Category Archives: z US

"Appropriate Behavior" by Desiree Akhavan (2014)

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Appropriate Behavior
What does ‘appropriate behavior’mean for someone who doesn’t fit anywhere?
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Screenplay: Desiree Akhavan
Music by Josephine Wiggs
Cinematography by Chris Teague
Film Editing by Sara Shaw

"Keep The Change" by Rachel Israel (2017)

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Keep the change
A film “devoted to the intricacies of the autistic experience” [Derek Smith]
Great performances!
Cast: Jessica Walter, Christina Brucato, Jennifer Brito
Director: Rachel Israel
Writer: Rachel Israel
Music by Amie Doherty
Cinematography by Zachary Halberd
Film Editing by Alex Camilleri

“First Match” by Olivia Newman (2018)

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first match

One of the best father-daughter relationships! Fantastic work by Elvire Emanuelle. 
“A hard story about a young woman having to decide if she should destroy herself for the person who deserves it the least.” [Jessica Ritchey]

Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Director: Olivia Newman
Writer: Olivia Newman
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Edito: Tamara Meem

"First Match" by Olivia Newman (2018)

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first match
One of the best father-daughter relationships! Fantastic work by Elvire Emanuelle. 
“A hard story about a young woman having to decide if she should destroy herself for the person who deserves it the least.” [Jessica Ritchey]
Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Director: Olivia Newman
Writer: Olivia Newman
Cinematographer: Ashley Connor
Edito: Tamara Meem

"Woman Walks Ahead" by Susanna White (2017)

3 movies by Susanna White

Woman Walks Ahead
A magnificent story with an inescapable (sad) ending / Establishes in a non too subtle way the parallel between the patriarchal oppressive use of power in gender relationships and with regard to minorities
The lead roles are not marked sufficiently to fill the scope of their personage
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, Chaske Spencer, Bill Camp, Michael Nouri
Director: Susanna White
Writer: Steven Knight
Cinematographer: Mike Eley
Editor: Lucia Zucchetti, Steven Rosenblum
Composer: George Fenton

“Woman Walks Ahead” by Susanna White (2017)

3 movies by Susanna White

Woman Walks Ahead

A magnificent story with an inescapable (sad) ending / Establishes in a non too subtle way the parallel between the patriarchal oppressive use of power in gender relationships and with regard to minorities
The lead roles are not marked sufficiently to fill the scope of their personage

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Sam Rockwell, Ciarán Hinds, Chaske Spencer, Bill Camp, Michael Nouri
Director: Susanna White
Writer: Steven Knight
Cinematographer: Mike Eley
Editor: Lucia Zucchetti, Steven Rosenblum
Composer: George Fenton

"Night Comes On" by Jordana Spiro (2018)

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Night Comes On
Tightly knit, compact, homogeneous, and yet provides space for our imagination
Great direction!
Cast: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, John Earl Jelks, Max Casella
Director: Jordana Spiro
Writer: Jordana Spiro, Angelica Nwandu
Music: Matthew Robert Cooper
Director of Photography: Hatuey Viveros Lavielle
Editor: Taylor Levy

"Like Father" by Lauren Miller Rogen (2018)

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Like Father
Has a similar plot but comes nowhere near Maren Ade’s powerful Toni Erdmann
Cast: Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen, Zach Appelman, Paul W. Downs, Brittany Ross, Lenny Jacobson, Danielle Davenport
Director: Lauren Miller Rogen
Writers: Lauren Miller Rogen, Anders Bard
Cinematographer: Seamus Tierney
Editor: Mollie Goldstein
Composer: Roger Neill

"Miss Stevens" by Julia Hart (2016)

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Miss Stevens
A young female teacher has a short-lived sex-only relationship with another teacher but feels a deeper attraction for one of her students, which she has to resist
Cast: Lily Rabe, Lili Reinhart, Anthony Quintal, Timothée Chalamet, Pamela Drake Wilson, David Faulkner
Director: Julia Hart
Writer: Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz
Cinematographer: Sebastian Winterø
Editor: Amy McGrath, Lee Haugen