Thursday: 7:30 pm – La Casa Grande Friday: 11:00 am – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café
Category: Feature Country: Brazil Language: English Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 115 min. Director: Tiaraju Aronovich Producer: Gunther Mittermayer Website:Anyone Out There
Ze (Joe) is just another typical invisible working class man in a big city. He is a quiet, lonely and simple man who works as a jack-of-all-trades at a residential building and also fixes wicker chairs and baskets. Not even the unexpected visit of Jandira, a distant cousin and a woman full of life, seems to have an impact on his routine of work and silence. Moving to a big city, Jandira hopes to become a celebrity while Ze seems quietly conformed to his fate of invisibility thus creating a curious paradox: he was invisible, she just wanted to be seen.
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Thursday: 7:30 pm – Bushel & Peck’s Friday: 6:30 pm – La Casa Grande Saturday: 9:00 pm – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café
Category: Feature Country: South Korea Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 75 min. Director: Jiseung Lee Producer: Jiseung Lee
NOTE: Lee Jiseung will be attending all Azooma film screenings
A former dental technician, currently working as an insurance saleswoman, Yoon young nam manages to live with her 10-year-old daughter. One day, she finds out that her missing daughter has been raped on her way home from school. She reports to the police only to be disappointed by the inabilities and intrusiveness of the police.
After going through consecutive failures of seizing the rapist mostly due to the indifferent and passive attitudes of the police, she changes her mind to chase after the rapist for herself with all kinds of measures that she can take.
Thursday: 12:00 – La Casa Grande Saturday: 9:oo pm – Bagels & More
Category: Feature Country: Australia Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 79 min. Director: Dominic Pelosi Producer:
Facebook:The Big Noise
Morris Falzon works with his father George in a small law firm in the Inner Western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. With his personal life a mess and the business falling apart, Morris is thrown a lifeline when a dying client reveals he is leaving Morris a small fortune in his will.
It seems his luck is about to change. However, when his client stages a miraculous recovery, it seems it’s back to the grindstone…or is it? Morris and George hatch a plan that will either make or break them – literally.
Friday: 1:30 pm – Hendricks Art Center Saturday: 4:00 pm – Rotary Center
Category: Feature Country: Canada Language: English Rating: PG Runtime: 84 min. Director: Behrooz Afkhami Producer: Farhad Vali Website: Black Noise
Peter Martin wakes up but where is he? He looks around and it looks just like his house. It is his house and he’s sitting in his chair. He gets up to make a nice cup of tea. He wonders if his wife Dorothy would like one as well. He calls out her name but there’s no answer. It’s not like her to just go out without saying something. Just then Peter’s daughter, Carol, walks in with that good for nothing husband of hers, Philip. She starts talking about having to go in to the hospital for some tests but Peter feels just fine. What is all this nonsense about? And where is Dorothy?
Friday: 1:30 pm – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café Saturday: 1:30 pm – Hendricks Art Center
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: PG Runtime: 62 min. Director: Philip Van Scotter Producer: Website:Buskers Bounty Facebook:Buskers Bounty
Apple and her dog Chico escape from a bad boyfriend and begin a fool’s journey in search of a new life.
She hits the trail with just her flute and plays it down the mountainside into the town of Buskerton. There Apple befriends a street busker and an eccentric Baroness.
Meanwhile, the ex-boyfriend hires a ruthless, blade-wielding Bounty Hunter to kill Apple and Chico.
Apple attempts to secure honest work at a diner, but the goofy, glue-sniffing owner thinks she’s all wrong for the job. She and the busker stumble upon a suitcase of goodies, and he helps her transform into a sharply-dressed little man who the diner boss hires on the spot. As they celebrate, the Bounty Hunter captures Chico.
Apple searches desperately for Chico as the Bounty Hunter searches for her. They stumble upon each other at the Villain’s hideout and a wild chase ensues.
‘Buskers Bounty’ is a story about the triumph of love and music over greed and selfish motivations. This silent comedy is told with original music, slapstick comedy, and beautiful cinematography.
Category: Feature Country: United Kingdom Language: English Rating: PG-15 Runtime: 91 min. Director: Tobias Tobbell Producer: Emily Corcoran Website:Confine The Movie
Pippa (Daisy Lowe) is a physically and emotionally scarred former model living as a recluse in her meticulous Georgian flat. When a heist taking place in the same building goes wrong, Pippa’s home is broken into by the charismatic Kayleigh (Eliza Bennett).
