Friday, April 29, 2016 – 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.

Watch Team Foxcatcher at netflix.com

“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

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 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.

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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

Friday, April 22, 2016 – 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

Friday, April 15, 2016 – 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

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Hostile Border, Actress Veronica Sixtos

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In the film Hostile Border Claudia, a twenty-something Chicana, is chasing the bling of a lux life, making bad choices – and eventually she gets caught. Despite the fact that she barely speaks a word of Spanish, her undocumented status gets her deported to Mexico. Although she can never legally return to the U.S. Claudia refuses to accept life with her estranged father and grandmother in her foreign “homeland,” and she spirals into a dangerous situation with a handsome smuggler. Veronica Sixtos’ gives a nuanced performance as an emotionally withholding anti-hero who’s trouble for anyone who dares to care about her. Hostile Border is pitched in a heightened style between a slow-burning thriller and a noir western, this smartly conceived allegorical tale confronts the dark side of the American dream. Veronica Sixtos as Claudia and leads an exceptional supporting cast of Julio Cedillo, Roberto Urbina, Jorge A. Jimenez, Jesse Garcia, and María del Carmen Farías, Hostile Border is a taut, high stakes family drama. The lead actress Veronica Sixtos join us to talk about her brilliant breakout performance, her music career and Hollywood’s growing embrace of latino-based stories.

For news and updates go to: hostileborder.com

Opening at the Laemmle NoHo theatre in North Hollywood April 15th featuring a Q&A with actress Veronica Sixtos, Saturday and Sunday evening, writer Kaitlin McLaughlin on Saturday evening and director Michael Dwyer on Sunday evening, April 17th.

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Official Selection 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Directing (Michael Dwyer).

“Co-directors Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin prove more adept at the first act’s low-key character building than the action-movie showdowns they’re building toward, but Claudia’s use of a makeshift flamethrower late in the game is an unexpected joy.” – LA Weekly

“Slick and engaging” – Cinapse

Nothing Left Unsaid, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, Director Liz Garbus

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Gloria Vanderbilt and her youngest son, Anderson Cooper, come together with Academy Award nominated director Liz Garbus to reflect on their extraordinary personal history. Born under a name synonymous with wealth, fortune and New York royalty, Gloria Vanderbilt has lived in the public eye for over ninety years, unapologetically pursuing love, family, and career, and experiencing extreme tragedy and tremendous success side by side. Now, through Gloria’s charming and unique artwork, coupled with rare personal footage, and narrated by candid conversations between mother and son, we see her as never before. Gloria and Anderson tell the story of their pasts and presents, losses and loves, revealing how, in life, our family stories repeat themselves in the most unexpected ways. HBO will debut NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON nothing left unsaid II COOPER exclusively on Saturday, April 9. Academy Award® nominated director Liz Garbus is one of the most celebrated American documentary filmmakers working today; her films have been acclaimed worldwide, and have garnered multiple Academy Award® nominations and Emmy Award wins. Garbus’ most recent documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? was the Opening Night film of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical and worldwide release on Netflix in June. Garbus’ first documentary film, The Farm: Angola, USA, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, was awarded ten other festival and critics’ awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1998. She stops by to talk about a remarkably accomplished woman who has spent her entire life in the withering glare of public and the press and the complex and loving relationship she has with her accomplished son, Anderson Cooper.

GLORIA VANDERBILT TELLS THE STORY OF HER REMARKABLE LIFE IN THE POIGNANT DOCUMENTARY NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER, DEBUTING APRIL 9, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO.

Friday, April 8, 2016 – A Space Program, Creator Tom Sachs

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In A Space Program, internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012. For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Tom and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone? Directed by Van Neistat, A Space Program is a captivating introduction to Sachs’ work for the uninitiated, and required viewing for his longtime fans. Creator Toms Sachs talks about bricolage, creating an intimate theatrical experience and the importance of Tea Ceremony and intergalactic relations.

See Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony at the Noguchi Museum starting March 23, and Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 at the Brooklyn Museum starting April 21.

