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FRIDAY JUL 8, 2011
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Adam Larsen

Neurotypical looks at autism from within, as its own culture to be accepted and appreciated, and ultimately broadens the concept of what it means to be human.

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FRIDAY JUL 15, 2011
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Evan Glodell

Rooftop Films, indieWIRE, and Snag Films celebrate our 15 year anniversaries with a special sneak preview of this apocalyptic love story for the Mad Max generation. ...

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Robert Greene

A dynamic documentary about indie wrestling and a live demo of the daring escapades.

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Sia Nyokor and Jacob Templin

With colorful strokes, Franco “The Great” Gastin has been painting murals on the storefront roll-down gates in Harlem’s 125th St. for 40 years. Now rezoning...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Joaquin Perez and Robert Hatch-Miller

Meet Magick Balay, who runs a midtown Manhattan magic shop by day, and at night performs his own legerdemain at clubs and private parties. A close-up portrait of a...

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Marta Minorowicz

On the last days of the summer holidays, a grandfather and his grandson try to reach an understanding of each other, surrounded by the wild nature of the Bieszczady...

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SATURDAY JUL 2, 2011
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Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead

A Short film about War is a narrative documentary artwork made entirely from information found on the worldwide web. In ten minutes viewers are taken around the...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Charlie Ahearn

Bushwick hip-hoppers Nine 11 Thesaurus draw a crowd that becomes a spontaneous parade when they break out the music, while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Jonathan Caouette

An evil signal appears in the form of a Dutch TV show to bewitch and possess young girls and boys making them think they can shape-shift into other people and...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Nick Paley

In this wry comedy starring actual ex-roommates (and Office cast members), when Zach decides to move out, Andy tries to set up a new life without his best friend....

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Miro Remo

The film is a story of a mother and her son Lubos who lives in a world turned upside-down, or, arsy-versy. Lubos broke free from the world as generally conceived by...

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WEDNESDAY AUG 10, 2011
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Michal Marczak

One of the Russian army's last existing outposts, seen through the young eyes of a 19-year-old rookie. In the midst of the vast and frozen nothingness, and more than...

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SATURDAY MAY 28, 2011
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Malcolm Murray

A nuanced, visually inventive vista of young life in Albuquerque, Bad Posture follows Flo as he seeks to make amends—and make a connection—with Marisa, a...

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Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, David Beilinson

A group of people in Rooftop’s beloved Brooklyn come together to fight the Atlantic Yards Project—a massive real estate development that threatens to destroy...

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Jonas Carpignano

(NY Premiere) Bayou Black takes us through a day in the life of Willy Jones, a single father in southern Louisiana struggling to make a living. He traps Nutria,...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Christen Bach

An 8 bit bear and an 8 bit hunter were once deeply in love…but not anymore. Winner of the Youtube Play Festival.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011
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Jay Cheel

Before there was Jackass...before there was Tom Green...there was Ralph Zavadil.

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FRIDAY JUL 15, 2011
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Evan Glodell

Rooftop Films, indieWIRE, and Snag Films celebrate our 15 year anniversaries with a special sneak preview of this apocalyptic love story for the Mad Max generation. ...

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Eran Hilleli

"My graduation film at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.A debt to my childhood and other lives I hope I lived. Inspired by words of songs that I admire."

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Blu

This ingenious animation uses the city as its canvas in a short unscientific story about evolution and its possible consequences.

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Tom Schroeder

An animated documentary film in which two friends decide to stage a bicycle race to determine who is the best racer of all time.

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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The Blaine Brothers

Sometimes an iPhone makes your life that little bit harder...

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Chadd Harbold

A young actress living in Brooklyn discovers how profoundly her hostile environment has affected her.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Matt Ruskin

Directed by Matt Ruskin, produced by Andrea Roa, and executive produced by Troy Johanson.When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit...

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Kirsten Lepore

Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this heartbreaking stop-motion short details a transoceanic love affair between two adorable bumps trading...

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Sarah J. Christman

Over the course of four seasons, nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline on New York City's Broad Channel Island....

