2014 Official Selections 

See below for our list of early selections. More films will be added all the way until the first week of October.  

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Director: Jens Dahl
Short Film
Two girls reunited after a traumatic near-death experience, which occurs in 10 central minutes of 24-year-old Juli ...
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Director: Mike Brown
Documentary Feature :: Voices

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Director: Alex Orr
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
In this bright and witty low-budget independent comedy, Alex (Alex Orr) is an inventor about to face his greatest ...
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Director: Dr. Maurice M. Martinez
Music Video
“A Lil’ Rock Music” is a satire on how chaos among musicians on a plantation resolved itself in an existential fre ...
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Director: Wil Weldon
Short Film
In a small town in North Carolina, Allan Gurganus has built a lifestyle of writing and studying local subjects. Th ...
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Director: Oguzhan Kaya
Short Film
In a city far away from the nature, a man wakes up, has his breakfast and starts a perfect day. ...
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Director: Max Hattler
Short Film
This animated diorama maps out a very large increase in size, amount, or importance of something over a short peri ...
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Director: Frances Bodomo
Short Film
It’s July 16, 1969, and America is preparing to launch Apollo 11; thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academ ...
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Director: Fabrice du Welz
Narrative Feature :: Convulsions
Manipulated by a loving and jealous husband, Gloria has run away with her daughter and started a new life far away ...
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Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Short Film
A young man, heartbroken when his girlfriend dumps him, hires a prostitute to recreate the mundane intimacies he u ...
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Director: Ryan Staake
Music Video

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Director: Jacqueline Olive
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress
Highlighting three communities facing the lingering impact of almost a century of lynching African Americans, rela ...
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Director: Signe Pierce & Alli Coates
Short Film

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Director: Martin Rath
Short Film
A hitchhiker is taken in by a remote Polish mountain community. Tested by hardened locals and unforgiving terrain, ...
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Director: Andres Torres
Narrative Feature :: Convulsions
"Bag Boy Lover Boy" follows the lowly life of Albert, an oddball hotdog vendor who is shocked to find himself sudd ...
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Director: Alex-Kyle Lee-Wightman (BRTHR)
Music Video

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Director: Alan Scott Neal
Short Film
After inheriting their parents’ property, Mary-Ann and Sue, decide to split a small acre of land making them neigh ...
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Director: Helmi
Music Video

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Director: Monique Velez
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress

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Director: Luca Fattore
Short Film
It´s a short film where the film cuts and the animation are in sink with a piece of classical music by Rimsky Kors ...
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Director: Marc Russo
Short Film
Technology moves faster than light. It affords us opportunities to experience life in a new way. But while it open ...
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Director: Jen West
Music Video
Call Me playfully portrays the yearning and desire of wanting the person you care about to return your efforts to ...
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Director: Cameron Smith
Music Video

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Director: Hannah Cheesman
Short Film
Jamie knows nothing about cheese, but while on an errand she’s unwittingly drawn into a contest with the heady pat ...
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Director: David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
Short Film
Donkeys actively return the filmmaker’s gaze in “Choreography,” an experiential documentary that inverts a vérité ...
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Special Events

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Director: Rhiannon Fionn
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress
America’s second-largest waste stream is mostly unregulated and it’s making people sick. We can fix this problem, ...
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Director: Laura Kissel
Documentary Feature :: Voices
What does a rural town in South Carolina have to do with China? Americans consume nearly twenty billion new items ...
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Director: Michael Reich
Music Video
Licorice. Pizza. Fire. Blood. ...
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Director: The Dance Cooperative does Cucalorus
Special Events
One of the festival's most popular traditions is a communion of dance and film. Filmmakers pair with choreographer ...
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Director: NORTON
Music Video
Time occasionally, and beautifully, stands still as Danny Brown and Purity Ring singer Megan James wander through ...
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Director: Evan Vetter
Documentary Feature :: Voices
In a country where rape is used as a weapon of war, two young American women struggle to help victims of the confl ...
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Director: Borja Cobeaga
Short Film
The manager of a company proposes a daring plan for keeping the workers' morale high. ...
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Director: Simon Intihar
Short Film
A man, who caused a tragedy which hurt his and his family's lives, wants only one thing: That the people he cares ...
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Director: Emile Sornin
Music Video

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Director: Norwood Cheek
Music Video

