revaluation of her life.
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (USA)
An autistic teenager finds refuge amongst New York’s subway dwellers in Sam Fleischner’s eagerly awaited ‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’. Based on a true story, the boy’s temporary disappearance forces his family to face up to differences, which now take on a new perspective. Sam Fleischner’s debut feature, ‘Wah Do Dem’, co-directed with Ben Chace, picked up best dramatic feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Sunlight Jr (USA)
Laurie Collyer’s ‘Sunlight Jr’ is the latest feature tackling the recession from the perspective of those who least contributed towards it but feel the impact most. Starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, a lowly paid shop worker and her paraplegic partner hit hard times after she falls pregnant. It is Collyer’s follow up to ‘Sherrybaby’, which won a Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
World Documentary Competition:
Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (Finland)
The cowboys of the film’s title are a modern day version who herd reindeer in the Finnish Lapland. Experienced documentary filmmaker, Jessica Oreck, spends a year in the life of two herders as they go about their work in one of the harshest climates in the world. Oreck is best known for ‘Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo’, which won a special jury prize for artistic vision at the CineVegas International Film Festival.
Big Man (USA)
Rachel Boynton came to the fore with her political campaign exposé, ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’, which received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for best documentary. After a lapse of eight years, Boynton now returns with ‘Big Man’, a look at American corporations’ attack on Africa’s oil reserves. Brad Pitt is one of the executive producers.
The Genius of Marian (USA)
Banker White and Anna Fitch
Banker White, who won the documentary award at the AFI Fest with ‘The Refugee All Stars’, joins forces with experienced TV documentarian, Anna Fitch, for his second feature, ‘The Genius of Marian’. They take us on a highly personal journey following White’s mother, who like her own before, struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s.
The Kill Team (USA)
Dan Krauss is best known as a cinematographer, most recently working on Doug Hamilton’s ‘Broadway Idiot’, which debuted at last month’s South by Southwest Film Festival. But Krauss has already made his mark in the directors chair with his Oscar nominated ‘The Life of Kevin Carter’, which won best short documentary at Tribeca eight years ago. His debut in the long form is the latest film to examine alleged American war crimes; this time following one of the U.S. Army infantry soldiers from the so-called ‘The Kill Team’, accused of going on a murderous rampage in Afghanistan.
Let the Fire Burn (USA)
Jason Osder, an assistant professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, makes his feature documentary debut with ‘Let the Fire Burn’. Tackling race conflicts in the States from a new angle, Osder comprehensively explores the explosive 1980s battle between the African-American revolutionary group, MOVE, and the Philadelphia authorities.
After seven shorts in five years, Sean Dunne makes the move to feature documentaries with ‘Oxyana’. A look at the hard times facing redundant industries in contemporary America, Dunne follows the residents of a former mining town living with the effects of drug addiction.
Raw Herring (Netherlands)
Leonard Retel Helmrich and Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
Experienced documentary filmmaker, Leonard Retel Helmrich, who won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance with ‘Shape of the Moon’, resumes his collaboration with sister, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich on ‘Raw Herring’. The pair reflect on the herring’s importance to Dutch culture, at a time when foreign competition threatens the local fishermen’s livelihood.
Matt Wolf has been making documentaries in various formats for over ten years and returns with his second feature length film as a follow up to ‘A Portrait of Arthur Russell’. With the aid of various actors, including Jena Malone and Ben Whishaw, Wolf challenges cultural definitions of teenagers from an historical perspective.propranolol generic costcheapest inderalbuy propranolol canadainderal online uk
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