COMMISSIONER OF POWER
Writer/Director/Producer Todd Sansom
Cast: Terry Todd, Larry Pacifico, Mark Henry, Bill Kazmaier, Jan Todd, Lance Blanks, Connie Todd, Magnús Ver Magnússon, David Webster OBE, Bill Henniger, Brian Shaw, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Stephen Green-Armytage, Thomas Hunt, Tom Trimble, Odd Haugen, Bill Crawford, Bruce Evans
As a visionary and outlier, Terry Todd used his passion for writing, weight training and history to shape the Iron Game and its influence on people throughout the world.
Director(s) Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt
Producer(s) Zachary Luke Kislevitz, Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt
In a small military town in Texas, three wild-spirited teenage girls live out a fever-dream summer. Through their characters, photographers and debut filmmakers Parker Hill and Isabel Bethencourt share a fascinating glimpse into authentic American girlhood, when the strictures of adolescence clash with the growing desire for personal agency.
Writer(s) Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar
Director Clint Bentley
Producer(s) Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer
Cast: Clifton Collins Jr., Molly Parker, Moises Arias
An aging jockey is determined to win one last championship, but his dream is complicated when a young rookie shows up claiming to be his son.
LARRY FLYNT FOR PRESIDENT
Writer(s) Nadia Szold, Tchavdar Georgiev
Director Nadia Szold
Producer(s) Ben Browning, Lauren Mekhael, Steven Prince, Ivan Orlic
“Larry Flynt for President” chronicles the wild ride of the Hustler Magazine publisher’s campaign for president in 1983. Told through never-before-seen footage, the film unfolds as an epic with plot twists stranger than fiction, dialogue more outrageous than parody and a love story between two outcasts, who in the end, couldn’t have been more American.
Writer/Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producer(s) Diana Bustamante, Julio Chavezmontes, Charles de Meaux
Cast Tilda Swinton, Elkin Diaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego
A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance.
Writer/Director Céline Sciamma
Producer Bénédicte Couvreur
Cast Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse
Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day, she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.
Writer/Director Stephen Karam
Producer(s) Louise Lovegrove and Stephen Karam
Cast Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Amy Schumer, June Squibb, Jayne Houdyshell
Erik Blake has gathered three generations of his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the group’s deepest fears are laid bare. The piercingly funny and haunting debut film from writer-director Stephen Karam, adapted from his Tony Award-winning play, The Humans explores the hidden dread of a family and the love that binds them together.
THE ONE YOU’RE WITH
Writer/Director C. Bailey Werner
Producer(s) Jon Michael Simpson, Jeff McQuitty
Cast Koko Marshall, C. Bailey Werner, Colton Dunn, Nicolaus Rutherford
A girl running from her past has a one-night stand with a guy who’s stuck in his ways, only to wake up the next morning to discover they are forced to live together due to a nation-wide state of emergency.
Writer/Director Elvar Gunnarsson
Story by Magnús Ómarsson, Elvar Gunnarsson
Producer(s) Vilius Petrikas, Bent Kingo Andersen, Magnús Ómarsson, Birkir Sigurjónsson, Heimir Bjarnason, Búi Baldvinsson, Guðfinnur Ýmir Harðarsson
Cast Gunnar Kristinsson, Vivian Ólafsdóttir, Þór Túliníus, Björn Jörundur, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Halldór Gylfason, Darren Foreman, Magnús Ómarsson
Pétur’s and Mira’s plans about opening a guesthouse in remote West Iceland come to a halt when Mira lays an infant size egg and an ancient demon escapes from under the basement floor.
THE KING OF NORTH SUDAN
Writer(s) Daniel Abel, Brett Blake
Director Daniel Abel
Producer Brett Blake
Executive Producer(s) Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill
Cast Jeremiah Heaton
Farmer. Father. Monarch? “The King of North Sudan” chronicles one Virginia man’s brash quest to turn a desolate patch of African desert into his very own country – and get unspeakably rich in the process.
WITH THIS BREATH I FLY
Director(s) Sam French, Clementine Malpas
Producer(s) Leslie Knott, Sam French, Jeff Simbalist (Executive Producer)
At the height of the international occupation of Afghanistan, two women – Gulnaz, raped and impregnated by her uncle, and Farida, on the run from an abusive husband – are imprisoned on charges of “moral crimes” by an Afghan justice system that is supported by billions of dollars of aid money from the European Union.
Shot over ten years, “”With This Breath I Fly”” follows these two courageous women as they fight for their freedom against a patriarchal Afghan society determined to keep them bound to tribal culture, while exposing the complicity of the European Union in censoring their voices, and how the international press – and our documentary – forever alters the course of their lives.
