The films below were screened during the 2010 film festival.
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(To the Sea)
Director: Pedro Gonzalez Rubio
Genre: Family Drama
Language: Spanish & Italian - English subtitles
Run time 73 minutes
New Jersey Premiere
Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before he leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea."A gem! One of the true delicacies of the filmgoing year."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
At Home in Utopia
Director/Producer: Michal Goldman
Producer: Ellen Brodsky
A North Jersey Premiere
Q&A Following Screening
Runtime: 60 minutes
In the 1920s, believing they could create a radical new American dream committed to equality, justice and beauty, a group of Jewish garment workers left the tenements behind to build cooperative apartment complexes in the green, spacious borough of the Bronx. Then the Great Depression challenged everything. A film by Michal Goldman with Ellen Brodsky, narrated by Linda Lavin, At Home in Utopia
focuses on the United Workers Cooperative Colony - aka the Coops - the most grassroots and member-driven of the labor housing cooperatives, where many of the residents were Communists or sympathetic to the communist movement. They became part of a movement that was strong enough to get 24 states to enact emergency legislation against mortgage foreclosures. In a time of economic ruin, they saw an opportunity to change America into a place they would want to call home. At Home in Utopia
captures their epic struggle across two generations as the Coops residents experiment with breaking down barriers of race and ethnicity, and championing radical ideas that would someday transform the American workplace.
Directors/Producers: Marc Francis & Nick Francis
Runtime: 78 minutes
Language: English, Amharic & Italian - English subtitles
Sponsored by Fair Trade Teaneck
Q & A Following Screening
Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.
Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.
Bread & Tulips (Pane e tulipani)
Director: Silvio Soldini
Runtime: 114 minutes
Language: Italian - English subtitles
for brief language, some sensuality and drug references
Bored with her life, dutiful housewife Rosalba takes a sudden opportunity for freedom when she's unexpectedly separated from everyone during a family vacation. After a tour bus leaves without her, her husband and children don't notice until it is too late. Virtually penniless, she finds a place to stay in a cheap, run-down hotel and makes friends with a waiter who serves her cold food. Deciding to stay, Rosalba finds work with an elderly florist, and moves in with the waiter. The beauty of Venice, together with her new-found freedom lead her to romance and self-discovery, while her husband hires an amateur detective to track her down.
Breath Made Visible
Director/Producer: Reudi Gerber
Composer: Mario Grigorov
Runtime: 80 minutes
Q&A will include renowned director Ruedi Gerber and co-producer Mike King who will be attending the screening
Breath Made Visible
is the first feature length film about the life and career
of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion
of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at
all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts
such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, including her
establishment of the first multiracial dance company in the U.S., and excerpts of
current performances such as “Parades and Changes” at the Georges Pompidou
Center in Paris, to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most
important cultural icons in modern dance.
Jackie & Judy
Director: Phil Harder
Run time: 4 minutes
The film Jackie & Judy
is a combination of an early dance piece by Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner (chameckilerner) updated with an echo effect over the choreography. Our hope was to throw the viewer into an abstraction of moving lines and designs. I think the feeling the viewer gets is an exotic, high energy dance that can only be witnessed through film. It is our hope that chameckilerner dance films create a new chapter for their choreography. These films can go beyond the dance community to reach an audience of film lovers. – Phil Harder
Come Undone (Cosa Voglio Di Più)
Director: Silvio Soldini
Runtime: 124 minutes
Language: Italian - English subtitles
(This film contains graphic sexuality and is not suitable for children)
New Jersey Premiere
Silvio Soldini, acclaimed Italian director of Bread and Tulips
brings us his newest romantic drama Come Undone
. Anna has everything she thought she could ever need: a respectable career, a caring family, and a loving partner, Alessio. But when she meets Domenico, a handsome, married waiter, her neatly ordered world begins to fall apart. They quickly fall into a heated affair, based on secret meetings, stolen caresses, cell phone fights, and endless lies. Anna's increasingly distant behavior goes unnoticed by Alessio, while Domenico's wife becomes steadily more suspicious of her husband. As the two lovers begin to fall deeper under the spell of passion, they are faced with a life-changing choice which neither is entirely prepared to make. "Silvio Soldini again crafts a handsome, well-considered relationship drama
" - Jay Weissberg, Variety
Directors: Gloria La Morte & Paola Mendoza
Writers: Gloria La Morte & Paola Mendoza
Runtime: 81 minutes
Language: Spanish - English subtitles
Sponsored by Nachman & Associates
Post Screening Discussion Moderated by David Nachman on Immigration Reform
Pre Screening Spanish Guitar Perfomance
This gritty independent drama offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants coming to the United States. Mariana (Paola Mendoza) and her two children, Gabriel, 10, and Andrea, 6, have been abandoned by Mariana’s husband after leaving their native Colombia to join him in Jackson Heights, Queens. Now Mariana - unemployed, not knowing English, kicked out of her apartment and pregnant again - is starting to crack under her mounting misfortunes. Terrified of the police and reduced to collecting cans from the street, she is largely without anyone to turn to. In Entre Nos
, we are taken on a remarkable journey where we bear witness to a family’s commitment to survival and their unrelenting hope for the American dream...one soda can at a time.