Friday: 9:00 pm – La Casa Grande Saturday: 6:30 pm – Bagels & More
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 93 min. Director: Eric Levy Producer: Eric Levy Website: Congratulations
JIM and BRIDGET are on a road trip to visit Jim’s mother on the anniversary of his father’s death. Along the way, Jim proposes and Bridget says no. When they arrive at his mother’s house, she showers them with congratulations. Caught up in the moment, they pretend to be engaged for the weekend.
Category: Feature Country: Peru Language: Spanish w/ English Subtitles Rating: Runtime: 83 min. Director: Josue Mendez Producer: Tito Bonicelli, Enid Campos
The film’s about a young man, Santiago. He has served his time in the military, and the violence he has seen and experienced has affected him deeply. His whole generation has the same problem: they are veterans (but they’re only 20-something years old) and have no work. Many of his friends turn to crime, but not Santiago. He starts to work as a taxidriver in Lima, and the camera follows him several days. (the movie translates as ‘Days of Santiago’) We see how he deals with the world. Santiago is extremely paranoid and doesn’t know how to interact with people. He meets a lot of girls, but doesn’t know what to do or say. His experiences in the army, although they are never shown in flashback, have left marks.
The story is based on real life experiences from a veteran, and many things really happened. The director, Josue Mendez, who was present at the Rotterdam Film Festival, explained that there are lots of guys like Santiago in Peru, a whole ‘lost generation’, forced in joining the military at a young age, and having a hard time dealing with society when they return. However, a large part of the film focuses on Santiago’s family, and that part is entirely fictional. Of course, you can’t help but thinking about ‘Taxi driver’, Scorsese’s famous movie, which also centers around a taxi driver who has emotional problems and can’t deal with the world. However, the films are incomparable, because the style and substance are very different. ‘Dias de santiago’ will probably never be as well-known as ‘Taxi driver’, but it certainly deserves to be. See it, when you have the chance.
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Saturday: 6:30 pm – Wilson Theater Sunday: 12:00 pm – La Casa Grande
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 95 min. Director: Iris Almaraz Website:Delusions of Grandeur
In the mid-’90s a medicated grungy girl stopped taking her medication (Prozac), crossed over a rainbow, and became a woman in a crazy wonderful place called San Francisco.
Finding love is really, really hard…, really. Just ask Lucy, a 22-year old medicated grunge girl who will do anything to move out of her father’s suburban home; search for the mother that abandoned her a decade earlier, lose her virginity, do drugs, find love, attain spiritual enlightenment, learn to breath with a girdle on and become a woman in the process. Luckily for Lucy she has a new roommate who knows a mouthful about what it takes to become a woman.
Thursday: 7:30 pm – Hendricks Art Center Friday: 6:30 pm – Franchesco’s Friday:ADDED — 9:00 pm – Rotary Center Saturday: 11:00 am – La Casa Grande Sunday:ADDED — 5:00 pm – Domenico’s
Category: Feature Genre: Drama Country: Italy Language: Italian with English Subtitles Rating: PG-17 Runtime: 90 min. Director: Egidio Veronesi Producer: Egidio Veronesi
I wanted to tell a story about simple people. A story of pure fantasy, nothing autobiographical, nothing that happened in actual fact. With the exceptions of the painter Ligabue and the less known Tajadela, considered one of the best storytellers of northern Italy between the two wars. He’d perform with the accordion at the town festivals along with the blind clarinettist Nadir Bernini, singing ‘Vincere’ (To Win) while walking backwards. Occasionally he’d get beaten by the fascists for this. They were fascinating characters of whom I’ve heard stories from people that met them. I regarded them too interesting to leave them out of the plot of the film.
The fiction is set in the early 40’s and tells of four friends who live their dreams just like young people always did. In their countryside world they can still lead a normal life; the war seems far away and everyone lives the fascist age in a seemingly uninvolved way.
The poor lived in such a way, troubled by the needs of daily life. Up until when the course of History caught up with them, scarring them on their very flesh.
In this same way are the protagonists of the film: they live peacefully day-by-day, until the difficulties of life before and the coming of the war after alter their lives.
