Special Presentations

Opening Night Selection

Adult Beginners | Director: Ross Katz. USA. | Out of a job after a disastrous product launch, a big-city yuppie retreats to his suburban childhood home, in this heart-warming and hilarious film about crashing hard, coming home and waking up. Cast: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale, Joel McHale, Josh Charles, Jane Krakowski, Bobby Moynihan.

Centerpiece Selection

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl | Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. USA. | A teenage filmmaker befriends a classmate with cancer. This film was the dramatic winner for Sundance’s Grandy Jury Prize and Audience Award. Cast: Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Jon Bernthal, Olivia Cooke, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Molly Shannon, RJ Cyler.

Closing Night Selection

Welcome to Me | Director: Shira Piven. USA. | A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins Mega-millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show. Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini.

Special Presentations

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution | Director: Stanley Nelson. USA. | An essential history, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, is a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

Entertainment | Director: Rick Alverson. USA. | En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert. Cast: Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Lotte Verbeek, Michael Cera, Dean Stockwell, Amy Seimetz, Tim Heidecker.

I’ll See You in My Dreams | Director: Brett Haley. USA. | Carol, a widow in her 70’s, is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is rattled she decides to start dating again and falls into relationships with two very different men. Cast: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place.

Love & Mercy | Director: Bill Pohlad. USA. | Writer-director Bill Pohlad portrays two seminal moments in the life of Beach Boys’ front man, Brian Wilson. Cast: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel.

Manglehorn | Director: David Gordon Green. USA. | A strange and lonely man tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, Harmony Korine.

People, Places, Things | Director: James C. Strouse. USA. | Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him. Cast: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Michael Chernus, Stephanie Allynee.

The Road Within | Director: Gren Wells. USA. | A young man with Tourette’s Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes. Cast: Dev Patel, Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Sheehan.

Slow West | Director: John Maclean. New Zealand, United Kingdom. | A young man seeks his love in 19th-century American West. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Rory McCann.

Unexpected | Director: Kris Swanberg. USA. | An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies. Cast: Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth McGovern, Anders Holm, Michele Sweeney Abrams.