Showcasing 16 feature films by independent US filmmakers. The Grand Jury Prize went to Forty Shades Of Blue, and the Directing gong to Noah Baumbach for The Squid And The Whale. Baumbach also won the Walter P Salt Award for Screenwriting. The Audience Award was given to Hustle & Flow, which also won the Jury Cinematography gong (Amelia Vincent).
Pretty Persuasion and Hustle & Flow
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: David Ocanas; Writer: David Ocanas, Robert Nelms; Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Adam Kaufman, Jose Yenque, Daniel Pino, Patricia Reyes Spindola)
American lawyer goes looking for her sister in Mexico and loses her marbles.
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Rian Johnson; Writer: Rian Johnson; Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Nora Zehetner, Noah Segan, Noah Fleiss, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good, Matt O'Leary)
A teenager investigates the underworld of a local high school.
The Dying Gaul
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Craig Lucas; Writer: Craig Lucas; Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Peter
Sarsgaard, Campbell Scott)
A recently bereaved screenwriter
struggles to get his film produced
without too many compromises,
but personal compromises can
be much more dangerous.
Forty Shades Of Blue
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Ira Sachs; Writer: Michael Rohatyn, Ira Sachs; Stars: Dina Korzun, Rip Torn, Darren E. Burrows, Andrew Henderson, Liz Morton, Joanne Pankow, Arielle Kight, J. Blackfoot, Red West, Jenny O'Hara, Jerry Chipman)
A Russian woman experiences an epiphany when the adult son of her much-older partner comes to visit.
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Georgina Riedel; Writer: Georgina Riedel; Stars: Elizabeth Peña, America Ferrera, Lucy Gallardo, Eliana Alexander, David Barrera, Steven Bauer, Alek Carrera, Ana Cervantes, Jorge Cervera, Patricia De Leon, Marina Dena-Santo)
Sexual awakenings for three generations of a Mexican American family.
Thumbsucker and Between
Hustle & Flow (Hustle and Flow)
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Craig Brewer; Writer: Craig Brewer; Stars: Terrence Howard, Anthony
Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji
P. Henson, DJ Qualls, Paula Jai
Parker, Elise Neal)
Niceguy pimp becomes killa
streetsmart rap artist in feelgood
(Country: US; Year: 2004; Director: Phil Morrison; Writer: Angus MacLachlan; Stars: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie, Alessandro Nivola, Celia Weston, Scott Wilson, Frank Hoyt Taylor)
Love and understanding are tested in a Southern comedy-romance-tragedy.
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Tim Kirkman; Writer: Caitlin Dixon, Tim Kirkman; Stars: Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Tess Harper, Adrian Lee, Tammy Arnold, Chris Sarandon, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Esper, Bill Ladd, Trevor Gagnon, R. Adam Williams)
Three interlinking stories - each on Mother's Day Weekend in North Carolina in different years.
Me And You And Everyone We Know
(Country: USA/UK; Year: 2005; Director: Miranda July; Writer: Miranda July; Stars: John Hawkes, Miranda July, E. J. Callahan, Kelsey Chapman, Hector Elias, Amy French, Ellen Geer, Brad William Henke, Sven Holmberg, James Kayten, Carlie Westerman)
A snapshot of a family and its struggle to adjust to a new life.
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Robinson Devor; Writer: Robinson Devor, Charles Mudede; Stars: Pape Sidy Niang, Anna Oxygen, Eric Breedlove, Sarah Harlett, Elijah Geiger)
The life of a Seattle cop, who worries more about his personal life than city crime.
Junebug and Brick
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Marcos Siega; Writer: Skander Halim; Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Elisabeth Harnois, Adi Schnall, Ron Livingston, Jane Krakowski, James Woods, Selma Blair, Jaime King, Josh Zukerman, Michael Hitchcock, Stark Sands, Johnny Lewis, Roger Nicholl)
A clever girl in a Beverly Hills private school has no inhibitions about causing emotional havoc.
The Squid And The Whale
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Noah Baumbach; Writer: Noah Baumbach; Stars: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Halley Feiffer, Anna Paquin, William Baldwin)
Breaking up is hard to do - especially for the kids.
(Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Mike Mills; Writer: Mike Mills, based on the novel by Walter Kim; Stars: Lou Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner, Chase Offerle, Ted Beckman, Arvin V. Entena, Tyler Gannon, Allen go, Dakota Goldhor, Walter Kirn, Kit Koenig, Sarah Lucht, Eric Normington, Nancy O'Dell)
Teenager from the 'burbs attempts to quit suckin'.