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Fathers of Football is a character driven documentary that follows a small-town Oklahoman high school football team as they struggle to maintain their highly unanticipated winning streak, with the help of their coach and father-figure, Dale Condict.
Major Arcana is the story of Dink, a long-troubled itinerant carpenter who returns home to small town Vermont and attempts to build a log cabin by hand, hoping to prove to himself and those closest to him that he’s capable of leading a more virtuous life.
Finding 52 follows director/producer Josh Zeman (Cropsey, The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin, Ceremony), Adrian Grenier (star of "Entourage" and producer of How to Make Money Selling Drugs and Teenage Paprazzo) and a team of world renowned scientists searching for the elusive '52 Hertz Whale'. Calling out at 52 Hz, a frequency unrecognized by other whales, this mysterious creature is believed to have lived its life in complete solitude, its calls forever unanswered by its own kind. In our ever-present fascination with these majestic beasts, the tale of '52' has prompted an intense reaction amongst our own species, pointing to a greater awareness of human loneliness than ever before.
Daphne, a young go-getter in Portland, Oregon, leaves her mother’s home to move to the Oregon Coast and start a family with her boyfriend, Roger, when he inherits his childhood beach house. But when they run into Susanna, an awkward woman who works at the local arcade, Daphne learns that Roger hasn’t been completely honest about his past and Daphne might have to fight not just for her relationship but for her very survival.
Golden Exits is an intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.
Former gang leader turned anti-violence activist Terrance Roberts is arrested for shooting a young gang member during a peace rally in Denver’s historic “Holly” neighborhood. While Roberts awaits trial, his absence reignites a deadly gang war as years of truces and community work unravels and other forces move in. Facing 102 years in prison, and fearing for his safety, Roberts seeks information that might exonerate him from what he believes was a set-up. When witnesses begin to come forward and emergency federal and local money pours in to fight what becomes one of the nation’s most violent gang wars, evidence of a conspiracy to take down Roberts surfaces—along with shocking revelations of a larger and more systemic corruption plaguing communities of color.
Stepping Up follows three New York City high school seniors who have been trained to work as peer college counselors in the under-resourced public schools that they attend. Against the odds, they are determined to be the first in their families to go on to higher education. But they are not stopping there. As they navigate the complex college application process for themselves, they are also helping their peers do the same.
After Peter LaTang’s last living relative passes away, he returns to a small New England town where he grew up. When the bus arrives, he can't find his wallet, so he calls his childhood friend Donald Treeback for some help. What was supposed to be just a ride turns into a long day’s journey through their awkward past.
A Gothic Caribbean love story... Amidst the ruins of a coconut plantation in rural Trinidad, a displaced girl seeking her roots is drawn to a young fisherman who shares her desire to look beyond. Their taboo attraction grows despite family disapproval, political turmoil and mysterious hauntings from ancestral spirits.
Sister Simone is a Catholic nun, a lawyer, an author, and a lobbyist.
The film follows Sister Simone, leader of the historic Nuns On The Bus tour, as she challenges both the Catholic Church and US Government to reclaim their core values. This treacherous and heartwarming journey challenges our notions of religion and politics, the role of government, women and power, our own faith, and our sense of ourselves as a nation.
Fifty miles from Manhattan, a community of Hasidim are building their version of utopia, redefining Judaism in America, and challenging the boundaries between Church and State. This documentary will explore what life is really like inside this village, the appeal and power of ultra-orthodox strain of Judaism, and how its exponential growth is creating new tensions and struggles.
On the eve of selling their family home, a baby boomer empty-nester retreats to Cape Cod rather than follow her relocating husband to Kansas. Arriving in the quaint seaside town, she stumbles upon a free-spirited mentor and embarks on a quest for self-discovery. Supported by a local artist, her literary agent and a sexy fisherman, our heroine finds herself anew, an “unfinished woman” ripe with possibility.
Decades after her mother’s death, a young photographer goes on a transcontinental journey to learn about the mother she never knew, and subsequently herself, by revisiting iconic photographers her mother interviewed decades before.
