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!
THE ZERO THEOREM
THE SKELETON TWINS - Sept. 26
When estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) feel they're at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
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.
MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Sept. 26
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.
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.
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH - Oct. 3
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle.
A GOOD MARRIAGE - Oct. 3
Based on the novel by Stephen King, this film tells the story of the Andersons, a couple with a seemlingly perfect marriag, whose life is changed forever by a horrifying discovery.
PUMP - Oct. 3
PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump.
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.
WETLANDS - Oct. 10
Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents' divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process.
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY - Oct. 10
Screenwriter Hossein Amini (DRIVE) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple's hotel puts all three on the run together.
#STUCK - Oct. 10
A one-night stand turns into an awkward morning after when Guy (Joel David Moore) and Holly (Madeline Zima) get stuck in a dead-stopped traffic jam. As they begrudgingly get know each other, we learn of their sexually raucous evening and are led to their surprising destiny.
COPENHAGEN - Oct. 17
After weeks of traveling through Europe, William (Gethin Anthony, GAME OF THRONES) finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen. Not just another beautiful European city, Copenhagen is also the birthplace of his father. When William meets pretty local girl Effy (Frederikke Dahl Hansen), they set off on an adventure to find his grandfather.
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."
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.
PATEMA INVERTED - Oct. 31
The princess of a subterranean community, cheerful and inquisitive Patema loves investigating the mazelike tunnels and caverns of her homeland especially the forbidden 'danger zone'. While out exploring, however, Patema falls headlong into an impossibly deep pit...only to find herself on the surface, mysteriously 'falling' upwards into the sky.
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.
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD - Nov. 7
From acclaimed director Gregg Araki (DOOM GENERATION) and based on the novel by Laura Kasischke comes WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD.
Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears - just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it's almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it...
LISTEN UP PHILIP - Nov. 7
THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS - Nov. 7
ROCKS IN MY POCKETS - Nov. 14
In the new animated gem, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval-all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.
THE WAY HE LOOKS - Nov. 14
WINNER - Outstanding Feature Film - 2014 L.A. Outfest
Leonardo and Giovana are best of friends, like all teenagers they yearn for more independence from their parents, dream of going abroad and to experience love's first kiss. Gabriel, the new boy at school quickly becomes friends with them both, but ultimately three becomes a crowd.
Being blind, who will Leonardo give his first kiss to?
THE WAY HE LOOKS is the debut feature length film from award-winning film-maker, Daniel Ribeiro, who won the Iris Prize for the short film I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME ALONE, which THE WAY HE LOOKS was based upon.
THE GREAT INVISIBLE - Nov. 21
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history. The explosion still haunts the lives of those most intimately affected, though the story has long ago faded from the front page. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, THE GREAT INVISIBLE is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.
THE BETTER ANGELS - Nov. 21
From producer Terrence Malick, comes this portrait of young Abraham Lincoln's world.Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is raw. Men, women, and children alike must battle nature and disease to survive in remote log cabins. Spanning three years of the future president's childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.
PARADISE LOST - Dec. 5
Young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria (Claudia Traisac) a beautiful Colombian girl. Everything seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro).
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...