Indie Night Nov 13

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Present your ticket to any Indie Night screening at Indie Food & Wine in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and receive a special 10% discount!

Following the peak years of Sundance-inspired excess, when American independent cinema seemed to become all about creating calling-card movies for hoped-for careers inside the Hollywood sawmill, an exciting new wave of low- and no-budget American filmmakers has begun to emerge, for whom filmmaking is a true passion rather than a mere vocation, and whose films are as likely to reach audiences through social media and new distribution platforms as through a traditional cinema release In keeping with the Film Society’s longstanding tradition of supporting and showcasing emerging filmmakers, we are pleased to host this monthly showcase of the best and boldest independent cinema, co-curated by Film Society's Associate Director of Programming Marian Masone and award-winning producers Christine Vachon (Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven) and Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (Beginners, Old Joy).

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Past Films

Carré blanc

Carré blanc

Jean-Baptiste Léonetti | 2011 | 80 mins

Q&A with director Jean-Baptiste Léonetti moderated by Ted Hope!

If George Orwell and Andrei Tarkovsky had a love child, it would look something like Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s bracing debut feature, set in a dystopian future where childbirth rates are low, suicides high, and that hamburger you’re munching on just might be made from human ground round.

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Crazy & Thief

Crazy & Thief

Cory McAbee | 2012 | 52 mins

Cory McAbee will be in person for a Q&A and to perform music from his new project Captain Ahab's Motorcycle Club!

One of the unsung treasures of American indie film today, writer-director-actor-musician Cory McAbee (The American Astronaut) returns with this singular children’s adventure film about two unaccompanied minors roaming the streets of Brooklyn in search of the Star of Bethlehem.

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Dark Horse

Dark Horse

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Todd Solondz, Donna Murphy and Jordan Gelber in person for Q&A!

The American cinema’s crown prince of comic discomfort, Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness), returns with another inimitably wry, hilarious, yet oddly compassionate snapshot of society’s second-place finishers.

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Detroit Unleaded

Detroit Unleaded

Rola Nashef | 2012 | 90 mins

Filmmaker in person!

Twenty-something, second generation Arab-American Sami works the night shift behind the bullet-proof glass of his family’s Detroit gas station/convenience store. He’s content living a life of discontent until Najilah walks in, selling phone cards.

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Tuesday, May 07

8:00pm
Exit Elena

Exit Elena

Nathan Silver | 2012 | 72 mins

Director Nathan Silver and cast members in person for Q&A!

Using a mixture of fictional characters and real people, Exit Elena tells the story of a young woman thrust into the middle of a family in crisis and forced to strike a balance amidst their chaos.

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Thursday, July 25

8:30pm
Francine

Francine

Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky | 2012 | 74 mins

Q&A with Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky moderated by Ted Hope!

Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives an unforgettable performance as a woman newly released from prison, trying to start her life over in a small rural town, in this starkly powerful drama from documentary filmmakers Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky.

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The Girl

The Girl

David Riker | 2012 | 90 mins

Director David Riker in person for Q&A! 

Abbie Cornish gives an extraordinary performance as an unemployed Texas mother trying to win back custody of her son in director David Riker’s harrowing, moving and ultimately hopeful border-crossing drama. 

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Hide Your Smiling Faces

Hide Your Smiling Faces

Daniel Patrick Carbone | 2013 | 80 mins

Director Daniel Patrick Carbone in person for Q&A!

During a hot summer in rural America, two brothers come of age as they try to understand a friend’s mysterious death in Daniel Patrick Carbone’s emotionally charged debut feature.

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Wednesday, September 18

7:00pm
I Am Not A Hipster

I Am Not A Hipster

Destin Daniel Cretton | 2012 | 90 mins

Q&A with writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton!

Year one of our monthly screening series devoted to undistributed American indie films draws to a close with this stunningly assured debut feature about a disillusioned San Diego singer-songwriter forced to confront long-dormant personal demons when his sisters and estranged father show up unannounced on his doorstep.

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Kid-Thing

Kid-Thing

David Zellner | 2012 | 83 mins

Q&A with David and Nathan Zellner, moderated by Ted Hope!

A 10-year-old tomboy whiles away a few lazy, school-free days in the East Texas backwoods, wreaking prankish mischief and contending with a mysterious voice emanating from the bottom of an abandoned well, in this excitingly unclassifiable second feature by brothers David and Nathan Zellner.

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Lily

Lily

Matt Creed | 2013 | 85 mins

Director Matt Creed and co-writer/actress Amy Grantham in person for Q&A, moderated by pioneering independent filmmaker Amos Poe!

A twenty-something breast cancer survivor tries to put her illness behind her and focus on her life with a newfound clarity in a story loosely on the experiences of co-writer and lead actress Amy Grantham.

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Wednesday, November 13

7:00pm
A Little Closer

A Little Closer

Matthew Petock | 2011 | 72m mins

Q&A with writer/director Matthew Petock, producer Zachary Shedd and cast members Sayra Player, Eric Baskerville, Chris Kies, Natalie Racoosin, moderated by Ted Hope!

The debut feature of writer-director Matthew Petock is a stunning, note-perfect family drama about a single mother and her two sons eking out a marginal existence in rural Virginia.

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Pearblossom Hwy

Pearblossom Hwy

Mike Ott | 2012 | 78 mins

Director Mike Ott in person for Q&A!

Two young friends contend with life-changing family news in Mike Ott’s sophomore feature about small town life, the fallacy of the American Dream, and the truth that lies somewhere in that porous threshold between fact and fiction.

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Tuesday, August 13

8:00pm
Radio Free Albemuth

Radio Free Albemuth

John Alan Simon | 2012 | 116 mins

Filmmaker John Alan Simon in person!

Set in a quasi-fascist, alternative U.S. of the 1980s, Radio Free Albemuth is a faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s complex meditations on the interplay of earthly realities, spiritual beliefs, and otherworldly powers.

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Tuesday, June 04

8:30pm
Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer

Alex Rivera | 2008 | 90 mins

Special retrospective screening, director Alex Rivera in person for Q&A!

In Sleep Dealer (ND/NF ‘08), Alex Rivera laments the lost promise of the world wide web through a chilling tale of futuristic border control, Mexican "migrant" workers, and the perils of global capitalism.

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Wednesday, October 16

7:00pm
The Unspeakable Act

The Unspeakable Act

Dan Sallitt | 2012 | 91 mins

Director Dan Sallitt in person!

Brooklynite sister and brother Jackie and Matthew love each other, but Jackie wants to take it several steps further and must come to terms with her own contradictions and flailing desires.

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Tuesday, March 12

8:00pm
Without

Without

Mark Jackson | 2011 | 88 mins

Director Mark Jackson, producer/cinematographer Jessica Dimmock and star Joslyn Jensen in person for Q&A, moderated by Ted Hope.

Winner of Best Director, Thessaloniki Film Festival; Best Actress, Mar Del Plata Film Festival; and the Someone to Watch Award at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Few films of any scale have captured the essence of longing as well as Mark Jackson’s debut feature, whose economy of means helps to deliver a rare truth throughout its beautiful images, quiet tone and the mesmerizing introduction to star Josyln Jensen.

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