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Festival of Cinema NYC begins this Friday!

 

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Festival of Cinema NYC returns for its 6th year at the Regal UA Midway Theatre and the Queens Library in Forest Hills from Aug 5th - Aug 14th. Screenings include more than 120 of the best independent films from around the world.

Over 90 filmmakers are expected to be in attendance. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in Q&A's with them after each screening. Buy your tickets today!

 

 

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Join us on Friday, Aug. 5th @ 7PM for Opening Night and after-party with the cast and filmmakers!

 

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FEATURE NARRATIVE
Black White and the Greys

Jordie and Caleb Grey have a seemingly perfect life. They’ve been married for seven years and have an adorable, precocious 5 year-old daughter named Millie. Of course they have their ups and downs but for the most part they’re happy. That all changes when a nationwide pandemic hits, and the couple are forced to quarantine together. Caleb loses his job and becomes a stay-at- home dad, while Jordie is tasked with being the sole breadwinner and working from home. As various events of 2020 unfold - the death of Kobe Bryant, Covid, BLM movement, a wave of Cancel Culture in Caleb’s field, etc... the couple gradually discovers that their beliefs simply don’t align on many important issues. BLACK WHITE AND THE GREYS is an unflinching look at marriage, race, and many other tough topics of 2020. Timely, relevant, romantic, funny, and at times... heartbreaking. It’s a powerful, original story that needs to be told...

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Friday, Aug. 5, 7PM
Q&A with Directors and Cast
OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET EVENT
AFTER-PARTY + COMPLIMENTARY DRINK
SOLD OUT - limited rush tickets available at the door.

 

 

 

 

FILM SPOTLIGHTS

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
SWEET PEA & GLASS

Sweet Pea & Glass are two rookies for the "Suits" gang with one last chance to prove themselves. The two are far from a perfect team but together they are assigned to dump a body in riva "Scarz" territory. Just after the finish burying the body however, they encounter a ranger, who quickly becomes suspicious of their presence. The two try to leave but Sweet Pea soon realizes she has dropped the car keys. Glass quickly catches on and berrates her but suddenly the ranger finds the keys. Sweet Pea, eager to escape Glass' presence, runs to the ranger. Just as she reaches him, he grabs her, and Glass notices a familiar tattoo on his neck. The brand of the "Scarz". Now in a standoff, Glass must decide to surrender and save Sweet Pea or risk her partner and take out the ranger.

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Monday, Aug 8th, 6:30pm
BLOCK 12

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
QUEENS PREMIERE
GOODBYE, PETRUSHKA

Claire moves impulsively from NYC to Paris, where she nannies for the family from hell, battles wacky French bureaucrats, embarrasses herself in front of her Parisian crush and navigates a toxic relationship - among other faux pas.

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Saturday, Aug 6th, 6:00pm
BLOCK 4
NEAR CAPACITY

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
WORLD PREMIERE
THE GAME CALLED GO INSANE

A young man must re-examine the messages left to him in his dreams. Whispers of a secret voice, a classroom, and a television will all tell him what he must do, but as Jim navigates his subconscious, he must discover who could be behind his torment.

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Saturday, Aug 6th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 5

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
EAST COAST PREMIERE
SHE'S FINE

A vet tech tolerates her possessive new roommate, Caroline, until she must fight for her life after discovering the bloody secret behind Caroline’s eccentric art.

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Saturday, Aug 6th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 5

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
NEW YORK PREMIERE
UNDER SPANISH SKIES

After her husband Neil’s death, Leah calls her closest friends, Beth and Gregory to join her for a weekend at her farm in Andalucia. Soon after they arrive, Leah reveals that she and Neil had a suicide pact and that she will end her life the day after they leave. Now, Gregory and Beth face a harrowing dilemma: whether to tell Leah the truths they know about Neil, or to allow her to go to her death holding on to illusions of a perfect marriage. Meanwhile, Alix, a young, rebellious woman arrives to spend the hot summer with her uncle, Andrés, the farm’s environmentalist overseer. This unexpected arrival disrupts Leah’s careful plans, and chaos ensues. As the weekend progresses, Leah, Beth and Gregory wrestle with their complicated history but time is running out, and, as she faces the truth about Neil, Leah will have to make a devastating choice. 

