WINTER AT WESTBETH

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INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Occupying the former Bell Laboratories, the West Village’s Westbeth Artists Housing has been home to an eclectic community of professional artists since 1970. The film puts the spotlight on three longtime residents as they engage with their craft over the course of a year: 75-year-old contemporary dancer Dudley; 82-year-old poet Ilsa; and 95-year-old […]

THE INCOMPARABLE ROSE HARTMAN

Bianca Jagger on a white horse that happened to be inside Studio 54 on her birthday in 1977.  This iconic photo was taken by Rose Hartman, subject of Otis Mass' documentary The Incomparable Rose Hartman, screening at the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival.  PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Hartman / The Artists Company

NYC PREMIERE A fixture of the NYC nightlife and fashion scenes for decades, photographer Rose Hartman has shot some of the most indelible images of pop culture, such as Bianca Jagger atop a white horse at Studio 54. Known for her ability to gain entrance into any social gathering, and possessed of an uncanny eye […]

OFF THE RAILS

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NYC PREMIERE Off the Rails tells the stranger-than-fiction story of serial MTA imposter Darius McCollum, who has been jailed more than 30 times for illegally driving buses and conducting subway trains. After finding sanctuary from childhood bullies in the subway, McCollum, who has Asperger’s syndrome, developed an obsession with the transit system. Though he has […]

BORDERLINE

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NYC PREMIERE Presenting rare insight into a little understood but stigmatized condition, Borderline follows the experiences of Regina, a New Yorker living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Subject to extreme emotional shifts and aggressiveness, she has had a history of suicide attempts and trouble maintaining relationships. But she is also witty and self-aware, and desperately wants […]

THY FATHER’S CHAIR

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NYC PREMIERE Sixty-something Orthodox Jewish identical twins Abraham and Shraga live together in their childhood home in Brooklyn. Since the death of their parents, they have lost control of their surroundings, allowing trash to pile up and stray cats and vermin to move in. Forced into action by their neighbor, the brothers agree to let […]

ALL THE RAGE (SAVED BY SARNO)

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WORLD PREMIERE Dr. John Sarno takes a radical approach to back pain, instructing patients to focus on repressed emotions as the source. His book Healing Back Pain has been dismissed by peers, but acclaimed by countless readers. Among them are filmmaker Michael Galinsky (Battle for Brooklyn) who takes a first-person approach to exploring the work […]

RIKERS

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WORLD PREMIERE From executive producer Bill Moyers and a team of producers that includes Marc Levin (Class Divide) comes the first film to focus exclusively on former detainees of Rikers Island, offering searing testimonials about the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades. From the trauma […]

SCOTT’S PIZZA TOURS

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WORLD PREMIERE Scott Wiener probably knows more about pizza than anyone else in the world. Channeling his infectious enthusiasm into a successful pizza-tasting tour business, the New Yorker has found unlikely fame, winning fans around the world – who contribute to his massive collection of pizza boxes. Scott’s Pizza Tours delectably demonstrates Wiener’s appeal, following […]

WOMAN ON FIRE

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WORLD PREMIERE This portrait of courage under fire celebrates NYC’s first openly transgender firefighter. For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is […]