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November 7, 2017

It’s been a remarkable year in independent film, and it’s not over yet! If you’re following IFP’s Gotham Awards, you know nominees were announced last month. The awards are November 29th in New York and live-streamed online.

According to IFP, “nominees are selected by committees of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators, then award recipients are decided by “separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors” and other film professionals.

The 14 feature films that were nominated for Best Feature, Best Documentary, and the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award are also eligible for the Audience Award, to be decided by an online vote among IFP members. IFP Members can check this schedule of Audience Award nominee screenings. Audience Award voting opens November 17th.

See below to watch our four Gotham nominated films before November 29th!

Beach Rats

Writer/Director: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Brad Becker-Parton, Andrew Goldman, Drew Houpt, Paul Mezey
Gotham Award Nomination: Breakthrough Actor (Harris Dickinson)
Where to Watch: Beach Rats is available to watch at home starting today.

In Beach Rats, an aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

Strong Island

Director/Producer: Yance Ford
Producer: Joslyn Barnes
Gotham Award Nominations: Best Documentary, Audience Award eligible.
Where to Watch: Strong Island is screening at DOC NYC November 12 and 16 with filmmaker Q&As, and is streaming on Netflix.

A documentary about the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother nearly 20 years ago, and how the collision of silence, fear, and the judiciary allowed his killer to go free.

Whose Streets?

Writer/Director: Sabaah Folayan
Co-Director: Damon Davis
Producers: Jennifer MacArthur, Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, Flannery Miller, Chris Renteria
Gotham Award Nominations: Best Documentary, Audience Award eligible.
Where to Watch: Available to watch at home on multiple platforms.

Whose Streets? is the story of the Ferguson uprising told by the people who lived it.

The Florida Project

Writer/Director: Sean Baker
Producers:  Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou
Gotham Award Nominations: Best Feature, Best Actor (Willem Dafoe) and Best Breakthrough Actor (Brooklyn Prince). Audience Award eligible.
Where to Watch: The Florida Project is in theaters now.

In The Florida Project, a precocious 6-year-old and her ragtag group of friends fill their summer break with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.