Directed by Robert Edwards
Starring Christopher Walken, Amber Heard,
1 hr 37 mins, rated NR
Beautiful aspiring rock star Jude (heard) is stuck in a rut- relegated to recording commercial jingles and lost in a series of one night stands. When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy- and selfish- father Paul Lombard (Walken), an over-the-hill, Sinatra-esque crooner angling for a musical comeback. As the to reunite, Jude is forced to confront her problems, including troubled relationships with her father and overachieving sister (Garner), as well as her wobbly career and faltering love life. As Jude and Paul butt heads, they unexpectedly find themselves on a journey that may redefine their lives.
Directed by Van Neistat
Starring Hailey Gates
1 hr 12 mins, rated NR
AIn 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 Valerie Weiss
Starring Taryn Manning, Madison Davenport,
1 hr 29 mins, rated NR
Emotionally raw and bracingly honest, this coming-of-age drama balances the pull of family obligation against personal aspirations.In a commanding performance, SAG award winning actress, Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black”) plays Gloria, a mother, wrestling with bipolar disorder and an imminent empty nest. Dedicated daughter Beth has a bright future ahead, but must decide if she will stay near home to care for her unpredictable mom or follow her own path.
"Classically, an independent film was one that was made outside of the conventional studio system, be that Hollywood, Bollywood or Pinewood. But with the rise of the 'independent' labels of the major studios, such as Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage, that distinction is pretty much moot...I’d argue that the term 'independent film' should be reserved for talking about the movie itself, rather than how it was financed. There’s a reason the word 'independence' so often shows up in proximity to 'revolution' — a shared spirit of frustration, anarchy ... From their conception, independent films aren’t just made outside of the studio system. They are made in opposition to the studio system, with its relentless need to round off the corners and soften the blows. And in standing against the status quo, independent films help to change it." -Screenwriter/Director John August.