Friday, May 20, 2016 – Weiner, co-directors Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

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Anthony Weiner was a young congressman with one of the most promising careers in Washington when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Made with unprecedented access as he mounts his New York City mayoral campaign, WEINER is a thrilling look inside his impending political meltdown. What begins as an unexpected comeback takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations dead in their tracks.  WEINER teeters between political farce and personal tragedy.  Filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg stop by for a conversation on how gaining the trust and confidence of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner has given us a remarkably complex and nuance window into one of the highest profile and most tragic political scandals of the last 20 years.

For news and updates go to: ifcfilms.com/films/weiner

A “you are there” doc shot and edited with a bent toward dramatic, cinematic storytelling. – Noel Murray·A.V. Club

Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg from a structure they hammered out with Eli B. Despres, Weiner is a tabula rasa doc — one of the most provocative of its kind I’ve seen. – David Edelstein·Vulture

A fly-on-the-wall account of scandal-plagued former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner’s failed 2013 bid to become mayor of New York. – Geoff Berkshire·Variety

The rise, fall, rise and fall again of an American politician with a quick wit and even quicker Twitter fingers. – Gersh Kuntzman·New York Daily News

“One of the best documentaries ever made about a political scandal. Weiner is nothing less than a true American tragedy – but this hilarious and humbling portrait rightly sees him as so much more.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Margarita with a Straw, Director Shonali Bose

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In Margarita with a Straw Indian writer/director Shonali Bose beautifully portrays the story of a luminous Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who leaves her homeland to study in New York, falls in love with a young blind woman, and begins a remarkable journey to self-discovery and independence.  Bose was inspired to write this humane story by her cousin’s experience with cerebral palsy. Margarita with a Straw features award-winning performances from some of India’s most acclaimed actors, including Kalki Koechlin as Laila in a remarkable and life affirming portrayal.  Margarita with a Straw is told with insight and humor.  Director Shonali Bose joins us for a conversation on censorship, changing perceptions within her home country of India on same sex relations and how her own life experience inspired the making of this warm hearted film.

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Margarita, With a Straw California is opening on May 20th at:

LOS ANGELES. Arena Theater in Hollywood. Arena Cinema in Hollywood

On Friday May 20 there is a pre-screening reception at 7pm and a Q&A with Director Shonali Bose following the 7:40pm show. Join her for Q&A’s after the following showtimes: Sat 4 pm, Sun 5 25pm.

“MARGARITA WITH A STRAW is an unexpected delight of charm and substance.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“An acting triumph. Kalki is amazing . . . her spirit flying as she tastes the delights and dilemmas, from crushes to creative pushes, of a college student’s life.” – Times of India

“A coming-of-age tale that treats its subject with the sensitivity it deserves …” – The Huffington Post

“Emotionally direct study of disability and sexuality… Big issues handled with dignity.” – The Guardian

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Almost Holy, Director Steve Hoover

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ALMOST HOLY follows Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko as he attempts to rescue homeless and drug-addicted Ukrainian youth, utilizing highly controversial “tough love” methods in which he forcibly abducts street kids.  A powerful portrait of a unorthodox folk hero, the film serves as a eye-opening look into Ukraine’s rapidly evolving social and political reality. The critically acclaimed sophomore feature documentary from director Steve Hoover (Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award winner Blood Brother) is executive produced by Terrence Malick and features a score by Atticus Ross (Gone Girl, The Social Network). The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Director Steve Hoover stops by to talk about a courageous man on a crusade to impact the live and the surroundings of the most vulnerable.

For news and updates go to: almostholyfilm.com

Almost Holy opens May 20th at the Los Angeles – Sundance Sunset 5
Q&A with the subject, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, following the 7:00pm screening on Friday and Saturday.

“Almost Holy” captures something meaningfully urgent in the brutal day-to-day of tough love amid a world of tougher indifference. – LA Times

Almost Holy has the feel of following an embedded journalist on one of those raw, ground-level views of a problem you’d never considered before but now, by virtue of good reporting, feels urgent and alive. – Village Voice

There have been numerous criticisms of Mokhnenko’s tactics over the years… But one has to wonder: if Hoover’s side shows a man striving to ensure that children no longer die in the streets from drug addiction, who’s on the other side? – IndieWire

Bridgend – Director Jeppe Rønde’s

Bridgend PosterBRIDGEND premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, winning 3 of the 6 main awards – Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Based on a real life, mysterious teenage suicide cluster that took place in a former coal mining province in Wales, filmmaker Jeppe Rønde followed teenagers in the area for six years, and wrote the narrative script based on their life stories. Shot entirely on location in Wales, many of the local teenagers act in the film as well. Deftly structured around young heroine Sara (an award-winning performance from Hannah Murray from UK’s Skins and Gilly on Game of Thrones), the film paints a sensitive exploration of natural adolescent confusion, romanticism, and sadness, set amidst rugged natural landscapes and spectacular cinematography. This is filmmaker Jeppe Rønde’s fiction film debut. Director Jeppe Rønde joins us to talk about his haunting and mysterious tale of lost youth and intense love.

