Hick

A 13-year-old Nebraska girl, Luli (Chloë Moretz), runs away from her alcoholic parents, bringing along a pistol. After she is taken under the wing of grifter Glenda (Blake Lively), who uses her in cons and makes her an accessory to a robbery, both their lives are threatened by erratic drifter Eddie (Eddie Redmayne).

Twelve

High school dropout White Mike (Chace Crawford) is living large as a dealer of weed and an Ecstasy-like pill called Twelve to rich teens in New York’s Upper East Side. But Mike’s luck turns fast when his cousin is killed and his best friend is arrested for the crime. Based on 17-year-old Nick McDonell’s acclaimed 2002 novel, this gripping drama also stars Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Kiefer Sutherland and 50 Cent.

Electrick Children

A group of freaky punks are astonished when a strange girl approaches them as they stagger out of the club. But before long they succumb to Rachel’s innocent charm and decide to take her into the fold. It’s 1996 and Rachel has just turned fifteen. Wearing a simple cotton robe that wouldn’t have looked out of place two hundred years ago, her appearance is somewhat unusual for Las Vegas, to say the least. Rachel believes in God, in her own special way, and finds Him not just in prayers and commandments, but in everything that appeals to her – including the bright lights of Las Vegas and rock music. From an archaic Mormon community, she has rushed headlong into the city to escape being forced into marriage by her father. Pregnant, she’s convinced that a forbidden rock song she listened to secretly in the cellar is the cause. She has come to Las Vegas to track down a mysterious red Mustang and the musician who sang Hanging on the Telephone on the tape. As she moves angelically about this brave new world, Rachel stumbles across a surprising secret. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlin International Film Festival]

Lymelife

Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) is a typical 15-year-old boy growing up in late-1970s Long Island. His suburban existence is primarily marked by a nerdy interest in Star Wars, fending off bullies at high school, his longtime crush on neighbor/best friend Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts), and navigating the dysfunctional terrain of his parents’ rocky marriage—all against the paranoid backdrop of a Lyme disease outbreak, which has freaked out Scott’s high-strung mother, Brenda (Jill Hennessy), and has already claimed Adrianna’s father, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), as a victim. With Charlie out of work due to his illness, Adrianna’s mother, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon), takes a job working for Scott’s father, Mickey (Alec Baldwin), a successful real-estate developer, and soon embarks on a messy affair. When eldest son Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) returns from army training and confronts his father about Mickey’s less-than-discreet adultery, both families are forever changed by the devastating consequences. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

Jack Goes Home

Jack is an educated and well versed magazine editor living in Los Angeles. Grappling with the natural release of his childhood and the promise of his forthcoming adulthood, he is hit hard by the news of his father’s death. In a violent and horrific car crash, his father has perished while his mother has survived. He returns to his hometown of Denver, Colorado to nurse his mother through her physical and emotional injuries. During his stay at home, he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his friends and his very identity. Jack’s journey to the truth is fueled by madness, sexuality, hauntings and violence. For Jack, there truly is no place like home. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Intruders (2016)

Anna and her older brother share co-dependent lives in their time-worn childhood home. But when her brother passes away, Anna must face her crippling agoraphobia to save herself from a trio of criminals who invade her home. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues as the intruders discover the house is not what it first appeared to be. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

Gabriel

Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend will bring his dreams to fruition, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit. First-time writer-director Lou Howe authentically portrays the heartbreaking reality of a young man battling his inner demons, establishing himself as an extraordinary new filmmaking talent. [Synopsis courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival]

You Can Count on Me

A single mother’s life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.