As of May 26th, Palace Nova East End Cinemas launches their latest film festival, showcasing the past, present and future of independent American cinema.
Artistic Director Richard Sowada has curated a selection of films that represent a 'tactile and fascinating' journey through American culture and society. He has bought together an aggregation of old and new films that exhibit the uniting influences and inspirations of American independent cinema, and consequently, demonstrate the creativity of our world.
Each film carefully balances and interconnects with the next. From romances, to Westerns, to dramas, to documentaries, to hybrid experiments, each film is thought-provoking and captivating, in their own refreshingly unique way.
You can see enigmatic coming-of-age tale, The Fits, or Too Late, a noir-styled detective film. You can see Fresh Dressed, a documentary on the profound cultural effect of hip-hop; Mapplethorpe, a look at the controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe, and his insatiable dedication to photographing the magic of sexual desire, or Terror, in which the FBI are unaware that an informant has invited a camera crew to document the process of unearthing a terrorist division.
Alternately, you can be intrigued by old classics such as vampire film Near Dark, or Sophia Coppola's mystifying debut movie, The Virgin Suicides. You can see seasoned actors such as Natalie Portman in gunslinging Western Jane Got A Gun, or Al Pacino as a NYPD officer tracking down a serial killer stalking the 80's LGBT community in Cruising.
Not a festival to miss, each film proves to be give an intriguing perspective into the alternative American cinema landscape, and gain insights into the cultural shifts which have changed American social norms, and lifestyles.
All films are screening from May 26th to June 8th, with tickets between $19.50-15.