Admission

Straitlaced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted — but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.

The Escort

The Escort begins as a story of two 20-somethings using one another for professional gain. Mitch, a sex-obsessed journalist, convinces Natalie, a Stanford-educated prostitute, to allow him to follow her around for an exposé he’s writing for a magazine. While initially hesitant to allow him into her life, Natalie eventually sees an upside for herself and (unbeknownst to Mitch) starts using him as a bodyguard to protect her from the assorted personalities she deals with on a nightly basis. What starts out as just business soon develops into a strong friendship, as the two discover their lives are more fulfilled together. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]

The Gambler (2014)

Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Cold Turkey

Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch, POPPY, turns into a train wreck when “insane” daughter NINA pays her first visit home for 15 years. Nina immediately clashes with stepmother, DEBORAH, and soon locks horns with her sibling LINDSAY, ultimately spilling a secret from Lindsay’s past that will wreck her marriage. Meanwhile, Nina’s half-brother, JACOB, owes $160,000 to a loan shark who threatens to kill Jacob’s girlfriend MISSY unless he ponies up. All of the kids need money, fast, but Poppy has his own bad news to share…