SHOW & TELL at The Cinefamily Theater
“A Curated Night of Industrial Films” with Tom Sachs & Van Niestat Friday, April 8, 2016 

For news and updates go to: zeitgeistfilms.com/film/aspaceprogram

“An alternately entrancing and amusing documentary-fiction hybrid that marries existential questions with absurdist humor.” Nick Schager·Variety

“Whatever else the film carries, it packs some serious whimsy.” Daniel M. Gold·New York Times

“Documenting Tom Sachs’s art project that imagined a journey into space, this is a funny, invigorating and inspirational ode to being the cleverest kid in the room.” Jordan Hoffman·The Guardian

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Louder Than Bombs, Director and co-screenwriter Joachim Trier

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LOUDER THAN BOMBS is a stunningly intimate portrait of parents and children and the many things that tear them apart and bring them together. Three years after the death of famed photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert), her husband, Gene (Gabriel Byrne), and her sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg), and his younger brother, Conrad (Devin Druid), are still trying to cope with their loss. Shifting between past and present, and juxtaposing external reality with privileged glimpses into the interior lives of each of its four major characters. LOUDER THAN BOMBS captures the sadness of losing a loved one at the same time it celebrates the importance of family. The English-language debut of acclaimed Norwegian director Joachim Trier, (Reprise and Oslo, August 31) who was named one of the “20 Directors to Watch” by the New York Times in 2013, LOUDER THAN BOMBS was co-written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and photographed by Jakob Ihre. Joining Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, and Devin Druid in a stellar ensemble cast are Academy Award® nominees David Strathairn and Amy Ryan, and Emmy® nominee Rachel Brosnahan. Director Joachim Trier joins us to talk about the values and emotions that get passed down from generation to generation and the consequences.

For news and updates go to: louderthanbombs.film

“A family drama of extraordinary beauty… the film lives and breathes with a lovely intimacy” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“’Louder Than Bombs’ Trailer is a Powerful Mediation on Grief” – IndieWire

“The grief is honest and beautiful in ‘Louder Than Bombs'” – New York Post

“‘Louder Than Bombs’: A Moving, Essential Take on Family, War and Loss” – New York Observer

April 8, 2016 – Catching the Sun, Director Shalini Kantayya

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An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur race to lead the clean energy future. Who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century? Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry.  With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Catching the Sun director Shalini Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s ON THE LOT, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her sci-fi film about the world water crisis, a DROP of LIFE, won Best Short at Palm Beach International, and was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. Director Kantayya stops by to talk about her hopeful and enlightening documentary and the promise of a brighter, sunnier future.

 For news and updates go to: catchingthesun.tv

OPENS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 8 – LOS ANGELES @ LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL

Reserve your seats for the Los Angeles theatrical release at Laemmle Music Hall April 8th- 14th.    Q&A with director 4/8 & 4/9.  Q&A with director and Van Jones on 4/11.

WINNER – BEST FEATURE – SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL

** New York Times Critic’s Pick **

“A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents.”
– MARK RUFFALO

“The battle for a greener tomorrow, we are reminded, has its casualties.” – New York Times

“The film is most persuasive when demonstrating that the need for solar energy transcends partisan politics.” – Village Voice

Friday, April 8, 2016 – SOLD, Director Jeffrey Dean Brown and Producer Jane Charles

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The intense, emotional story of one 13 year-old girl’s quest for freedom after finding herself a victim of human trafficking between Nepal and India, will hit the big screen in the feature film SOLD. Globally, the average age of a girl who is trafficked for sex is 13-14 years old, according to ECPAT, a global network dedicated to protecting children.

The acclaimed film is directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jeffrey Dean Brown (MOLLY’S PILGRIM), executive produced by Oscar winner Emma Thompson, and produced by Jane Charles. The ensemble cast includes Gillian Anderson (X-FILES) and David Arquette. Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, inspired by true events, SOLD depicts the story of an extraordinary girl Lakshmi who is trafficked across the Nepal-India border and forced to work in a brothel in Kolkata, India. By telling one girl’s story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of trafficked children who are unheard and unseen. Director Jeffrey Dean Brown and Producer Jane Charles joins us to talk about the making of this illuminating and compelling film and about the world-wide, but often invisible epidemic of human trafficking.

