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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Minhal Baig
A Muslim-American teenager navigates her burgeoning sexual desires in relation to her faith and her Pakistani family.
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.
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.
USA | 2019 | 87 minutes | Justin Chon
A Koreatown karaoke hostess and her estranged brother are forced to reconnect as their father’s health worsens.
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.
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.
USA | 2019 | 89 minutes | Rashaad Ernesto Green
In this Harlem-set drama, college-bound Ayanna begins a tender romance with a handsome music producer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USA | 2019 | 111 minutes | Martha Stephens
In 1960s Oklahoma, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter challenges her repressive upbringing.