When writing the screenplay I especially wanted to avoid any form of rhetoric and any opinions regarding the historical and political events.
‘Il cacciatore di anatre’ is a film about life and feelings. Perhaps it’s soft, because it tackles a lot of topics without any special claims, except that it intends to depict the point of view of simple, but not shallow people, who know how to live bravely and decently.
It’s a work very far from the cliches of many movies, in which the countryside is made up of complaining and hopeless people, who just enjoy the village feast, dancing on the barnyard or waiting for the pork to be killed.
This film is a sort of epic of the rural world in the mid-twentieth century. And I’m sure the people who really lived those times and those places can only say: ‘we were just like that’!
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Thursday: 10:00 pm – Wilson Theater Saturday: 1:30 pm – Rock County Historical Society
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 92 min. Director: Marlo Bernier Producer: Jennifer Fontaine Website:Finding John Smith Facebook:Finding John Smith
In the wake of the tragic loss of her mother in a rogue bombing, an Iraqi girl, Aaseamah (Dominique Joelle) escapes her War-Torn village and finagles her way to the U.S., on the coattails of two American Journalists, Jodi McKenton (Jennifer Fontaine) and Jake Ramirez (David Mattey). Who now make their way with her through Iowa in search of her dad, whom she’s never met and who she only knows as, John Smith. The three deal with an all but impossible language barrier and Jodi’s need to get ahead, until they finally realize that sometimes what you’re looking for isn’t always so far away, or what you think you need. But rather right where you are,…no matter where you are…
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Thursday: 12:00 pm – Hendricks Arts Center Friday: 1:30 pm – Wilson Theater
Category: Feature Country: France Language: French w/ English Subtitles Rating: PG-17 Runtime: 85 min. Director: Taieb Jonathan Producer: Taieb Jonathan Facebook:Find the Way
Ludo (Alex Skarbek), an almost-30-year-old wistful artist, finds his life turned upside down after a potentially serious health problem, a break-up and after meeting Raphael, a child doomed by an incurable disease. He willfully embarks on a journey bigger than himself, and establishes a friendship with Raphael. But as time passes, unavoidable truths resurface.
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Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 93 min. Director: Steve Hicks Producer: Steve Hicks Facebook: Fuzz Track City
Fuzz Track City is a fresh neo-noir with a retro vibe of a classic 70’s detective flick…
Meet Murphy Dunn–private dick from the Valley–who looks more like a drunk 70’s porn star wearing a tie…down and out and on the fringe after his best friend/business partner is killed and his marriage fell apart. His only comforts are the rundown car, clothes and haircut he’s kept since high school.
Enter Ms. Dawn Lockwood, Murphy’s old high school guidance counselor. This sultry cougar needs help finding her missing son Mike–a record-collecting recluse–who disappeared after locating a very rare 70’s forty-five record album.
Saturday: 11:00 am – Bushel & Peck’s Sunday: 2:30 pm – Rotary Center
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: PG-17 Runtime: 75 min. Director: John Mossman Producer: John Mossman Website:Mossman Films Facebook:Into The Wake
INTO THE WAKE is a psychological thriller that follows a man lured from the city to the remote river banks of his youth by a cryptic phone call. Caught in a violent clan war that he ran from years ago, his life unravels rapidly behind him as he descends further into his past.
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Category: Feature Country: Turkey Language: English Subtitles Rating: PG-17 Runtime: 100 min. Director: Yusuf Pirhasan Producer: Yusuf Pirhasan
The inhabitants of Saadet Apartment are about to get a lesson in grass roots revolution.
A group of women who have become numb to the pain in their lives welcome a new tenant into the building. Little do they know that the heartbroken Eylem will change their lives forever.
When she bought her new flat, the young psychotherapist Eylem never imagined that she would move in under such circumstances. The dream of setting up house with her handsome fiancé Okan and embarking on a life of personal and professional happiness has turned into the nightmare of being dumped two weeks before the wedding and sliding into emotional and financial despair.
