A classically minimalist Western, Mateo Gil's "Blackthorn" proposes that Butch Cassidy did not die in Bolivia in 1908, but instead spent the next 20 years there turning into Sam Shepard.
A dynamite Kathleen Turner desperately strives to be named "Catholic Woman of the Year" in tyro helmer Anne Renton's feel-good religious laffer "The Perfect Family."
This elegiac indie plays less like a whodunit than a gradual locking together of puzzle pieces, isolating the separate contexts of those affected.
Chris Paine's "The Revenge of the Electric Car," lacks the corporate villains, government corruption and baroque conspiracies that galvanized his popular prior pic, "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
In Ben Hickernell's sophomore feature, "Lebanon, Pa.," an ad exec journeys from Philadelphia to the titular burg in the Pennsylvania Bible Belt to attend the funeral of the father he barely knew.
Black comedy lurks just below the suspenseful surface, with more than a hint of Lolita-ish absurdity.
Lee Hirsch's "The Bully Project" serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers as it follows, over the course of a year, five sobering case histories of unrelenting schoolyard…
The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through "Black Butterflies."