Bridgend is being released theatrically as well as through the stream service FANDOR

To sign up and watch Bridgend go to: fandor.com/

“Hannah Murray is excellent! This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of Rønde’s homeland.”  – Variety

“Haunting! (Hanna) Murray’s Tribeca win for Best Actress is well deserved. A provocative film that eventually blazes to a searing finish.” – The Playlist

“15 Must-See Movies at Tribeca Film Festival 2015. While the movie could have played the story for cheap creeps, (Filmmaker) Ronde instead puts a sharp focus on how its heroine’s natural adolescent confusion, romanticism and sadness are magnified by the continuing loss of her peers.” – Rolling Stone

“Throughout, (Filmmaker) Ronde’s visuals are intense and exhilarating.” – Screen Daily

Friday, May 13, 2016 – Dogtown Redemption, Director Amir Soltani

Dogtown film posterShot over 7 years, Dogtown Redemption follows the lives of three street recyclers in an area of West Oakland, California nicknamed “Dogtown”: Jason Witt, the Olympic champion of recycling, who often hauls a shopping cart that weighs over a ton; Landon Goodwin, a former minister who struggles with his own fall from grace; and Miss Hayok Kay, the daughter of a prominent Korean family and drummer for a 1980s punk band, now at the mercy of the elements and predators. Each survives by redeeming bottles, cans, and assorted other recyclables at Alliance Metals, the neighborhood recycling company which functions as both a financial hub and community center. The poignant personal stories of Jason, Landon and Miss Kay reveal the art, science, economics and politics of recycling: what it offers, how it touches the poor, and why it matters to all of us. Filmmakers Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush wanted to provide a different perspective on the homeless. The film reveals them to be hard-working, entrepreneurial individuals, who — despite the many daunting challenges facing them — work incredibly hard to make their own way in the world.  Dogtown Redemption premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 16, 2016, 10:00-11:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.

For news and updates go to: dogtownredemption.com/

Dogtown Redemption is a remarkable documentary that offers a gritty yet intimate portrayal of a group of social outcasts usually dismissed as “poachers”—those nameless individuals glimpsed, if at all, on the margins of the urban landscape…” – The Berkeley Daily Planet

“Documentarians Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush put their lens on downtrodden but hardworking street people in West Oakland who eke out an existence by collecting tin cans, plastic and other recyclables for cash. Gaining remarkable access to those who live in the shadows, the filmmakers show us the humanity of these forgotten folks and get them to open up. The film doesn’t sugarcoat the recyclers’ problems, and also provides the point of view of neighbors who don’t appreciate their presence, but this is a film that wears its considerable heart on its sleeve.” – San Francisco Gate

Fursonas, Director Dominic Rodriguez

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Approaching a community filled with so many rumors and misconceptions is no easy task. FURSONAS  director Dominic Rodriguez is not without his own biases, but instead of attempting to deny this fact, he faces it head on, unafraid to be shot down by his subjects. FURSONAS is a whistleblower film that oscillates between the fantastic and the unusual, with moments of awe and wonder slapped against harsh reality. The audience can delight in infiltrating the fun and sometimes-dark secrets of an escapist group. Whether or not you’ve heard of furry fandom, this documentary transcends its bizarre premise to tell a universal story of identity and community. Like a small town in Middle America, you’ll find friends in the most unusual places and unexpected enemies around every corner. Unlike a small town in Middle America,  you’ll find furries. FURSONAS was directed by first-time filmmaker Dominic Rodriguez.  Dominic, also a Furry, stops by to talk about the ins and outs of Furrydom, AnthroCon, Furry issues and perceptions and his own journey into this outré world.

Gravitas Ventures will release the film on VOD and across all other digital platforms on May 10, 2016.

