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    Director:  Ian Thomas Ash

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  70 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Nippon Connection Film Festival (Germany)

    Synopsis:  Directed by Ian Thomas Ash. Challenging Japanese cultural and social norms by speaking candidly about her own life and impending death, Kazuko’s observations about love, money, and marriage reveal the deepening intimacy of Kazuko’s relationship with the filmmaker and with the viewer, providing an opportunity for us to consider our own lives … and deaths.  Japan/ US, Documentary, 70 min.


  • A Quest For Meaning

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    Director:  Nathanael Coste & Marc De La Menardiere

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  107 minutes
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    Awards Received:  1st Prize – Terra Festival – 1st Prize – Festival Curieux Voyageurs – Best Documentary – Ram Dam Festival – ADEME Award – Festival Atmosphères

    Synopsis:  Directed by Nathanaël Coste and Marc de la Ménardière, A Quest For Meaning follows two childhood friends travelling around the world to meet the great thinkers of our time. This initiatory travel full of doubts and joys, questions the collective beliefs that shape Western civilization. It reflects a change in consciousness motivated by the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world. France, Documentary, 87 min.


  • A Reasonably Good Bloke

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    Director:  Omar Ismail

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Omar Ismail, a young paralegal in a criminal law firm is fired from his job and, along with his colleague, embarks on a reckless quest to ‘wine and dine’ London’s criminals, with the aim of getting his job back. As they gather together an assortment of petty crooks and gangsters, they descend further and further into the underworld, and the line between criminal and lawyer becomes increasingly indefinable. Great Britain, 99 minutes.


  • According To Ben Adams

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    Director:  Dan & Bramwell Noah

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  105 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Actor, ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Dan & Bramwell Noah, ‘According To Ben Adams’ is about the Devil. But he’s bored. Very bored. Evil’s still his thing, but it’s all been done. So he gets himself arrested just to see what happens. He even lets slip that he’s the Devil and plays along when they commit him to a hospital. That’s where he meets a man claiming to be Jesus. AUSTRALIA, Narrative. 105 min.


  • Adopt

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    Director:  Beibei Liu (Xiaoke Liu)

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  105 minutes
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    Awards Received:  The Most Popular Film and Best Actress-Hainan Film Festival (China)

    Synopsis:  Directed by Xiaoke Liu, Yuxing Ye, is sent to Dabao Man (who can not bear children) in her early postnatal days by her biological parents. Later she is abandoned by Dabao Mao again…… The poor little girl experiences ups and downs in her life, finally, she surprisingly finds that the person who initially forsakes her is her biological mother. China, Narrative, 105 min.


  • Akron

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    Director:  Brian O'Donnell & Sasha King

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  87 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Brian O’Donnell & Sasha King, college freshman Benny and Christopher meet playing football and begin a relationship.  As their love grows a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light that tests their love.  Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey examining his feelings and his close-kit family’s ability to come to terms with the past.  USA, Narrative, 87 min.


  • All These Flowers

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    Director:  Kevin Bryce

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Kevin Bryce, All These Flowers is about Bipolar Disorder. The film is a witness of the life and struggle of those who have been diagnosed with the illness. It is the story of their triumph over the stigma, maltreatment, and the identity associated with it. USA Documentary, 85 min.


  • Becoming Bulletproof

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    Director:  Michael Barnett

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:  CINETOPIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Festival Director’s Award for Best Documentary, SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Grand Jury Winner, Best Documentary Film , VAIL FILM FESTIVAL – Best Documentary Winner , CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Choice Award, Best Film; FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Film; Winner, Cleveland Clinic Center’s Global Health Competition,   BELOIT FILM FESTIVAL – Best Documentary Winner, HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Choice Winner,  NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL- Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary , HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL – Cinecause Winner, Best Documentary  

    Synopsis:  Directed by Michael Barnett, BECOMING BULLETPROOF documents the making of an original Western film called, Bulletproof. Bulletproof features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm to write, produce, and star in original short films. Inside the whirlwind filmmaking process of mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and grappling with high expectations, “Becoming Bulletproof” chronicles the genesis of a riveting film and a personally and socially transformative experience. USA, Documentary, 82 min.


  • Brooklyn

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    Director:  John Crowley

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  105 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by John Crowley, written by Nick Hornby and based upon Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name, “Brooklyn” tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s New York.  Lured by the American promise, Eilis gives up the comforts of her mother’s home and departs Ireland for a new life in Brooklyn.  Once, freed from the shackles of homesickness and finding happiness in the intoxication of a fresh romance, Eilis is once again haunted by the specter of these two homelands, these two lives.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. “Brooklyn” premiered at Sundance — 2015 and has been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.


  • Crocodile Gennadiy

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    Director:  Steve Hoover

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  96 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Documentary-Little Rock Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy’s center has evolved into a more nebulous institution


  • Dream On

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    Director:  Roger Weisberg

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes
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    Awards Received:   Remi Special Jury Award, Political/International Issues, Worldfest-Houston                    Leigh Whipper Silver Award,    Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival

    Synopsis:   Directed by Roger Weisberg, DREAM ON investigates the perilous state of the American Dream after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility.  In an epic road trip retracing the nearly two hundred-year-old journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, political comedian John Fugelsang explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville popularized is alive and well in twenty-first century America. USA, Documentary, 99 min.


