“The Obolus“: In this fairy tale for adults, ten-year-old Michael travels with his family to visit his father’s newly engineered bridge. He wakes up in the back seat of the family car alone in the middle of the night, parked near an old lighthouse. Michael starts his journey to find his parents. Challenged by Bridgeman, the lighthouse keeper, Michael will have to gain strength and courage to find his way out.
“Stereo Life“: Alfred T. Banks, a genius artist and scientist, is forced to choose between the two passions and women he loves, when his groundbreaking experiment takes him dangerously beyond science.
“Buckets“: A young Jamaican musician, Kamel, is living on the streets. Playing the buckets is how he makes his money. He has a pregnant girlfriend, Tamarine. Together, they planned to move into a new apartment at the end of the week. Kamel gets mugged and all of his money is stolen. His car gets towed just after telling Tamarine that the money is gone. Now, facing the prospects of losing his girlfriend, Kamel must engage a local drug dealer to make back the stolen money. Navigating the street politics is what Kamel knows, and today, his decision will represent more about his true self than ever before.
“Mr. Sadam“: 1990, Baghdad: Mounir, an impressionable and sheltered Saddam Hussein body-double, is blissfully unaware of the impending events that vow to unravel his life. When an angry dissenter attacks him and leaves behind an unsightly facial scar, Mounir suddenly finds himself without a job or a home. Looking for a fresh start, he heads to Los Angeles – the place where every “nobody” goes to become a “somebody”.
“History Rediscovered: The True Glory“: One of the finest films to emerge from WWII, The True Glory won a special Academy Award in 1945. This incredible documentary chronicles the march of the Allies from D-Day to V-E Day. Created by famed British filmmaker Carol Reed and American director Garson Kanin, The True Glory features extraordinary combat footage culled from tens of thousands of hours of film, and moving first-person accounts from those who were there.
“A Box With a View“: A Box With A View examines the influence of cable television on the culture and traditions of rice villages in the Kerala Backwaters, located near the southern tip of India. There are 25 television channels, including many popular Western programs, which are viewed in the simple homes of rice farmers who live in an area accessible only by water transportation. The Kerala Backwaters has existed for a millennium, yet its culture is threatened, because the younger generations are more interested in monetary pursuits than in preserving their ancestors’ traditions through rice farming; television is the catalyst for the change.
“Fuerza Aerea Sociedad Anonima“: This film shows behind-the-scenes footage of the disastrous state of civil aviation in Argentina, which is greatly due to it being entirely militarized and under the control of the Air Force since the last military coup, thirty years ago. It is based on the real life experiences of director Enrique Piñeyro, a former pilot. He acted and directed “Whisky Romeo Zulu,” a feature film that recreated the events preceding the air crash on August 31, 1999 on a LAPA Boeing 737 which burst into flames after crashing in midtown Buenos Aires, causing the deaths of 67 people.
“Abuelo“: In this heartfelt short film, we find 12-year-old Emily, who after the death of her mother would rather be left alone. When her father enlists Alberto, Emily’s old Argentinean grandfather to watch over her, Emily is not shy about her displeasure with the arrangement or her contempt for the man who “doesn’t even speak English.” Grappling with the language barrier between them, Emily agrees to accompany the old man on a journey into their Los Angeles neighborhood that proves both disappointing and delightful.
“Void“: When Special Agent Liz Metera investigates a series of grisly murders in a small town, she uncovers a little boy’s powerful and chilling secret. One that will change her life, and the town, forever.
“Beautifully Esther“: Since coming to America, Esther and Joszi have lived a quiet sheltered life in Venice Beach until one day, Joszi suddenly collapses. Before getting rushed to the hospital, Joszi charges Esther with a strange task that forces her out of the house. Inspired by her emotional journey, Esther realizes that she’s become a prisoner of her Golden Years. Confronted with Joszi’s reluctance to change, Esther must decide how she wants to spend the rest of her days.
“Zyzzyx Road“: This suspenseful and twist-filled thriller begins after a married accountant, Grant (Leo Grillo), is caught in a roadside motel having an affair with a beautiful seductress named Marissa (Katherine Heigl) that he met in a Vegas casino. When her enraged boyfriend, Joey, (Tom Sizemore) busts in on them, Grant inadvertently kills him. Faced with the harsh reality of betrayal and murder, Grant and Marissa are forced into the desert to dispose of the dead body.