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Director: Dent De Cuir
Music Video
Inspired by John Stezaker's collages, this psycho-sexual this naughty horror story is a visual exploration of mode ...
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Director: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
Looking for someone to bum her a cigarette at a party, 22-year-old Ellie meets Ned, an articulate, slightly older ...
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Director: Darius Clark Monroe
Documentary Feature :: Magnolia
How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explore ...
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Director: Cara Connolly & Martin Clark
Short Film
At a remote boarding school in the Scottish Highlands in the 1980s, Reg and her best friend Smith share their dorm ...
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Director: Roberta Durrant
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Fourteen-year-old Felix dreams of becoming a professional jazz musician like his late father, but his mother does ...
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Director: Ruben Ostlund
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
A critical favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this w ...
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Director: Ava Lowrey
Short Film
Set in Coosa County, Alabama, this film highlights this quintessential piece of the south as it slips on the verge ...
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Director: Chase Evans
Music Video

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Director: Lexi Lefkowitz
Short Film
Violet is an isolated, but spunky, 7-year-old trying to fit into a world she doesn't quite understand. ...
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Director: Ocean Demuth, Medina Dennie & Zaiyah Dennie
Short Film
Two turtles embark on a quest for friendship. They encounter a sea monster, a sasquatch, and magical fairies befor ...
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Director: T Jones Wortham
Music Video
A Hip Hop music video about the history of the culture seen through the eyes of three members of todays’ youth. ...
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Director: Mitchell Rose
Short Film
Two seconds of dance from 50 filmmakers on all seven continents choreographed by Bebe Miller are sewn together int ...
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Director: Janicza Bravo
Short Film
A paraplegic man leaves home to be on his own. ...
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Director: Amanda Edwards
Short Film
This short film that asks the question: Do you feel safe in your community? Wilmington, North Carolina—like any Am ...
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Director: Peter Mackie Burns
Short Film
Lucy Licari is thirty years old today and is trying to unfuck her life, but she's not trying too hard. Why should ...
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Director: Jordan Ray Allen
Short Film

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Director: Marcia Jarmel / Ken Schneider
Documentary Feature :: Voices
13-year-old Mica is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. He takes to heart his Rabbi’s req ...
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Director: Joanna Coates
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Four young people flee the big city. Establishing their own polyamorous commune in the countryside, they begin to ...
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Director: Ben Fries
Music Video
All-night Rooftop Dance Party! ...
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Director: Ben Fries
Music Video
Two dudes stand in a room eating soup. Electropop ensues. ...
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Director: Robert Hillyer Barnett
Short Film
A woman returns to a mountain town to pack up her recently deceased father's home. When she encounters a barefoot ...
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Director: Izibene OÑederra
Short Film
I told her I was a filmmaker... and nothing has changed. Amid these landscapes traipses the soul, at times certain ...
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Director: Bennett Jones
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
On the run from an assassin and grieving the loss of his girlfriend, International Rockstar Bené and his manager, ...
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Director: Leah Meyerhoff
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. ...
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Director: Leah Shore
Short Film
A young couple's mutual declarations of love escalate to increasingly absurd extremes. ...
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Director: Chris McKee
Short Film
An encounter between two strangers leads to a disturbing eventuality. ...
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Director: Charles Chintzer Lai
Short Film
A bewitching yet restless tale of two Londoners who find each other. ...
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Director: David Robert Mitchell
Narrative Feature :: Convulsions
For 19-­‐year-­‐old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake ...
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Director: Caleb Johnson
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
A tiny dancer (Tallie Medel, 'The Unspeakable Act') and her struggling-comedian husband find co-habitation at odds ...
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Director: Matthew Carter
Music Video
Stop-motion photography and video meet 2D animation, drawing, and illustration to create a degrading visual collag ...
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Director: K. Prada, J. Prada
Music Video
A experimental Shortfilm with Ana Rujas and Alba Messa. ...
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Director: Douglas Boswell
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Frikke, a 14-year-old boy, discovers a sinister computer game that uses real children from his neighbourhood as pl ...
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Director: Christian Larrave
Short Film
Lesley the Pony goes on a fun-filled adventure through the town of Merryville while making lasting memories with h ...
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Director: François Jaros
Short Film
Love. Grief. Shock. Denial. Sleeplessness. Bubble bath. Mucus. Masturbation. Pop tart. Pigeons. Toothpaste. Hospit ...
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Director: Lacey Schwartz
Documentary Feature :: Voices
Daring to ask questions about her true identity, around which her parents had kept a careful silence throughout he ...
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Director: Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat
Documentary Feature :: Vanguard
In Buenos Aires, they are dancing. Dozens of real people are presented in their kitchens, living rooms, offices, a ...
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Director: Matt Nunn
Short Film
High school bully and his wallflower victim lock horns in a moving confrontation about the relativeness of oppress ...
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Director: Zachary Davenport
Short Film