  • dream/killer

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    Director:  Andrew Jenks

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed Andrew Jenks,“dream/killer” tells the story of a father’s journey to free his best friend and son, Ryan Ferguson, from a 40-year prison sentence for a brutal murder based on somebody else’s dream.  The cast of characters reveals the very best and worst of the American judicial system. USA, Documentary, 109 min


  • Fight Like A Girl

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    Director:  Jill Morley

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:     Best Documentary – Other Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary- Artemis Film Festival, Best of the Fest- American Documentary Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Jill Morley, Told from a first person perspective, “Fight Like A Girl” is about women overcoming their demons through boxing, while telling a larger story about abuse, trauma, mental illness and healing. USA, Documentary 82 minutes


  • Foreign Puzzle

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    Director:  Chithra Jeyaram

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Suspended between life and death, a Mexican-American mother explores her uncertainty and fear of death through dance. A documentary about love, dance and breast cancer.


  • House On Pine Street, The

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    Director:  Aaron Keeling and Austin Keeling

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  112 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Actress – Emily Goss – Fargo Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature – Fargo Film Festival, Best Actress – Emily Goss – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Best Sound – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Best Effects – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Promising Filmmakers – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Aaron and Austin Keeling, The House on Pine Street is a psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house. Shot entirely in the Kansas City area with a cast and crew comprised mainly of local talent, the THOPS team is ecstatic to bring the film back ‘home’ as a part of KIFF 2015. USA, Narrative, 112 min.


  • I Saw The Light

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    Director:  Marc Abraham

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed, written and produced by Marc Abram, the new film biography of country music legend Hank Williams is scheduled to be released nationally on November 27, 2015. Based upon the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William (Bill) MacEwens, “I Saw the Light” stars Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife, Audrey and Maddie Hasson as the 19 year-old Billie Jean who became his second wife and widow.  Country music stars Ray Price (Von Lewis) and Faron Young (Fred Parker Jr) also figured significantly in Williams’ rise to fame – prior to his tragic death at age 29 on January 1, 1953.  “I Saw the Light” was recently selected as a Special Presentation at the 2105 Toronto International Film Festival.


  • Lesson, The

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    Director:  Andris Gauja

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  108 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Andris Gauja, the film tells the story of Zane, a devoted teacher mentoring the senior class in a Latvian high school. She tries to live her life in the most meaningful way possible. Even so, as for many younger teachers, it’s hard for Zane to keep her distance from her class — the students soon become a sort of family for her. When one of the students falls in love with her, she faces a stark choice between her personal happiness and the pressures of society. Latvia, Narrative, 108 min.


  • Many Beautiful Things

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    Director:  Laura Waters Hinson

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  70 minutes
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    Synopsis:  From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa, Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who won the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin.  But with her legacy on the line, Lilias made a stunning decision that bids us to question the limits of sacrifice.  Featuring the voice of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey). Directed by Laura Waters Hinson (As We Forgive). USA, Documentary, 70 min.


  • No Greater Love

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    Director:  Justin D. Roberts

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  94 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Active Duty Army Chaplain, Justin D Roberts, explores his combat deployment with his unit, No Slack. Chaplains are not allowed to carry weapons, so he carried a camera and captured the stories of his men as they fought their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan. After reuniting with some of his soldiers a few years later, Justin and his men talk about their time together, but also have real conversations about the struggle to reintegrate home. USA, Documentary, 94 min.


  • Outermost Radio

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    Director:  Alan Chebot

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  60 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Winner of the 2015 John Schlesinger Award for Directing, Provincetown International Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Alan Chebot, Outermost Radio, is an award-winning documentary that takes an intimate look at a community on the tip of Cape Cod far from the mainland and out of the mainstream, committed to keeping their freedom of expression alive, and their non-profit community radio station on the air. Meet the colorful and quirky characters who bring their passion for music, controversial points of view, and authenticity to the airwaves.  USA, Documentary, 60 min.


  • Poet Of Havana

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    Director:  Ron Chapman

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  97 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Audience Award Best Documentary Feature –  Gasparilla International Film Festival,     Award of Merit – Accolade Global Film Competition:  

    Synopsis:  A moving documentary highlighting the cultural, political and social significance of renowned musician, singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, one of  Cuba’s most influential artists.  Discover how he was influenced by his country, politics and people, his struggle for individual freedoms, and his efforts to build bridges between Cuba and the people of the world.  Shot in Havana with stunning concert performances, insider backstage moments,      featuring Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique and more.