Everyday Black Man
Director: Carmen Madden
Writer: Carmen Madden
Runtime: 105 minutes
Special Guest Appearance by Writer, Director, Producer, Carmen Madden
Tri-State Area Premiere
Since closing the door to a violent past, quiet and thoughtful Moses Stanton's everyday existence is running a small neighborhood store and watching over his daughter who doesn't know he exists. When a young man, Malik, comes in claiming to be a black Muslim that is doing good for the neighborhood, Moses takes him on as a partner but soon realizes that Malik is nothing but a drug dealer seeking to destroy the neighborhood and Moses's daughter. Therefore, Moses must become the man he used to be in order to save his beloved neighborhood and his daughter. Every Day Black Man
has garnered many prestigious awards at some of America's most prominent film festivals. TIFF is proud to welcome Every Day Black Man
's black female producer, writer and director Carmen Madden to the screening.
Eyes Wide Open (Einayim Petukhoth)
Director: Haim Tabakman
Producer: Rafael Katz
Screenwriter: Merav Doster
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish - English subtitles
Runtime: 90 minutes
Parental Discretion Advised
Sponsored by Friends of Outreach Angels
A New Jersey Premiere
Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish community is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four children. One day, he meets Ezri, a handsome twenty-two year old student, and soon falls in love with him. He then starts to neglect his family and community life, swept away by his love and lust for Ezri. But guilt, torment and pressure from the community will catch up with him, leading him to make a radical decision. "A quietly effective new Israeli film…fresh and involving. The ultra-Orthodox world both men live in is rendered in convincing detail
." - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
For the Next 7 Generations
Directors: Bruce & Carole Hart
Writer: Carole Hart
Runtime: 85 minutes
Sponsored by Wise Older Women (WOW)
and dedicated to the memory of TIFF lifetime member Susan Carden
Carole Hart (Writer/Director) post screening Q & A
A New Jersey Premiere
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, For the Next 7 Generations follows what happens when these wise women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now, before it's too late. This film documents their unparalleled journey and timely perspectives on a timeless wisdom.
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
Runtime: 155 minutes
Opening Night Film
Sponsored by Teaneck Rotary Club
Steven Brinberg the most famous Barbra impersonator and Funny Girl historian and special guests to attend screening
Perhaps the most popular movie musical ever made, Funny Girl
follows the early career of stage comedienne Fanny Brice - a role that earned Barbra Streisand the 1968 Oscar for Best Actress. As the film opens, only her mother believes Fanny can make it in show business. When she gets her first break at Keeney's Music Hall, her hilarious debut as a roller-skating chorus girl gets her hired as a comedienne. A year later Fanny is working for Florenz Ziegfeld in his famous Follies and brings the house down with an outrageous and unplanned number. Fanny becomes a star, falls in love and marries Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) a handsome gambler whose luck doesn't hold up. The film's many memorable songs include “Don't Rain on My Parade” and the Streisand classic “People.” Join TIFF for the Opening Night Screening
of one of the most beloved musicals of all time!
In a Dream
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Runtime: 80 minutes
Sponsored by the Teaneck Festival of Arts
In the vibrant, bohemian neighborhood of South Philadelphia, 50,000-square feet of concrete are covered with tile and mirror mosaics that were created by renowned artist Isaiah Zagar, an eccentric, tormented artist. The murals chronicle his love for his wife, Julia, and subtly hint at the darker corners of an extraordinary imagination. Where Isaiah is an obsessive and self-absorbed former Peace Corps volunteer who has become an icon in South Philly's art community, Julia is gracious and warm. For decades, their opposing natures complemented one another perfectly. But, in a moment of great stress, just before picking up their oldest son from a rehabilitation center, the family implodes. Isaiah confesses to an affair with his assistant, is kicked out of the house, and spirals into a debilitating nervous breakdown. A fascinating portrait of love and betrayal, artistic invention, and the enduring power of family bonds. Winner of awards far and wide, the film features music by The Books, Explosions in the Sky, Efterklang, and Kelli Scarr.