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Director: Ryan Staake
Music Video

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Director: Alexandra Hulme & Celia Rowlson-Hall
Short Film
Big dreams, duck hunts, and balls to the wall whimsy. ...
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Director: Efren Hernandez
Short Film
Veronica and Efren take a trip with an implied permanent vacation. ...
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Special Events

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Director: Jon Kasbe
Short Film
MIPSO is a young bluegrass band, well loved in their home state of North Carolina. But their first tour was in Jap ...
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Director: John Manning
Music Video
On a nearly non-existent budget, Mountain Thrower, sets out to give their fans in far off lands the show of a life ...
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Director: Alex-Kyle Lee-Wightman (BRTHR)
Music Video

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Director: Louis Paxton
Short Film
Love musicals? Hate musicals? Then this charming comedy is for you! A tale of magic and optimism...and childhood t ...
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Director: Chris Toumazou
Music Video
Shot on Super 16mm Film, "Opening Brace" follows a heightened and fictional day in the life of My Panda Shall Fly ...
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Special Events
This year's North Carolina retrospective honors the legacy of Dino DeLaurentiis— easily the most impactful filmmak ...
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Special Events
NC Sixty is a special event at Cucalorus and the product of workshopped scenes from sixty local new actors in Wilm ...
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Director: Matthew VanDyke
Short Film
A short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 2 ...
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Director: Rodrigo Dorfman
Documentary Feature
Inspired by the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement, Durham-based filmmaker Rodrigo D ...
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Director: Ryan Staake
Music Video

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Director: Danielle Beverly
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress

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Director: Brian Bolster
Short Film
Told almost entirely through voice-mail messages, “One Year Lease” documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Ca ...
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Special Events

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Director: Darcy Prendergast
Music Video

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Director: Ken Lam
Short Film
Todd and Tamara’s perfect life begins to crumble once they sense that someone’s watching. ...
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Director: Jamal Joseph Jr
Short Film
Lexington Wynters is a recently out-on-the-street postal carrier from rural New York. She’s led a hard life full o ...
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Director: Cynthia Hill
Documentary Feature :: Voices
Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but ...
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Director: Jonathan Landau
Short Film
Five co-workers on their way to a company function face adversity and discover some unexpected truths along the wa ...
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Director: Quick Crew
Music Video
Silence is a source of Great Strength. ...
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Director: Evan Mann
Short Film
Forged from a discombobulated process without regards to plot, this narrative unfurls revealing a video organism, ...
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Director: Andrea Kalin & Oliver Lukacs
Documentary Feature :: Voices
The news from the Middle East worsens daily into a nightmare scenario—one eerily foretold in 2012 as two young, un ...
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Director: Reid Clark
Music Video
A modern day fable about life death and mankinds place in it all. ...
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Director: Ryan Staake
Music Video
A music video filmed entirely with FLIR thermal cameras. ...
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Director: Michael Reich
Music Video

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Director: Madden Meiners
Music Video
Amidst a background of time-elapsed photos of a beach at sunrise and sunset, a lone woman walks silhouetted by the ...
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Director: Babcar Ndiaye
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress

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Director: Chip Hackler
Short Film
This music video was a class project of the 3rd grade AIG film academy at Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilm ...
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Director: Annie Silverstein
Short Film
Raised by a single mother on an isolated subdivision in rural Texas, fourteen-year-old Leila's deepest connection ...
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Director: Kate Tsang
Short Film
An imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement when his best friend/creator starts to grow up. ...
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Director: Sarah Kinlaw
Music Video
A playful exploration of alienation in the mundane landscape of corporate America, moving from apprehensive to wel ...
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Director: Sarah Kinlaw
Short Film
An experiment in fantasy and social bravery, "Black Room Blues" by director and SoftSpot member Sarah Kinlaw docum ...
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Director: Dan Riesser
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
Ben & Annie are a young couple living in Chicago, on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown. At t ...
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Director: Annabel Park
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress

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Special Events

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Director: Steven Loring
Documentary Feature :: Magnolia
The announcement of a first-of-its-kind Speed Dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds spurs a diverse gro ...
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Director: Ryan Staake
Music Video

