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11/24 - ZERO MOTIVATION
Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie's brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv.
The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted. With shifts of tone that go from slapstick to satiric to horrifying with fluid ease, and with a superb supporting cast of characters, Zero Motivation is destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year.
Directed by: Talya Lavie
Written by: Talya Lavie
Executive Producer Eilon Ratzkovsky
Guest Director: Talya Lavie
Host: Leah Rozen
11/17 – Wild
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (c) Fox Searchlight
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenplay by:Nick Hornby
Based on: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
Host: Alison Bailes
11/10 - Surprise Screening & Guest
11/3 - BETTER ANGELS
At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using glorious black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, The Better Angels sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who molded him into one of the most revered men in American history. Based on 19th-century interviews with Lincoln's family members, The Better Angels is a beautiful, insightful, and brilliantly composed feature debut from producer Terrence Malick's longtime protégé, A.J. Edwards.
Directed by: A. J. Edwards
Written by: A. J. Edwards
Music by: Hanan Townshend
Guest: Director A.J. Edwards
Host: Caryn James
Your teenage years are never easy... but for Maude, things couldn't be worse. Within one week, she is suspended from school, stranded by her best friend, dumped by the boy she loved and inherits an enormous amount of money with the passing of her grandmother-- only to be claimed under one condition: Maude must prove by age 18 that she knows exactly what to do with her life. But with her 18th birthday rapidly approaching, Maude must dive into a world of self-discovery or else lose the inheritance
William H. Macy
Directed By: Clara Mamet
Screenplay By: Clara Mamet
Produced By: Eric B. Fleischman
10/20 – WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
White Bird in a Blizzard -
Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it..about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.
Directed by:Gregg Araki
Screenplay by:Gregg Araki
Based on White Bird in a Blizzard
by Laura Kasischke
Guest: Director Gregg Araki
Host: Godfrey Cheshire
Alex Ross Perry, Jason Schwartzman and Alison Bailes
10/13 - LISTEN UP PHILIP
A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject - himself. (C) Tribeca
Joséphine de La Baume,
Kate Lyn Sheil,
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Writer: Alex Ross Perry
Guest - Jason Schwartzman Director: Alex Ross Perry
Host: Alison Bailes
Opening Night! -2014 Fall Season - Paramus
10/6 - KILL THE MESSENGER
Kill The Messenger - FOCUS FEATURES. A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
Tim Blake Nelson
Director: Michael Cuesta
Produced by: Scott Stuber, Naomi Despres, Jeremy Renner.
Executive producers: Peter Landesman, Pamela Abdy, Don Handfield, Michael Bederman.
Guest: Director Michael Cuesta.
In 2006 Cuesta directed the pilot episode of the Showtime series, Dexter. The show reunited him with former Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall in the lead role, Dexter Morgan. Cuesta joined the production staff for the first season and also directed further episodes including the season finale. He left the crew at the end of the first season.
He also directed the second season finale for the HBO series True Blood which was created and executive produced by Alan Ball, creator and show runner of Six Feet Under.
Cuesta would have executive produced Babylon Fields, a television series about zombies proposed for the 2007–2008 season. The show was not picked up.
Cuesta directed and executive produced the pilot episode for CBS drama Blue Bloods in 2010. The series was created by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess and focuses on a family of New York police officers. He returned to direct the eighth episode of the first season "Chinatown".
He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for directing Homeland's Pilot episode.
In 2011, he directed the film Roadie starring Ron Eldard as a man who returns home to Queens, NY after twenty years on the road with Blue Öyster Cult. Co-written with his brother Gerald Cuesta and featuring supporting roles by Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale, Lois Smith and David Margulies, the film was screened at the Stony Brook Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and Austin Film Festival in 2011. It was released by Magnolia Pictures on January 6, 2012. wikiP
Host: David Edelstein