-Semi-Finalist Laurels in the "Women's Empowerment Short" category of the San Francisco Indie Short Festival.Official selections for the festival will be announced end of May.
-Semi-Finalist Laurels in the Paris International Film Festival Short Category. Official selections for the festival will be announced in June.
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PARADISE HIGHWAY Intro and Q&A by Director/Screenwriter Anna Gutto Saturday July 30th at 9:20pm screening and Sunday July 31st at 6:50pm screening!
Academy Award® winners* Juliette Binoche and Morgan Freeman lead this riveting thriller set in the trucking industry and its seamy underbelly of human trafficking. When her brother’s life is threatened, Sally (Binoche), a truck driver, reluctantly agrees to smuggle illicit cargo: a girl named Leila (Hala Finley). As Sally and Leila begin a danger-fraught journey across state lines, a dogged FBI operative (Freeman) sets out on their trail, determined to do whatever it takes to terminate a human-trafficking operation — and bring Sally and Leila to safety.
THE STORY WON'T DIE, from Award-winning filmmaker David Henry Gerson, is an inspiring, timely look at a young generation of Syrian artists who use their work to protest and process the world's largest and longest displacement of people since World War II. The film is produced by Sundance Award-winner Odessa Rae (Navalny). Rapper Abu Hajar, together with other celebrated creative personalities of the Syrian uprising, a Post-Rock musician (Anas Maghrebi), members of the first all female Syrian rock band (Bahila Hijazi and Lynn Mayya), a breakdancer (Bboy Shadow) and choreographer (Medhat Aldaabal), and visual artists (Tammam Azzam, Omar Imam and Diala Brisly), use their art to rise in revolution and endure in exile in this new documentary reflecting on a battle for peace, justice and freedom of expression. It is an uplifting and humanizing look at what it means to be a refugee in today's world, and offers inspiring and hopeful vantages of a creative response to the chaos of war.
Kathryn, a struggling actress and unfulfilled housewife, becomes involved with her new gardener, Ben. As he gives her the attention and sensitivity she craves, they start to fall for each other. But Ben is not what he seems.
Writer/director Russell Owen will be making a guest appearance in New York to do a Q&A for the opening night.
A young Scottish shepherd, following the death of his unfaithful wife, fights to maintain his own sanity when the past catches up to him.