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Director: Moon Molson
Short Film
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter news regarding he ...
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Director: Sophie-Clémentine Dubois
Short Film
The Dandelion, or How to save a restaurant with a hedgehog, a singing fish and a little bit of imagination... ...
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Director: John R. Dilworth
Short Film
In this animated horror comedy, a cowardly dog named Courage must rescue his lovely owner, Muriel from a vengeful ...
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Director: Kenneth Price
Documentary Feature :: Voices
Winston-Salem–born music producer and turntablist supreme Patrick Douthit (aka 9th Wonder), whose musical collabor ...
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Director: Sarah Adina Smith
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest ...
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Director: Tony Wash
Short Film
Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her ey ...
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Director: Neil Christopher
Short Film
This gorgeous animation tells the tale of a compassionate polar bear who adopts a young boy and teaches him the sk ...
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Director: Adam Zucker
Documentary Feature :: Voices
Before World War II, Poland’s 3.5 million Jews made the country the epicenter of the Jewish world. Today less than ...
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Director: Mars Incrucio
Short Film
A camera crew follows special investigations cop, Dan Fromme, as he delves into a sordid underworld of meaningless ...
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Director: Maryna Artemenko, Oksana Artemenko
Short Film
Ukrainian policeman gets into the sarcastic situation, which metaphorically reflects heavy Ukrainian present. ...
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Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Narrative Feature :: Convulsions
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without ...
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Director: Dvein
Music Video

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Director: Dvein
Music Video
This is a visual, mind-bending adventure through surreal, topographical landscapes of paint, mountains, and faces ...
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Director: arthur carvalho
Music Video

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Director: Alex Theodoropulos
Music Video
This is a music video about the post orgasmic state with the person you are in love with. The animation I deals w ...
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Director: Josephine Decker
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
Akin (Joe Swanberg), a desperate loner, takes a summer job as a farm hard living with Jeremiah (Robert Longstreet) ...
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Director: Paul Allen Tillery IV
Short Film
This is the story of Thundercluck, the Viking chicken with the power of thunder. Half mortal. Half god. All natura ...
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Director: Evan Vetter
Short Film
Exhausted and on the run from a desperate bank robbery, a mangy gang finds shelter at a small farmhouse of a frail ...
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Director: Jimmy Goldblum
Documentary Feature :: Voices
a documentary about India's last colony of magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers. ...
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Director: Stephanie Laing
Short Film
No man is an island--but there are always exceptions. Meet Jim Funkle. A once promising food scientist, his career ...
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Director: Ben Joyner
Short Film
When the law shows up looking for a retired schoolteacher's grandson, things take a turn for the worst. In this br ...
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Director: Nathan Silver
Narrative Feature :: Vanguard
Needing a sudden escape from the city, Robbie leaves Brooklyn for the Hudson Valley to stay with his aunt who runs ...
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Director: Jaime Snyder
Short Film
Florence rescues a stray cat from a gang of teenagers. After taking the feline to an isolated building, her true i ...
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Special Events

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Director: Rich Gurnsey
Music Video
Feeling spacey? This animated music video"Farcheinkontrolle" by the band WAUMISS is set somewhere in a galaxy…well ...
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Director: Charlie Anderson
Short Film
Sue wants to have a baby, but first she needs her husband to quit smoking. Bob has been trying and failing for mon ...
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Director: Marlene McCurtis
Documentary Feature :: Works-in-Progress

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Director: Lena Greene
Short Film
An island of bikini-clad, saggy ladies spend their lives drinking martinis and living on the beach, until one day ...
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Director: Kira Bursky
Short Film
A fantasy drama about teen depression and sexuality. Delilah has decided to kill herself on her 18 birthday, but h ...
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Director: David F. Wnendt
Narrative Feature :: Convulsions
Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables, and thinks that hygien ...
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Director: Daniel Robin
Short Film
After being withheld by the TSA, this filmmaker examines the authenticity of culture through home movies, archival ...
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Director: Michelle Witten
Short Film
Ian and Anita escape unseen pursuers and arrive at a cabin in the desert. They seek a few days of solace together, ...
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Director: Noam Sharon
Short Film
A little girl asks her mom a simple question, and gets a weird answer... ...
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Director: Lawrence Michael Levine
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Barri and Noah, a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are disheartened by the death of their elderly downstairs neighbo ...
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Director: Frank Hall Green
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, ...
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Director: Ben O'Brien
Music Video
In this video for Wye Oak's song "The Tower" off of their album Shriek, two painters team up with a group of mecha ...
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Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
In his sophomore feature, Ryan Piers Williams stars alongside America Ferrara, Melanie Diaz and Jon Paul Phillips ...
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Director: Oskar Santos
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
Two of Spain’s most beloved comic-book characters-Zip and Zap-come to life in this rollicking adventure. With summ ...
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Music Video

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