Women Who Kill

‘It’s Park Slope’ says a recently missing friend, ‘there aren’t hate crimes here, just a lot of intense parenting.’ So goes Ingrid Jungermann’s whip smart feature debut; a marvelous send-up of the search for meaning in modern-day relationships. Even uneventful encounters lead the more eager searchers to find drama where there is none.

Morgan (Jungermann) and Jean (Ann Carr) work well together as hosts of their semi-famous true crime podcast because they didn’t work, at all, as a couple. When Morgan strikes up a relationship with the mysterious Simone (Sheila Vand, importing substantial menace from her breakout role in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) their professional interest boils over into a cycle of suspicion, paranoia, and fear. Thankfully, Morgan has a confidant (maybe not her first choice given that she is in prison for murder). [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]

Ava’s Possessions

Ava is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she must attend a Spirit Possessions Anonymous support group to figure out what happened. Ava’s life was hijacked by a demon, now it’s time to get it back. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]

Half Nelson

Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.