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The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye
rating:2.2

The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye

1990Runtime:0 minutes
The endearing, provocative wit of filmmaker Cheryl Dunye is on full display in this collection of early works that preceded her breakout first feature, Watermelon Woman. The short films featured here -- the lesbian dating odyssey "Greetings from America," "The Potluck and the Passion," "An Untitled Portrait," "Vanilla Sex," "She Don't Fade" and "Janine" -- uniquely blend narrative and documentary techniques with entertaining results.

Directed by:

  • Cheryl Dunye
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Blindness
    rating:2.2

    Blindness

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    As if their relationships weren't complicated enough, a woman (Vivian Wu), her husband (Chin Han) and her blind mother-in-law (Lisa Lu) are forced to trust and rely on each other when they're held hostage by a deranged madman (Joe Lando) overcome with bloodlust. With so much baggage among them, can the trio transcend their difficulties and save their necks from a gruesome end? Or do family ties truly bind so tight, they hurt worse than death?

    Directed by:

  • Anna Chi
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Temps
    rating:2.2

    Temps

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Maria Burton directs this independent comic drama about five postcollege pals who struggle to reconcile their dreams and ambitions for the future with the need to bring home a regular paycheck right now. As some use temp jobs to buy time while they pursue their art, others see their positions as the first rung on the corporate ladder. The ensemble cast includes Gabrielle Burton, Robert Pemberton, Katrina Stevens, Tim Bohn and Ursula Burton.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Burton
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Lime Salted Love
    rating:2.2

    Lime Salted Love

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    After engaging in an affair with his brother's lonely wife, Isabella (Kate del Castillo), affection-hungry hipster Chase (Joe Hall) becomes entangled in a confusing love triangle with emotionally damaged Ellie (Danielle Agnello) and sexually aggressive Zephyr (Kristanna Loken). Set in Los Angeles, this surreal drama employs an intriguing nonlinear structure and explores such themes as abandonment, guilt and pain.

    Directed by:

  • Danielle Agnello
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Erotique
    rating:2.2

    Erotique

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    A quartet of international filmmakers pools their talents for this steamy anthology of short films. Selections include Lizzie Borden's "Let's Talk About Sex," which follows a phone-sex operator fixated on a regular caller; and Monika Treut's "Taboo Parlor," which chronicles the exploits of a lesbian couple who entertain a man. And in "Final Call" from Ana Maria Magalhães, a woman has an affair with the man who saved her from being raped.

    Directed by:

  • Monika Treut
  • Lizzie Borden
  • Clara Law
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    The Ocean Waif / '49-'17: Double Feature
    rating:2.2

    The Ocean Waif / '49-'17: Double Feature

    1916Runtime:0 minutes
    Two movies from the silent era, Alice Guy's Ocean Waif (1916) and Ruth Ann Baldwin's '49-'17 (1917), display the filmmaking prowess of groundbreaking female directors. In Ocean Waif, a young woman (Doris Kenyon) who's known a life of abuse at the hands of her adoptive father finds comfort with a famous writer. History repeats itself in '49-'17, in which a judge's recollection of the Gold Rush paves the way for a present-day discovery of gold.

    Directed by:

  • Alice Guy
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Stray Dogs
    rating:2.2

    Stray Dogs

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Darla Carter (Guinevere Turner) lives in the rural south with her handsome, roguish husband, Myers (Bill Sage). Myers can't hold a job, drinks too much and has a violent streak, so Darla decides to confront Myers with his misdeeds and asks her sister-in-law, Jolene (Dot-Marie Jones), to join her for moral support. But Darla is ignorant of the fact that Jolene is a lesbian and shares her brother's attraction to Darla.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Crouch
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Passions
    rating:2.1

    Passions

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    This Russian film, directed by Kira Muratova, charts two young women's bittersweet search for passion. Lilia and Violetta enter the world of horse racing for the love of the game, and while there, they meet jockeys who are fascinated with them. What takes precedence -- love or sports? They'll soon find out.