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Goro Toshima

A tender and detailed portrait of a young, homeless couple in their first year on the streets of Hollywood as they attempt to find a better life. g

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Anna Fitch and Simon Cheffins

A post-moral tale of self-obsession, finery and the ephemeral nature of oppression, set in the steamy belly of a creaking ancient galleon. When the libertines crack...

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Ethan Knecht

Rooftop alum Knecht continues his playful explorations of time and cinema, here conducting a melancholy experimental documentary about the affect of the present on...

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FRIDAY JUN 3, 2011
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Evan Curtis
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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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PJ Raval

"I need a baby gonna shut the fuck up when mama gets up to get down." How many people does it take?

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PJ Raval

A tongue in cheek music video sung by a crack whore with a gold tooth. unraval.com

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Rob Beschizza

Deaths. In old games. Set to a MIDI homage to Mad World.

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Lindsay MacKay

A story of temptation and pursuit in a public pool, where for the newest lifeguard, the mundane quickly becomes mysterious, leading us into a fable of impossible...

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FRIDAY JUN 24, 2011
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Madeline Olnek

Premiering on Gay Pride weekend, this playful send-up of 1950's sci-fi follows a group of lesbian extraterrestrials banished to Earth because their feelings of love...

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Todd Cohen

Starring filmmakers and comedy duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, this docu-comedy series follows the pair as they travel across America, developing and producing...

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Jarred Alterman

Two fox skulls rise on spindly necks to dance and fight. Nearby in the chirping woods, a woman gathers her laundry, seemingly oblivious. A metal beetle whirrs and...

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Mike Plante

A short note about Earth and a gentleman of our times.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Marie Ayne, Martin Brunet, Alexander Casals, Sebastien DeOliveira Bispo, Fabrice Fiteni, Mathieu Garcia

Two rambunctious mutts upset the order of a robot-run metropolis in this ultra-kinetic future fantasy.

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Moon Molson

Returning to the New Jersey projects with a crew of his friends, Markees, an African-American twenty-something, finds his stepfather passed out drunk in his building...

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SUNDAY JUN 26, 2011
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Ken Paul Rosenthal

"Crooked Beauty is that rare breed of film that is both a socially relevant documentary while at the same time a work of artistic beauty. The combination is...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Michael Wood

After serving 3 years in prison, Andre returns to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Sheila. Hoping to rekindle their relationship and re-connect with the 5 year-old...

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Marek Skrobecki

In an comically bleak world in which everyone has lost their head, one misfit seeks companionship.

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Thomas DaNapoli

An epic quest through the streets of New York City in the style of videogames from the 1980s.

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FRIDAY JUL 1, 2011
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Joel Fendelman

Set in Brooklyn, a slice of life story of a 10 year old religious Muslim boy who one day finds himself wanting to play softball with the other kids. After changing...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Sarah Daggar-Nickson

Ben is meeting his girlfriend, Sophie, in an airport hotel room. He can't stay long, and he can't let his hands touch her.

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Deep Silver

The player is drawn into the world of Dead Island on the brink of a mysterious epidemic that suddenly, and without warning, breaks out on the fictional island of...

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Marcin Koszalka

Piotr “Mad” Korczak is a legendary mountain climber who revolutionized the art of mountain and rock climbing and figured out how to scale some of the most...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Conor Horgan

The life dance of a mother and son, above and under water.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Rola Nashef

Between inner-city Detroit and Arab America, Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of a twenty-four-hour gas station. When the beautiful Najlah walks in, Sami’s...

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Tim Hetherington

"'Diary' is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Zachary Volker

A young woman is given cryptic warnings and photographed from afar. zacharyvolker.com

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Andrew Goldman and Andrew Blackwell
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FRIDAY JUL 1, 2011
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Nathan Christ

Internationally known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World,’ Austin’s music culture has led it to become one of the world’s most sought-after...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Valere Amirault, Jean Delaunay, Sarah Laufer, Benjamin Mattern

A fight between an 8-bit superhero and a high-def boss, in a retro-gaming world

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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David Chai

One surly kid with a sling shot accidentally unleashes a cataclysmic chain reaction in this mordant imagining of a whoops apocalypse. houseofchai.net

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Doron Max Hagay

Erica Wexler's Facebook is a work of art. There is a constant influx of wall posts from her Facebook friends asking questions—and Erica's great about responding,...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Speedy Graphito

A child-like purple ninja is chased by spirits, snakes and gear-creatures in a shifting Candyland fantasy world—but maybe it was all on screen.

