• Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained more

  • After a woman fails to show up for their date, an artist ponders the divide between romantic and platonic love, and why his past relationships have failed.

  • Pedro — husband, father, and musician — struggles to make a living in his village in Mexico.  After a three year absence working abroad in the US, Pedro returns home thinking that although he has missed many things, his life and the life of his family will be better because of his sacrifice. The film breaks into three acts: the return, the reality and the future. The return is presented as a success, but there is clash and estrangement because of his long absence. The reality is much more different than what more

  • In the competitive world of modern agriculture, an ambitious man wants his rebellious son to help expand the family farming empire. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into a crisis that threatens the family’s livelihood.

  • In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

  • Detroit is an iconic city. Go anywhere in the world, say “Detroit,” and it strikes a set of images — Motown, Hockeytown, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, 8 Mile … Also crime, foreclosures, poverty, white flight, race … and fire. But these are mere snapshots, glimpses into a deeper, more complex panorama. No one understands this better than the people literally putting out the fires, battling every day in an uncertain war. BURN is a character-driven documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroiters who are on the front lines more

  • In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, Uganda’s first openly gay man, David Kato, labors to repeal his country’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow LGBT men and women, or “kuchus.” But this formidable task becomes even more difficult when the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is introduced, proposing death for gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a rumored homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits a vote in Uganda’s more

  • In Montana, a climactic vote is underway. The Capitol’s halls are packed with concerned citizens crying a litany of passionate appeals. Lawmakers press “yay” or “nay” buttons. The vote concludes: “House Bill 161 has passed.” The House of Representatives has voted to end medical marijuana in the state of Montana. Will the Senate and the Governor follow the course of the House of Representatives? A showdown is set. Activists statewide rally support among citizens already polarized on the issue. Chronically ill patients and growers clash with educators, parents, and clergy. more

  • Inspired by true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban Ohio fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker), has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the officer at the other end of the line, no matter how more

  • Delta Boys explores the untold stories of the Niger Delta and the Niger Delta militancy. This intimate look at the militias, their goals, and their global impact, follows the lives of two militants: Ateke Tom, the “Godfather” of the Niger Delta Vigilante Force, and Chima, a 21-year-old who escaped prison with Ateke’s help. The film also documents life in a tiny fishing village where Mama, a 22-year-old, struggles to give birth to her first child with the help of a traditional midwife and no access to modern medical care, while more

  • Fill the Void tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream-come-true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. On Purim, her twenty-eight-year-old sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to her first child. The pain and grief that overwhelm the family postpone Shira’s promised match. Everything changes when an offer is proposed to match Yochay – the late more

  • Based in San Diego’s indie music and art scene, I Am Not a Hipster features original song performances and explores what it means to be creative in the face of tragedy.

  • Informant examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood. In 2005, Darby became an overnight activist hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he became a founding member of Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. After two young activists were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby shocked close friends and activists nationwide by revealing he had been instrumental in more

  • New York City, 1997. Erik Rothman is another gay man trying to make a connection through a phone sex line when he meets Paul Lucy, closeted, handsome, and with a girlfriend attached. What begins as a highly charged first encounter between the two men soon extends itself into a hopeful moment between potential lovers. As Erik negotiates life as a documentary filmmaker, his relationship with Paul, a precociously successful entertainment lawyer, increasingly becomes something more than just a fling. As the connection grows stronger, they share secrets, friends, drugs and more

  • Imagine if Grey Gardens’ Little Edie had actually realized her dream of moving into a studio apartment on 10th Avenue: her life might have resembled that of Laura’s, a Brazilian expat in New York City who lives two contradictory lives. (Synopsis by The Hamptons Film Festival)

  • Leviathan is a feature-length film about men at sea and fish on boats. It offers an appreciation for the sensory experience, labor, and political and ecological stakes of one of the oldest endeavors that has been an important part of human history since the Paleolithic. Shot off the coast of the mythic city of Moby Dick, with eleven cameras swapping hands between the filmmakers and fishermen, in an effort to create a form of collective experimentation that gives free reign to the perspectives of both fishermen and their catch, the more

  • Young-Chan comes from the Planet of Snail. Dwellers of this tiny planet are deaf and blind and call themselves “snails” because they rely only on their tactile senses and communicating by touch. Young-Chan was not happy with the lethargic life on the planet. When Young-Chan came to Earth, there was nothing Earth offered him. Worse was that nobody understood his language. When he was desperate, an angel walked into his life. Soon-Ho is a woman who knows what loneliness is about and where Young-Chan’s deeply rooted pain comes from. She more

  • Released / 2012

    The zoo – a place of yearning. The zoo animals are yearning for freedom and many of the visitors long for adventure and the call of the wild. It is in these surroundings, where imagining yourself into other world is easy, that Lana grows up.

  • There are ebbs and flows to the news cycle, but what is the deeper story of a place? That is the question tugging at a veteran reporter and photojournalist on the Mexican border. He tackles the same stories that filled his reporter’s notebook early in his career: immigration, corruption and narco-related violence. Today, he works in an environment where the stakes are vastly higher. Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America for the media. More than 30 journalists or media workers have been murdered or have vanished since more

  • In sync with the innovative instincts demonstrated in their first feature 45365, Bill and Turner Ross’ Tchoupitoulas takes the term documentary to mean, primarily, the documenting of an experience — a distinct time and a place and the people that inhabit it. No interviews, no voiceover; just the evocation of an existence and the feelings it conjures. Three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that’s always been forbidden to them. As such, the Fiction conceit of Tchoupitoulas is as timeless as a more