- 99 min
"Pressure Cooker" highlights two semesters in the culinary arts class of Wilma Stephenson, an irreverent high school teacher in Northeast Philadelphia whose no-holds-barred teaching style helps her students earn scholarships to college. Mrs. Stephenson spells it out on the first day of school by telling the newcomers that 11 members of last year's class earned over three quarters of a million dollars in scholarships, a staggering amount. She offers her students her version of the American Dream: You choose a realistic goal. You work hard. You work the system. You get out of Northeast Philly.
The Bulls of Suburbia
- 82 min
Realizing he had hit rock-bottom, filmmaker Alex LeMay did what anyone fighting a drug and alcohol addiction would do: learn to be a bullfighter. After he finds an ex-surfer-turned-bullfighting-instructor, Alex heads to San Diego and discovers that he is not the only one on a journey to redemption. A Korean teenager, a soft-spoken geneticist, and a rocker from Los Angeles join him on an adventure that includes amateur bullfights in Mexico and Spain. But it is in Spain where Alex's road to rehab takes a gut-wrenching turn: his father is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now he must decide whether to return home or stay the course.
Nick Nolte: No Exit
- 74 min
A look at the life of actor Nick Nolte.
- 90 min
Gooding plays Michael Dixon, a one-time Los Angeles gang member who escapes his neighborhood to become a respected U.S. border patrol officer in New Mexico. But his peaceful life with his wife and daughter is threatened when a chance encounter leads the gang's psychotic leader, Drake (Hardwick), to his door, forcing Dixon to take extreme measures to protect his family.
Ross plays Dixon's nephew Little Boy, who sought out Drake as a surrogate father when Dixon disappeared and finds himself in the middle of their conflict. Sharon Leal plays Dixon's wife.
- 140 min
Teza, “morning dew” in Amharic, is Gerima's eleventh cinematic production and seventh dramatic film, and tells a story of hope, loss and reminiscence through the eyes of an idealistic, young intellectual, displaced from his homeland of Ethiopia for many years. The film reflects well on the effects of the fall of Emperor Haile Selassie on Ethiopia’s history and society, and through a broader lens, Teza focuses on the ways in which political upheaval and social change have impacted cultures and nations across the larger African Diaspora and the world. Due to the discourse on critical issues it engenders and its exquisite visual tableau, Teza is an unparalleled work of social activism and cinematic art.
The 9th Circle
- 11 min
The ninth circle of Hell is where things can't get worse, the center of treachery. On Halloween, at about four in the afternoon, a young woman enters the waiting room of the Realmsville train station, pulls a book from her backpack, and starts to read. She's alone. A clown enters, honks a toy horn, and begins to bother her. He offers her a plastic flower, and, as we hear the noise of her train pulling in to the station, her nightmare begins. Can she escape?
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Vegas: Based on a True Story
- 102 min
The film takes place away from the glittering strip of mega casinos, but the greed of Sin City is just as pervasive on the desert outskirts. This is where a happy family learns of a forgotten fortune that may be buried beneath their home. Their lives are turned upside down. A sophisticated study of just how far people are able and willing to go if faced with the tempting prospect of easily acquired wealth. Written by Warsaw Film Festival
I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer
- 80 min
When a couple of Australian cricketing buddies are found murdered, the ensuing police investigation reveals the unlikely culprit to be a "Pommie bastard psycho" serial killer out for revenge on the now-grown-up kids who bullied him following a school cricket match two decades ago. Armed with an impressive mustache and an arsenal of ingeniously customized cricket equipment – including a quiver of sharpened stumps, razor-fingered batting gloves and nail-embedded cricket balls – his goal is to batter and bowl out his old school team once and for all.
The Blind Sunflowers
- 98 min
Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling in the front, returns to seminary in Ourense. Written by McArty
- 55 min
There are 13 streetcar stops from the place where Boguslaw Schaeffer lives to the center of Krakow. The composer assumes that he ought to work out 13 ideas during the ride. In the streetcar he sits along with a notebook and composes as the trip goes. "Solo" is a journey with Schaeffer through surrounding world of Today to the roots of his unusual art.
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