When international artist Peter Bjorn’s much anticipated show is panned by critics he disappears from the art world without a trace. He finds refuge in a remote Polish village, where he is enchanted and transformed by the haunting tones of pipe organ music and the sweet voice of a hiking nun. In the meantime his artwork mysteriously starts selling out in auctions and black markets, ironically making Peter B. sought out by collectors, and museums alike. When Peter B. reads online that he is thought to be dead he decides to go back and confront his past life.
Directed by Alex Ross Perry, starring Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston. An intimate and sad story about two strong women and the weaknesses that defeat them, Queen of Earth takes something familiar and makes it uncomfortable and nightmarish.
A hilarious new mockumentary in the Christopher Guest tradition, Maybe There’s A Tree suggests that the American theater is indeed on its deathbed. Starring Creed Bratton (The Office), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), and Kathryn Kates (Orange is the New Black) as Mrs. Deuce.
Playwright Sidney Falk and his fiancee, actress Lucinda Greene, are expecting a baby. Over four days in Manhattan, Sidney wrestles with his attraction to a house-guest named Genevieve. This is no casual affair: inside Genevieve, the hired gestational carrier, is Sidney and Lucinda's baby.
All in Time tells the story of Charlie, who quits his job to move back home to Pennsylvania to manage his favorite hometown rock band. His supportive girlfriend shares his passion for the band, but struggles within the band force them to make choices that will change their lives forever.
Missing People is a nonfiction mystery about a enigmatic woman investigating her brother's long unsolved murder, while obsessively collecting and researching the violent work and life of an outsider artist from New Orleans. As these parallel narratives intertwine, shocking events unfold.
Stars Rory Culkin (Signs, You Can Count on Me) and Mary Beth Peil ("Dawson’s Creek"). A dramatic adventure about love, class, and the ghosts that lurk behind all families, set on a stunning lake in the Adirondack Mountains.
Official Selection at Sundance 2014 and Official Selection at NYFF. Stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore). After refusing to promote his awaited second novel, a self-absorbed writer takes refuge at his literary idol's isolated summer home.
Official Selection, SXSW 2014. Stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Alfred Molina (Love is Strange, Spider Man 2), Maggie Grace (Taken), and Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men). Written and directed by Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory). A man screws up on a transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back "the one."
Official Selection At Sundance 2014. Directed, written by, and starring Desiree Akhavan (Girls). Shirin struggles to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip young woman from Brooklyn.
Documentary about a remarkable school for special needs students in New Jersey. Aired on PBS's "P.O.V." and received a prestigious Peabody Award in 2013.
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when his volatile side begins to emerge. I Believe in Unicorns takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. Directed by Leah Meyerhoff and edited by TEC Alum Rebecca Laks.
Tribeca Film Festival 2013. Stars John Slattery (Mad Men), Adam Driver (Girls), Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby). When Lesley, the local school bus driver, becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of a secluded industrial town.
Stars Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show). After living for years as a struggling artist, Jake is preparing to leave New York City to live in Ohio with his ailing father. On his last day in the city, he convinces his three oldest friends to recreate their greatest adventure together: walking down the entire length of Manhattan.
Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Debra Granik (Winter's Bone). Premiered at the 2014 New York Film Festival. This documentary follows Ron "Stray Dog" Hall, a working class man from Southern Missouri who came of age as a solider in the Vietnam War. Each year, Stray Dog rides in the Run For the Wall, a cross-country motorcycle odyssey to the Vietnam Memorial.
Layla is top of her high school class - and pregnant. Giving into family pressure, Layla decides against an abortion, drops her scholarship to college and moves into her beloved Grandma’s trailer on the family property.
Black comedy that explores obsession, self-righteousness, and the perverse allure of victimhood in New Haven, CT. Edited by TEC Alum Ron Dulin and stars Will Rogers (The Bay) and Eleonore Hendricks (Heaven Knows What).
The film delves into the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case which became the poster child for frivolous lawsuits in America. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by HBO. Produced by TEC Founder Alan Oxman and edited by TEC instructor Cindy Lee.
This Emmy nominated documentary covers the highs and lows of an artist finding his place in New York City's cutthroat world of haute cuisine. First premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and was subsequently picked up by HBO. Produced by TEC founder Alan Oxman and edited by TEC alum Amy Foote.
A documentary about punk legend Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. Premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects.
Stars Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, Palo Alto) and Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and distributed by Fox Searchlight.