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Fresh styles and new schools of cinematic expression have the power to wake us from any cliched drama-stupor as they defiantly re-define tomorrow’s mainstream. In all their diversity Andrea Arnold, Sean Baker, Julie Bertuccelli, Lizzie Borden, Charles Burnett, Terence Davies, Cheryl Dunye, Rolf de Heer, Ira Sachs, Patrick Wang, and many, many others share the work of waking us up.

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  • You Go to My Head

    Directed by Dimitri de Clercq • Drama • With Delfine Bafort, Svetozar Cvetkovic, Arend Pinoy, Omar Sarnane, Laurence Tremolet • 2018 • 120 minutes

    This award-winning, critically lauded thriller begins in a desolate stretch of the Sahara, where a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost ...

  • The Big Bad Swim

    Directed by Ishai Setton • Drama • With Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler • 2007 • 96 minutes

    Amy Malone (Paget Brewster) is a middle-aged calculus teacher going through a divorce. Her soon to be ex-husband, Paul, is a fellow co-worker at Old Lyme High School and under the current situa...

  • Helen

    Directed by Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor • Drama • With Annie Townsend • 2008 • 79 minutes

    An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to ‘play’ Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy’s la...

  • What Doesn’t Float

    Directed by Luca Balser • Drama • With Pauline Chalamet, Roger Howarth, Larry Fessenden • 2023 • 69 minutes

    Seven stories. One city. A disparate group of characters fill out this darkly comedic anthology of New Yorkers at their wits end. When the dailiness of urban life is suspended by an unfore...

  • So Pretty

    Directed by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli • Drama • With Edem Dela-Seshie, Thomas Love, Rachika Samarth • 2019 • 83 minutes

    A visiting German artist, an American academic, a millennial polyamorous enclave in New York City; director-actor Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s So Pretty is an excursion ...

  • Marvin, Seth and Stanley

    Directed by Stephen Gurewitz • Drama • With Alex Karpovsky, Marvin Gurewitz, Stephen Gurewitz • 2014 • 72 minutes

    Good natured Marvin summons estranged sons Seth (Alex Karpovsky), a smug careerist going through a divorce, and Stanley, a delicate aspiring actor, for a father-son bonding fishing t...

  • A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

    Directed by Ben Rivers & Ben Russell • Drama • With Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe • 2014 • 98 minutes

    A SPELL follows an unnamed character through three seemingly disparate moments in his life. With little explanation, we join him in the midst of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; in i...

  • Some Divine Wind

    Directed by Roddy Bogawa • Drama • 1991 • 72 minutes

    SOME DIVINE WIND - a rough translation referring to Japanese Kamikaze pilots (on 'God's wind') - is the story of Ben, an American-born young man of mixed parentage, whose father was part of a bombing mission that destroyed his Japanese mother'...

  • Bad Fever

    Directed by Dustin Guy Defa • Drama • With Kentucker Audley, Eleonore Hendricks • 2012 • 77 minutes

    Alternatively quiet and delirious, always desperate, Bad Fever is a witness to one man’s broken American dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to ...

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    Directed by Lynne Ramsay • Drama • With Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller • 2010 • 112 minutes

    A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing...

  • For the Plasma

    Directed by Bingham Bryant, Kyle Molzan • Drama • With Anabelle LeMieux, Rosalie Lowe • 2016 • 94 minutes

    For the Plasma begins in a remote house on the coast of Maine, where a young woman named Helen has found work as a forest-fire lookout responsible for monitoring the nearby woodland. While a...

  • The Winds That Scatter

    Directed by Christopher Jason Bell • Drama • 2015 • 79 minutes

    Ahmad Chahrour, in his acting debut plays a refugee from Syria that shares his name. After he loses his menial employment at a gas station, he does his best to navigate the American economy with optimism and good faith. Soon, reality...

  • Frances Ferguson

    Directed by Bob Byington • Drama • With Kaley Wheless, David Krumholtz, Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr • 2019 • 75 minutes

    Nick Offerman's narration adds savor to Bob Byington's bone-dry comedy about a Nebraska substitute teacher (Kaley Wheless) whose crushing discontent drives her t...

  • The Hole Story

    Directed by Alex Karpovsky • Drama • With Alex Karpovsky • 2005 • 83 minutes

    An aspiring television producer cashes in his life savings to produce the pilot to a documentary television series, only to find himself in a battle with nature, reality and his own internal demons.

  • Happer's Comet

    Directed by Tyler Taormina • Drama • With Grace Berlino, Michael Gugliamo • 2022 • 62 minutes

    Following his acclaimed debut HAM ON RYE, Tyler Taormina’s hypnotic follow-up is a midnight mosaic that reveals a suburban town steeped in alienation. It’s the middle of the night, but things are far fr...

  • Woodpecker

    Directed by Alex Karpovsky • Drama • With Jon Hyrns, Wesley Yang • 2008 • 87 minutes

    This comedy follows Hyrns and his cohort, Wesley Yang, as they obsessively search the Arkansas bayou for proof that ivory-billed woodpecker is in fact not extinct.

  • Little Sister

    Directed by Zach Clark • Drama • With Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy, Alex Karpovsky • 2016 • 91 minutes

    Young nun Colleen (Addison Timlin) is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother (Ally Sheedy) announces, Your brother is home. On returning to her childhood home in As...

  • Lenz

    Directed by Alexandre Rockwell • Drama • With Alexander Alexeieff, Kim Marie Radonovich • 1982 • 92 minutes

    An adaptation of George Buchner's novella, "Lenz", chronicling the poet Jakob Lenz's slide into insanity and madness. The setting is transposed from 18th century Germany to New York in the...

  • Ham on Rye

    Directed by Tyler Taormina • Drama • With Haley Bodell, Audrey Boos, Danny Tamberelli • 2020 • 85 minutes

    Ham on Rye, a coming-of-age comedy centered on the nervous excitement of youth and the strange horror of entering adulthood uses an expansive ensemble of over one hundred performers, includi...

  • Superior

    Directed by Erin Vassilopoulos • Drama • With Alessandra Mesa, Ani Mesa • 2021 • 99 minutes

    When Marian is on the run, she goes to the only place she knows is safe: her childhood home. She is greeted by her estranged sister, Vivian, a stay-at-home housewife struggling to conceive and on the verg...

  • She's Lost Control

    Directed by Anja Marquardt • Drama • With Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca • 2014 • 90 minutes

    Fiercely independent, Ronah works as a sexual surrogate in New York City, teaching her clients the very thing they fear most – to be intimate. Her life unravels when she starts working with a volatile new c...

  • Gabi on the Roof in July

    Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine • Drama • With Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Brooke Bloom, Louis Cancelmi, Kate Lyn Sheil, Amy Seimetz, Lena Dunham • 2017 • 101 minutes

    A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway, Gabi on the ...

  • Wendy and Lucy

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • Drama • With Michelle Williams, Walter Dalton, Will Oldham, John Robinson, Larry Fessenden, Will Patton • 2008 • 80 minutes

    Proving why she is one of the most highly-regarded auteurs of current cinema, Kelly Reichardt's (OLD JOY) subtle storytelling technique uses a...

  • River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt)

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • Drama • With Lisa Donaldson, Larry Fessenden • 1995 • 81 minutes

    RIVER OF GRASS (1994), Kelly Reichardt’s darkly funny debut feature, brought the writer/director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up wi...