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FRIDAY JUL 22, 2011
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Michael Mohan

A one night stand between two people who used to be in love (or so they thought). michaelmohan.com

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
MOVED INDOORS
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Nir Paniry

An engineer is trapped in the memories of a criminal, and must find a way to get back home to his family.

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Robert Greene

A dynamic documentary about indie wrestling and a live demo of the daring escapades.

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Conrad Jackson

Love will find you when you least expect it.

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SUNDAY JUN 26, 2011
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Andris Gauja

Luridly fascinating and darkly comic, Family Instinct is unlike any film you have seen before: a verite pseudo-documentary comedy about an isolated town in rural...

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Dustin Guy Defa

This dizzy trip through the mid-1990s is a crumpled letter from a filmmaker to his family: a shattered kaleidoscope of the destructive patterns that have trapped and...

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Mikhail Zheleznikov

While looking at pictures from a time when he was rather miserable, the filmmaker remarks how nice it all looked, and lets the old home movies convince him that...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Todd Bieber

While skiing in Prospect Park – after THE blizzard - Todd Bieber found a lost roll of film in the snow, and made it his mission to find the owner. His wry...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Todd Bieber

Todd Bieber’s quest to find the owner of a lost roll of film becomes a global cause, as thousands who’ve viewed his YouTube video (aka Part 1) connect with him...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Todd Bieber

Todd Bieber’s search for the owner of the famous lost film roll leads to a European road trip that culminates in Paris – and an (almost) Hollywood ending.

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SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011
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Zachary Raines

It’s not easy being heart-broken, down on your luck, and out on your own in New York City—particularly when you’re a Grade A jerk. Rooftop presents the World...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Jenny Deller

Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Johnathan Carr

In this touching humanist documentary about our the changing aesthetics in architecture, the once prolific, and celebrated Brutalist architect Owen Luder now faces...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Evert de Beijer

A high-school kid is addicted to a computer game where he protects a sexy mega singer against all kinds of attack and "wins" her love. But this addiction comes at...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Nathan Duncan

A meditation on a shopping mall in decline, evoking our individual experiences in these seemingly soulless collective spaces and exploring the social changes of a...

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Martin Andersen

On a train ride through book, a developing industrial region springs to life in a dazzling re-animation.

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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David Levy

"It's strange to have an intimate artifact from someone you didn't really know and weren't that close to. Such a thing happened to me when I came to possess my...

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SATURDAY JUN 11, 2011
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Sophia Takal

An eerily compelling sexual thriller from writer-director Sophia Takal, Green focuses on a young literary couple who encounter an alluring country bumpkin during...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Bill Plympton

75 different artists combined their talents (and styles) for this crazy-quilt remake of an Oscar-nominated short. plymptoons.com

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SATURDAY NOV 12, 2011
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János Richter

Hundreds of workers descend on Guañape Sur off the coast of Peru to harvest the excrement of the island birds, hardened over the course of 11 many years by the...

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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Matthew Silver

In a dynamic bit of spontaneous street art, a crazed doomsayer ranting underneath a Brooklyn subway track brings to life his worst nightmares—and the crowd loves...

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SUNDAY JUN 5, 2011
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Michael Langan

HELIOTROPES documents the parallel goals of man and nature, through the most primitive and sophisticated means, to simply stay in the light. Based on the poem by...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Craig Macneill

Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the roadkill that litters the...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Shaka King

The worst day in the worst life of the worst guidance counselor in America.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Angad Bhalla

What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-by-nine-foot cell for over thirty years dream of?

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Stephen Maing

Two of China’s first and most daring citizen reporters challenge the status quo by reporting on censored news and pushing the boundaries of free speech.

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Grzegorz Krawiec

Tomek has just left the jail after 7 years. On his release day he gets married with Agnieszka. She has to stay in prison longer because she's waiting for her trial....

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Gina Kamentsky

A bouncing bundle of direct animation joy. ginakamentsky.com

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Julia Pott

Do you remember when we met? You were brilliant, witty, gorgeous to look at...something's changed. juliapott.com

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SUNDAY JUN 5, 2011
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Jason Tippett and Elizabeth Mims

Matt and Harry receive an invitation to see a fellow employees band. To escape the awkward coffee shop performance, Matt comes up with a somewhat decent excuse.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Visitors from a distant place appear in the misty swamps of Northern Finland. Their foreign presence unwittingly disrupts the pace of local habits. They have come to...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Martina Amati

A little girl chickens out on the high dive. It is only when the pool has cleared that she can return, with her own kind. cowboyfilms.co.uk

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Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky

Signs of life for this man may very well exist on the Moon.

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James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot

Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. It examines independent game developers as a way to understand the...

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Charles Fairbanks

Irma is an intimate musical portrait of Irma Gonzalez, the former world champion of women’s professional wrestling.

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Nicolas Steiner

Helmut celebrates his 60th birthday on the day he is actually turning 57 (his wife miscalculated) as a façade of petit-bourgeois domesticity peels away.

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Stephen Collins

It may look like an ordinary office, and it may seem like an ordinary job, but you’d be surprised what they do at JPBF Inc.

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THURSDAY DEC 15, 2011
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Matthew Modine, Terence Ziegler

JESUS WAS A COMMIE presents modern society with questions and leads the audience on a dialectical journey. The film challenges the viewer to seek their own answers...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Josh and Benny Safdie

John sells things online, cheats off dollar stores, needs friends but settles for strangers, has roaches. John is punch drunk, not with love but with something far...

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Kelly Sears

A haunted meteorologist dreams of storms that are both closer and further away than he thought. His unshakable bravado is undone through fast winds and high pressure...

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TUESDAY DEC 13, 2011
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Emily James

For one eventful year, Emily James was allowed unprecedented access to film the secretive world of environmental direct action. Two years later, Just Do It – a...

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MONDAY SEP 19, 2011
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Alrick Brown

During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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James M. Johnston

Knife is a searing portrait of vengeance. Set in rural Texas the story chronicles an unnamed man with a broken spirit. In the beginning we see him returning to his...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Kelsey Stark

Sex. Violence. Death. The interior life of the average, alienated suburban teen. riversideflesh.blogspot.com

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SATURDAY AUG 6, 2011
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Pietro Marcello

Enzo returns from prison to reunite with his faithful Mary, but all is not as it seems in this one of a kind love story of two outsiders in the underworld of Genoa.

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Johannes Nyholm

A middle-aged lady on a holiday in the sun tries to make new friends and have a good time. The role is played by a one-year-old girl (Johannes’ daughter); the rest...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Lionel Dutrieux

A meadow surrounded by trees turns into another field with special grain, or even an experience, a look inside a look. A cow turns into beef when worlds too often...

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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Emily Carmichael

The third in a series of films about two adventurers in an old-school fantasy video game. Ledo, the tiny 8-bit heroine, has been obsessively upgrading her weapons...

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Emily Carmichael

The third in a series of films about two adventurers in an old-school fantasy video game. Ledo, the tiny 8-bit heroine, has been obsessively upgrading her weapons...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Emily Branham

By his early 20s, gifted musician Greg Garing had played with all the greats on the Nashville Opry scene. They all called him The Kid. Now he’s 43, and battling a...

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark

Shot on location in Chernobyl, Let Them Believe follows three artists plotting to steal a carnival ride from the radioactive zone. The film uses footage documenting...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Andy Bruntel

Adrift at sea in this Liars music video, a man finds land . . . and can’t get rid of it.

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Brent Hoff

For thousands of years, humanity has watched the sun with a mixture of fear and awe, believing without knowing why, that our lives depend on its mysterious...

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Kaia Rose and Nick Wilding

The story of a man experiencing his life—and his love—in reverse. Living in the past can be painful. worldofarthurcox.com

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, and Csaba Letay

A moth caught in a spider's web is swallowed by its predator, thus becoming an integral part of the very trap in which it had gotten stuck.

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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Andreas Hykade

The driving pulse of transformation reveals moments of terror and beauty amidst images familiar and domestic.

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Brian Lye

Again, birds and people don't make the best mates. But the sight is delightful.

