Directed By: Max Azulay & Matt Porter
Run Time: 92 mins
Convinced that he’s dying from a bizarre array of symptoms, struggling comedian Spencer Kaminsky returns home to visit his five childhood doctors in a single day, all while desperately trying to avoid the friends and family that he left behind.
*Q&A with Matt Porter (Writer/Director/Cast),
Directed By: Jason Headley
Run Time: 85 mins
A comedy about two would-be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. When they discover an unexpected house sitter, they suddenly have to deal with a hostage situation, double crosses, sexual tensions, and discoveries that make their difficult escape even more dubious.
*Q&A with Eleanore Pienta (Cast) following the screening.
Directed By: Eliza Hittman
Run Time: 95 mins
An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Date: 6/3 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 2 | Time: 8:45PM | BUY NOW
Directed By: Quinn Shephard
Run Time: 100 mins
It’s the start of a new year at a small suburban high school—Abigail (Quinn Shephard) is an eternal outcast returning for the first time after a mysterious event the previous year. Facing constant bullying, Abigail escapes from her hostile surroundings by immersing herself in the worlds of the characters she reads about, much to the amusement of her manipulative classmate, Melissa (Nadia Alexander). When the girls’ intriguing new drama teacher Jeremy (Chris Messina) announces Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible” as their fall show, and casts Abigail over Melissa in the starring role, Abigail’s confidence blooms — but soon her relationship with Jeremy begins to move beyond the fantasy world she’s constructed. This taboo bond strikes a nerve in Melissa, fueling a vengeful jealousy that quickly spirals out of control — and brings about a chain of events that draws even further parallels to the madness of Salem…
*Q&A with Quinn Shephard (Director), Nadia Alexander (Cast), and Laurie Shephard (Producer) following the screening. Join the cast & crew for a post-screening reception at Theory, 369 Greenwich Ave. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or stop by after the film.
*Q&A with Quinn Shephard (Director), Nadia Alexander (Cast), and Laurie Shephard (Producer) following the screening.
Directed By: David Soren
Run Time: 89 min
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
Date: 6/1 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 1 | Time: 4:30PM* | BUY NOW
*Q&A with Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants, to follow the screening of the film, moderated by Scholastic Kid Reporter Maxwell Surprenant
A book signing will follow the screening and Q&A at the GIFF Box Office (22 Railroad Ave). Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Directed By: Amman Abbasi
Run Time: 75 mins
In the wake of his older brother’s death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.
* Complimentary Screening
Directed By: Laura Terruso
Run Time: 80 mins
David Warwik is a struggling writer who has been toiling away at the same novel for years. His wife Jennifer is a hot young literary figure, who has just released a critically acclaimed work. When her publisher invites the couple to an artists’ salon at his home in Connecticut, the pair embark on a twisted journey, and David must face his demons and try to “not be weird” among the waspy salon guests and competitive art set in attendance. He encounters a dentist with publishing aspirations, a book critic full of condescending advice, a fellow writer who may know his wife a little too well, an old “friend,” and a high-powered bipolar literary agent who just might be able to help him…for a price.
*Cast & crew in attendance for Q&A following film.
Directed By: Nevio Marasovic
Run Time: 86 mins
Goran just wants to drive his taxi and take care of his beautiful wife, Lina. Unfortunately, the people closest to him have their own agendas which threaten his carefree existence. In the idyllic surroundings of the snow-covered Croatian mountainside, the fiery personalities of the highlanders’ surface and collide.
Date: 6/2 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 2 | Time: 7:00PM | BUY NOW
Sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery
Directed By: Brett Haley
Run Time: 93 mins
THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams). Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman) until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
Date: 6/3 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 1 | Time: 4:30PM | BUY NOW
Directed By: Elijah Bynum
Run Time: 107 mins
American flags wave as fireworks light the sky, — it’s 1991 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and summer is in full swing. A lonely teenage boy is taken under the wing of the town rebel, falls in love with the prettiest girl in fifty miles, and gets entangled in a drug ring – all as the deadliest hurricane in New England history barrels towards the coast. This coming of age film marks the feature debut of writer/director Elijah Bynum.
Date: 6/3 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 1 | Time: 9:00PM | BUY NOW
Co-presented by Focus on French Cinema
Directed By: Xavier Dolan
Run Time: 100 mins
After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by bitterness and fear, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by their incapacity to listen, and love.
Date: 6/3 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 3 | Time: 7:30PM | BUY NOW
Sponsored by Greenwich Sentinel
In Partnership with YWCA Greenwich
Directed By: Jessica M. Thompson
Run Time: 90 mins
Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12) gives a powerful and moving performance as Bonnie, a woman who maintains her dignity and sense of humor as she deals with the aftermath of a sexual assault. Written and directed by Emmy-nominated Australian filmmaker Jessica M. Thompson in her feature film debut, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of relationships in the face of a tragedy.
* Following this screening will be a Town Hall with principal cast, the director, producers, Liz Eddy (CrisisTextLine), Alyssa Ruderman (DoSomething.org & Upworthy) and Peg Cafferty (Producer of India’s Daughter) to discuss global rape culture and how we can use the film and media to help stop the objectification of women. Moderated by Leslie Coplin, LMSW, Prevention and Outreach Coordinator of Domestic Abuse Services, YWCA.
**Cast & crew in attendance for Q&A following the screening.
Directed By: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Run Time: 120 mins
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish), MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true-life story of a young Marine Corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy.
Date: 6/4 | Location: Bow Tie – Theater 1 | Time: 7:00PM | BUY NOW
Presented by The Avon Theatre, In Partnership with the Stamford JCC
Directed By: Joshua Z Weinstein
Run Time: 82 mins
Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, MENASHE follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son, Rieven, after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.
Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, MENASHE is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.
Date: 6/4 | Location: The Avon Theatre | Time: 11:00AM | BUY NOW
Directed By: Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein
Run Time: 81 mins
Mysterious events surround two travelers, seemingly brothers, as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
* Complimentary Screening
Directed By: Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney
Run Time: 80 mins
It’s the story of a small town gorilla, Sylvio, who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbert Herpels, and his experimental puppet show that highlights the quiet moments of life. He accidentally joins a local TV program and a series of on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on an adventure of self-discovery where reality and fantasy start to blend.
*Meghan Doherty (producer, co-writer) will be in attendance for a Q&A following both screenings.
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Colleen Kelsey is a journalist and critic based in New York City, and the Associate Editor of Interview magazine, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969. She has contributed interviews, features, and criticism to New York, Lenny Letter, Hazlitt, Surface, Industrie, and the feminist film journal cleo.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim is a freelance film critic and entertainment reporter. Her work can be found in Village Voice, Rolling Stone, GQ, and VICE, among others. Twitter: @kristenyoonsoo.
Sayra is the head of development and an ensemble member of The Collective NY. She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio where she also serves on the board. She has extensive downtown theater credits, and worked in Italy and Poland with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Film and Television acting credits: INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, PAPER COVERS ROCK(IFC/ SXSW), EUPHORIA, A LITTLE CLOSER (Rotterdam), PACING THE CAGE, DUANE HOPWOOD (Sundance), TROOPER, OFF DUTY, HOW I GOT LOST, LAW AND ORDER, THE SONG STILL INSIDE and TURNABOUT.