“Sun Don’t Shine” is a subtly cryptic story driven by the powerful performances of its lead actors and its eerily poetic setting. The film follows Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and her boyfriend Leo (Kentucker Audley) on a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida. As the couple travels up the Gulf Coast the disturbing details of their excursion gradually begin to emerge, revealing Crystal’s sinister past and the couple’s troubling future. [Synopsis Courtesy of SXSW]
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. The world will be watching.
Amanda, a young woman from a traditional Southern family, has no idea what to make of her life and is determined to avoid finding out. At her cousin’s Cristina’s renegade wedding to her longtime girlfriend at a Mississippi hill country farmhouse, she finds out she has nowhere left to hide. An edgy jugband from up the road, an existentialist half-sister (Margot), a larger-than-life grandmother (Mina), a jump-roping photographer, and a farmer with a mysterious past as a musical anti- legend in Memphis, Tennessee are part of what makes THE ROMANCE an unusually vivid and candid approach to the story of one young woman’s refusal to go with the flow in today’s mid-south.
A humorless loner attempts to win the admiration of a drifter with his debut performance at the local comedy club.
New mother Molly is overcome with the need to run away. Feeling abandoned by her husband and unable to connect with her infant son, she takes up an invitation from her old high school group of guy friends to go on a weekend trip to the mountains. Without the pressure of daily responsibilities and with the help of psychoactive mushrooms, Molly comes out of her shell and is ready to accept the beauty and love that can be found in nature. When Molly’s “trip” turns into a dark out-of-body experience she is forced to choose between the person she was and the person she’s become. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]
Catherine and Virginia are best friends. Last year, Virginia wasn’t doing well, while it’s Catherine who’s struggling this year. Virginia’s parents own a lakeside cabin, the perfect place for a week of mutual wound licking. Sun pours in through the windows, framing the cool green of the trees outside. But this isn’t the refuge it seems and it’s not just the music that awakens the menace in the images. The ripples across the lake and the wan sunlight offer little comfort, to say nothing of the picture of a skull lying forgotten in a cupboard.
Last year’s events keep crashing in upon the present, things weren’t good then and they aren’t better now. When the two women confide in one another, it’s like two separate monologues, the camera gliding between their strained faces as if they were one and the same. They otherwise stick to wry barbs, each criticizing the other’s privilege as they still cling on to their bond. As salad leaves wilt, men come and go, and tension gives way to hostility, what even remains of this friendship? Dark-ringed eyes alight with rage, a stream of quiet bile, one face cut into another, two true Queens of Earth. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]
Gene spends his days canvassing about childhood obesity and the billions of dollars wasted each year on junk food subsidies. Gene meets Titty, an emotionally-arrested 19-year-old who has successfully sued his own father to win back a large inheritance, getting himself disowned in the process. Gene discovers that Titty has an ongoing online relationship with the beautiful agoraphobic Ginger, who is an animal activist. Gene convinces Titty to make a pilgrimage to meet Ginger. Gene quickly begins to fall for the enigmatic Ginger, despite the fact that his goal was to deliver her up to his new friend Titty. But Ginger has no intention of being delivered up to anybody. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]