Gotham Independent Film Award Nominees (2011)

The FreeStyle Life brings you the list of films competing in the 2011 Gotham Independent Film Awards.
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1.
Another Earth (2011)
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On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. (92 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
“ ANOTHER EARTH
On the night that a duplicate Earth is discovered, a tragedy brings together a brilliant young astrophysicist and a composer. Starring Brit Marling and William Mapother. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
2.
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
“ BEGINNERS
Oliver’s life is turned upside down when his father announces that he has terminal cancer and a much younger boyfriend.

Download Beginners ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
3.
Bellflower (2011)
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Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa". (106 mins.)
Director: Evan Glodell
“ BELLFLOWER
Two best friends build Mad Max-inspired cars, flame throwers and other weapons of mass destruction as they wait for the apocalypse.

Download Bellflower ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
4.
Better This World (2011 Documentary)
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A pair of childhood friends from Texas who set out to prove themselves. (82 mins.)
 
5.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 Documentary)
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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
Director: Richard Press
“ BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Armed with only his camera and bicycle, 83 year-old street photographer Bill Cunningham has lit up the Style section of the New York Times for decades. Director Richard Press gives viewers a touching look into Cunningham’s prolific career and shows how even in his senior years, Cunningham continues to be driven by his passion for fashion.

Download Bill Cunningham New York ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
6.
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)
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The adventures of lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth, and the story of the romance between Jane... (76 mins.)
Director: Madeleine Olnek
 
7.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ THE DESCENDANTS
When Matt King’s wife dies in a boating accident, the Hawaiian land heir and apathetic father of two girls learns that his wife had been having an affair. King (George Clooney) sets out to confront his wife’s lover, and in the process, is forced to reassess his life as he faces an uncertain future. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
8.
Green (2011)
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A New Yorker moves to the country with her boyfriend, where her new friendship causes a problem as her partner also takes an interest in the woman. (73 mins.)
Director: Sophia Takal
 
9.
Gun Hill Road (2011)
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An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his child exploring a gender transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. (86 mins.)
 
10.
Hell and Back Again (2011 Documentary)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically... (88 mins.)
Director: Danfung Dennis
“ HELL AND BACK AGAIN
Photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis follows 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris from the front lines in Afghanistan to the safe confines of North Carolina in this emotionally and physically visceral look at the cost of war. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
11.
Higher Ground (2011)
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A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith. (109 mins.)
Director: Vera Farmiga
“ HIGHER GROUND
Vera Farmiga makes her directorial debut in this tale of a reluctant, yet desperate to believe, christian fundamentalist who finds herself at odds with her faith, family, community, and God. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
12.
The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
“ THE INTERRUPTERS
Three former gang bangers and drug dealers turned Violence Interrupters work to stop the epidemic of violence in their Chicago communities. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
13.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
“ LIKE CRAZY
The only thing standing in the way of college sweethearts Jacob (a handsome Californian boy) and Anna (a striking British exchange student) is Anna’s expired student visa. Director Drake Doremus draws upon personal experiences to chronicle this complicated long distance relationship as it evolves over the course of 8 years. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
14.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ MARGIN CALL
Set during the eve of the global financial crisis, Margin Call depicts an investment firm’s collapse and the rippling chaos that consumes its employees and the world around it. Written and Directed by J.C. Chandor, this taut Wall Street thriller features a star-studded cast. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
15.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
After escaping from an abusive cult, a young woman struggles to come to grips with what happened to her inside the cult and re-adjust to life on the outside. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
16.
Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. (104 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ MEEK'S CUTOFF
A group of pioneers struggle to make their way across the Oregon desert. When it becomes clear that they have been led astray by their guide, a battle of wills, loyalty, and survival result.

Download Meek's Cutoff ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
17.
Pariah (2011)
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A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. (86 mins.)
Director: Dee Rees
“ PARIAH
Director Dee Rees avoids stereotypes and offers a fresh and nuanced look at homosexuality in Pariah. Rees’ award-winning film follows the life of Alike, a Brooklyn teenager who is struggling with her sexual identity. In spite of hostility within her environment and even her own household, Alike musters the courage to carve out an identity for herself. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
18.
The Redemption of General Butt Naked (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi - aka General Butt Naked - a brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war... (85 mins.)
 
19.
Scenes of a Crime (2011 Documentary)
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Explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession, and an intense, high-profile murder trial in New York state... (86 mins.)
 
20.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ TAKE SHELTER
Haunted by visions of the apocalypse, Curtis LaFourche (Michael Shannon) becomes obsessed with building a storm shelter for his family. But are his premonitions real, or is he losing his mind? ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
21.
Terri (2011)
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The story of a large fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life. (105 mins.)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
“ TERRI
A high school assistant principal takes an overweight outsider under his wing.

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22.
The Tree of Life (2011)
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The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ THE TREE OF LIFE
The story of one boy's journey from the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as a "lost soul in the modern world", and his quest to regain meaning in life.

Download The Tree of Life ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
23.
Without (2011)
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On a remote wooded island, a young woman becomes caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. Her isolated routine devolves into a struggle with sexuality, guilt and loss. (88 mins.)
Director: Mark Jackson
 
24.
The Woodmans (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art. (82 mins.)
Director: C. Scott Willis