With This Breath I Fly was produced in cooperation with the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit dedicated to fostering Afghanistan’s film industry and nurturing the next generation of Afghan filmmakers.
ADDICT NAMED HAL
Writer/Director Lane Michael Stanley
Producer(s) Lowell Blank, Thane Swigart
Cast Ray A. Roberts II, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Donato De Luca, Daniela Vidaurre, Beth
When Amy is sent unwillingly to a halfway house by her mom, she thinks she is different from everyone else – until Hal, a heroin addict returning to the house from jail, convinces her to give recovery a try. But Amy soon learns that her drinking won’t just disappear, and she may have a bigger problem than she thought.
North American Premiere
Writer/Director Ben Epstein
Producer(s) Ben Epstein, Chase Joliet , Mike Blizzard , Kelly Phelps Epstein, Wilson Smith (co), Chris Sibley, Andrew Penczner
Cast Sonny Carl Davis, Bruce Dern, Lorelei Linklater, Lee Eddy, Kriston Woodreaux, Chase Joliet, CK McFarland, Blake Webber, George Ensle, James Epstein
Unloading its existential chamber like a Texas folk song, BUCK ALAMO is a psychodramatic dream western about a modern day musical Outlaw (Davis) as he duels with Death (voiced by Bruce Dern).
EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED TO TELL MY DAUGHTER ABOUT MEN
Director(s) Lorien Haynes, Barbara van Schaik, Maryam d’Abo, Susannah Harker, Jodhi May, Erin Richards, Robin Gurney, Katie Flynn, Laura Merians, Amy Gardner, Gia Carides, Talia Balsam, Tara Fitzgerald, Kate Danson, Sienna Guillory, Saffron Burrows, and Lucy Brown
Writer Lorien Haynes
Cast Jason Isaacs, James Purefoy, Nathan Fillion, Richard Wilson, Ben Lawson, Alex Desert, Alan Cumming, Lex Shrapnel, Charlie Field, Jonathan Firth, Joe Sims, Belinda Stewart Wilson, Issy Knopfler, Clara McGregor and Lorien Haynes
A woman tells her daughter about every man she’s ever been with – in the hope her daughter won’t make the same mistakes.
GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS
Writer(s) Tara Perry, Jordan Wayne Long, Sean Anthony Davis
Director(s) Jordan Wayne Long, Matt Glass
Producer(s) Tara Perry, Jordan Wayne Long, Matt Glass, Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Christina Arquette, Michael May
Cast Tim Blake Nelson, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Morris, Tara Perry, David Arquette, Graham Gordy, David Aaron Baker
Set in a post-Civil War Arkansas circa 1866, the film follows a young black doctor who is summoned by his uncle to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover upon his arrival that the utopian paradise is not all that it seems to be.
Director Evan Mcnary
Writer(s) Evan Mcnary, Debrah Mcnary
Producer Debrah McNary
Cast Patterson Hood, Josh Mikel, Jim White, Kate McManus, Eddie Craddock
A rusted out, supernatural drama set in the rural town of Athens, Georgia. After his estranged daughter tragically dies, a washed-up musician comes to believe her ghost is haunting him with a request. Desperate to redeem himself in her eyes, he sets out on a mission that will (hopefully) let her rest in peace.
Writer/Director Sophie Miller
Producer(s) Sophie Miller, Chris Luner, Aubrey Elenz
Cast Aubrey Elenz, Sam Bilinkas, Karly Seeley, Simone Black, Sienna D’addario, Annie Hoeg, Gabriel Elizabeth Kadian
The Sterling sisters and their once close-knit group of friends reunite for a weekend at the family ranch in small town Texas before it’s sold. Long simmering conflicts come to a head as they confront the uncertainty of their lives without the connection of home to bind each other.
Writer/Director Torben Bech
Producer Magnus Kristiansen
Cast Michael Ray Escamilla, Bre Blair, Luis Bordonada, Karen Sours Albisua, David Barrera
After their son is diagnosed with advanced cancer, a trucker driver and supermarket cashier – Jim and Bee – struggle to climb the mountain of medical bills. In their greatest hour of need they are forced to come up with $ 250,000 in order to afford treatment. In this emotional and financial crisis, Jim ultimately decides to traffic drugs across the US/Mexican border.
THE BIG BEND
Writer/Director Brett Wagner
Producer Aaron Brown
Cast Jason Butler Harner, Virginia Kull, David Sullivan, Erica Ash
Two families, the Prices and the Talbotts, meet for a long overdue reunion in the remote West Texas desert — where events quickly don’t go as planned. Harboring secrets and facing private crises, they explore one of the wildest places in America, testing the boundaries of marriage, friendship, and parenthood, and doing their best to survive the experience.