NewEnglandFilm Discovery

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Branch

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

2016 | Directed by Eric Latek

Living in isolation, Branch only communicates with the portraits he has created. His reality begins to break down when Branch is met by a mysterious voice outside his apartment door. As bizarre circumstances begin to unfold before his eyes, Branch tries to decipher reality from delusion, and discover the truth of who or what he really is.

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The Wing

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

The Wing
2009 | Directed by Seon Young Kil

When your dreams come true, what happens next? In this film an average circus performer realizes his dream of growing wings — what happens next?

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Virginia Lee Burton—A Sense of Place

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

Virginia Lee Burton—A Sense of Place
2007 | Directed by Christine Lundberg/Rawn Fulton

Virginia Lee Burton—A Sense of Place explores the life and art of Virginia Lee Burton [1909-1968], considered to be one of the most significant children’s book author and illustrators of the 20th century. For 70 years, her classic books, including the beloved Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Award-winning, The Little House, have engaged generations of readers young and old. Burton was also a talented textile designer and established a highly successful textile collective known as The Folly Cove Designers, in the Folly Cove area of Gloucester, Massachusetts. These handcrafted designs with motifs from nature rendered in bright colors were sold nationwide. Through never-before-seen archival materials, location footage and interviews with family, friends and scholars, this film reveals that Burton was a true Renaissance woman whose art and literature remain an enduring part of America’s cultural heritage.

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Carapace

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

Carapace
2007 | Directed by Hannah Pillemer

A bug enters an apartment window on a summer afternoon and discovers Beth and Davey – two young lovers on the brink of change.

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White Elephants

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Chris Portal

White Elephants is a sensitive, slice-of-life story involving a young couple going through the normal course of their day, while coming to terms with an unexpected medical diagnosis. The film is a reflection on the unfortunate hardships that can befall any couple, the decisions we are sometimes forced to make, and the ability to support one another as best as one knows how.

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December Thaw

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

December Thaw
2009 | Directed by Ken Murphy

A wintry dawn edges out the blizzard of the night. A tired, frantic father on the phone, searching everywhere, fearing the worst. Headlights. A car pulls up. A girl emerges. She weaves her way to the door. In December Thaw, a fight between a single dad and his teen daughter threatens the seasonal quest that represents their close bond.

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Did You…

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

Did You…
2009 | Directed by Chris Record/Corbin Record

Did You… is the story of a day in the life of a high school student who seems to have everything going for him. But is everything as it seems?

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Footsteps: The Buddy Chancellor Story

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2007 | Directed by Colin Fowler

Footsteps follows and chronicles the world of Buddy Chancellor, a well-meaning but somewhat inept Bigfoot hunter. Although Buddy’s decade plus search for the elusive creature has been fruitless, his dedication and passion remains solid.

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I Covered My Eyes

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Paul Turano

I Covered My Eyes investigates childhood notions of threat and safety by juxtaposing TV news broadcasts of tragic world events with home movie footage. The project was first conceived after seeing the televised images broadcast live on September 11 2001, and wondering what children must be feeling upon witnessing this horrific act within our own borders.

Soon after, director Paul Turano wrote a list of the tragic events he distinctly remembered witnessing on TV as a child in the 1970s and early 1980s. By adopting a child’s perspective, the film evokes his experience of learning about the outside world through news broadcasts, and the accompanying realization of threatened safety from forces outside his immediate family and community. As the sense of vulnerability grows throughout the film from abstract threats to more immediate and actual ones, the seemingly innocent and idyllic world of his childhood becomes overshadowed by an increasing awareness of its fragility and precariousness.

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John

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

John
2009 | Directed by Sara'o Bery

John is the heart-rending tale of a budding infatuation that leads to a heady and emotional high school hookup that tumbles forth into a tragic and painful rejection. A young boy comes of age and finds love and companionship in an unexpected place.