For news and updates go to: ursonasdoc.com

My Father’s Vietnam, Director Soren Sorensen

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A personal film about a public subject, MY FATHER’S VIETNAM explores the human bonds forged and shattered by war. Set against the backdrop of never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the Vietnam War, the film is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom made it home alive. MY FATHER’S VIETNAM  won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and the Best Picture Documentary at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival. MY FATHER’S VIETNAM was directed by first-time filmmaker Soren Sorensen. Gravitas Ventures will release the film on VOD and across all other digital platforms on May 24, 2016, to coincide with Memorial Day Weekend. Director Sorensen joins us to talk about his father and the other soldiers that went to Vietnam and never truely came back.

For news and updates go to: My Father’s Vietnam

“I give this film my highest praise. I want people to see it to understand the deep thinking that went into the tough decision made by most veterans to serve in that lengthy and controversial military engagement—now remembered as the Vietnam War. Many veterans paid a high price. The tribute to the fallen is breathtaking.” Jan Scruggs Founder, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

My Father’s Vietnam is a powerful and gripping story—a worthy testament to complex lives and impossible choices made by young people coming of age while the world was in flames. These accidental heroes—soldiers, resisters, the women who waited and worried—emerge as fully human beings thrust into situations not of their making, struggling to make sense and create meaning out of chaos. This is a dazzling documentary and a necessary addition to the chronicle of the Viet Nam years.” Bill Ayers, Author, Fugitive Days

Elstree 1976, Director / Writer Jon Spira

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ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated science fiction films in cinematic history: STAR WARS. A captivating look at the unheralded stars of George Lucas’s original film – from the man behind film’s most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film – the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise – which spans five decades from A NEW HOPE to THE FORCE AWAKENS –  from Millennium Falcon Pilots to uncredited Temple Guards to Darth Vader himself, ELSTREE 1976 shows the profound impact that STAR WARS had on all involved, no matter the role. Director and writer Jon Spira joins us to talk about his own journey into their world.

For news and updates go to: filmrise.com/elstree-1976/

** New York Times Critics Pick

** LA Times Critics Pick

“A sweet, quietly funny, fascinating and contemplative study of 10 character actors and extras, none of whom had any idea back in the 1970s they’d forever be defined by the one or two days they spent on the set of a sci-fi movie.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

“In telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.” – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

“It finds a way of proving valuable not just to fans, but to Force agnostics as well.” – Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West, Director and co-producer Barry Strugatz

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THE PROFESSOR is the first major feature documentary about the martial art of Tai Chi and one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, the man who brought the Chinese practice to the U.S. during the turbulent 1960s. Professor Cheng Man-Ching (1901-1975) is considered one of the greatest Tai Chi masters of modern times. Strugatz’s documentary tells the story of the man who overcame cultural divides to bring ancient traditions to the Western world, in the process teaching Westerners how to seek an ethical, open-minded and joyful way of life with Tai Chi – not only as a martial art, but also as a spiritual practice and form of mindful exercise.
Part of a centuries-old Chinese lineage, Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise originally created as a fighting art. Known as the “Supreme Ultimate” martial art, it is deeply rooted in classic Chinese culture and philosophy, combining mental concentration with slow, controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and improve the flow of ”chi” – the life energy thought to sustain health and quiet the mind.

Filmmaker Barry Strugatz, a student of Tai Chi, became aware that the legacy of Cheng Man-Ching as a transformational figure was in danger of being lost. Strugatz has written screenplays for Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob), Meryl Streep (She-Devil) and directed Melissa Leo in From Other Worlds. THE PROFESSOR is his first documentary. He joins us to talk about how Cheng Man-Ching impacted the physical, psychological and spiritual lives of countless lives.

For news and updates go to:firstrunfeatures.com/professor.html

Director Barry Strugatz will participate in a Q & A after the 7:40 PM screenings at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.

“East engagingly meets West in ‘The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West,’ an affectionate documentary portrait of Cheng Man-Ching, the Chinese master who brought Tai Chi to New York during the groovy but stressed-out ’60s.” 
- Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times

“Must-see!” – Brigid Brown, BBC America

“Forms a sort of oral history of Cheng and his methods… The documentary succeeds in highlighting Cheng’s importance, not in making tai chi relevant to a wider audience.” – Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International

“For those of us who study these arts and are certainly familiar with Professor Cheng Man-Ching the chance to see any footage of him in action at all is a real treat. Excellent.” – Steven Ruskin, AV Maniacs

“Sweet… it’s refreshing to watch a film about a man who has helped so many individuals grow.” 
- Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card

“VERY MOVING. It reveals how completely universal and accessible Tai Chi is to anyone. A perfect martial art for this time of fear and anger.” – Julie Taymor, Award-Winning Broadway & Film Director