For news and updates go to: soldthemovie.com

“The film gives us a vibrant, tangible sense of place, the color and dust of a crowded ancient city, and the layers of secrecy and corruption under which Lakshmi and those like her are trapped.” – Joyce Kulhawik, RogerEbert.com

SOLD humanizes the issue of child trafficking. By pulling us into the world of one child who is trafficked, the film provides insight into the horrors children experience but also illustrates the resilience they have to overcome such horrible situations. Emily Pasnak-Lapchick, End Trafficking Program Officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast… [we] feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything. Emma Thompson, SOLD Executive Producer

Brilliantly made. Unlike other films on child trafficking and modern slavery, SOLD makes the problem personal for the audience. Though heartbroken by what she endures, the viewer is left inspired by Lakshmi’s strength and bravery, motivated to help end modern slavery through real-world action. Alex K. Monroe, Senior Campaigns Manager, Walk Free

The Dark Horse, Director / writer James Napier Robertson

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Based on a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, “Fear the Walking Dead”) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life. After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community.  Charismatic and impassioned, Gen encourages the group to train for the upcoming National Chess Championships.  But his teaching puts him at odds with his brother when Ariki’s son Mana (James Rolleston) shows an interest in the game – chess is considered a distraction from the teen’s imminent initiation into his father’s gang. The Dark Horse is rugged and raw gem of filmmaking anchored by brilliant central performance from Cliff Curtis. Director / writer James Napier Robertson stops by to talk about the amazing Genesis Potini, the lives he touched and the inspiration he provided to the cast and crew of The Dark Horse.

For news and updates go to: thedarkhorsefilm.com

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 Curtis is so heartbreakingly convincing in the lead role that he routinely frees you of the feeling you’re watching one more adversity saga with scrappy kids and a third-act tournament.” – Robert Abele, LA Times.

 “The Dark Horse” brings Cliff Curtis back home, and he gives a performance that’s transcendent in more ways than one.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 “Combines several potentially tired subgenres – the inspirational-teacher drama, the mental illness drama, and the gang thriller – but, helped immeasurably by Curtis’s performance, makes something new out of them.” Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

 “It’s a film with the texture and truth of life, and at its heart is a beautiful performance by Cliff Curtis.” – Cath Clarke, Time Out

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame, Director Tony Girardin

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MARINONI: The Fire in the Frame tells the story of cycling icon Giuseppe Marinoni, who found his calling when he transitioned from champion racer to master bike craftsman.
 Born in Italy in 1937, Marinoni was a champion cyclist as a young man. In 1965, he was invited to Canada to participate in a race, and after meeting the love of his life, decided to stay in Canada for good, where he dominated competitive cycling for years.

When his racing career came to a natural end, Marinoni started tailoring fine steel bicycle frames from his shop in Montreal, Canada, where he has been perfecting his craft for over 40 years, earning him cult status in the world of cycling. 

After years hunched over toxic fumes, Marinoni‘s passion for building bikes almost killed him. Upon doctor’s orders, Marinoni has gotten back into peak physical shape, now averaging 250 miles a week on his bike. At age 75, once again feeling his competitive spirit, he attempts to beat the world hour record for his age group, all on a bike he built with his own hands almost 40 years ago. MARINONI: The Fire in the Frame, a new film by Canadian filmmaker Tony Girardin was a Top 10 favorite at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, and has been touring non-stop as part of an ongoing, record-breaking run for a Canadian documentary. Director Girardin joins us to talk about gaining the confidence and trust of Giuseppe and his family for this entertaining and heart-warming film.

