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Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time-fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

The Descendants

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.


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.

Staten Island Summer

Pals Danny and Frank spend the summer after high school working as lifeguards while figuring out their future.

Lucky Stiff

Young Harry Witherspoon is a down-at-heel shoe salesman with a dead end job and no prospects, so when he receives an unexpected letter informing him that he has just been named the beneficiary of a huge inheritance, it seems like Harry’s ship is finally about to come in. Little does Harry know, his ship is sailing in a sea of sharks. All he has to do to claim the $6 million fortune is fulfill his uncle’s dying request to take him on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to sunny Monte Carlo and help him tick off his bucket list. There’s just one small catch: his uncle is already dead. A few other things stand between Harry and his dream, including his controlling, myopic, trigger-happy sister (Pamela Shaw), a desperate, put-upon optometrist (Jason Alexander), an avaricious French chanteuse (Kate Shindle), a mysterious Italian playboy (Dennis Farina) and a mysterious young woman from Brooklyn determined to get that money for her own ends…

She’s the Best Thing In It

Veteran character actor and Tony Award winner, Mary Louise Wilson, age 79, teaches her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting. Features interviews with Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and playwright Doug Wright, discussing what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, what constitutes ‘talent,’ and whether the profession is harder for women. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW Film Festival]