One day in 2016 China after the abolishment of the One Child Policy, 11-year-old Mai attends her baby brother’s first birthday party and learns a crushing truth: her parents never really wanted a girl. What’s worse — she starts turning into a feather duster.
A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret – not suspecting that it will push one of them to commit the irreparable.
After a bored house cat mysteriously transforms into a human and escapes from his home, he comes between a mother and daughter who need his help to find peace.
Clementine is a narrative feature film about a heartbroken woman who becomes entangled with a younger girl after breaking into her ex’s lake house in the Pacific Northwest. Equal parts psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story, Clementine is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.
Clementine was developed with the support of the Venice Biennale College-Cinema, the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and IFP. It stars Otmara Marrero (Crackle’s “Start-up”), Sydney Sweeney (Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, HBO’s “Sharp Objects” and “Euphoria”), Will Brittain (Kong: Skull Island, Everybody Wants Some!!), and Sonya Walger (ABC’s “The Catch” and “Lost”). The filmmaking team is based in Portland, Oregon. Our writer/director, Lara Jean Gallagher, is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Directing program and this is her debut feature film.
Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow.
For fourteen-year-old Sam, surviving junior high means staying below radar. But that becomes impossible after he becomes the target of the school’s next viral video. He’s pressured to “hit back,” but Sam isn’t so sure—even if he does have super powers.
Donna has recently been convicted of “Driving While Impaired” and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, Donna decides to take the dog home and quickly realizes his companionship can ease her loneliness. In a futile attempt to fill the emptiness she feels, Donna begins to take home more and more animals and she is soon in over her head.
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