Dir. Scott Rosenbaum A pair of longtime friends channel their talent and passion for music into a cross-country road trip. The reunion forces them to recall youthful ambitions and re-visit the choices they've made. Accompanied by a raucous crew of musicians, they set off on a cathartic journey along Route 66. Q&A following screening.
Dir. Grant Heslov A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. Starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey. Q&A following screening
Dir. Frederick Gertten Juan 'Accidentes' Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a groundbreaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it? Q&A following screening
Dir. Adam Bronstein Everything Adam knows about love, he learned from the movies. When longtime crush, Kate, realizes that Adam has mistaken their one drunken night together as the greatest love story ever told, she makes it painfully clear that love is out of the question. Heartbroken, Adam becomes consumed with recreating the most romantic night of his life on film. Q&A following screening.
Dir. Suzi Yoonessi As sweet and colorful as a snow cone, this auspicious first feature follows an awkward Alaskan teen as she discovers her Yup'ik heritage while rallying her fellow misfits to compete in her school's Snowstorm Survivor competition.
Dir. Adriana Kaegi A delightful, danceable and unflinchingly honest documentary memoir chronicling Adriana Kaegi's adventures as Mama Coconut - co-founder of the 1980s multicultural tropical funk machine called Kid Creole and the Coconuts. From jamming in scrappy downtown New York underground dives to performing for American Presidents and Lady Diana, Kid Creole and the Coconuts were ahead of their time. Q&A following screening
Dir. Geoffray Barbier When a gang of suburban teens stumbled across a bunch of abandoned instruments and formed The Fleshtones, little did they know that 30 years later they would still be rocking and struggling to pay the bills.
Dir. Mike Dacko This beautifully rendered animated film takes us on an epic magical journey in a mere five minutes, a journey that begins when an explosive comet crashes to the surface of a candle planet and ignites a rhythmic flame.
Dir. Oren Moverman The Messenger stars Ben Foster as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival. Q&A with star Woody Harrelson and director Oren Moverman and other participants.RSVP is required to attend: www.going.com/cmj09themessenger
Dir. Olatunde Osunsanmi A fact-based thriller starring Milla Jovovich and Will Patton involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.