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other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking
the towns' most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of
pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti
westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock,
techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawnout
scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.
Sixteen year old Owen Wagner isn't just rebellious, he's a bully with a mean streak. Growing up in coal country West Virginia, he struggles against the claustrophobia of small town life and the displacement he feels as the only child of his mother's first marriage. With anger he can't contain, he lashes out against school and family. But when his actions lead to the accidental death of a friend, his mother decides the only way to save him is to send him away. Owen is shipped off to live with his father, Everett Gordon, a biologist working on Yellowstone's wolf reintroduction program. At first, Owen wants no part of this new life. But on a failed attempt to escape the park, he has his first encounter with a Canadian gray wolf. The creature's deep, penetrating gaze startles him, stirring something long dead inside his own self.
Sensing the first signs of change in his son, Everett encourages Owen to collect some basic data about the wolf he saw and its family pack, the Druid Peak pack. Owen's small assignment grows into a passion and his own life becomes deeply tied to the Druid Peak wolves and their struggle for survival. When a change in government policy threatens the animals, Owen must decide how far he will go to protect the wolves, his father, and the place he has finally come to call home.
Hoffa's name is synonymous with corruption thanks to Bobby Kennedy's campaign against him, but the truth is much more complex. Hoffa's glory years coincided with the golden age of the Union movement and the American economy; he also was enmeshed in the Machiavellian world of organized crime. "Killing Jimmy Hoffa" tells the whole story for the first time, using exclusive interviews, never before seen news footage and photographs, and revealing the real story of the day he died.
This is an intimate portrait of the changes a sheltered man experiences after encountering numerous cultures and beliefs.
A naive dreamer, fearing stagnation and worried about getting tangled up in a boring job out of university, attempts the greatest challenge he can think of: traveling around the world on a motorcycle - alone and without money. Instead of wasting precious time saving up for the trip, he hastily decides to make money along the way by picking up random jobs – an idea that would make his journey much more challenging and dangerous than he intended. Out of the hardship he encounters trying to survive comes a story of true freedom and global understanding.
What makes this film unique is the story and the central character. The story taps into current feelings of unrest, disillusionment and disconnection felt by whole generations of young people throughout the western world. It’s about having the courage to follow your instincts, no matter how crazy they seem, and what you can accomplish when you stop trying to control things and let go of your fears.
Adventure stories such as this one are important to us: there’s something primal about it, we never get tired of them. However, the amount of footage accumulated on this adventure and the liberty under which it was taken is unprecedented.
The adventure side is, however, only the surface of the story, since it is the framework and catalyst for the significant transitions Daniel experienced on the trip, including self- discovery, spirituality and peacefulness. The audience will see a transition in Daniel through his eyes.
Oscar Torre (The Hangover 3, Counterpunch) makes his directorial debut with Pretty Rosebud. Written by Chuti Tiu (The Internship, Rampart) and produced by Rebecca Hu (40 is the New Dead, 1001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position). Starring: Chuti Tiu, Kipp Shiotani, and Dana Lee.
Frankie (Amy Seimetz) is an emotional train wreck, careening around the East Los Angeles music scene drinking and meeting strangers. Lev (Bret Roberts) is a taciturn and tormented soul. He drives a limo and wants to work in the music business. They begin a relationship after they connect with each other one night at a party. This dark romance explores what love is like for two quiet people who may be damaged beyond repair. Lev gets to explore his musical dreams working for star Charlie King Nash (Donal Logue) and learn about the practical realities that restrain talent to make artistic dreams so complicated and frustrating. Together Frankie and Lev explore the challenges of a serious relationship, trying to determine if it's something either of them can handle. This moody piece goes beyond romantic movie cliches to explore the intricate interactions of two lovers who don't fit into any neat categorizations.
Steve grew up as the adoptee of Don and Mary Jane Lickteig, who ran a farm in Kansas and had eight other (natural) children. Lickteig always wondered who his real parents were and planned to search for them as an adult.
When he was 18 years old, Steve received shocking news from his two best friends: he was not adopted from unknown parents but was actually the illegitimate son of his oldest sister, Joanie. Not only that, everyone in his life had always known the secret: his siblings, his schoolmates, townsfolk, even his girlfriends.
Steve’s anger and confusion led to a long period of estrangement from his family. But his marriage led to a desire for reconciliation. He discovered that the secret to his story lay in the hidden lives of his adopted mother, Mary Jane; his biological mother, Joanie; and his long-lost father, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor.
OPEN SECRET explores the cost of suppressing history across multiple generations. It follows the wrenching, funny, and liberating process of piecing together an authentic (and inevitably contradictory) family history.