The grownups are acting like children and the kids have to grow up fast in The Playroom, an unnerving family drama that captures the exhilaration and perversity of the freewheeling ‘70s. Oscar-nominee John Hawkes and Molly Parker star as Martin and Donna Cantwell, a flawed suburban couple trying to navigate the sexual revolution, with the help of a neighboring couple and a bottle of scotch.
The story unfolds through the eyes of the four Cantwell children, as they search for some stability in the face of their parents’ crumbling marriage. The eldest, Maggie (newcomer Olivia Harris) gathers her younger siblings in their attic hideaway, weaving strange tales of escape and adventure to mask the twisted intrigue developing downstairs. But at sixteen, Maggie is too old for bedtime stories–before the night is over she must confront the truth and make a terrible choice.
- Radio Free Albemuth1H 51MIN | R | English
Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson).
- Lloyd The Conqueror1hr36min | R | En
It’s Animal House meets Monty Python! To keep his financial aid, community college slacker Lloyd, (Evan Williams) gets roped into an epic Live Action Role-Playing battle by his Medieval Lit professor Derek, (TRAILER PARK BOYS’ Mike Smith). Lloyd and his friends must join Professor Derek’s LARP league and battle against him in a game of Demons & Dwarves. Unbeknownst to the students, Derek is a long reigning LARPing champion and has amassed a mighty army in the field behind the elementary school. To prevail, Lloyd must enlist the help of “Self Defense for Women” instructor Cassandra (Tegan Moss) and Andy (Brian Posehn) a local gaming merchant and former level 80 Wizard who enjoys nude wrestling. Don your cardboard breastplates and raise high your foam-rubber broadswords because these LARPers will need all the help they can get in leading the Forces of Light in their final battle against the Hordes of Chaos!
- The Man in the Orange Jacket1HR 11MIN | NR | Lativan
A young man is fired from his job at the sea port and begins to stalk his boss and his beautiful wife. After a blood chilling turn of events, he attempts to escape his past by moving into the lavish mansion previously owned by his boss. The embittered young man tries to assume a new identity and lead a luxurious life, but nothing will prepare him for an unsettling visit by a vaguely familiar guest. After that unnerving encounter, the house will no longer be a safe haven, becoming, instead, a twisted and dangerous trap haunted by menacing spirits.
- Norman1hr 39min | R | En
Norman tells the story of Norman Long (Dan Byrd), a self-aware and darkly funny teen who is trying to handle his daily high school existence. An unexpected set of life-changing circumstances turns his world upside down and then ultimately right side up as he meets the magnetic Emily (Emily VanCamp). With love, humility and a heavy dose of truth, he emerges to face challenges not meant for a boy his age.
- Jake Squared1H 40MIN | R | English
Jake Klein, 50, sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife. Even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too! And every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown… or both!
- Funeral Kings1hr25min | R | En
It’s always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark’s Middle School. Andy & Charlie, two altar servers, don’t just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in situations that are too big for them to handle.
- A Stranger in Paradise1HR 23MIN | MA15+ | English
On the verge of making partner, Josh Pratt’s life is turned upside down when the SEC investigates the head of his multibillion-dollar hedge fund for insider trading. Forced into a well-timed “vacation” he never asked for Josh finds himself in Bangkok with a price on his head, a morally ambiguous brother who is knee deep into the Thai mafia, and a propensity for getting shot at. Unfortunately for Josh, the only way out is to give up information he doesn’t know he has.
- Redemption Road1HR 35MIN | PG-13 | English
Two seemingly different men embark on a music-steeped journey through the American South, learning along the way that life isn’t about where you end up – it’s how you get there that matters. Somewhere between Austin, TX and Huntsville, AL the two men become unlikely friends. However, every road has an end. In Huntsville, sad truths come to light, with heartbreak and violence lingering in their wake, ultimately leaving both men changed forever.
- Karma Calling1HR 30MIN | PG-13 | English
What happens when a bunch of hapless Hindus from Hoboken get mixed up with an underworld don with connections to an Indian call center? And what happens when a good Jersey girl falls for a smooth operator thousands of miles away? For one thing, the phone keeps ringing. Meet the Raj family: deep in denial about its mounting credit card debt, dodging collection notices and phone calls. When eldest daughter Sonal finally picks up the phone, she meets a call center operator like no other, Rob Roy. Little does she know that he’s oceans away. Her brother Shyam, a college drop out, is too busy dreaming of becoming the next Dr. Dre to notice the bills piling up. But romance is in the air for him too, in the form of Radha, a village girl fresh from India. Add to this mix Mausi, their chai-fueled Mary Poppins hell bent on getting this meat-eating, spendthrift family in line. Little does she know that the Gods have it all figured out. When Karma Calls, you can’t hang up.
- Underdogs1HR 25MIN | PG | English
In small town America, high-school football provides its players a possible ticket to a bigger world. For the community, it’s a source of pride. Filmed in Canton, Ohio, UNDERDOGS focuses on the Knights, a lousy team who’ve become an easy target for jokes. When down on his luck Coach DeAntonio (D.B. Sweeney) arrives, he helps the lovable losers see their true potential, while a hometown bartender (Natalie Imbruglia) helps the coach reopen his guarded heart. When quarterback Bobby Burkett (Logan Huffman) falls in love with a cheerleader (Maddie Hasson) from a rival team, it enrages their star John Handon (Charlie Carver), who has his eye on the same girl. Meanwhile, Bobby’s father (William Mapother) is battling Handon’s dad (Richard Portnow), whose crooked corporation is suing him over an invention he patented. Director Doug Dearth has created a heartwarming and rabble-rousing crowd pleaser, that’s sure to have both young and old on their feet by it’s exhilarating ending.