New American Cinema
Films by independent American filmmakers, spanning a range of genres employing innovative storytelling devices.
From small-time rappers and illustrators to Wall Street financiers, from the urban jungles of our cities to the mysterious depths of outer space, from wrongfully convicted prisoners to sci-fi explorers to ghosts, these are our stories.
USA | 2017 | 93 minutes | David Lowery
A white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award®-winner Casey Affleck) returns to console his wife (Rooney Mara), only to find himself passively watching the love he knew slowly slip away in an unforgettable meditation on love and grief from David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints).
USA | 2017 | 99 minutes | David Heinz
Folk singers Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth deliver elegant, naturalistic performances as two strangers who take an impromptu cross-country road trip in the days after 9/11, rediscovering the power of music to heal in the wake of an unthinkable national tragedy.
USA | 2017 | 94 minutes | Zoe Lister-Jones
A young married couple replaces their therapy sessions with rehearsals when they form an indie-rock band and channel their passions and problems into catchy pop songs, in the directorial debut of multi-talented actress Zoe Lister-Jones (”Life in Pieces”).
USA | 2017 | 95 minutes | Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman's intimately raw exploration of male sexual awakening centers on a teenaged delinquent on the ungentrified fringe of Brooklyn who swings between his macho drug-addled bros, a potential new girlfriend, and the anonymous older men he meets online.
USA | 2017 | 83 minutes | Miguel Arteta
A spiritual healer from a poor town in Mexico (Salma Hayek) finds herself at a dinner party from hell when she has to spend the evening with a smug cutthroat billionaire (John Lithgow) in the newest from the team of Miguel Arteta and Mike White (The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck).
USA | 2017 | 97 minutes | Dave McCary
When a sheltered, immature 25-year- old (Kyle Mooney of “Saturday Night Live”) discovers the surprising truth about the end of his favorite children’s TV show, “Brigsby Bear’s Adventures,” he attempts to film his own adaptation of this bizarre and hilarious tale of arrested development.
USA | 2017 | 104 minutes | Kogonada
Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho star as two strangers who meet in Columbus, Indiana, a town with a surprising number of modernist architectural landmarks, and form an intimate bond in this sweet and subtle drama, a Midwest Before Sunrise by way of Yasujiro Ozu.
USA | 2017 | 96 minutes | Matt Ruskin
Lakeith Stanfield (Short Term 12, "Atlanta") stars in the incredible true-life story of Colin Warner, a Brooklyn man wrongfully convicted of murder, and his best friend Carl King (Nnamdi Asomugha), who fights tirelessly for Warner's freedom for over 20 years. Adapted from "This American Life."
USA | 2017 | 92 minutes | Anthony Onah
Smart and ambitious, Seyi Ogunde is the son of Nigerian immigrants and the lone person of color in his Wall Street firm. Trapped between two different worlds, he struggles with love, prescription drugs, and decisions that threaten to steer him down a criminal path.
USA | 2016 | 93 minutes | Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin directs and stars in an award-winning comedy of loss, grief, and the redemptive power of love. A Brooklyn illustrator falls hard for a woman (Gillian Jacobs) while visiting L.A. and trying to prevent his father (Kevin Kline) from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.
USA | 2016 | 3 minutes | Drew Christie
The story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written, animated in the style of a pop-up book.
USA | 2017 | 94 minutes | Justin Chon
Two Korean brothers spend the day hanging out in their father’s South Central shoe shop on the first day of the 1992 Rodney King riots in a racially charged indie comedy that blends the social commentary of Spike Lee with the visual and comedic style of Clerks.
USA | 2016 | 95 minutes | Rachel Lambert
Rachel Lambert’s incisive first feature, co-produced by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), is an intimate drama about a man who testified against his brother for committing a horrendous crime. Twenty years later he returns to his rural Kentucky hometown to face his fractured family.
USA | 2017 | 71 minutes | Robert Byington
Nick Offerman and Kieran Culkin lead a remarkable ensemble of hip comic actors in this absurdist, droll black comedy from Bob Byington (7 Chinese Brothers) about a company who farms out three-month-old babies who will never age due to a freak pharmaceutical side effect.
USA | 2017 | 83 minutes | Janicza Bravo
Janicza Bravo’s utterly absurdist dark comedy of failure, awkwardness, and pathos stars Brett Gelman (”Eagleheart”) as a middle-aged misanthropic acting teacher waiting for his big break who enters a downward spiral after his blind girlfriend leaves him.
USA | 2017 | 81 minutes | Joshua Z Weinstein
This charming story of faith and parenthood is set in the heart of Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, where a kind, hapless grocery store clerk battling to keep custody of his son is given one week by the rabbi to prove his suitability as a father.
USA | 2017 | 108 minutes | Geremy Jasper
Winner of the Youth Jury Prize for Best FutureWave Feature
USA | 2017 | 84 minutes | Dustin Guy Defa
Over the course of a single day, a variety of eccentric New Yorkers experience everything from ordinary problems to existential dilemmas in this wry, urbane comedy with a sprawling cast that includes Michael Cera, Philip Baker Hall, and Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City").
USA | 2017 | 102 minutes | Christopher Schaap
Young, gay, and yearning for the same fairy-tale romance seen in classic Hollywood films, Charlie navigates the New York City dating scene of icky online encounters, seedy back rooms, and cute freshman boys who "aren’t really out" in an effort to find his own love story.
USA | 2017 | 97 minutes | Nick Naveda
A young conservatory-bound musician tries to keep his life and his mother from falling apart after his father’s recent suicide and finds solace in his troubled childhood crush in writer/director Nick Naveda’s semi-autobiographical indie drama.
USA | 2017 | 90 minutes | Jenée LaMarque
A lesbian bachelorette weekend goes awry when one of the brides admits she's never had an orgasm. Constance Wu ("Fresh Off the Boat") stars in this funny and raunchy yet poignant and real reflection on trust, love, and the journey every woman shares.
USA | 2016 | 86 minutes | Mark Dodson, David Dodson
Astronauts, scientists, and conspiracy theorists all weigh in on the 25th anniversary of the controversial end to NASA’s final mission to the moon, when the Apollo 18 space capsule landed in the Chinese desert—an event so mysterious that history has never even heard of it.
USA | 2017 | 90 minutes | Ben Foster, Mark Dennis
When their professor goes missing during an expedition to find the Fountain of Youth, a group of archaeology students track him into a mysterious cave where a rift in the space-time continuum causes time to pass differently underground than on the surface.