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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.
A Year with Betty Gold
Directed by J. McMerty (Born in Red Bank)
Edited By Katrina Taylor, Laith Majali
Betty Gold is about to turn 80 with no plans on retiring. From her early days as Miss. Texas to installing large scale sculptures around the world, some things have not changed; her tenacity, humor and philosophy of yes. A Year with Betty Gold follows this abstract California artist as she shares her insights on love and life while pulling back the curtain on the struggles of a contemporary artist.
Desperate for human interaction, six emotionally damaged individuals risk self respect, shedding their disillusionment in a last grasp for happiness. A cruel-world comedy populated by struggling Instagram stars, Russian cowboys, Self-help gurus and more, their lives collide and crash in astounding ways.
Writer/Director: Wendy McColm
Producers: Wendy McColm, Brian Robertson
Cinematography: Nate Cornett
Cast: Wendy McColm, Chloe Diaz, Victoria Anne Greenwood
"Life is simpler in black and white." This line, uttered midway through Bored in the U.S.A., could well serve as the film’s thesis statement. Following the budding friendship of Kelly (Kelly Lloyd, Wits End), a bored housewife, and Chris (Chris Milner, Comedy Central), a displaced Londoner, this film takes an honest look at life by disposing of conventional on-screen relationships. Bored exposes the inherent drama in the silences between what people say and don't say to each other.
Written and Directed by Mike Finazzo
Starring: Kelly Lloyd (Red Bank native!) and Chris Milner
Produced by Kevin Brennan, Andrew Fair and Bryan Preston
"Hurley" is the story of American racing legend Hurley Haywood, who speaks for the first time about being gay in the 1970's macho world of motor sports, and sets the record straight about his relationship with co-driver Peter Gregg. Hurley’s story is particularly incredible because it has the power to impact the middle of America – an audience that doesn’t usually get exposed to LGBTQ issues.
Directed by Derek Dodge
Executive Produced by Patrick Dempsey & Derek Dodge
Produced by Justin Franklin, Derek Dodge & William C. Sullivan
Featuring: Hurley Haywood, Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long, Sam Posey & Frank Stella
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang meets a young American drifter who lives on the streets, she decides to adopt his lifestyle and document it in a journey that explores the meaning of personal freedom - and its limits.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Nanfu Wang
Producer: Lorie Cheatle
Featuring Dylan Olsen
Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.
Directed By: Willem Baptist
Produced by: Pieter van Huijstee
Written and Directed by JOSEPHINE DECKER
Produced by KRISTA PARRIS and ELIZABETH RAO
Starring HELENA HOWARD, MOLLY PARKER, and MIRANDA JULY
World Premiere: 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Run Time: 94 minutes
Madeline got the part! She’s going to play the lead in a theater piece! Except the lead wears sweatpants like Madeline’s. And has a cat like Madeline’s. And is holding a steaming hot iron next to her mother’s face – like Madeline is. Madeline (newcomer Helena Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director (Molly Parker) pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.
In Modified, the filmmaker and her mother embark on a poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Filmed over ten years, the film is a visual celebration of food and family legacy anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship to her mother, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film’s production.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor: Aube Giroux
Executive Producer: Camelia Frieberg
Editors: Avril Jacobson, Mike Munn
North Pole, NY is a documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con-man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.
Directed by Ali Cotterill
Produced by Christa Orth
A generational portrait of Spain's youth in a time of crisis, "Nosotros" follows a group of five friends during the weekend of the Spanish presidential election held in December 2015.
Director: Felipe Vara de Rey
Writers: Hugo Mas, Felipe Vara de Rey
Stars: Sarah Bienzobas, Diego 'Seda' Quejido, Jonathan 'Suko' Peña
PIZZA SHOP introduces us to Charlie and Fred Osso, brothers from Italy, who have run a successful pizzeria for over 40 years. Now in their seventies, they’re facing construction of a new restaurant and encroaching old age. But retirement is a dirty word to these workhorses: Charlie is serious and detail-oriented, with a soft center, while Fred is a lighthearted and easygoing passionate chef.
PIZZA SHOP explores how a Mom-and-Pop shop can be a hub for a community, the sacrifices parents make for their children, and what it means for immigrants to live out the American dream.
Directed by Antony Osso
Executive Producers: Carmine Osso, Fiore Osso, & Rick Osso
Producers: Laura Nespola & Antony Osso
Cast: Carmine “Charlie” Osso, Fiore “Fred” Osso
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Upon arriving at an idyllic retreat for the terminally suicidal, a young woman finds herself investigating a mysterious death away from the watchful eye of the enigmatic doctor and his wife.
Writer and Director: Javier Antonio González
Producers: David Skeist and Javier Antonio González
Anne Gridley, David Skeist, Javier Antonio González, Timothy French, Laura Butler Rivera, Arnolda Noir, Veraalba Santa, Michael Barringer, Courtney King, James Paulsaint, Brooke Bell, and Tania Molina
In a country torn apart by political and economic upheaval, a team of young women finds refuge in a sport that rises above their personal poverty and gendered social status. But when this new soccer team goes undefeated in all of South America, these women find themselves in the position to win Venezuela's first World Cup and gain a new acceptance and voice in their home country.
Directed by: Jennifer Socorro, Edwin Corona, David Alonso
Produced by: Priscilla Torres
Players: Deyna Castellanos, Daniuska Rodriguez, Veronica Herrera, Yerliane Moreno, Sandra Luzardo
NJ Spotlight Special Screening
Directed and produced by Rob Margolies
Starring: Zachery Byrd, Jason Mewes, Randy Quaid, Jessie Carter, Ashley Johnson, & Will Rogers
Featuring Red Bank native Jason Mewes in a hilarious supporting role and featuring the first performance by Randy Quaid in 9 years, “Weight” is an inspirational film that uses comedy to relay its message to the audience. It’s described as a modern day John Candy movie, if he decided to lose weight and get healthy. With a similar tone to Judd Apatow films such as “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” or “Knocked Up,” our story follows a 300 pound, 27-year-old named Ben, who can’t seem to take his health seriously until a series of events gets him motivated.http://weightthemovie.com/