Friday, September 11
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, Tom Cavanagh, Victor Hawks, Cara Santana, Malcolm Goodwin, Dawnn Lewis, Michael DeLorenzo, Ade Chike Torbert
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.
Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Addison Rae, Erik Borner, Alexandra Neldel, Axel Prahl, Santiago Ziesmer
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
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.
Chris Herd, Adam Saunders, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jeff Kober, Sarah Bishop, Tama Lundon, Michael Long, Danielle Hayes
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
In 1966, single-mother Helen Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) leaves her old life in Australia for New York and stardom, only to find that the industry’s male gatekeepers don’t take her seriously. Helen finds an encouraging friend in legendary rock journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald), who becomes her closest confidant. When ambitious aspiring talent manager Jeff Wald (Evan Peters) sweeps Helen off her feet, everything changes as he becomes both her husband and manager and relocates the family to California. With a strong push from Helen, Jeff secures her a recording contract and subsequent string of hit singles, including the iconic megahit “I Am Woman.” Increased fame leads to added pressures on themselves and their relationship, forcing Helen to find the strength to take control of her own destiny.
Unjoo Moon, Rosemary Blight, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Evan Peters, Jeff Wald, Danielle Macdonald