Features Lineup

2014 Feature Film Lineup

SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVES

Appropriate Behavior - Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite, but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities.

The Better Angels - The story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him for ever and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Buzzard - Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his hometown and hide out in a dangerous Detroit. With nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper, the horror metal slacker lashes out.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead - A zombified Nazi battalion devouring friends and loved ones forces Martin to extreme survival measures.

Halloween - Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this newly-restored & mastered print of the John Carpenter classic.

The Heart Machine - A man suspects his long-distance internet girlfriend is living in the same city as him & sets out to look for her.  

Heathers (Saturday Night Gala Screening) - 25th anniversary screening of the 1988 dark comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Director Michael Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters are scheduled to attend. Sponsored by Alarum Pictures and Modern Production Concepts.

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch stars as brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who spearheaded the Enigma code-breaking operation during World War II and was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter - A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Low Down (Closing Night Film) - A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene. Starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Taryn Manning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage.

Romeo & Juliet in Harlem - In Harlem, the son and daughter of two warring families fall in love. Starring Harry Lennix. Sponsored by the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes College.

They Live - John Carpetner’s 1988 sci-fi classic, in which a drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Whiplash - Miles Teller plays an ambitious young drummer at a prestigious music academy clashes with a hard-driving instructor in this sizzling drama that is already one of the year’s most talked-about films. 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner.

SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARIES

The 78 Project - A journey across America to record today's musical artists as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular music -- exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on one-of-a-kind 78 rpm lacquer discs.American musicians connect with the haunting recordings of the past.

Art & Craft - When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con. Sponsored by James Patterson.

Happy Valley - The town of State College has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school's storied football team. But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse.

Hoop Dreams - 20th anniversary screening of the 1994 documentary which follows the lives of two inner city Chicago boys struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

If You Build It... - Designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller travel to the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible. Sponsored by Henry Turley Company.

Keep on Keeping On - A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.

The Next Black - An exploration of the future of clothing and the companies who are redefining how and what we wear.

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin - A computer programmer becomes fascinated with the digital currency Bitcoin, and through his involvement in the Bitcoin community, we learn about the impending global impact of this amazing new technology. Sponsored by Tamburrino.

A Small Section of the World - A riveting documentary about strength, ingenuity, agriculture, and the role of gender in society. A Small Section of the World reveals the invigorating stories of an all-female Costa Rican coffee-growing cooperative that spawned a female business-empowering conference.

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People - An exploration of how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. Sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.

World Boogie is Coming - North Mississippi Allstars concert film.


Hometowner Features Competition

5 Steps to a Conversation (Narrative Feature) - Forced to grow up and get a job, a 30-year-old slacker dives headfirst into an office job full of deceptive characters & a cult-like atmosphere. Directed by Anwar Jamison.

Just a Measure of Faith (Narrative Feature) - Jacob’s wife Kayla must find the strength to endure life-altering hardships. Will Lucifer succeed in his quest to take Jacob’s soul? Directed by Marlon Wilson and Mechelle Wilson.

Lights Camera Bullsh*t (Narrative Feature) - A frustrating and humorous look at a filmmaker’s return Memphis in an attempt to make legitimate films. Directed by Chad Barton.

Pharaohs of Memphis (Documentary Feature) - An up-close-and-personal look at jookin, a style of dance that originated in Memphis in 1980s, and the community of dancers shaping its legacy. Directed by Phoebe Driscoll.


NARRATIVE FEATURES COMPETITION

Gabriel (Opening Night Film) - Rory Culkin plays a troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit.

I Believe in Unicorns - An awkward teenage girl who escapes to a fantasy world when her first romantic relationship turns increasingly violent.

Joy Kevin - A dancer and her struggling comedian/husband find co-habitation at odds with their art. Joy Kevin is the often funny and sometimes dark exploration of whether true love is more likely to make a house into a home or a bonfire.

Movement & Location - Kim Getty is an immigrant from 400 years in the future, sent back to modern day Brooklyn to live out an easier life. She's built a new identity in this time that nearly satisfies: she has a full time job, shares an apartment with a roommate, and is falling in love. But when she finds two other people from the future, Kim must fight to keep the life she once had from destroying the life she built here. Sponsored by Alison England.

Stomping Ground - Ben and Annie are a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown who embark on an impromptu “Bigfoot hunt” that threatens both their relationship and their lives.

Summer of Blood - Lousy lover and egocentric Eric Sparrow is dumped by his girlfriend after rejecting her marital proposal. After a few failed dates his luck turns when he has a chance encounter with a vampire.

Time Lapse - A modern thriller with a sci-fi element about three friends who discover a machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future. They conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely - Psychosexual tensions boil over in this hair-raising erotic drama, set on an idyllic farm in the Kentucky countryside. When hired hand Akin arrives to help out for the summer, he becomes increasingly entangled with the mysterious and emotionally manipulative relationship between farmer and daughter. Sponsored by High Cotton Brewing Co.

Two Step - A Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide.

Uncertain Terms - Fleeing the city, Robbie takes refuge at his aunt’s country house, which happens to be a makeshift home for pregnant teenagers.

Wild Canaries - A romanticcomedy / suspense hybrid that follows a young Brooklyn couple, forced to resolve their differences while investigating the possible murder of their upstairs neighbor. Sponsored by Monogram Food Solutions.

WildLike - A troubled teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although he seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and she is forced to run. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES COMPETITION

American Cheerleader - Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, American Cheerleader follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship.

Evolution of a Criminal - A reflective look by filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe at his evolution from 16-year-old bank robber to filmmaker.

Glena - Glena Avila was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, and a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try. Glena is a real-life Rocky story, a one-in-a-million tale about a woman who risked it all for her shot at the big time.

The Hip-Hop Fellow - GRAMMY Award-winning producer 9th Wonder teaches and explores hip-hop's history culture and role in academia in his tenure at Harvard University

The Homestretch - Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future.

Little White Lie - Lacey Schwartz explores her struggles as the child of a secret affair through a legacy of family secrets, race, denial, and redemption. Sponsored by the Memphis Jewish Community Center.

Man Shot Dead - A deeply intimate portrait of a family living with the legacy of an unexplained murder. Deftly weaving archival imagery with revealing interviews, the film is at once a search for answers and a timely perspective on the cataclysmic, long-lasting effects of gun violence decades after the fact.

Off the Floor - What would you do to share your passion and vision with the world? Off the Floor is the inspiring true story of one dancer, Jessica Anderson-Gwin, and her struggle to find acceptance and respect for her art. Jessica and her dance company challenge audiences to embrace the artistic potential of vertical dance, a fusion of aerial pole fitness and traditional dance techniques.

Stray Dog - A contemplative portrait of Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall: biker, Vietnam Vet, and lover of small dogs.

True Son - True Son follows 22-year old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs during his campaign for a seat on Stockton, CA City Council during a year of record homicides and impending bankruptcy.

Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back - Frankie Banali, drummer for 80’s metal band Quiet Riot (and scheduled to attend the screening), struggles to overcome losses and reunite his band one more time. Sponsored by VIA Productions.

Who Took Johnny - An examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on the heartbreaking story of Johnny's mother and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened that tragic September morning in Des Moines when Johnny never returned from his paper route. Sponsored by Les Edwards & Emily Trenholm.

A Will For The Woods - What if our "last act" could be a gift to the planet, a force for regeneration? Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth.