Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she’s stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]
After a tumultuous affair between international photojournalist Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and troubled artist John (Martin Henderson) ends in John’s disappearance, Lee lands in a mental hospital to recuperate. She strikes up a friendship with a fellow patient bearing an uncanny resemblance to her missing lover. The pair works to uncover the truth behind the disappearance, but Lee’s precarious sanity comes under threat when the clues lead to the last place she would ever expect.
Polish Bar is a story of faith, loyalty and family. Reuben is a young, middle-class Jew who is fed up with the family jewelry business. He looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a Hip Hop DJ and working for Polish criminals at the local strip club. In a world of sex, cocaine and violence he encounters Ebony, a young black girl who clashes with Reuben’s tough guy front. But when Moises, his Orthodox cousin arrives, he causes Reuben to question his own actions and beliefs. Family, greed, and faith conspire against him as he struggles with the ludicrous underbelly of Chicago and his desire to make a name for himself.