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New American Cinema

A selection of new features and documentaries from American moviemakers.

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Cowboy Del Amor   

Cowboy Del Amor
USA, 2005, 88 min.
This exquisite documentary follows self-proclaimed "cowboy cupid" Ivan Thompson as he plays matchmaker to American bachelors looking for Mexican brides. Academy Award nominated director Michèle Ohayon (Colors Straight Up) deftly turns what could have been a kitschy portrayal into a complex, m... more



Expiration Date   

Expiration Date
USA, 2006, 95 min.
This beguiling comedy revolves around the impending fate of Charles Silvercloud III, a stoic young man whose father and grandfather were both killed in bizarre accidents on their 25th birthdays. As Charlie's own ill-fated birthday approaches, he prepares to meet his maker. But things take an unexpec... more



Mad Hot Ballroom   

Mad Hot Ballroom
USA, 2005, 111 min.
Follow New York City's 5th graders as they learn to rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing dance. Emphasizing that special age between childhood and adolescence, and the cultural diversity of NYC, this documentary grips us with tension, triumph and heartbreak as the kids compete in a citywide competition.... more



The March of the Penguins   

The March of the Penguins
France, 2005, 85 min.
Capturing the magnificent environment of a penguin's life, this has all the classic elements of an epic: insurmountable odds, conquering heroes, loving couples, and radiant beauty. Enduring the Antarctic winter for 13 months, with never-before shot underwater footage, Luc Jacquet triumphantly convey... more



Mrs. Harris   

Mrs. Harris
USA, 2005, 96 min.
The tragic true-life story of Jean Harris, the brittle girls school headmistress, who murdered her lover, Scarsdale Diet guru Dr. Herbert Tarnower in the 1980s, receives a multi-toned treatment by playwright Phyllis Nagy in her first feature. The film brims with memorable star cameos.... more



Murderball   

Murderball
USA, 2005, 86 min.
Quad rugby, aka "murderball," is played by quadriplegics in customized wheelchairs that resemble something out of Mad Max. It's a full-contact sport, played with manic intensity by super-competitive jocks. Murderball looks on-court and off at the indomitable spirit of true athletes. ... more



My Bollywood Bride   

My Bollywood Bride
USA, 2006, 90 min.
Alex fell in love with the girl next door. Trouble is, 'next door' is India and 'the girl' is Bollywood's biggest film star. "My Bollywood Bride" tells the story of Alex, a Venice Beach copy writer that dreams of being a novelist who meets and romances Indian beauty, Reena, while she is on a vacat... more



The Notorious Bettie Page   

The Notorious Bettie Page
USA, 2005, 101 min.
Gretchen Mol turns in a dazzling performance -- exuberant, innocent and sexy, all at the same time -- as 1950s pin-up icon Bettie Page, the dark-haired beauty who ended up posing in the nude with a whip, in Mary Harron's (I Shot Andy Warhol) gorgeously rendered black-and-white biopic. Intelli... more



Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - Revisited   

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - Revisited
USA, 2005, 72 min.
Squatters, nudists, retirees, and barflies all speak their piece about the resort/mistake/ecological nightmare that is the man-made lake in the Southern California desert that they call home.... more



The Virgin of Juarez   

The Virgin of Juarez
USA, 2006, 91 min.
The murders of nearly 400 women in the Mexican city of Juarez over the last decade form the basis for this taut tale of a Los Angeles investigative reporter (Minnie Driver) who travels to the border town intent on uncovering the truth behind the brutal crimes. ... more



White Countess   

White Countess
United Kingdom, 2005, 136 min.
In this Merchant Ivory production set in pre-WWII China, we follow the chaste courtship between a Russian countess (Natasha Richardson) fallen on rough times and a former American Ambassador (Ralph Fiennes). Written by the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), the film is full of assur... more



Zizek!   

Zizek!
USA, 2005, 82 min.
This exuberant documentary features the “wild man of theory,” eminent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, whose critique of pop culture has gained him rock-star status. The film trails this brilliant eccentric as he traverses the globe, expounding on ideology, belief, revolution, and love, filling a... more



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