Friday, September 11
This story of a Cambodian teenager sold into forced labor on a Thai fishing boat is a passionate testimony against social injustice and a moving coming-of-age tale about a boy whose humanity is put to the test. Spirited 14-year-old Chakra works the rice fields with his family. He yearns for independence and seeks out a local broker who can get him paid work in a Thai factory. Without telling his family, Chakra travels to Bangkok to make his fortune. But when he gets there, he and his new friend Kea realise the broker has lied to them. Along with other Cambodians and Burmese, they are sold to a fishing captain as slaves. Chakra and Kea are trapped at sea, trawling fish 22 hours a day, surviving on just a handful of cold rice a day. The captain quickly weeds out those weakened by the conditions or trying to escape, and throws them overboard. The trawler sells its catch and restocks its supplies without going to land, making escape impossible. As fellow slaves are tortured and murdered around them, Kea begins to lose his mind. When his only ally is killed, Chakra looks to Rom Ran to understand what it will take to be free. With hope and humanity dwindling, Chakra decides to take control of the trawler.
Rodd Rathjen, Sarm Heng, Thanawut Ketsaro, Mony Ros
The story of a down and out girl, Celina, who tries to make amends with her dying father, Ramon, from whom she’s been estranged for the past 9 years. Ramon has a limited time to live without proper cancer treatments. Celina decides to go home, repair their relationship and get her father the necessary medical treatment. With the help of her community, she raises money by entering a music competition. Celina reconnects with her old friend, Marvin, a former gang member who is working hard at getting a second chance at life by doing some good for his community. Since Ramon had once helped Marvin when he needed it most, Marvin wants to return the favor. Together, Celina and Marvin decide to raise money for Ramon’s cancer treatment. When a music competition with a grand prize of 500 thousand dollars called ‘The Gold Standard’ is announced, Celina pushes herself to write music and sing again. Armed with Celina’s songs they form a singing and dancing group with Marvin and friends called The Mysfit Toys -- in hopes of winning the prize to save Ramon.
Malcolm J. Goodwin, Victor Hawks, Cara Santana, Tom Cavanagh, Malcolm Goodwin, Dawnn Lewis, Michael DeLorenzo, Ade Chike Torbert
An impulsive musician struggling with schizophrenia falls for a mysterious woman who may be all in his head. When she suddenly vanishes, he takes off on a cross-country journey across Australia to find her, forcing his long-suffering brother to try to rescue him.
Lily Sullivan, Glen Dolman, Luke Eve, Adam Dolman, Brenton Thwaites, Joel Jackson, Zahra Newman, Peter Rowsthorn
What if you saved a souvenir from every relationship you’ve ever been in? THE BROKEN HEARTS GALLERY follows the always unique Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), a 20-something art gallery assistant living in New York City, who also happens to be an emotional hoarder. After she gets dumped by her latest boyfriend, Lucy is inspired to create The Broken Heart Gallery, a pop-up space for the items love has left behind. Word of the gallery spreads, encouraging a movement and a fresh start for all the romantics out there, including Lucy herself.
Selena Gomez, Geraldine Viswanathan, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Suki Waterhouse, Arturo Castro, Natalie Krinsky, David Gross
Marnie, a pampered house cat, trades a life of luxury for a new adventure as a private eye. With help from new friends and her favorite detective TV shows, Marnie sets out to solve a mystery and prove she’s more than just a house cat.
Alexandra Neldel, Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Addison Rae, Erik Borner, Axel Prahl, Santiago Ziesmer
Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.
Jon Stevenson, Wil Wheaton, Brian Landis Folkins, Kathleen Brady, Amy Rutledge
E wants to write a hit song, but he is a rapper with nothing original to say. Roaming the streets of Sydney, he searches for the meaning of life, running into some seedy characters while trying to find himself. He ends up going on an adventure to learn about his cultural roots but meets a mysterious girl who upends his life so that E must hit rock bottom before he can find his voice.
Adam Saunders, Chris Herd, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jeff Kober, Sarah Bishop, Tama Lundon, Michael Long, Danielle Hayes