New American Cinema

Join us on our journey into storytelling in its most modern, dynamic, and engaging form: the moving image.

When we begin our programming selection process in the fall, the team looks in awe at the sheer volume of films by independent American filmmakers, a category that fields the largest number of submissions by far. Each of these films may not currently have a distributor, but they have a champion on the programming team; someone who fought to have it included in the group that we would eventually present to our audience as the best and brightest work of our country's filmmakers.

Banana Split

USA | 2018 | 88 minutes | Benjamin Kasulke

April’s plans for her final months before college hit a snag when she becomes best friends with her ex’s new squeeze.

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Brittany Runs A Marathon

USA | 2019 | 103 minutes | Paul Downs Colaizzo

Jillian Bell stars as a slacker who reluctantly takes up running, hoping to put her life back on track one block at a time.

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Burning Cane

USA | 2019 | 78 minutes | Phillip Youmans

A drama set among the Louisiana cane fields about a religious woman’s struggles between her faith and her troubled family.

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USA | 2019 | 113 minutes | Chinonye Chukwu

Alfre Woodard gives a career-best performance as a prison warden who oversees death row in this harrowing character study and critique of capital punishment. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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USA | 2019 | 83 minutes | Andrew Ahn

Andrew Ahn (SIFF 2016’s Spa Night) directs this bittersweet drama about a sensitive Asian-American boy who, over a summer in upstate New York, helps his mother clean out her recently deceased sister’s house and becomes friends with the reclusive retiree next door.

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Frances Ferguson

USA | 2019 | 77 minutes | Bob Byington

Nick Offerman's narration adds savor to this bone-dry comedy about a Nebraska substitute teacher who sleeps with a student.

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Go Back to China

China | 2019 | 96 minutes | Emily Ting

Spoiled Sasha is forced to come back from America to work in the family's factory in this easygoing dramedy.

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USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Minhal Baig

A Muslim-American teenager navigates her burgeoning sexual desires in relation to her faith and her Pakistani family.

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International Falls

USA | 2019 | 93 minutes | Amber McGinnis

A lonely local housewife and a burned-out stand-up comedian make unlikely friends in a snowbound border town.

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Mickey and the Bear

USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Annabelle Attanasio

In Anaconda, Montana, a headstrong teen must choose between a possible life of freedom and caring for her father.

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Ms. Purple

USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Justin Chon

A Koreatown karaoke hostess and her estranged brother are forced to reconnect as their father’s health worsens.

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Official Secrets

USA | 2019 | 112 minutes | Gavin Hood

Keira Knightley goes on trial for leaking a memo that revealed a U.S. espionage plan to gain support for the Iraq War.

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Olympic Dreams

USA | 2019 | 83 minutes | Jeremy Teicher

Nick Kroll and former Olympian Alexi Pappas star in this rom-com about a dentist and a cross-country skier.

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USA | 2019 | 89 minutes | Rashaad Ernesto Green

In this Harlem-set drama, college-bound Ayanna begins a tender romance with a handsome music producer.

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Stray Dolls

USA | 2019 | 97 minutes | Sonejuhi Sinha

A South Asian immigrant takes a job at a seedy motel and is pulled into a world of crime that spirals out of control.

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The Art of Self-Defense

USA | 2019 | 104 minutes | Riley Stearns

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a karate studio, only to realize that something sinister is happening within the dojo’s walls.

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The Dead Don't Die

USA | 2019 | 104 minutes | Jim Jarmusch

Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloë Sevigny star as three small-town cops who must protect Centerville from an incoming horde of the undead in indie auteur Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy.

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The Sound of Silence

USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Michael Tyburski

Peter Sarsgaard plays a “house tuner” attempting to find the source of Rashida Jones’ malaise in this offbeat drama.

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Them That Follow

USA | 2019 | 98 minutes | Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage

A young woman in a snake-handling cult must hide her pregnancy from her community and preacher father.

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To the Stars

USA | 2019 | 111 minutes | Martha Stephens

In 1960s Oklahoma, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter challenges her repressive upbringing.

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Troop Zero

USA | 2019 | 97 minutes | Bert & Bertie

Can a nine-year old's misfit pals, wrangled by Viola Davis, make her singing dream come true?

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