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American Indie Showcase

Featuring established and up-and-coming voices in the American indie-filmmaking community, these narrative features boldly step outside the studio system to offer unique stories in an unconstrained spirit.

Film Selections

Actors

In-Person/Virtual • USA • Dir. Betsy Brown

Desperately searching for her artistic voice, Betsey is horrified when her older brother begins to fabricate a trans identity in a disturbed attempt to feel “relevant.” A taboo pushing hybrid docu-fiction satire, Actors is a family affair unlike any other.

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In-person & virtual • USA • Dir. Chanel James, Taylor Garron

Told entirely through video calls and digital diaries, Naomi navigates a problematic roommate and a burgeoning romance all while locked down during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Catch the Fair One

In-person & virtual • USA • Dir. Josef Kubota Wladyka

Catch the Fair One is a pulse pounding thriller about a former champion boxer who embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister. It's the acting debut for real-life boxer, Kali “KO” Reis, the first Native American woman to win a major world title. She is the current WBA Super Lightweight World Champion and fought in the first televised women's bout on HBO.

Poser

In-person & virtual • USA • Dir. Noah Dixon, Ori Segev

Lennon Gates is a quiet and observant podcaster, but when she meets the charismatic musician Bobbi Kitten, her deceptive intentions surface. As their friendship forms, Lennon quickly spirals into obsession as she struggles with an unchecked search for creative identity.

Queen of Glory

In-person & virtual • USA • Dir. Nana Mensah

'Queen of Glory' is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, she bequeaths her daughter a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where Sarah was raised.

Strawberry Mansion

In-person • USA • Dir. Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley

In the not-too-distant future, an all-seeing surveillance state conducts “dream audits” to collect taxes on the unconscious lives of the populace. Mild-mannered government agent James Preble (Kentucker Audley) travels to a remote farmhouse to audit the dreams of Arabella “Bella” Isadora (Penny Fuller), an eccentric, aging artist.

Superior

In-person & virtual • usa • Dir. Erin Vassilopoulos

When Marian is on the run, she goes to the only place she knows is safe: her childhood home. She is greeted by her estranged sister, Vivian. Though the two are identical twins, they live opposite lives, and when Marian's haunting past finally catches up to her, their separate worlds collide, catapulting both sisters into grave danger.

Tahara

In-person & virtual • USA • Dir. Olivia Peace

A queer, coming-of-age drama set in Rochester, NY about an anxious teen girl who is manipulated into a romantic encounter with her best friend during the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate.

The Novice

In-person • USA • Dir. Lauren Hadaway

A queer college freshman joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter the cost

We're All Going To The World's Fair

In-person & virtual • usa • Dir. Kyle Greenberg

In a small town, a shy and isolated teenage girl (Anna Cobb in a stunning feature debut) becomes immersed in an online role-playing game.

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