FILM SCREENINGS
20.9
21:30
20.9
21:00
6.10
15:45
30.9
21:30
Sorry To Bother You
Dir: Boots Riley
Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Jermaine Fowler

*Director will attend Q&A after 20/9 21:30 screening.

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a 30-something black telemarketer with self-esteem issues, discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he's rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius's career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a sign-twirling gallery artist who is secretly a part of a Banksy-style collective called Left Eye. But the unimaginable hits the fan when Cassius meets the company’s cocaine-snorting, orgy-hosting, obnoxious, and relentlessly optimistic CEO, Steve Lift (Armie Hammer).


29.9
21:30
22.9
12:00
Blindspotting
Dir: Carlos López Estrada
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones

*Director will attend Q&A after the first screening

Collin is trying to make it through his final days of probation for an infamous arrest he can’t wait to put behind him. Always by his side is his fast-talking childhood bestie, Miles, who has a knack for finding trouble. They grew up together in the notoriously rough Oakland, a.k.a. “The Town,” which has become the new trendy place to live in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. But when Collin’s chance for a fresh start is interrupted by a life-changing missed curfew, his friendship with Miles is forced out of its comfortable buddy-comedy existence, and the Bay boys are set on a spiraling collision course with each other.


29.9
15:30
22.9
14:30
Clara’s Ghost
Dir: Bridey Elliott
Cast: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott, Bridey Elliott

*Director will attend Q&A after the first screening

Actor Ted Reynolds and Clara, his scattered, homemaker wife, welcome their twenty-something daughters—a pair of former child stars—back to their Connecticut home so Ted and the girls can be in a family-themed photo shoot for an airplane magazine. While celebrating their dog's birthday with amiable drug dealer Poo Poo, the vodka-loving clan's banter becomes increasingly bitter and petty, and they devolve into a drunken mess. Meanwhile, a specter only Clara can see urges her to confront her self-centered family.


30.9
15:30
23.9
18:00
Hearts Beat Loud
Dir: Brett Haley
Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane

As single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) prepares to send hardworking daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA pre-med, he also reluctantly realizes he has to accept that his own record-store business is failing. Hoping to stay connected with his daughter through their shared love of music, he urges her to turn their weekly "jam sesh" into an actual band. Channeling Sam's resistance into a band name, they unexpectedly find We're Not a Band's first song turning into a minor Spotify hit, and they use their songwriting efforts to work through their feelings about the life changes each of them faces.


28.9
21:30
23.9
16:00
The Kindergarten Teacher
Dir: Sara Colangelo
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, Anna Baryshnikov

Stuck in Staten Island, married to a kind but oblivious husband, and living with kids that mostly ignore her, 40-year-old Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) plods through her days teaching kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one source of joy is an evening poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. But one day everything changes—Lisa discovers that a five-year-old boy in her class may be the poet she can only dream of being. She becomes fascinated. Could this child be a prodigy? A Mozart? Fascination turns to obsession as Lisa pushes boundaries to protect the boy from a banal life she knows too well. In a harrowing climax, Lisa risks her career, her family, and her freedom to nurture his genius and possibly tap into her own.

Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic


29.9
17:30
22.9
21:30
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Dir: Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, John Gallagher Jr., Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs—but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic


30.9
17:30
22.9
17:00
Monsters and Men
Dir: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cast: John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chanté Adams

One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn's Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses a white police officer wrongfully gun down a neighborhood street hustler, and Manny films the incident on his phone. Now he's faced with a dilemma: release the video and bring unwanted exposure to himself and his family, or keep the video private and be complicit in the injustice?

U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature


29.9
19:30
21.9
19:30
Nancy
Dir: Christina Choe
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd

*Director will attend Q&A after the first screening

Nancy is a 35-year-old temp living with her mom and cat in a modest home in a modest town. She is also an aspiring writer whose submissions are consistently rejected by the likes of the Atlantic and the Paris Review. To make up for these failures and the invisibility she feels, Nancy spins elaborate lies and hoaxes under pseudonyms on the internet. When she encounters a couple whose 5-year-old daughter went missing 30 years ago, fact and fiction begin to blur in Nancy’s mind, and she becomes increasingly convinced these strangers are her real parents.

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic


30.9
19:30
21.9
21:40
Searching
Dir: Aneesh Chaganty
Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La

*Filmmaker will attend Q&A after the first screening

After a five-minute sequence of the Kim family’s online activity that beautifully relays a decade of their shared lives, Searching drops us into the current online existence of family patriarch David and daughter Margot, a high school freshman. Parenting mainly through iMessages and quick FaceTime chats, David is initially more annoyed than concerned when a series of his texts go unreturned, but he soon realizes Margot has gone missing. While a helpful detective searches for Margot out in the real world, David grasps at rediscovering his daughter in an unfamiliar online landscape as he searches through the traces she left behind on her laptop.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe


1.10
15:30
23.9
20:00
Wildlife
Dir: Paul Dano
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal

Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.


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