  • Private Revolutions – Young, Female, Egyptian

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    Director:  Alexandra Schneider

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  98 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Audience Award-This Human World Film Festival, Social Awareness Award Local Artist-Crossing Europe Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Alexandra Schneider and shot over two years, “Private Revolutions – Young, Female, Egyptian” is a documentary about four young Egyptian women with different social background who are sovereign, eloquent and determined. Their fight for justice and gender equality leads to constant clashes with their men-dominated surrounding. Nevertheless they keep going and that’s what the movie wants to show: Their courage, sensitivity and their willingness. Austria, Documentary, 98 min


  • Right Footed

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    Director:  Nick Spark
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    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Documentary 2015 Mirabile Dictu Film Festival, Vatican City Rome

    Synopsis:  Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad.


  • Show Business

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    Director:  Alexander Tovar

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  84 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best feature comedy film at the North Hollywood Cinefest 

    Synopsis:   Directed and written  by Alexander Tovar, “Show Business” follows screenwriter Guy Franklin as he moves from NYC to LA with his fiancé Cassandra. Hollywood producer Darvey Brillstein offers Guy a lucrative deal to adapt a kid’s book. Although Guy has major reservations about the project, he accepts. Finding the work on the screenplay tedious, Guy becomes disillusioned with the project and his relationship with Cassandra. Guy goes into therapy and starts taking medication. Both seem to help but as he begins to feel happier, his progress on the screenplay suffers. Fearing the medication has made him mediocre; he believes he has to choose between having a happy life and being a successful screenwriter. USA, Narrative, 84 minutes.


  • Shunned

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    Director:  Janice Villarosa

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  70 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Documentary-Long Island International Film Expo, Best Documentary – Laughlin International Film Festival , Spirit of the Independent Award – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival , Opening Film – Cebu International Film Festival , Van Gogh Awards-World Cinema: Documentary Feature – Amsterdam International Film Festival, Award of Excellence – Canada International Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Janice Villarosa, SHUNNED, award-winning documentary about the trauma and struggles faced by a group of Trans women in the Philippines as they compete in a pageant and find strength in their convictions and one other.  Philippines/USA, Documentary, 70 min.


  • Si-o-se Pol

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    Director:  Henrik Peschel

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Festival Grand Prize -Arizona International Film Festival, Best Cinematography – Harlem International Film Festival , Best Actor – Bridge Film Fest , Best Indie Feature – Film Festival , Best Actor- Film Festival of Tamil Nadu , Best Feature – Cardiff Independent Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Henrik Peschel.  Released from prison and terminally ill, Parvis Karimpour is determined to be reunited with his daughter Nasrin, who fled Iran for Europe many years before. Crossing the Mediterranean, Parvis makes for Madrid in search of his only child. Along the way he meets failed Italian pianist Fabrizio and spoilt German dreamer Almut – fellow migrants struggling to make their way. The unlikely threesome take up her trail.  Germany, narrative, 82 min.


  • Solo-Out Of A Dream

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    Director:  Jos de Putter

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Jos de Putter; In 1994, 11 year-old Leonardo, was portrayed in the Award-winning documentary Solo –the law of the favela. As a result of the film, he made his dream come true: he was a professional player for various European football clubs. Now 31, rich and famous, he travels back to Rio de Janeiro to meet old friends. The film tells the story of a life destined by the camera. Netherlands, Documentary, 90 min.


  • Thule Tuvalu

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    Director:  Matthias von Gunten

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  96 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Swiss Film 2014 – Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland

    Synopsis:  Directed by Matthias von Gunten, employing impressive images the film describes the lives of the inhabitants of Thule in Greenland and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, lives that due to climate change are being altered forever since the ice in the north is retreating whilst sea levels are perpetually rising in the south. Switzerland, Documentary, 96 min.


  • Voices Of Hope – A Prison Documentary

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    Director:  Nicole Amelio-Casper

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  42 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Nicole Amelio-Casper, Voices of Hope – A Prison Documentary highlights the Brothers In Blue – Re-Entry program and theToastmasters International Club at Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas and their effects on inmates there.  Voices of Hope also chronicles Lansing inmates insights and experiences both before and after participating in these positive programs.   USA, Documentary, 41 minutes


  • Warsaw By Night

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    Director:  Natalia Koryncka-Gruz

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  104 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz, Warsaw By Night is set in a vibrant, mysterious and sexy city. It’s a story about the search for love and the roles we play in life. Each of the four women pretend for one night to be someone else. Through this experience they learn something new about themselves. Their lives will never be the same. Poland, Narrative, 104 min.


  • Woke Up This Mornin’ In The Arkansas Delta

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    Director:  Benjamin Meade
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    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Benjamin Meade who actually wakes up in West Memphis Arkansas and spends and entire year going from the north to the south of the delta region experiencing what many would think is a third world country. Racism, the KKK, great food, great music-all in one film.  Documentary. 82 min. NR


  • Youth

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    Director:  Paolo Sorrentino

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  118 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed and written by Academy Award-winner Paul Sorrentino – and starring Michal Kane, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, with American singer-songwriter Michael Kozelek, “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”) is a 2015 English language/Italian film that premiered (and competed for the Palm d’Or) at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  Shot in Switzerland, Rome and Venice, “Youth” is the story of a retired orchestra conductor, on holiday in the Alps with his daughter and film director/best friend, who unexpectedly receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.  “Youth” has been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.