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BROOKLYN

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BROOKLYN

Drama/Romance – 2015 – Ireland/UK/Canada – 111 Minutes – Fox Searchlight – PG-13

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BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Directed by John Crowley

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters

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ANOMALISA

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ANOMALISA

Animation/Comedy/Drama – 2015 – USA – 90 Minutes – Paramount Pictures – Rated R

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A defeated motivational speaker looks to spark his monotonous life in this stop-motion animation feature from lauded screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman, who co-directs alongside Duke Johnson.

Written & Directed by Charlie Kaufman

Starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

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TRUMBO

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TRUMBO

Biography/Drama – 2015 – US – 124 Minutes – Bleecker Street Media – Rated R

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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Directed by Jay Roach

Starring Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren

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THE DANISH GIRL

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THE DANISH GIRL

Biography/Drama – 2015 – UK – 120 Minutes – Focus Features – Rated R

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A fictitious love story inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Directed by Tom Hooper

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

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SPOTLIGHT

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SPOTLIGHT

Biography/Drama/History – 2015 – USA – 128 Minutes – Open Road Films – Rated R

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SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation team who uncovered a scandal that would rock the city and shock the world. For years, whispers of the Boston Archdiocese’s cover up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church were largely ignored by the media, the police and the legal system. Against all odds, the spotlight team fought to expose the truth. SPOTLIGHT is directed by Academy Award Nominee Tom McCarthy.

Written & Directed by Tom McCarthy

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Stanley Tucci

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ROOM

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ROOM

Drama – 2015 – USA – 118 Minutes – A24 Films – Rated R

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This drama tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” As Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

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2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS – DOCUMENTARY: PROGRAM A

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BODY TEAM 12

BODY TEAM 12

Liberia– 13 Minutes – 2015

Director: David Darg
Producers: David Darg & Bryn Mooser
BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.
Director’s Biography: David Darg is the Co-founder of RYOT, the first immersive media company based in Los Angeles linking content to action. Darg spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As Vice President of Operation Blessing International, he has traveled to over 100 countries. As an award-winning filmmaker, Darg’s work profiles countries in need and brings new stories back to the stateside audience. His most recent film “Body Team 12” won Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (and was selected for the Oscar 2016 Shortlist). The film was also recently acquired by HBO in 2015. Darg has assisted in RYOT’s major role in the virtual reality space, partnering with aid workers, filmmakers and citizen journalists in 10 countries to create VR films and produced the first ever VR film from a disaster zone with the Nepal Quake Project. Additional accolades include being named one of Esquire Magazine’s “Americans of the Year” as well as a “Hollywood Maverick” by Details Magazine. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector.

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A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

Pakistan – 40 Minutes – 2015

Director & Producer: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
More than a 1000 women are killed in the name of ‘honor’ in Pakistan every year. ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.
Director’s Biography: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She recently completed work on her first two documentary features “Song of Lahore” and “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival respectively. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include HBO Documentary “Saving Face” which won an Oscar in 2012, “Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret” and “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation”. Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents including, HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery channel. In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Sharmeen a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. In 2014, the Asia Society in New York honored her with an Asia Game Changer Award, which recognized 12 individuals making a positive difference for the future of Asia and the world.

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LAST DAY OF FREEDOM

USA – 32 Minutes – 2015

Directors & Producers: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman
Production: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman – Living Condition LLC
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.
Director’s Biography: First time filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman have been working together since 2004, collaborating on art, film and interactive projects that look at the ways power structures and politics impact everyday lives. Dee is originally from the U.K., and is an Associate Professor of Art & Digital Art New Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Nomi was born in Israel and is a freelance editor and animator. This award-winning artist team works on film, video, new media and art installations that explore trauma, justice and memory. Their work looks at the ways individuals cope when faced with social and political forces they cannot control. They are interested in definitions of truth, forged through the act of remembering as well as the ways power structures impact individual lives, how reactions formulate and create a sense of external and internal reality. Their work incorporates animation, installation, public art, documentary film, fusing drawing practices and aesthetics with new technologies and contemporary interpretations. They seek to address critical social issues through collaborative projects that question the false divisions between public and private spheres, personal memory, politics and democracy. Dee and Nomi have been awarded grants from, among others, the Creative Work Fund (2009), the National Endowment for the Arts (project grant 2009), the San Francisco Arts Commission (2010), the Center for Cultural Innovation (2011, 2014), the European Cultural Council (2012) and California Humanities (2015, 2013) as well as fellowships from MacDowell Artists’ Colony (2011), Bay Area Video Coalition Media Maker Fellowship (2012) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2014). They were jointly awarded the Film Maker Award by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (2015) created to honor and support documentary filmmakers who connect to the power of the documentary tradition and whose works are potential catalysts for education and change. They are currently 2016 Fellows at the Doc Lab Institute at Duke University.

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2016 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS – DOCUMENTARY: PROGRAM B

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CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES

USA/Vietnam – 34 Minutes – 2015

Director: Courtney Marsh
Producers: Courtney Marsh & Jerry Franck
Chau, a teenager growing up in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, battles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.
Director’s Biography: Courtney Marsh is a filmmaker, who retained her BFA from UCLA School of Film and Television. Courtney has worked extensively in the camera department under the mentorship of Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC. As a director, her various short films have screened internationally and she is currently promoting Chau, Beyond The Lines, bringing awareness to the lasting effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH

USA – 40 Minutes – 2015

Director: Adam Benzine
Producers: Adam Benzine, Halim Benzine, Nick Fraser, Kelsey Irvine, Alex Ordanis & Kimberly Warner
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah is a 2015 documentary short film exploring the life and work of French director Claude Lanzmann. The film was written, directed, and produced by British filmmaker and journalist Adam Benzine.
Director’s Biography: Adam is an accomplished and adept professional journalist and filmmaker, with senior editorial experience gained on both sides of the Atlantic. As an industry leading journalist, he has written for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, broadly overing the entertainment industry. He has broken stories that have been followed up the world over, is highly skilled in new media, and is an experienced regular public speaker.
As a filmmaker, he is known for producing and directing the HBO documentary “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” which has played at film festivals and been sold to broadcasters across the world.

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