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Nadia Hallgren

Love Lockdown is a short documentary inspired by the impassioned phone calls and shout-outs made to prisoners on Lockdown Love, a popular late-night radio show in...

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Mary Robertson

There are moments that have the potential to change a life's course—that look on the subway, that flicker of attraction at the café, the one that got away. This...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Jesse McLean

An examination of the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing and obsession to psychic connections and Celine Dion covers.

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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RAfael Palacio Illingworth

A man spends his time lying on his bed. His only company is a spider that dangles from the ceiling and a rat that watches him from a hole in the wall. Based on David...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Edouard Salier

The last of the particles. Divisible, indivisible...

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SATURDAY JUN 11, 2011
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Keith Davis

Following a bitter break-up, Leo's best friend takes him out to meet a new woman and 'get over' his ex.

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Ben Coonley

A mercurial cine-opera set to visuals gathered by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft. Lyrics composed in collaboration with the International Astronomical Union (IAU)...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Brett Sanders

Minecraft is an independent videogame about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. Brett Sanders, a college student in Florida, created a beautiful 9-mile...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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2 Player Productions

Over the past year, the computer game Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing millions of players into the unique, low-res world created solely by...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Lisa Lugrin and Clément Xavier

Another man, another bathroom, another epic, hairy battle. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Emeline Chankamshu, Alexandre Cuegniet, Paul Serrell, Sarah Sutter, Henning Wagenbreth

One dog-eat-dog world is just a speck on the surface of another – which in turn exists inside another. And so on, in a riot of color and ordered chaos.

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Giancarlo Iannotta

A short story about my mother reminiscing over her prized childhood possession: a big red purse in the shape of a triangle.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Andrew Semans

A black comedy that explores obsession, self-righteousness, and the perverse allure of victimhood in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Matthew Rankin

Rory Lepine gives a personal account of his fateful and infamous encounter with The Guess Who's legendary lead singer, Burton Cummings, in a Winnipeg 7-Eleven in...

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Poseidan

Neptune, in a true display of his personality, prank calls the other planets.

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FRIDAY JUL 8, 2011
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Adam Larsen

Neurotypical looks at autism from within, as its own culture to be accepted and appreciated, and ultimately broadens the concept of what it means to be human.

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SATURDAY JUN 4, 2011
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Cherie Saulter

The story of Nick and Joey, two best friends living in the crumbling landscape of rural Florida, whose lives and friendship are changed by the journey to find Joey's...

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Mark Elijah Rosenberg

A little robot born on Mars. The introverted scientist who created it. A meta-fictional re-telling of NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission, discovering a story about...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Nicholas Bentgen

Framed against a bleak and unforgiving winter, three families live paycheck to paycheck in the northwoods of Michigan. Debts loom, children grow, marriages endure.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Fran Krause

A curious bear finds an unfortunate hunter on his walk through the woods. Animated in a sketchbook with pen & ink.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Simone Massi

It’s just a man and his dog, walking through woods and farmland – but starkly beautiful images make this a visual event.

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FRIDAY MAY 6, 2011
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Stefan Berg

Ola Salo, front man for Swedish glam rock band The Ark is used to strutting his stuff in gold lamé, so taking a year off to lead the Malmö Opera’s revival of...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Kelly Sears

Part disaster film, part Freudian animation, Once It Started… bears witness to a series of absurd and horrible disasters that strike an American high school,...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Tao Gu

On May 12, 2008, the biggest earthquake in Chinese history occurred in the filmmaker's hometown of Wenchuan. In a beautifully austere hybrid of documentary footage,...

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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Chris Beckman

Conjuring creative connections out of mundane happenstance, Oops—composed entirely of appropriated YouTube videos—lies somewhere between a home-video mixtape and...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt

An all-white town. Its black native son. Worlds collide. Witness the melodrama and hijinks fueling the annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival in Gregory, South Dakota.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Sara Blecher

South Africa, 1989. Everything is about to change.

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SATURDAY AUG 6, 2011
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Kazik Radwanski

A real estate agent encounters a slump late in his career. Exhibiting questionable behaviour, he struggles to find balance between his professional obligations and...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Will Lamborn

In this neo-noir western thriller, Peter may outrun his killer, over and over and over, but can he escape from nowhere?

