Escape & Connect
Take some time to get lost in a story. Gather together to make positive change. Indie Street is honored to present films from some courageously Independent human storytellers.
Directed by: Matthew Salleh
Runtime: 101 min
Barbecue is about more than grilling a piece of meat. It’s a ritual performed religiously across the world. For some it’s a path to salvation. It’s the pride of nations. It brings the world together. From Shisanyama in South Africa, to Engangsgrill in Sweden, people light the coals, gather, and tell their story. From the Syrian border to an outback Australian town, intimate portraits of those who stoke the flames reveal a bold vision of humanity. Traversing 12 countries, with glorious cinematic images and a rich orchestral score, Barbecue is a symphony of meat and fire told in epic detail.https://www.facebook.com/barbecuefilm
Directed by: Luise Brinkmann
Starring: Saskia Vester, Lana Cooper, Aleksandar Radenkovic, Christin Nichols
Runtime: 86 min
A playful romantic has actively waited for her true love to come back for quite some time now - when suddenly her newly-separated mother moves in with her and confronts her with a midlife-crisis of self-discovery, newfangled love concepts and worldly wisdom.
· NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY PREMIERE ·
Directed by: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse
Starring: Michael Caine, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Seth Green, Jason Biggs
Runtime: 90 min
COUP D’ETAT is the story of Tatiana Milles (Odeya Rush), a sixteen year-old American girl who develops a pen pal relationship with Anton Vincent (Michael Caine), an island nation dictator. When Anton is deposed by his own people - who finally rise up against a centuries-long European imperialist dictator rule - he unexpectedly seeks refuge in Tatiana’s suburban garage. There, he develops a paternal relationship with the teen and her struggling single mom, Darlene (Katie Holmes). As prospects of taking back his country dim, Anton shifts his focus to Tatiana’s High School life, making her a rebel-in-training. He teaches her to rule her school, staging a Coup De Tatiana, of sorts. Ultimately, when things go too far, Tatiana must find her own voice to overthrow Anton.
· NEW JERSEY PREMIERE ·
Directed by: Bill Watterson
Starring: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, James Urbaniak, Adam Busch
Runtime: 80 min
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
Bill Watterson’s feature debut re-imagines classic 80s adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions. More than 30,000 square feet of donated/scrap cardboard was used in the creation of more than 20 unique sets.http://davemadeamaze.com
Directed by: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Don’t think we need a synopsis for this classic! Come out to Riverside Garden Park and enjoy our pre-festival outdoor film brought to you by Shore Flicks. Bring some canned goods for the Food Drive and you will be entered to win a pair of All-Access passes to the film festival, which starts the very next day! We will also be selling tickets to the upcoming week’s films and events, just in case you waited till the last minute!
Directed by: Pete Gleeson
Runtime: 84 min
On a dusty highway between Australia’s most isolated city and its largest gold pit lies Coolgardie - where the arrival every three months of a new pair of foreign backpackers to work the only bar in town is a keenly anticipated event.
Fresh off the plane and lured by the promise of an authentic outback experience, Finnish travellers Lina and Steph find themselves en route to a dot on the map - to pour beers, replenish depleted travel funds, and live amongst the locals. But their working holiday quickly deteriorates into a baptism of fire.
Harangued by their new boss, relentlessly pursued by booze-addled patrons, and prey to the madness and malaise of an environment as claustrophobic as it is isolated – the girls soon realise that to meet expectations out here, they’ll need to do more than just serve drinks.http://www.hotelcoolgardiethefilm.com
Directed by: Sloan Copeland
Starring: Derek Wilson, Jessica Copeland, Mike Giese, Dylan Pinter, Christine Cartell, Doug Roland, Devin Ratray, Sean Kleier
Runtime: 85 min
White hat hacker Charlie (Derek Wilson, "Preacher") finds out that his best friend Bobby (Dylan Pinter) was caught masterbating on video and is now being blackmailed by the infamously unidentifiable Moraler - a glorified cyber bully who many believe is the mastermind behind recent anti-establishment hacks. After struggling actress Carolyn (Jessica Copeland) gets hacked, Charlie and Jack (Mike Giese) decide to embark on a tense and amusing search for the twistedly righteous Moraler before he releases Bobby’s graphic masturbation video to social media. The suspense and wit keep you captivated and laughing with cameos from Sean Kleier ("Odd Mom Out") and Devin Ratray ("Nebraska," "Blue Ruin"). "Life Hack" is an incredibly relevant comedic cautionary tale about our digital privacy…or complete lack thereof.http://lifehackmovie.wixsite.com/lifehack
Directed by: Robert Mockler
Starring: Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden
Runtime: 80 min
After posting a video of herself robbing a convenience store, Kiya amasses a huge social media following. A reckless loner, she seeks some form of genuine human connection. Through her travels, she encounters a drifter, an Internet troll and a paint huffing outsider who are all pulled into her circle of chaos, junk food, and drugs. In a world of fabricated personalities, Kiya is intent on exposing something gutturally truthful about humanity, but ultimately, she must confront herself.https://www.likememovie.com/
Directed by: Chris Valdes, Ted Griswold
Runtime: 70 min
Olancho is the story of the most lawless province in Honduras, the most murderous country in the world. It is the story of a group of musicians who perform for the powerful drug cartels there. Their songs glorify the traffickers who have destroyed their country, and who sometimes threaten the lives of their loved ones. But in a world where the cartels wield the most power, do the musicians have any other choice?
Directed by: Dustin Guy Defa
Starring: Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Isiah Whitlock, Michaela Watkins, Philip Baker Hall, Olivia Lucciardi
Runtime: 84 min
In PERSON TO PERSON, a record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a life-weary clock shop owner. Shot entirely in 16mm, PERSON TO PERSON effortlessly humanizes its characters, invoking an earnest realism in the performances of its ensemble cast: Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins, and newcomer Bene Coopersmith. Defa demonstrates his aptitude for honest storytelling as he explores the absurdity and challenges of forging human connections.
Directed by: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, Niels Schneider, Jérémie Bélingard
Runtime: 112 min
Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her exacting preparation behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award®-winner Juliette Binoche who has danced with London-based dancer/choreographer Akram Khan). But once there she is quickly forced to grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don't always lead to success.
Directed by: William C. Sullivan
Starring: Sarah Wharton, Nicole Pursell, Matt Connolly, Cheryl Pickett
Runtime: 112 min
When Sarah accidentally proposes to her girlfriend in Provincetown, she finds herself at odds with her partner's expectations of their future. The mixup sends both women on different journeys of marital exploration. Sarah, a documentary filmmaker, begins interviewing same-sex couples in an attempt to overcome her fear of divorce. Kristen, who's ready to tie the knot, sees a future version of her life with Sarah where career and passion threaten to pull the women apart. Integrating interviews with real couples, The Ring Thing explores the intimate constructs of marriage and what it means to be committed - to your partner and to yourself.http://www.theringthingmovie.com/
Directed by: Jennifer Brea
Runtime: 97 min
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors and determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome.http://www.unrest.film/