NEW JERSEY PREMIERES

Directed By

Davy Rothbart

17 Blocks

Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.

Desert Dunes

96m

Directed By

Michael Rowley

Hurdle

As the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories approached its 50th year, Hurdle reveals an important and intimate story emerging from the hearts and actions of Palestinian youth. The new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected and inspiring way.

Desert Dunes

90m

Directed By

Hilary Brougher

South Mountain

Lila (TALIA BALSAM) has built a fragile tranquility in the Catskill mountain home she shares with her husband Edgar (SCOTT COHEN) and their teen daughters. After the girls leave for summer adventures, Edgar reveals the birth of a child with another woman leaving Lila to a season of explosive loss and reconfiguration. Lila lashes out exploring grief, anger, and desire with a younger man (MICHAEL OBERHOLTZER). As Lila's world overturns, those who count on her likewise come undone.

Desert Dunes

82m

Directed By

Jon Kilmer

The Primrose

After ending things with his fiancé, Steve, a recent college graduate, finds outs he is a legacy to a secret party society and moves into a house with seven other post graduate delinquents.

Desert Dunes

80m

Directed By

Phillip Youmans

Burning Cane

Amongst the cane fields of rural Louisiana, an aging mother struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son.

Desert Dunes

78m

Directed By

Kevin McMullin

Low Tide

Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller.

Desert Dunes

90m

Directed By

Benjamin Berman

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.

Desert Dunes

91m

Directed By

Jeffrey McHale

You Don’t Nomi

Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don't Nomi traces the film's redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece.

Desert Dunes

94m

Directed By

Michael Barnett

Changing The Game

Trans athletes have to work harder than their cisgender peers in order to thrive in their field while also having the courage and resilience to face daily harassment and discrimination. They have found sports as a way to channel the negativity around them and gain a sense of self-worth and validation. This film is their urgent, articulate plea for acceptance.

Desert Dunes

95m

Directed By

Jeremy Teicher

Olympic Dreams

A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor in the Olympic athletes village.

Desert Dunes

85m

Directed By

Tim Moriarty, Jake Ehrlich

The Field Afar: The Life of Fr. Vincent Capodanno

The life story of Vincent Capodanno, a Catholic Priest who received the Medal of Honor for his valor as a chaplain to the Marine Corps during some of the most harrowing battles of the Vietnam war.

Desert Dunes

52m

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Holmdel, New Jersey

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