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Tim Sutton

A hypnotic narrative of teenagers meandering through endless summer days, “Pavilion” visualizes an innocent way of life coming apart at the seams, constructing...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Jaron Henrie-McCrea

Lloyd Gills, a lonely Peeping Tom, falls in love with the woman of his dreams. Too bad he’s been hired to kill her.

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Nicolas Kolovos

Young Peter lies in bed, pretending to be asleep. His parents are worried that he’s become too attached.

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David Lowery

A father (Will Oldham) tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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George Sander-Jackson
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Travis Wilkerson

Restore the classical definition of planet!

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Josh Bricker

The video on the left consists of a loop of actual war footage taken from cameras mounted on American military aircraft. The footage on the right is from the popular...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Celia Rowlson Hall and Jae Song

Prom night is ritual, disco balls, expectation, corsages, dresses, holding, sweating, status, entering in twos, balloons, school gyms, dancing slow and fast.

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Chema Garcia Ibarra

The experiment was (almost) a success: protomatter exists! But… chemagarcia.com

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SUNDAY JUL 24, 2011
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Travis Wilkerson

A triptych for the age of austerity, as mournful and mysterious as deep space itself. Meant to be screened by 1 projector, 3, 9, 33, or (ideally) 99 projectors at...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Claire Bauden, Ludovic Habas, Mickael Krebs, Julien Legay, Chao Ma, Florent Rousseau, Caroline Roux, Margaux Vaxelaire

Welcome to Rubika, a cubical planet with unreal gravity.

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Zellner Bros.

An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Calos Puga

For Emmy Award-winning documentarian Carlos Puga (True Life, MTV), three months' access to The Hell's Satans (Richmond, Virginia's premier moped gang) produced...

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Jacqueline Goss and Michael Gitlin

The most beautiful planet deconstructed, played with, put back together again.

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Claudius Gentinetta, Frank Braun

Full breath ahead into the final sleep. A lullaby for a silent decline.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Michael Gagne

An intricately choreographed and playfully intuitive visualization of a landmark improvisational jazz performance. gagneint.com

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Rainer Komers

In a post-industrial world, nature creeps back into control, as a former waste-water canal running through a former mining area is transformed into a green river....

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Blackhorse Lowe

In the late 1920s on the serene Navajo reservation, Mary Jane is conflicted by family loyalty and her curious imagination as she decides whether to stay at home with...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Amy Lockhart

A magical environmental fairy tale.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Brenda Davis

On the ground with maternal health workers in Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Haiti. No white talking heads, no policy makers, and no blood banks.

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THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011
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Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson

A fierce Swedish comedy about a group of guerrilla musicians who break into banks, hospitals, and power plants, performing anarchistic concerts with instruments made...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Nicolas Provost

The absurd glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas skyline is morphed into an artificial, slick and poetic vision, reminiscent of science fiction, with jewelry-like...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Jeroen Annokkee

Bert's scantily dressed neighbour, Klaasje, comes by to borrow a cup of sugar. Then things get steadily, comically, worse.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Maya Stark and Adi Lavy

When both their children are diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, a Navajo couple uncovers a hidden link between their disease and American colonialism.

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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Tomfoolery

Real in-game footage from the SNES release of Academy-Award winning motion picture 'There Will Be Blood', starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano. Crafted by...

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Rimas Sakalauskas

Buildings from the Soviet era get a life of their own in a dream-like fashion.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Rana Ayoub

“The bee defends the hive any way possible. It faces death as if it were a martyr ready to sacrifice itself, no matter what.”

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Sean Dunne

Rocky Salemmo makes his living as a bowling alley hustler. It’s not for the money. It’s about the feeling of winning. Or so he says in this colorfully candid...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Ryan O’Nan

Two musicians on the verge of abandoning hope drive across the country armed with a guitar, a broken heart and an arsenal of children’s instruments.

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SATURDAY JUN 18, 2011
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Todd Rohal

Rooftop alum Rohal’s madcap story about Father William Smoortser, who drops his bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip,...

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Ian Cheney

For thousands of years, the night sky was a crucial part of human experience, but due to light pollution, the stars are disappearing from our vision and...

