This Is Martin Bonner

Two men, at opposite ends of the social spectrum, find themselves starting new lives in the same, small town and form an unlikely friendship.

Little Sister

October, 2008. Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, until an email from her mother announces, “Your brother is home.” On returning to her childhood home in Asheville, NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. Her parents are happy enough to see her, but unease and awkwardness abounds. Her brother is living as a recluse in the guesthouse since returning home from the Iraq war. During Colleen’s visit, tensions rise and fall with a little help from Halloween, pot cupcakes, and GWAR. Little Sister is a sad comedy about family – a schmaltz-free, pathos-drenched, feel good movie for the little goth girl inside us all. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Before The Sun Explodes

Ken Cooper was a successful comedian in the 1990’s, but his single-guy jokes are irrelevant twenty years later. Now he’s an anxiety ridden, stay-at-home dad, clinging to a TV show dream that his breadwinner wife doesn’t believe in. Tonight could be a big break for Ken- a final shot at selling his pitch. But after an epic fight with his wife, Ken’s no longer welcome home. Their clash alters everything- on stage and off. Ken’s crushed, with nowhere to turn, until he meets Holly; a bright, charismatic comedienne, who lures him out of his shell and into her bizarre world. Their very real connection leads to a somewhat surreal, unforgettable and possibly unforgivable night. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

A farm in rural Kentucky. Father Jeremiah and daughter Sarah squabble together like young puppies. Over crisp, verdant images of nature, of animals, streams and puddles, a mysterious, sensual female voice tells of her lover, who may be a person or may be the whole world. Enter Akin, there to help out for the summer. He’s left his wife and child at home – and taken off his wedding ring as a precaution. Soon the three of them are circling each other, watching, feeling watched and knowing that their watching is not going unwatched. Within this atmosphere, a charged romance develops between Sarah and Akin that carries both an erotic tension and vague feeling of menace. When Akin’s wife Drew comes for a visit, the situation explodes, harmless fantasies giving way to a violent nightmare. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]