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Monday, Aug 8th, 3:30pm
BLOCK 11

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
EMILY AND THE MAGICAL JOURNEY

Emily and her mother live alone after losing her father. She wants to help her mother find happiness and to learn about the father she never knew. When Emily finds a mysterious chest that transports her to a magical world, she meets fantastic and mythical creatures that become her new friends. After discovering her new friends are in danger, Emily must face her worst fear to complete her journey.

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Sunday, Aug 7th, 12:00pm
BLOCK 6

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
THE FOUR WALLS OF CHARLOTTE MORELAND

In the aftermath of an abusive relationship, Charlotte Moreland searches to find her old self while battling panic attacks and agoraphobia. 

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Monday, Aug 8th, 3:30pm
BLOCK 11

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
TRUE CRIME

A wannabe fitness influencer and true-crime junkie finally orders the home security system that sponsors her favorite podcast. But now she can't shake the creepy feeling that she's being watched. Meanwhile, her follower count isn't growing. Tired of feeling defeated and vulnerable, she makes a risky move and gets creative with her camerawork.

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Monday, Aug 8th, 6:30pm
BLOCK 12

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
WILL YOU TAKE THIS DOG?

When a broken-hearted New York City wedding photographer’s fiancée ‘needs more time’ to decide about marriage, a chance encounter with a lost dog changes her relationship and teaches her the meaning of love.

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Monday, Aug 8th, 9:15pm
BLOCK 13

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
SPIN

Abigail and Sky are two high school seniors navigating their last year in high school and beginning the transition into independent adulthood. In the midst of their final show in Romeo and Juliet they discover deep desires for each other and let their feelings, and hands, roam at the cast party.

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Monday, Aug 8th, 9:15pm
BLOCK 13

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

An immigration officer has a surprise revelation during a not-so-routine Green Card interview.

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Tuesday, Aug 9th, 12:30pm
BLOCK 14

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
PART FOREVER

In the dark hall, candles flickered faintly. A body lay in the middle of the hall. Huei and her husband Wen Hsiung came to say goodbye to Huei’s dearest sister. The seemingly calm and sad farewell ceremony seemed to hide an astonishing and dark secret...

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Tuesday, Aug 9th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 17
Language: Chinese

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
ORBITAL CHRISTMAS

In near future, ALI, a Muslim space pilot, is working alone on a space station during the Christmas. That is until he finds TAKAKO, a stowaway in an unmanned cargo ship who gets on board the space station.

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Tuesday, Aug 9th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 17

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
QUEENS PREMIERE
ESME, MY LOVE

When Hannah notices the symptoms of a terminal and painful illness in her aloof daughter, Esme, she decides to take her on a trip to their abandoned family farm in a desperate attempt to connect before they have to say goodbye.

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Wednesday, Aug 10th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 21

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
JASON PELL'S PINPRICKS

Jason Pell's Pinpricks is a horror/science fiction anthology film comprised of 20 short stories taken from the graphic novel Pinpricks by author Jason Pell. Its theme explores surviving, both mentally and physically, the harsh environment of West Virginia and beyond. Fans of Tim Burton and The Twilight Zone will find this film an enjoyable blend of genres and untethered imagination.

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Wednesday, Aug 10th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 21

 

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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
WORLD PREMIERE
WISHING FOR WINGS

A shy, middle-class American is scarred by a home invasion. Working in a posh Trinidadian school she naively allows herself to be inveigled into teaching teenage boys in prison. They come from a world of poverty and crime, a universe away from their new teacher and her literature syllabus. Now she and her students must communicate with, and learn from, each other if the boys are to prepare for examinations. But they are hardened by life, resentful and suspicious. They must break those habits and practice introspection while surviving the violence of prison. To read novels and poems and write essays they must understand themselves. Meanwhile, their teacher must set aside her fears and empathize with her students if she is to explore new pedagogic techniques, create new study materials, which the boys can relate to. As their relationship deepens, the teacher transcends her traumas. Her idea of education is transformed and she finds a new purpose in life. For the students, more important than any exams they must pass is the respect they develop for themselves and for others. Only by changing how they think can they face life’s challenges outside of prison.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 12:30pm
BLOCK 22

 

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SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTARY SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

Ensnaring almost four million Americans, probation has evolved from a way to avoid prison to a sanction actually feeding mass incarceration. Supported by neighborhood allies, some people of color set out to change all this, equipped only with cameras.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 12:30pm
BLOCK 22