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FRIDAY JUN 3, 2011
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Alison Bagnall

Indie starlet Greta Gerwig and newcomer Olly Alexander put on alternately fierce and delicate performances in this enchanting romance about an alienated teen and a...

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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Mikey Please

Peter’s life has been spent in both fascination and fear of his quickening perception of time with age. As he nears the end of his days, his interest turns to...

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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David O'Reilly

A boy learns to play the piano.

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SUNDAY JUN 19, 2011
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Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand

Jose Gonzalez will perform live on the roof prior to the New York premiere of this lovely, lyrical, thoughtful look at the day to day life and creative processes of...

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THURSDAY DEC 15, 2011
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David Sington

In October 2008 a humbled Alan Greenspan admitted to the US Congress that he had been mistaken to put so much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Benedi Yann

It sucks to be big and different, as one whatsit discovers when it tries to befriend a child - and ends up getting treated like Godzilla.

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Grzegorz Muskala

A young couple is spending the day in bed. He asks her to marry him. She says no...at first.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Niko Nobrain

The last man in his world creates new life that quickly spins out of his control – despite his efforts to play God. An allegory for the ages. nobrain.fr

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Marcelo de Oliveira

In a journey across a mountain lake, a fable is recounted by one of the 14 remaining Kawesqar people of Patagonia.

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Trevor Anderson

Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton's High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Courtney Fathom Sell and Billy Feldman
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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Nomint

A giant, two-headed chicken is the ultimate false god, in this jaw-droppingly surreal fantasy. theholychicken.com

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Emily Carmichael

A mythical romance forged in fantasy comes apart under the scrutiny of a Brooklyn dinner party.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix

A documentary about an inspiring female Qur’an teacher giving women and girls the tools to challenge cultural traditions in Damascus, Syria.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Mark Harris

Evelyn Hamilton joins The Lost Children cult, where she comes to believe in her own mystical powers, and becomes convinced that her death alone can save the world.

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Ethan Clarke

Some pests have decided to settle in Esther's backyard. animatorethanclarke.com

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Felix Massie

The drudgery of the stock clerk’s day is perfectly encapsulated, in this cheerfully wan vignette.

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Enid Baxter Blader

The filmmaker discovers 583 murals in a former military base, painted by soldiers, forgotten in institutional architecture that rots in a sublime and familiar way....

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Olivier Treiner

Adrien is a young piano prodigy. He now works as a piano tuner. He pretends to be blind in order to infiltrate his clients' intimacy. Since he sees things he should...

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SATURDAY JUN 25, 2011
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Daniele Anastasion & Eric Strauss

Joshua Milton Blahyi is a Liberian warlord turned evangelical minister in this stirring verité documentary about the nature of justice and absolution.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Edouardo Salier and Frédéric Pruchon

Old-school flipbook filmmaking - with an angst-rock soundtrack. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein

A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. But an unseen tension begins to mount, exposing a complicated,...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Lotfy Nathan

Pug, a young boy growing up in the West Baltimore hood, seeks out the notorious, law-evading dirt bike group called the Twelve O’Clock Boyz.

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Penny Lane

In the summer of 1977, NASA sent Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 on an epic journey into interstellar space. Together and alone, they will travel until the end of the...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Beomsik Shimbe Shim

If David Lynch and David Cronenberg took LSD, then collaborated, it might look something like this.

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WEDNESDAY SEP 21, 2011
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Mark Landsman

A special sneak preview screening of THUNDER SOUL, a powerful and powerfully entertaining new documentary that is coming to theaters September 23rd!

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Edwin Martinez, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Amy Sultan

Rooftop brings the power of poetry to the streets of New York with this documentary about lives and language on the edge: three teens from the Bronx tell their...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Tord accidentally walks into the apartment next to his and discovers that another person named Tord lives there.

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THURSDAY JUN 16, 2011
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Darius Clarke Monroe

Carl just wants a quiet ride home to Brooklyn at the end of the day.

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Lauri Warsta

A curious taxidermist mounts a Freudian inquiry into the interpretation of squirrels in dreams.

