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2. Strong Island (2017)
TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary
When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.
3. Law and Order (1969 TV Movie)
81 min | Documentary
Also known as The Greater Good, this series of vignettes focuses on the day-to-day work of Kansas City, Missouri police covers the range of circumstances they encounter and the variety of ... See full synopsis »
4. The Force (2017)
92 min | Documentary
THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.
Votes: 502 | Gross: $0.06M
Oakland police force, "direct cinema lite," http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/festival-reports/full-frame-film-festival-2017/
5. The Original Richard McMahan (2016)
21 min | Documentary, Short | Completed
The multi-talented outsider artist Richard McMahan is on a quest to painstakingly re-create thousands of famous and not-so-famous paintings and artifacts-- in miniature. From well-loved ... See full summary »
Director: Olympia Stone
Miniaturist who makes mini copies of Van Gogh paintings, King Tut's tomb. Pair with Marwencol in a chapter? http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/festival-reports/full-frame-film-festival-2017/
6. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)
40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
A brilliant but tortured 56-year-old artist channels her depression and anxiety into her work.
Heaven is a Traffic Jam, which focuses on the art and life of mentally ill artist Mindy Alper. Alper takes the viewer through her battery of pills and medications, as well as her memories of a disapproving father, a distant mother, and a desire to express herself through her art. Director Frank Stiefel brings her line drawings – wiry, uneven, trembling with emotion – to life, turning them into animated sequences that feel like insights into Alper’s beautiful, tormented soul. Her devotion to her loved ones and her drive to connect with others are both evident in her work, most memorably a sculptural bust of her therapist, with whom she has made so much progress. It is Alper’s humour and candour – together with the tenderness with which she is presented – that garnered the film the Full Frame Audience Award (short) and the Full Frame Jury Award (short).
7. The Good Postman (2016)
80 min | Documentary
A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly ... See full summary »
Such an impassioned, paralysed feeling is dramatised to great effect in The Good Postman, a Bulgarian documentary about Ivan, a postman who decides to run for mayor of his small village on the platform of accepting refugees. The Good Postman is beautifully shot, so much that, at times, it feels as though you are watching a fiction film, our lonely protagonist’s craggy face perfectly lit and set against a peeling, painted wall. Throughout the film, you will worry that he will lose to his unqualified, refugee-hating opponent whose sparsely attended political “rally” may or may not remind you of a political candidate on a descending escalator. This opponent provides both a threat and comic relief, due to his extreme laziness and lack of basic understanding. But perhaps the most compelling part of this poignant drama is seeing how Ivan watches television coverage of refugees, the cold glow of the television bouncing against his thin frame. His helplessness is wrenching, as is a scene toward the middle of the film, where Border Patrol agents escort a refugee family out of the abandoned shack in which they have been hiding. In this moment, the audience gasped as loudly as I heard at any film at the festival, and we – together with Ivan – can only watch as they are marched off-screen, out of sight.
Without revealing too much of this remarkable film’s plot, The Good Postman movingly explores questions of looking, engaging and intervening that lie at the heart of Full Frame and its mission as a showcase for global documentary. Our Good Postman does not merely watch the suffering he sees around him or on the news – he bears witness, and he does so alone. At Full Frame, viewers have the gift of bearing witness together and sharing in these works of art; indeed, our need for such a platform and community of practitioners, scholars, and activists is as vital now as it has ever been.
8. The Dark Mile (2017)
87 min | Thriller
Two women, recovering from personal tragedy, take a boat trip through the Scottish Highlands. After a run in with the locals, their relaxing break soon descends into a hellish ordeal.
11. Wonderstruck (2017)
PG | 116 min | Drama, Mystery
Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.
Votes: 8,041 | Gross: $1.03M
12. A Silent Voice (2016)
Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama, Romance
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.
13. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
Votes: 150,286 | Gross: $18.10M
14. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)
R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama
A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,147 | Gross: $0.02M
15. The Lure (2015)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.
Votes: 4,874 | Gross: $0.10M
16. A Fantastic Woman (2017)
R | 104 min | Drama
Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.
Votes: 17,957 | Gross: $2.02M
17. Thelma (II) (2017)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.
Votes: 20,311 | Gross: $0.15M
18. Phantom Thread (2017)
R | 130 min | Drama, Romance
Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Votes: 84,404 | Gross: $21.02M
21. Moonrise (1948)
Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.
22. En el séptimo día (2017)
TV-14 | 92 min | Drama
A group of undocumented Mexican immigrants work long hours six days a week, and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Brooklyn.
Votes: 139 | Gross: $0.08M
23. Have a Nice Day (2017)
77 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime
A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.
Votes: 1,299 | Gross: $0.08M
25. Night Comes On (2018)
86 min | Drama
Angel LaMere is released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday. Haunted by her past, she embarks on a journey with her 10 year-old sister that could destroy their future.
26. Minding the Gap (2018)
93 min | Documentary
Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust-Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
Votes: 4,235 | Gross: $0.01M
28. The Death of Stalin (2017)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.
Votes: 61,463 | Gross: $8.04M
29. The Rider (2017)
R | 104 min | Drama, Western
After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Votes: 9,335 | Gross: $2.42M
31. Wildlife (2018)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama
A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.
Votes: 12,764 | Gross: $1.03M
32. Attenberg (2010)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
Stuck in her boring factory town, twenty-three-year-old Marina is at the mercy of both her father's impending death and her distaste for other humans.
Votes: 5,432 | Gross: $0.02M
34. Dead Silence (2007)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.
Votes: 78,701 | Gross: $16.81M
35. Fast Color (2018)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.
Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.04M
36. JT LeRoy (2018)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama
A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.
37. Border (2018)
R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.
Votes: 9,695 | Gross: $0.77M
38. Rafiki (2018)
83 min | Drama, Romance
"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Votes: 728 | Gross: $0.02M