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
EAST COAST PREMIERE
ZERIA

The last man on earth recounts his life story to his grandson, who could be the first person to return from humanity’s exile in outer space. This art film in the guise of an oddball sci-fi exercise, with its scale-model sets populated by “human puppets,” takes the form of an introspective philosophical journey about our species. Moving, heart-rending and nerve-wracking, Zeria is an insanely ambitious film that will leave no one unscathed. A future-time exploration of private lives, a cross between Lynch’s Eraserhead and Malick’s Tree of Life where monsters mingle with the divine.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 3:00pm
BLOCK 23
Language: French

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
EAST COAST PREMIERE
THE HEAD OF THE CAT

There are some lessons that the 7-year-old daughter must learn before she can reach her goal. But through the strict hand of the mother, the daughter gains more and more knowledge. She has to separate herself from everything material. To become a little “specialist” from being a person of instinct. But with each lesson, the daughter understands the world around her a little more. And then, one day, she decides to put her knowledge to very practical use.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 3:00pm
BLOCK 23
Language: German

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
WORLD PREMIERE
ANIMALS YOU WANT TO EAT

Three friends come to an agreement to draw straws and explore a taboo intrigue of theirs.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 6:00pm
BLOCK 24

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
SALLY

Mr. Capelli finds himself stranded after his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. He seeks refuge at a nearby mansion, but the place seems to be abandoned. He makes his way through the furnished home, and suddenly decides that he will stay after coming across a strange painting. This experimental comedy inspired by a visual effect gone wrong explores the feeling of isolation in a supernaturally silly environment.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 6:00pm
BLOCK 24

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
EAST COAST PREMIERE
HAPPY FK'IN SUNSHINE

Ronnie Weston and her brother Will live in a one mill town. When the mill workers go on strike, the future for their family looks bleak. Fortunately, Ronnie has found a brisk business selling weed.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 25

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
FOREST GIANTS

After tensions continue to rise throughout their time in the woods, Aubrey confronts her brother about his absence from their fathers funeral. Without room to escape the confrontation Oliver becomes stuck with his sister inside of a cramped tent due to the rain.

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Thursday, Aug 11th, 9:00pm
BLOCK 25

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE
IN THE MOMENT

After a fall from a horse that left him in a coma for almost ten years, Joshua returns to the stables he knew so well. Greeted by Mario and Alice, he recognizes nothing and no one. Throughout this day, the latter will try everything to revive some memories in the head of the one they were so close to, but who today seems to be a complete stranger.

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Friday, Aug 12th, 12:00pm
BLOCK 26
Language: French

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
A DANCE THROUGH TIME

A grieving old man, Terry, is struggling to come to terms with the recent loss of his late wife. When, Sarah (his middle-aged daughter) brings news that Terry’s wife left letters for him hidden around the house, to help him accept her passing, it’s all too much for Terry, unable to put his grief aside. Can Sarah get her father to fulfill her mums final wish and find peace?

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Friday, Aug 12th, 12:00pm
BLOCK 26

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE FEATURE
QUEENS PREMIERE
IMPLANTED

Sarah, a struggling young woman, agrees to volunteer as a test subject and be implanted with the LEXX nanochip for a pharmaceutical company experiment. She hopes that the money received for her participation will solve her financial troubles. When the implant turns sinister and orders her to commit crimes, Sarah is plunged into a murderous spiral with only one choice: to live or die.

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Friday, Aug 12th, 2:45pm
BLOCK 27

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
QUEENS PREMIERE
SOLITARY

The Demeter was supposed to carry the first crew to land on a habitable exoplanet. But after an accident en route the ship is lost with a single survivor in an escape pod, pushing forward, determined to complete the mission.  Alone in unexplored space the Astronaut drifts, hoping to find humanity’s future.

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Friday, Aug 12th, 2:45pm
BLOCK 27

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
NEW YORK PREMIERE
KALAMITI

Missy goes to school all day, bartends nights, and raises Kalamiti in between. Chuck chose the wrong day to toy with his rat rod.

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Friday, Aug 12th, 5:30pm
BLOCK 28

 

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SPOTLIGHT NARRATIVE SHORT
EAST COAST PREMIERE
SONNY, MAMMY AND PATCH THE DOG

Sonny leads a simple life. As the villages’ resident gardener, he spends his days doing odd jobs and earning a modest wage. He is an innocent soul who cares only for 3 things: his Mammy, his dog Patch and having pints on payday.

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Friday, Aug 12th, 5:30pm
BLOCK 28

 

 
 
 
 

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