Kid Flix Mix 2010 (Short Films)
The Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival
Hosted by Bob McGrath of Sesame Street
For Children 3-8 (Children 12 and under free thanks to grant from the Puffin Foundation)
Genre: Animation and Live Action Shorts
Runtime: 65 minutes
Once again, TIFF presents the acclaimed New York International Children's Film Festival assortment of its best animated and live action films from around the world, for children from 3-8. Bob McGrath, of Teaneck and Sesame Steet, will introduce the program, which features musical and narrative works from the USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, China, and more. The collection is guaranteed to delight our youngest filmgoers.
- Booo Animated, Alicja Jaworski, 2009, Sweden, 7 minutes
- Electric Car Animated, Max Porter/Ru Kuwahata, 2009, USA, 3.5 minutes
- Lost and Found Animated, Phillip Hunt, 2008, UK, 24 minutes
- The Happy Duckling Animated, Gili Dolev, 2008, UK, 9 minutes
- Milk Drinking Contest Animated, Maikki Kantola, 2008, Switzerland, 3 minutes
- Cherry On The Cake Animated, Hyebin Lee, 2009, UK, 7.5 minutes
- Laban, The Little Ghost Animation, Lasse Persson, 2007, Sweden, 5 minutes
- Bigbox Singsong John Animated, Warren Brown, 2009, Canada, 1 minutes
- Animals Animated, Kristofer Strom, 2008, Sweden, 5 minutes
Directors: Angelica Torn & Tony Torn
Producer: Paul Newman
Runtime: 103 minutes
May not be suitable for children
A New Jersey Premiere
Sponsored by Teaneck Taxi/Kismet Limousine
Angelica Torn, and Marilyn Sokol and special guests to attend post film Q & A
Virginia (Angelica Torn
) embarks on a quest for freedom during the last explosive weekend of Coney Island's renowned amusement park. After the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart (Luke Zarzecki
), Virginia discovers hidden truths about her boyfriend (Federico Castelluccio) and her neighborhood that will force her to abandon everything she's ever known to the wolf pack of developers buying up and tearing down the boardwalk, or to sacrifice herself to the world that created her. Lucky Days
is the last movie filmed in the Coney Island Amusement Park and offers a final glimpse into the faded glory of this historical destination that has been lost forever. Also starring Rip Torn. Winner of Best Feature at The Coney Island Film Festival.
Media That Matters Short Film Festival
Genre: Jury Selected Short Films
Runtime: 111 minutes
Q&A following the screening will include Steve Mendelsohn, Executive Director of Arts Engine and Carol Devoe, co-editor of the short film Denied.
Tying closely into TIFF's theme of Activism: Making Change
, we are proud to present and partner with Arts Engine Tenth Annual Media That Matters Short Film Festival
. The Media That Matters Film Festival
is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters
engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.
From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less.
- Day Job
- I Am Sean Bell
- I'm Just Anneke
- Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo
- Lessons from a Tailor
- My Hotness is Pasted on Yey!
- No One Bothered
- Shades of the Border
- The Last Town
- Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta
Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
Directors: Micki Dickoff & Tony Pagano
Writer: Micki Dickoff
Runtime: 93 minutes
Sponsored by the Jewish Center of Teaneck (JCT)
Civil Rights Activist Theodora Lacey to host post film forum at the Saturday screening including special quests David Goodman on behalf of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and Director/Producer Tony Pagano.
In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba. These young men, two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi, were in the Deep South helping register African-American voters during what became known as “Freedom Summer.” Although the Klansmen bragged about what they did, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted the mastermind of the killings, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old Baptist preacher and notorious racist.
The new documentary Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
tells the story of these three American heroes and the Mississippi County still divided over the meaning of justice 40 years after their murders. The film takes an unflinching look at ordinary citizens struggling to find peace with their town's violent, racist past in today's America.
Jewish and African Americans have stood shoulder to shoulder. They took buses down south together.
They marched together. They bled together. And Jewish Americans like Andrew Goodman
and Michael Schwerner were willing to die alongside a black man - James Chaney -
on behalf of freedom and equality. Their legacy is our heritage.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Runtime: 121 minutes
for language, a scene of violence and brief nudity
Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky's and director Sidney Lumet's take on television may seem quaint in the age of "reality TV" and Jerry Springer's talk-show fisticuffs, it's every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles.
Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who's been fired because of low ratings. His character's response is to announce he'll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman's descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!
" to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away. --Jeff Shannon
Night Catches Us
Director/Writer: Tanya Hamilton
Runtime: 90 minutes
for language, some sexuality and violence
New Jersey and Tri-state Area Premiere
Closing Night Presentation
Sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
Director Tanya Hamilton will attend the Q&A following the screening.
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, Ray
) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. United by revolution and divided by the past, Night Catches Us
features a score by The Roots.
Out in the Silence
Directors: Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer
Run time 56 minutes
Special Last Minute Screening to be held in response to the New Jersey Jewish Standard's position to censor gay marriage announcements and the recent Rutgers University suicide. The purpose of this screening is to expand public awareness about the difficulties LGBT people face in Suburbia and small town America.
Directors, Actors and Producers Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Rabbi Steven Sirbu of Temple Emeth and Executive Director Jeremy Lentz of TIFF will attend the post screening panel discussion.
Out in the Silence
captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson’s journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it. The aim of Out in the Silence
is to expand public awareness about the difficulties that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face in rural and small town America and to promote dialogue and action that will help people on all sides of the issues find common ground.
Director: Yoruba Richen
Runtime: 53 minutes
Sponsored by Bergen County Links
Director Yoruba Richen scheduled to attend
A New Jersey Premiere
invites viewers to take an inside look at the critical story of land reform and racial reconciliation in the new South Africa. The film explores how the country is rebuilding itself after years of living under the racist, violent system of apartheid. Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. As revealed in Yoruba Richen's incisive Promised Land
, the most potentially explosive issue is land. The film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa's “ticking time bomb,” with far-reaching consequences for all sides. Promised Land
captures multiple perspectives of citizens struggling to create just solutions.
Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
Director: Luchino Visconti
Runtime: 180 minutes
Language: Italian - English subtitles
Sponsored by TeaneckPatch
Part of Milestone Films 20th Anniversary 35mm Restoration
For the first time, Luchino Visconti's uncut and uncensored 180-minute masterpiece, Rocco and His Brothers
is now available on the big screen. A chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration, it is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged movies ever made. Rosaria Parondi and her five sons journey north to Milan to seek a better life but the industrial north proves just as unforgiving as the desolate south. Simone becomes the first brother to find success - but his career as a boxer flounders when he meets Nadia, a beautiful prostitute. When Simone's possessiveness drives Nadia away, she falls in love with his younger brother, Rocco. The lovers set in motion a shattering chain of events for which the family's traditional values leave them unprepared. Rocco and His Brothers
is the most dramatic and spectacular film of the director's astonishing career. Visconti's sweeping operatic style of filmmaking influenced the work of directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. This film includes a score by the imcomparable Nino Rota and stars Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatori and Katina Paxinou. One of the most famous and acclaimed Italian cinematic treasures of all time.
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Director: Leanne Pooley
Runtime: 84 minutes
A New Jersey premiere
Winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
tells the story of the world's only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand's social landscape. In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons. The Topp Twins were once merely farm girls in love with riding horses. Soon, their energetic talent, political savvy and concern, harmonizing vocals and melodies, and campy Kiwi theatrics were bound to find an audience outside New Zealand. A smash hit TV show followed, an international tour was next, and soon the girls were lassoing their messages of love and equality to issues as broad as apartheid, gay rights and nuclear disarmament. With great affection and admiration, director Leanne Pooley reveals the true heart of this inseparable sibling duo through charming home movie footage and side splitting interviews. Woven among the exuberant hilarity is an amazing musical showcase of the Topp's acoustic country songs (they were inducted into New Zealand's Music Hall of Fame in 2008), beautiful double vocal harmonies, and yes indeedy, some mighty masterful mellifluent yodeling. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you might just yodel! "More fun than a possum up your trousers
" – The Sydney Morning Herald
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writers: Gurinder Chadha & Paul Mayeda Berges
Runtime: 109 minutes
for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation
That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households-African American, Jewish, Latino, and Vietnamese-as they make their Thanksgiving preparations for arriving guests and relatives as mayhem and hilarity ensues. This film has an all star cast including Mercedes Ruehl, Alfre Woodard, Lainie Kazan, Joan Chen, Kyra Sedgwick and Julianna Marguiles. A celebration of food, family and relative insanity.