For news and updates go to: marinonimovie.com

“Terrific doc.” – NOW TORONTO

 “Incredibly entertaining.” – TORONTO FILM SCENE

 “Deeply moving.” – TORONTO STAR

 “A true crowd pleaser.” – POV MAGAZINE

 “A fascinating portrait of a man who has a passion not just for cycling, but for life.” – CANADIAN CYCLIST

Lolo, Director Julie Delpy

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Violette (Julie Delpy), a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Danny Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend. Though Jean-Rene faces a major challenge: he must win the trust and respect of  Violette’s teenage son, Lolo (Vincente Lacoste), who is determined to wreak havoc on the couple’s fledging relationship and remain his mother’s favorite. After TWO DAYS IN PARIS, TWO DAYS IN NEW YORK and SKYLAB, Julie Delpy returns with a sharp romantic comedy, alongside Dany Boon, the irresistible creator of WELCOME TO THE STICKS. Lolo recently premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and North American Premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Writer / director Julie Delpy joins us for a spirited conversation on working with her own ensemble of talent and the making of films that inspire her.

For news and updates go to: filmrise.com/lolo/

Currently screening at:
Playhouse – Pasadena – TICKETS
Monica Film Center – Santa Monica – TICKETS
Noho 7 – North Hollywood – TICKETS
Music Hall – North Hollywood – TICKETS
Edward Westpark 8 – Irvine – TICKETS

“Lolo is fun and fresh to look at: Violette’s habitat is fashion-world, Centre-Pompidou new Paris, blessedly free of the Louvre-and-Seine shorthand that sells French movies to American audiences.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

“Delpy brings an unflinching perspective to the realities of balancing new love and motherhood, even while playing it for laughs.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

“Lolo is a maternal horror film in the guise of a light romantic comedy, and therein lies much of its charm.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“A curiously unsentimental director of romantic comedies, Julie Delpy sees romance for the work that it primarily is.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

Take Me to the River, Director Matt Sobel

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In Take Me to the River a Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a gay Californian teenager. If Ryder had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to come out, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives, but 9-year-old Molly can’t get enough. She follows her cool California cousin everywhere. After lunch, they walk to the barn to look for a bird’s nest in the rafters. Their strange encounter, and whatever happened while the two escaped their family’s watchful eyes, makes Ryder the sudden target of suspicion, and places him at the center of a long buried family secret. Robin Weigert (Concussion, Synecdoche, New York, Deadwood) anchors a superb ensemble cast that includes Richard Schiff (West Wing, The Automatic Hate), Josh Hamilton (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha and Gracepoint) and a breakout performance by Logan Miller (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Night Moves). Director / producer / writer Matt Sobel stops by to talk about his stunning, controversial and brilliant feature debut.

For news and updates go to: filmmovement.com/Take Me to the River

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“Writer-director Matt Sobel’s quietly engaging debut is one of the great discoveries of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: His fish-out-of-water observations have a personal edge — the film is shot partly on his own extended family’s Nebraskan property — but it soon builds to a place of nightmarish psychosexual revelations.” – Ibad Shah, Indiewire

“Superlatively acted culture-clash indie chillingly evokes primal dread and sexual transgression….” –Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“TAKE ME TO THE RIVER provides a fresh and haunting perspective on the ‘family secrets’ subgenre… the film is narratively claustrophobic, beautiful, disturbing and ripe.” – John Fink, The Film Stage

“….Sobel is worthy of the title of best new American independent filmmaker.” – Eric Lavalle, Ioncinema

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Director of Programming Mike Dougherty

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. Each year the festival is held at ArcLight Hollywood and features a rich mix of film programs designed to build and support the growing interest in the Indian entertainment industry. This includes programming that cultivates an audience for Indian films while supporting filmmakers of Indian descent in career development as they navigate the larger studio system in Hollywood. IFFLA’s creative and business programs include the the One-on-One Michael Doughteryprogram where industry professionals from major and independent production and distribution companies are invited to participate in meetings with the IFFLA filmmakers; and panel discussions with speakers from the film industry. The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will take place April 6-10, 2016 at ArcLight Hollywood, the elegant, state-of-the-art facility at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, and the festival’s home since its inception. Director of Programming Mike Dougherty join us to talk about the wide ranging films that will be showcase at this year’s festival.

For the latest news and updates go to: indianfilmfestival.org

IFFLA film guide: indianfilmfestival.org/film-guide-2016