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.
· WORLD PREMIERE ·
Directed by: Jack Ballo
Runtime: 33 min
Broke and alone, two brothers who drank away their inheritance start a new life together while trying to put their troubled past behind them. Living off the grid in Sayreville, NJ, their innovative ability to survive went on for four years…until one of them decided it was time to get out, leaving his brother to make an important decision.
· 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: Danny Madden
Starring: Carissa Bazier, Dylan Conrique, McKayla Dunne
Runtime: 12 min
Outcast from her cousin's party, 10-year-old Mae creates Frolic from ink and cardboard, then Frolic creates mayhem.
Directed by: Rodrigo Lopresti
Starring: Rodrigo Lopresti, Maayan Laufer
Runtime: 23 min
An episodic series, set in parallel universes, that explores how the absurd and tragic relationship of a struggling couple is doomed before it even began.
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.