Directed by Dave LaMattina & Chad Walker
"A documentary about Caroll Spinney who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping." After the inspiring and educational likes of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey we're eager to meet another artist beneath the iconic character.
Written and Directed by Gabriel London
"When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past." This documentary sits us down with Mark DeFriest, a man who earned a reputation as the "Houdini of high security prisons" after some 18 elaborate escape attempts. Sometimes all you need for a successful documentary is a fascinating subject, but The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest also employs graphic novel-like animation in lieu of standard reenactments.
Written and Directed by Dave Boyle
"A stranger in the increasingly strange city of San Francisco, Japanese crime novelist Aki is unsure of precisely what role she has to play in a real-life murder mystery." Man From Reno stars Ayako Fujitani and Boyle-favorite Hiroshi Watanabe. Prolific character actor Pepe Serna co-stars. Boyle's previous films also center around the lives of Japanese-Americans, albeit through a comedic lens. We're eager to see this writer/director try his hand at a mystery thriller.
Written and Directed by Hossein Amini
"A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer." This is the feature-length directorial debut for Amini, the screenwriter behind The Four Feathers and Drive. The Faces of January boasts an exciting cast with Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Llewyn Davis himself, Oscar Issac.
Written and Directed by Bong Joon-ho
After threatened cuts and disheartening delays Snowpiercer will finally be on U.S. screens as the opening night film of the festival! "In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lucky few that boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system evolves." The film is a joint production between South Korea and the United States. The cast includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris and Bong-favorite Song Kang-ho. For us in the States this is the first time to see the film as the exciting Korean auteur intended.
Curator's Note: Plot descriptions courtesy of IMDb and LAFF.