Friday: 4:00 pm – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café Saturday: 4:00 pm – Rock County Historical Society Sunday: 12:00 am – Rotary Center
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 77 min. Director: Caroline von Kuhn Producer: Emily Best Facebook:Like the Water
This film follows Charlie, a young journalist, as she returns to her hometown of Camden, Maine to write and give the eulogy of her childhood friend’s memorial. But she finds in the wake of her loss, the once familiar landscape of her life — her oldest friends, a family home, and the town where she knew every fence and tree — seems permanently altered.
The stunning summer terrain of Maine and the warmth of her small town feels too vibrant — almost a betrayal. Some manage to assimilate grief gracefully, but for most it is a messy struggle, which shines a light into the darkest corners of oneself.
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Category: Feature Genre: Drama Country: USA Language: English Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 83 min. Director: Tate Bunker Producer: Tate Bunker, Miles O’Neil Website:littleredthemovie.com Facebook:Little Red The Movie
Once upon a time…
Eleven-year-old Red, a young girl from Milwaukee, tricks her family and sets out on her own to contend with the wolves of the world. In this contemporary version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” Red soon finds out that the world is a much more frightening place than she had imagined when she is stalked by a wolfish pedophile named Lou, played by Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Seinfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
On her journey to see the wild horses of Cumberland Island, she must rely on the help of Kayla, an older, worldlier companion she meets in Florida, to help steer her away from danger. As Lou closes in on the girls, they must work together to overcome their fears and the challenges they face.
Happily ever after does not come easily or without a price.
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Friday: 9:00 pm – Hendricks Art Center Saturday: 11:00 am – Cheese People/ Nikki’s Café
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: NR Runtime: 92 min. Director: Jay Webster Producer: Jay Webster Website:Lovetown Facebook:Love Town
LoveTown is the pop-musical tale of a dysfunctional bar singer helping three wandering souls find their way back to love. All the while… her time is running out.
In the spirit of “Glee” (for adults) LoveTown finds its voice in new, original rock songs and an engaging storyline. Originally premiering as a live stage show at OKM International Music Festival, it’s the first feature film by Oklahoma-based husband/wife team Jay & Ann-Janette Webster. Their melody is simple: “pain shapes us, but it’s love that defines us, baby”.
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: MA Runtime: 115 min. Director: Pete Balistrieri Producer: Pete Balistrieri, Jimmy Sammarco Website:On The Verge Movie Facebook:On The Verge
An original chronicle of one man’s unique quest to find love and the perfect public toilet.
What would happen if you thought you knew the reason every relationship you entered, failed? Would you try to avoid that element that caused it to fail? Could you tell anyone? Would it work?
This alternative independent comedy provides a candid, unfiltered look at how three friends navigate their relationships with the opposite sex. Joe takes drastic measures after another failed relationship causes him to alter his approach with women. Determined to find love, he enlists his friends Nick and Vince to help transform the way he interacts with women to avoid the same hurdles and pitfalls of the past. Nick’s life is turned upside down when he learns his co-worker’s personality is a cover. Vince struggles to find the balance between his sometime girlfriend and new opportunities.
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 91 Director: Bill Sebastian Producer: Jeremy Truelove Website:QWERTYthemovie.com Facebook:QWERTY the movie
QWERTY tells the story of two lonely humans trying to figure out how to experience love.
The socially outcast, but verbally gifted Zoe, whilst not eating, drinking and dreaming Scrabble, works a lonely desk job at the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles screening personalized license plates for hidden dirty words or messages.
Her step-father is turning 60 in five weeks, and while shopping for the event at the mall, she meets Marty, a down-on-his-luck security guard in the midst of a career-changing public meltdown over the price of underwear and the implied size of a male model’s genitalia. ‘Say it with me, you’re better than your underwear!’ he screams from atop the retail display to anyone who will listen. Perhaps wishing she could muster the courage to perform such anti-social behavior, Zoe is unwillingly drawn to Marty.
Category: Feature Country: USA Language: English Rating: R Runtime: 93 min. Director: David Zucker, Jim Abrahams Producer: Touchstone Pictures IMDb:Ruthless People
Sam Stone is a clothing manufacturer, who married his wife Barbara, for the money that she was supposed to inherit from her dying father, but her father didn’t die for another fifteen years. He is now planning to kill her and he tells his girlfriend Carol what he is going to do. He then on his way home to do just that but when he gets there, she’s not there. He then receives a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped Barbara and threatening to kill her if he informs the police, which he does hoping that they do.