When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Years of interviews with their grandmother and a unique “curation” of her possessions, makes 306 Hollywood the artistic and loving remembrance that you’ll wish you could take on for your loved ones.
On holiday from university, Leevi returns to his family’s summer cottage in Finland to help his estranged and bitter father with renovations. When the father is called back to the city for business, Leevi is left alone with Tareq, a Syrian refugee, hired by his father to help out. The potential for more than a romance unfolds as they share their dreams and so much more.
A recently widowed, 83 year old British woman decides to fulfill her dream of scaling the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. With little training or proper gear, Edie heads for the Highlands and meets Jonny, who offers to serve as Edie’s guide for a price. After a rough start the two form an unlikely bond, as Jonny helps Edie prepare for her capricious quest.
For over 80 years in Galax, Virginia at the the Old Fiddler's Convention, passing on the music from one generation to the next is as important as the lively performances by fiddlers and pickers, young and old. Fiddlin' is as much a celebration of a place and its people as it is a celebration of music. Every performance and every story in this small town festival fascinates and entertains.
A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Walter is a middle-aged former TV star whose self-regard is exceeded only by his irresistible attractiveness to younger women. Kim is a sullen twentysomething and friend of Walter’s daughter Nic, who needs a ride to Nic’s retreat in Big Sur. Carpooling turns into chaos and Funny Story becomes a tragic comedy about a well-intentioned father who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the life of his estranged daughter.
Scheduled to Attend: Matthew Glave (actor), Michael Gallagher (writer & director)
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster, Frank, starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to attend college in California. When a song of theirs finds some success online, it complicates Frank's attempts to let go of his dreams of stardom and allow his daughter to find her own path in life.
Frank Olsen, a veteran turned recluse, witnesses the aftermath of a heinous crime on the normally tranquil, but desolate, wintery lands where he hunts and fends for himself. Instinctively, Frank collects the tarp-wrapped victim and quietly investigates and tracks the would-be killer circumventing the untrustworthy local police. Shot completely in Northern Michigan, Hunting Lands has a quiet intensity that makes this a must-see homegrown thriller.
The story of Waxtrax! Records, the famed record store turned recording label who launched industrial music icons Ministry, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and many more. Join Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher on a trip through the '80s underground as their revolutionary Chicago record store transforms into the pioneering label. A rise and fall story with lasting influences on the music landscape.
As a kid Ethan Minsker gravitated toward D.C. punk’s roughest edges and developed dangerous fascinations. He could have ended up dead or in jail like many of his friends, but instead he found Betamax home movies, zines, performance art, and writing. He eventually founded an art movement dedicated to outsiders like himself. This sort of film auto-biopic is done in Minsker’s signature style, equal parts menacing and endearing.
Set against the backdrop of the Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize, this film is a relaxed and immersive look at an event that consumes the city for three weeks. The film follows artists, judges, the public, and organizers as they keep tabs on what’s trending. Prize winners are ultimately decided by the public and professionals with tension between both prizes. The film leaves you with the question “what makes good art and who gets to decide?”
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- Sophie Linnenbaum9mEnglish Narrative Short
With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room.
Anthony’s awkwardness is the kind that results in him saying odd things at inappropriate times, which ultimately has consequences. In the wake of personal and professional failure, Anthony retreats to a vacation home where he encounters a friend from his past who may just be avoiding his own issues. Current frustrations claw at old tensions forcing the two men to deal with each other and themselves.
A mysterious drifter fixated on stone skipping shows up in a sleepy waterfront town. Hounded by a local realtor who is convinced that such shenanigans will lower property values, the skipper soldiers on meeting a host of colorful figures: sidekicks, love interests, backgammon junkies, Irish balladeers. Wertheimer’s absurdist comedy, crowdfunded by HHM and filmed in Bay City with the support of local talent, offers a touching meditation on the competing pulls of desire and necessity in making a purposeful life.
It’s the summer of 1984, and while some teenage boys are working paper routes and dreaming about the girl next door, other boys have gone missing. After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.
Seven-year old Adrian lives with his loving mother Helga in a world populated by a rotating cast of layabouts. Yet Helga and her friends’ never-ending party is fueled by an addiction that her young child struggles to comprehend. As they dodge confrontations with social workers and creepy dealers, it’s an open question whether Helga and Adrian can remain together or survive at all.
It’s 1971 and a Toronto performance troupe ventures out to Ontario’s countryside to research a theater project. Miles, a young actor, befriends two aging farmers, a gruff workhorse named Morgan and his lifelong friend Angus, who suffers from memory loss. As Miles observes their daily rituals and learns their secret stories, he comes to suspect that Morgan is a less reliable narrator than he lets on.
Owen is a jobless, deadbeat drunk reduced to squatting under his brother’s bar. Lacie is a homeless pill-popping hooker who’s just been fired by her pimp. When fate brings them together at their lowest, they set aside their hatred for each other to scam, steal or scrounge $98 for bus tickets to leave the city for a small town where they hope to start new, less shitty lives.
Jim is a police officer who tries to come to grips with his mom’s death while giving a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral. It’s not pretty. Focused on trying to do what’s right and failing, his only comfort is his daughter whom he may lose in a custody battle to his ex-wife. It seems like no one is on his side and no one understands what he’s going through, not even himself.
Two strong Native American women, both chief judges in their tribe's courts, strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders, modeling restorative justice in action.