Shit Year

Renowned actress Colleen West abandons her successful career for a secluded life in the hills. But the quiet and peace of mind she longed for is disrupted by the noisy construction of neighboring housing developments. Before long, Colleen discovers that she really can’t stand herself now that she has given up the only thing that she has ever truly been passionate about. As an alternative to isolation, she reluctantly befriends her jubilant, whimsical neighbor and reconnects with her estranged brother. Haunted by loneliness and past desires, Colleen begins to feel as if she has lived her life through the characters she has played on stage and screen.

Taken 2

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Freeheld

New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

American Sniper

A Navy S.E.A.L. recounts his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills.

Dark Around the Stars

Stars tells the story of Glen Sweet, who sets out on a quest to end his life. After experiencing heartbreaking tragedy and loss, Glen has succumbed to a haphazard and alcoholic lifestyle. As he journeys to New Mexico, planning to jump from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Glen encounters a number of colorful characters, each one influencing him in some way and having a deep impact on his ultimate decision. Director Derrick Borte presents a compelling story about loss, relationships and a leap of faith. Will the strangers Glen meets along his journey – and the experiences they share – alter his path? Or does his life end the way he has so clearly mapped out? [Synopsis courtesy of Napa Valley Film Festival]

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.

The Wait (2014)

An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. One sister believes the claim, and the other staunchly opposes it until she encounters a chance at love giving her hope that anything, even resurrection, is possible. A discordant struggle between sisters plays out in a world where the virtual and real converge. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]