    Directed by:

  • Kira Muratova
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Red Is the Color Of
    rating:2.1

    Red Is the Color Of

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    When famous painter Mary Shaw (Irina Björklund) becomes intrigued by her artist husband David Stellar's (Peter Franzen) free-spirited nude model, Julie Belle (Eliza Pryor Nagel), the friendship leads Mary to explore her sexuality and spirituality in new ways. Meanwhile, the fragile marriage between Mary and David begins to unravel as both their lives intertwine with Julie's in this absorbing drama written and directed by Anne Norda.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Norda
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Dreamers
    rating:2.1

    Dreamers

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Growing up in small-town America, two friends (Mark Ballou and Jeremy Jordan) dream of escaping their confining lives to follow their dreams and find freedom in the big city. Arriving in Los Angeles, they discover the harsh realities of the city as they enter the shadowy world of the film business. Ultimately, the two friends must choose between love and friendship -- and soon discover that life has its own destiny in store for everyone.

    Directed by:

  • Ann Lu
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Animal Attraction 3
    rating:2.1

    Animal Attraction 3

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Liam and his partners are about to open Hollywood's most trendy and provacative nightspot. As opening night draws near, Liam finds himself short on cash, and desperate to make some money - and fast. Young, gorgeous and in need of some quick funding, Liam does the only thing he can - seduces some of LA's finest and wealthiest women.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Gordon
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    The Nightowls of Coventry
    rating:2.1

    The Nightowls of Coventry

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Despite its mediocre food, Marv's restaurant has long been a fixture of Cleveland's Coventry Rd. neighborhood. But over time, its faithful patrons have given way to proto-yuppies gunning for neighborhood improvements such as shutting down Marv's. Amidst this turmoil, innocent Susan tries to hold her first job bussing tables while dodging Marv's advances and keeping in good graces with the head waitress (who's having an affair with Marv).

    Directed by:

  • Laura Paglin
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Pumpkin Man
    rating:2.1

    Pumpkin Man

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    When Jason's (Christopher Ogden's) parents separate a week before Halloween, the young man is worried that the spooky holiday won't be the same without his dad around. But then strange and scary things begin to happen. Thanks to a mysterious pumpkin man, Jason learns that life goes on in this award-winning family-friendly short from Jennifer Wynne Farmer co-starring Denise Crosby and Philip Abbott.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Wynne Farmer
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Celebrating AFI
    rating:2.1

    Celebrating AFI

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    The American Film Institute pays tribute to short films with this "best of breed" collection. The list includes a few films that star Hollywood A-listers, including Martin Sheen in "Family Attraction" and Mel Gibson in "Chili Con Carne." Also includes "Shangri-La Cafe," "Bar Time," "The Car Kid," and "Fair Play."

    Directed by:

  • Brian Hecker
  • Jonathan Kahn
  • Lily Mariye
  • Ernst Gossner
  • Tricia Brock
  • Joanie Wread
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Pigeon Feathers
    rating:2.1

    Pigeon Feathers

    1987Runtime:0 minutes
    Part of the "American Playhouse" anthology series, this adaptation of John Updike's story follows a young man (Christopher Collet) who gains a new outlook on life when his family moves from the city back to their farm. Faced with thoughts of death for the first time, he embarks on a desperate search for eternal life. Caroline McWilliams, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lenka Peterson and Boyd Gains co-star in this sensitive coming-of-age drama.

    Directed by:

  • Sharron Miller
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    No Mercy, No Future
    rating:2.1

    No Mercy, No Future

    1981Runtime:0 minutes
    Roaming the night streets of Berlin in search of God, an untreated schizophrenic woman (a flawless Elisabeth Stepanek) from a wealthy family gives herself over to various men from the dregs of society. The bleak and brutal West German drama was improvised from a series of letters written by a real-life schizophrenic woman. The film earned director Helma Sanders-Brahms the Sutherland Trophy at the 1981 British Film Institute Awards.

    Directed by:

  • Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • rating:2.1 2.1 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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