Rabin In his Own Words, Director and Erez Laufer

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RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS is an “autobiography” of sorts, the story is told entirely in the voice of former Israeli Prime Minister, former head of Israeli Defense Forces Yitzhak Rabin. Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, his personal and professional dramas unfold before the viewer’s eyes – from his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change of viewpoint that turned him from a farmer into an army man who stood at some of the most critical junctures in Israeli history. RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS brings the man – flesh and blood – back to life, if only momentarily. The film combines rare archives that, since they were originally broadcasted 40 years ago, have not been seen or heard, a private 8 mm mostly shot by Rabin, a super 8 mm of Rabin in color in 1948 shot by American couple visiting Israel, and private letters to his sister his father and to his wife Leah.  Director Erez Laufer is the co-Editor of two Oscar nominated documentaries: Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s The War Room (1993) and Laura Poitras’ My Country My Country (2006) His own film Mike Brant, Laisse-moi t’aimer won the 2002 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, and had its international premiere at the Directors Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2003. Director Laufer stops by to talk about his fascinating portrait of a man in the middle of many of the Middle East’s defining historic events and how his words resonate today.

For news and updates go to: menemshafilms.com/rabin

“In His Own Words is a deeply involving look at the man’s entire life, using archival footage, home movies, private letters but most of all filmed interviews Rabin gave, to let us hear him tell his own story just about from cradle to grave.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times

“Rabin’s consistent, thoughtful self-criticism and colorful storytelling animate what might otherwise be a pat, or at least familiar, history of Israel in the 20th century. By making it specific, Laufer makes it new.” – Diana Clarke, Village Voice

“A thoroughly fascinating, captivating, well-edited and provocative documentary. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone even remotely interested in politics and history.” – Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

Now Playing in Select Theaters


New York, NY – Lincoln Plaza Cinema

Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle’s Royal Theatre

Starts May 13th

Encino, CA – Laemmle’s Town Center 5

Team Foxcatcher, Director Jon Greenhalgh

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Meant to be a retreat for elite American athletes, Foxcatcher Farms, and all it was intended to represent, was lost in the paranoid downward spiral of its troubled benefactor John Du Pont. Heir to the Du Pont family fortune, John Du Pont funneled his considerable resources into his love of sports—wrestling in particular. Aiming to reinvigorate the US Olympic wrestling team, Du Pont created Foxcatcher, and invited gold medal champion Dave Schultz to lead the charge. What began as an idealistic sports idyll soon deteriorated into suspicion, distrust, and ultimately murder. Through fascinating archival footage and never-before-seen home videos shot during Schultz’s time at the farm, director Jon Greenhalgh’s absorbing film unpacks the events leading up to Foxcatcher’s well-documented tragedy, exploring the complex and contradictory character Team Foxcatcher IIof Du Pont, while serving as a poignant memoir to the legacy of Schultz as a champion wrestler, husband, and father. Team Foxcatcher charts a true American tragedy of Olympic dreams, ambition, mental illness, and murder. Jon Greenhalgh is an acclaimed director, producer, and writer specializing in sports documentaries with titles that include The Smashing Machine (HBO’s America Undercover), Rank (IFC Documentaries), and Team Foxcatcher, his debut film on Netflix. Director Jon Greenhalgh stops by to discuss this compelling and heartbreaking look at a tragedy as seen through the eyes of those closest to it.

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“It’s a straightforward documentary and a good one for those who haven’t already spent enough time with this strange, unsettling story.” – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

“The tense, nerve-racking score and our own knowledge of the outcome gives the events a sense of doomed inevitability.”- Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“It’s the absence of Dave’s brother and athletic partner, Mark, that most glaringly sticks out in director Jon Greenhalgh’s film. That incompleteness is a nagging issue throughout, though it shouldn’t hinder this otherwise sterling documentary’s appeal …” – Nick Schager, Variety

Vaxxed, From Cover up to Catastrophe, Producer Del Bigtree

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In one of the most controversial films of 2016, Vaxxed, Director Andrew Wakefield and Producer Del Bigtree dive into the deep end of pharmaceutical industry business practices, enormous profits, vaccine protocols, scientific studies and the unprecedented surge in diagnosed autism. In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Vaxxed examines the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Producer Bigtree joins us for a conversation on what his film Vaxxed is and is not and why seeing it may change the way see drug companies and the government agencies charged with regulating them.

