Challenged by her step-sister to return home, a haunted young woman hiding from her past in a remote Japanese village, is abducted into a fantastic wilderness, pursued by a real monster with only four nights to find the strength to escape to Tokyo and face her demons.
To experiment is to take the bold first step out of the comfortable and known, into strange and sometimes disturbing new territory. If art is about discovery, these filmmakers aim for the moon and bring back from their journeys a vision of the world that is strange, divine, and universal.
In this inspiring family portrait, 12-year-old Laura is our guide through life with her deaf parents, which is unusual, challenging and surprisingly ordinary.
Iranian cinema is becoming more and more recognized as some of the most original and sincere in the world. They are known for their stark and uncompromising approaches to narrative. These short stories offer a strong entry into the emotional power and genuineness of Iranian filmmaking.
Documentaries can bring you face-to-face with reality. Sometimes it’s looking at the harsh truths of society or politics, and sometimes it shows the intimacy and vulnerabilities of other people’s lives. This can be hard, but seeing the naked truth can also be liberating, offering important new perspectives.
Daddy Issues follows Maya, a talented queer artist on the verge of a first love that is more complicated than anything she could imagine. Maya spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the alluring Jasmine; an aspiring designer in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with a neurotic sugar daddy. When Maya and Jasmine's paths finally cross, they begin a romantic relationship that provides Maya her dream of first love and Jasmine the inspiration she needs to jump start her career. It's all gumdrops and fairytales until a bizarre love triangle soon emerges, all because of "daddy issues."
This spectacular collection of six stories, each beautiful in their simplicity, brings us into a moment in time with one person. Each character is searching for something different, but after watching all of them, you’ll find their individual struggles heartbreakingly universal. These stories will sit with you long after the lights come up.
When Skylar, a cloistered nun, gets word of her sister's death, her life's future suddenly comes into question. Granted eight days outside the convent by the Mother Abbess, Skylar ventures out on a pilgrimage to the religious town of Chimayo, New Mexico, where her sister is buried. On her journey, Skylar is joined by two other outsiders -- a runaway teenager and a train-hopping drifter -- whose presence and friendship challenge her dedication to God. I AM THAT is a sparkling, modern, pop-style film whose novelty and original soundtrack breathe new life into the timeless story about the pursuit to find connection and certainty in one's life.
That's a wrap! Join us after the final screening on Saturday to celebrate another successful, defiant year! The Lounge Theatre film (Santa Inocencia) will be on a loop all night, and the air conditioning will be blasting along with the music in the Defy Lounge. Bring your dancing shoes!