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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Martha Colburn

An exploration of the impulses that prompt hunting and the resiliency of people and animals in times of battle during 300 years of American history. [Sundance]

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Jessica Edwards

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s busiest harbors, TUGS is an ode to the hardest working boats on the waterways and the people who pilot them. Once...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Saul Freed and Karni Arieli

On his sixth birthday Robert receives three beautiful broken old birds in his mother's sitting room. This is a memory of an afternoon with tea and cake, lacey pink...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Amy Rose

Tea, cake and stilettos; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite as one of their own, but family life proves a little more difficult.

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Jim and Tom Isler

A New York love story, threatened by economic downturn. And cohabitation. A tale of romance and rent control. gloamingpictures.com

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Bill Brown

It is 2003. A spaceman takes a trip to Uranus. He is fleeing from the Earth in the month before a big, rich country invades a little country of little consequence...

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander

Acrobatic burlesque duo Trixie and Monkey aren’t satisfied as underground superstars; they perform relentlessly, trying to make their way from weirdly subversive...

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Jessica Oreck

Jessica explores the inner-workings of our sister planet. Examining the atmospheric composition of Venus, this piece, narrated by Jackie Reynal, exposes a reminder...

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SATURDAY NOV 12, 2011
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Jinhee Park

An elderly woman shuffles around the neighborhood grocery store where she works, attending to the mundane tasks of shopkeeping. Her face is obscured to protect the...

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Zachary Treitz
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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Eran Hilleli, Anna Shevchenk and Yoav Brill

A melancholy animation about prank calls gone awry in the lonely anonymous night.

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Jenn E. Norton

A requiem for the passing of a fallen nuisance, a pest, who is recast as a beloved protagonist, paying reverence to the smallest and seemingly most insignificant....

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SUNDAY SEP 18, 2011
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Andrew Haigh

A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Avi Zev Weider

Upon fathering triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology, revealing that all its discussions are about what it means to be human.

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TUESDAY SEP 20, 2011
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Keith Miller

A solitary former drug dealer returns to his past, confronts mortality, and seeks freedom in the unknown in this blend of meditative reality and fiction.

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Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons of The Goggles

Imagine your hometown never changed. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens...

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THURSDAY MAY 5, 2011
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Whitney Dow

In the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haïtien resides the country’s oldest and most beloved band, Orchestre Septentrional. Founded in 1948 by Ulrick Pierre Louis,...

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SATURDAY JUL 2, 2011
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Heather Courtney

On July 4th weekend, Rooftop presents a journey from a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, following childhood friends...

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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Thom Beers

"Whisker Wars" profiles a group of men as they travel the country in search of top honors in a host of competitions, from the National Beard and Mustache...

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SATURDAY NOV 12, 2011
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Kristof Bilsen

At Kinshasa’s central post office, an ossified remnant of the Congo’s colonial past, employees sit idle in vast rooms built for more bustling times. Sixty years...

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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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Travis Gutiérrez Senger

DJ Junebug was considered the greatest DJ of all, back at the dawn of hip-hop. But he had a sideline dealing cocaine that led to a tragic end. Those who knew him...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Stephen Mallon

The new Willis Avenue Bridge is 350 feet long and weighs 4.8 million pounds. It is currently 136 miles north of New York City. 125th Street is where it will end up.

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Joshua Gross

Charlie Ochs, playing the wild older brother, provides much of the humor in the film, in a performance that could provide a breakout for the emerging actor. Ochs...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Zachary Volker

“(Indecipherable.) (Indecipherable.) Check his left pocket.” Two career criminals debate the merits of letting an associate bleed to death in a motel bathroom....

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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Charles Fairbanks

"My father was a wrestler before me. You never stop being a wrestler." charlesfairbanks.info

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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Carter Smith

The yearbook photo never tells the whole story in this creepy portrait of small town high school sexuality from the award-winning creator of Bugcrush.

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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Sanna Lenken

Six strangers are sitting in a conference room. They’re in a focus group, but how much is there really to say about yoghurt? There’s so much more to discover...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Anthony Vouardoux

After his landing on Jupiter moon Alpha 46, cosmonaut Yuri Lennon will be confronted with an extraordinary paradox.

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Deborah Stratman

Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. 
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