For news and updates go to: vaxxedthemovie.com

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“It’s a polemic. But it’s a passionate advocate for its viewpoint, and that makes for compelling viewing.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“The information in Vaxxed is stunning. The passion generated motivates the viewer to urge others to see this film—as I so do—or inspires the threatened viewer to squelch the film as much as possible.” – Don Schwartz, Marin Post

I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman, Director Marianne Lambert

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I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40 plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations. An experimental filmmaker, a nomad, Chantal Akerman shared with I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE director Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. And with her editor and long-time collaborator, Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language, and aesthetic stance. I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE includes excerpts from many films made throughout Akerman’s career, including JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), NEWS FROM HOME Chantal Akerman(1976), THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF ANNA, JE, TU, IL, ELLE (1974), SOUTH (1998), FROM THE EAST (1993), FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2002), LÀ-BAS (2006), and, what would be Chantal Akerman’s last film, NO HOME MOVIE (2015). Director Marianne Lambert joins us to reflect on the work of an artist who charted her own intimate, audacious and stunningly original work in the history of film.

For news and updates go to: icarusfilms.com

“A career-spanning documentary [that] provides valuable insights” —Variety

“Offers an overview of Akerman’s career while showcasing the behind-the-scenes process of her work.” —IndieWire

“The least sentimental love letter you’ll ever come across.” —Vogue

Summer of 8, Director Ryan Schwartz

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Ryan Schwartz’s debut film, SUMMER OF 8 follows a group of close friends as they soak up their last day of summer before parting ways for college. On the beach at dawn, the friends ask themselves a question: what would make their last twenty-four hours together “perfect?” In turn, each confronts what weighs on their minds and the college-bound comrades settle in for one final sun-kissed day…and revelry-filled night. When the next dawn breaks, the friends part ways knowing they may never recapture the perfection of their final day, or the bonds they are leaving behind. A heartfelt and engaging film that includes a strong ensemble of rising stars; Carter Jenkins, Shelley Hennig, Matthew Shively, Natalie Hall, Michael Grant, Bailey, Noble, Nick Marini, Rachel DiPillo and Sonya Walger. According to director / writer Schwartz “You only get to make your “first film” once, and I wanted this film to be personal, touching and meaningful. I have always loved the wonderful lineage of coming-of-age “high school” films because they provide an opportunity to explore so many universal themes.” Director and writer Ryan Schwartz joins us for a conversation on the exhilaration and fear of the unknown, working with a group of committed young actors and making a decision and not looking back.

World Premiere – 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival

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Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar), Director Nitzan Gilady

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In the Wedding Doll Hagit, (Moran Rosenblatt) young talented woman with a mild mental deficiency who lives with her mother Sara, a divorced mother, in a small suburb town in the desert. She has a part time job in a toilet paper factory and longs to be independent. Her mother Sara (Assi Levy), who gave up her dreams, works as a chambermaid in a hotel and her life surrounds around taking care of her daughter. Hagit’s biggest dream is to get married. Secretly and without the knowledge of her mother, she’s in love with the son, Omri (Roy Assaf) of the factory owner, who gradually falls in love with her. In her mind, she believes that one day they’ll get married. The announcement of the closing of the factory shakes Hagit and Sara’s life and jeopardizes Hagit’s love story. Written and directed by Nitzan Gilady, an Israeli film director who has written, produced and directed the documentary films IN SATMAR CUSTODY (2003), JERUSALEM IS PROUD TO BE PRESENT (2008) and THE LAST ENEMY (2010). Wedding Doll is his first feature film. Gilady joins us for a conversation on making his internationally acclaimed award-winning film and the challenge of crafting Hagit’s story that is sensitive and respectful.

For news and updates go to: weddingdollthemovie.com

Recognition for Wedding Doll:

2015 Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection


2015 BFI London Film Festival – Official Selection


2016 The Haggiag Award for Best Actress – Moran Rosenblatt

2015 Jerusalem Film Festival – WINNER Best Actress, Best Israeli Debut Feature, Official Selection


2016 International du Film d’Amour de Mons – WINNER Best Actress, Official Selection


“WEDDING DOLL has echoes of ROMEO AND JULIET in the romance between Hagit and Omri… Moran Rosenblatt has the look of a young Patricia Arquette and her Hagit glows with an inner radiance”
 – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“[A] fantastic debut feature… deftly executed and built on two remarkable leading performances”
 – Ben Nicholson, Cine-Vue

“A mildly mentally disabled young woman strains for independence in this well-crafted drama” 
- Dennis Harvey, Variety



“It’s a movie that deserves to be seen for many reasons, but especially the way it portrays a kind of character who’s quite often either dismissed, or made a cliche”
 – John Anderson, Indiewire