GFC Exclusives

 

Frustrated the film you've been dying to see hasn't come to central Ohio? Not any more...experience the art of film in high definition without a ticket to New York or Los Angeles!  The GFC EXCLUSIVES series features some of the hottest independent films, acclaimed foreign language features, and beloved cinema classics all right here in downtown Columbus! 


 

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RICH HILL

Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances - isolation, instability, and parental unemployment - adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America's youth.

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SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT

When a little-known Canadian actor accidentally discovers through Facebook that he's been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT examines how Rob Stewart inexplicably became a symbol of freedom through his long-forgotten TV role of Nick Slaughter in Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets) during the non-violent Serbian protests leading to the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. Stewart's Serbian visit, dubbed 'Slaughtermania' by the national press, uncovers the surprising meaning behind the show's popularity, the blurred distinction between an actor and his character, and tells the inspiring story of the Serbian protesters.

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DINOSAUR 13

When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.

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THE DOG - Aug. 22

An intimate portrait of the vivacious John Wojtowicz, the inspiration behind Al Pacino's character in Sidney Lumet's Oscar Nominated DOG DAY AFTERNOON. 

Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz took pride in being a pervert. His libido was excessive even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August, 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex reassignment surgery. The attempted heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Pacino portrayed his character instigating the unforgettable crime on the big screen. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz, and when he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog." Filmed over the course of a ten-year period by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, and interweaving extraordinary archival footage on the robbery, 70s era interviews and the early gay liberation movement in which "The Dog" played an active role, the documentary captures the many sides of John Wojtowicz's larger- than-life persona: he is by turns lover, husband, soldier, lover, activist, New Yorker, mama's boy and bank robber.

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LIFE AFTER BETH - Aug. 22

Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn't quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach's whole world takes a turn for the worse.

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FINDING FELA! - Aug. 22

FINDING FELA! tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela's music and message in their struggle for freedom.

This new film from director Alex Gibney, is a departure from his recent films (ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS, and THE ARMSTRONG LIE) but shows the work of a master documentary filmmaker.

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IVORY TOWER - Aug. 29

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through interviews profiled at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and Sebastian Thrun's Udacity-among several others-IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women's college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

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ROAD TO NINJA: NARUTO THE MOVIE -     Aug. 29

Selected screenings.  8/29 at 9:30PM, 8/31 at 2:00PM, 9/2 at 7:30PM.  

Matinees $12 and evening shows $15.

Based on the popular anime and manga series NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN. Sixteen years ago, the Fourth Hokage sealed the Nine-Tailed Fox spirit that had ravaged the Village Hidden in the Leaves away in his newborn son Naruto, giving up his own life and that of his wife.  Since then, Naruto has become an established shinobi. But when the eight members of the criminal organization Akatsuki return from the grave, Naruto and his teammate Sakura are transported to a parallel world in which Naruto’s parents are still alive. Here, Naruto must face the most difficult decision he has ever had to make: find a way back and defeat the Akatsuki, or remain in this world where he can finally learn what it’s like to have a family.

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FRANK - Sept. 4

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films ADAM & PAUL and WHAT RICHARD DID with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Written by Jon Ronson (THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS) and Peter Straughan (TINKER TAILOR SOLIDER SPY), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

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THE CONGRESS - Sept. 5

From acclaimed director Ari Folman (WALTZ WITH BASHIR) comes the winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Fantastic Fest: THE CONGRESS.

More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with THE PRINCESS BRIDE, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio's head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright's digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in "The Congress" convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

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THE KILL TEAM - Sept. 5

Equal parts infuriating and illuminating, THE KILL TEAM looks at the devastating moral tensions that tear at soldiers’ psyches through the lens of one highly personal and emotional story. Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan when he attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. But Winfield’s pleas went unheeded. Left on his own and with threats to his life, Private Winfield was himself drawn into the moral abyss, forced to make a split-second decision that would change his life forever.

With extraordinary access to the key individuals involved in the case – including Private Winfield, his passionately supportive parents, and Winfield’s startlingly candid compatriots in the so-called “Kill Team”— Krauss expertly constructs a film that is a balanced and nuanced look at the personal stories so often lost inside the larger coverage of the longest war in US history.

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GOD HELP THE GIRL - Sept. 5

GOD HELP THE GIRL is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian.  It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.

Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve (Browning) who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James (Alexander) and Cassie (Murray), two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer.

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TRAILER PARK BOYS: DON'T LEGALIZE IT - Sept. 5

Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus is waiting to close the deal. In the meantime, the government's plan to legalize marijuana threatens Ricky and his dope business, so he goes to Ottawa to take action against the impending bill. With Julian and Ricky on a road trip, Bubbles joins the pair with his own agenda - to go find the inheritance left for him by his long-lost parents. The trio runs into trouble when ex-park supervisor Jim Lahey and Randy go after the boys in hopes of making them rot in jail.

 

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THE ZERO THEOREM - Sept. 25

From legendary director Terry Gilliam (BRAZIL, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, 12 MONKEYS), THE ZERO THEOREM stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he's able to understand his own reason for being.

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MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL -         Sept. 26

MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond.

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PAY TO PLAY - Sept. 26

PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, defined by Ennis as the cycle where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, jobs, tax cuts, and deregulation.  

PAY 2 PLAY picks up where Ennis left off in his last film FREE FOR ALL, after his investigation into election fraud in Ohio led him to establish Video the Vote to watch the polls on Election Day.  Ennis has recognized that by Election Day, so much has already happened to decide which candidates are or are not on the ballot, the result is surprisingly undemocratic.  Driven by his need to make the world better for his newborn daughter to inherit, Ennis determines to study our road to elected office to find a way we can get out from under the Pay 2 Play System.

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MEMPHIS - Sept. 26

 OFFICIAL SELECTION -  2014 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL.  A strange singer with god given talent drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-cum-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.

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MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS - Sept. 27

9/26 at Midnight. 9/27 at 1:30PM and midnight. 9/28 at 1:30PM. 10/1 at 7:00PM.

MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS is a brand new full-length feature introducing an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand. 

When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet... high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville's Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.

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DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD - Oct. 10

Picking up right where DEAD SNOW left off, DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD finds Martin nursing an amputated arm and fleeing from a resurrected army of Nazis led by the seemingly indomitable Herzog. Through a series of events Martin winds up in a hospital with Herzog's arm grafted on to his body. This arm seems to come with its own strength and Martin will use his newfound abilities to go head-to-head with Herzog and his army. And Martin isn't alone; he's joined by Daniel (Martin Starr, who randomly co-stars) and his merry band of zombie hunters as well as a few other surprises. 

DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD is director Tommy Wirkola going full-throttle. The film is bigger, packs more gore and takes things outlandish new directions.

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE - Oct. 17

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of President Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch." 

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YOUNG ONES - Oct. 17

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (TAKE SHELTER, MAN OF STEEL), Elle Fanning (MALEFICENT, SUPER 8), and Nicholas Hoult (WARM BODIES, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) star in this gorgeous sci-fi western from director Jake Paltrow (THE GOOD NIGHT).  This tale of a future America facing a horrific drought, where water is the ultimate currency and men are willing to die for it, wowed audiences at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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HORNS - Oct. 31

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, HORNS is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniele Radliff), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses - an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend's tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

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WINTER SLEEP - Jan. 16

WINNER - Palme d'Or - 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities...