The Astronaut Farmer

Texan Charles Farmer left the Air Force as a young man to save the family ranch when his dad died. Like most American ranchers, he owes his bank. Unlike most, he’s an astrophysicist with a rocket in his barn – one he’s built and wants to take into space. It’s his dream. The FBI puts him under surveillance when he tries to buy rocket fuel; the FAA stalls him when he files a flight plan

Twixt

A writer with a career in decline arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

The Hole

When their single mother (Teri Polo) uproots seventeen-year-old Dane (Chris Massoglia) and his ten-year-old brother Lucas (Nathan Gamble) from New York City to the sleepy town of Bensonville, the boys‘ summer fun grinds to a halt. With their mother always at work, the brothers spend their days bored and unattended. But the drudgery is disrupted when they find a seemingly bottomless hole under a locked trap door in the basement. As any curious kids would, they engage in a series of tests and experiments, only to learn that the dark pit seemingly goes on forever. Hoping for answers about the house’s past, they share their discovery with Julie (Haley Bennett), the girl next door. Soon, strange shadows seem to be lurking around every corner and nightmares begin coming to life, forcing the trio to face their innermost fears in order to put an end to whatever is coming out of the hole. [Synopsis courtesy of the TIFF]

Wild River

A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man’s love affair with that woman’s widowed granddaughter.

After Dark, My Sweet

The intriguing relationship between three desperados, who try to kidnap a wealthy child in hope of turning their lives around.

Django Unchained

A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from the brutal Calvin Candie, a Mississippi plantation owner.

The Hateful Eight

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces…

Northern Borders

Twelve-year-old Austen Kittredge is sent to live on his grandparents’ Vermont farm, where he has odd adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It’s 1956 and Austen experiences rural Kingdom County as a place full of eccentrics, including his stubborn grandparents, whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate this emotionally-charged battlefield and endure.

Cut Bank

A son of tiny Cut Bank, Montana, “the coldest spot in the nation,” handsome young Dwayne McLaren yearns to escape small town life with his sweet, vivacious girlfriend. When he tries to leverage a bad situation into a seemingly straightforward get-rich-quick scheme, Dwayne finds that fate–and a bumbling, unruly accomplice–are working against him. Everything quickly goes from bad to worse to deadly in this one-of-kind all-American thriller. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

Nebraska

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize.