2012 Official Sidewalk Selections

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1. Supporting Characters (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

Two New York film editors balance their personal relationships while reworking a movie in crisis.

Director: Daniel Schechter | Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Tarik Lowe, Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Takal

Votes: 971

2. Compliance (2012)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, History

68 Metascore

A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp

Votes: 35,170 | Gross: $0.32M

3. Eating Alabama (2012)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary

In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did - locally and seasonally. But as their new diet forces them to ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Grace | Stars: Andrew Grace, Rashmi Grace

Votes: 31

4. V/H/S (2012)

R | 116 min | Horror

54 Metascore

When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard | Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Hannah Fierman

Votes: 63,909 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Detropia (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Noah Stewart, Rachele Gilmnore, Michael Wanko, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra

Votes: 1,606 | Gross: $0.36M

6. Wolf (I) (2012)

87 min | Drama, Family

A family is shaken to the core when they discover that their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser.

Director: Ya'Ke Smith | Stars: Selena Aguilar, Pedro Castaneda, Jordan E. Cooper, Mikala Gibson

Votes: 185

7. Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Fred Durst, Shepard Fairey

Votes: 2,621

8. Ethel (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Ralph Bunche, Fidel Castro

Votes: 712

9. Dead Man's Burden (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Western

76 Metascore

A western set on the New Mexico frontier a few years after the Civil War and centered on a struggling young family and the mining company who wants to buy their land.

Director: Jared Moshe | Stars: Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call, Joseph Lyle Taylor

Votes: 674

10. Bay of All Saints (2012)

74 min | Documentary

In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government ... See full summary »

Director: Annie Eastman

Votes: 27

11. Booster (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama

When Simon's brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty

Votes: 146

12. My Best Day (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy

Karen's life as a small town receptionist is turned upside down when the father she never knew calls for a refrigerator repair. Karen sets out to investigate, dragging along her friend ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Greenwell | Stars: Rachel Style, Ashlie Atkinson, Robert Salerno, Jo Armeniox

Votes: 198

13. Free Samples (2012)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Stanford Law dropout Jillian wakes up with a hangover and is pressured by her friend to take a shift at an ice-cream truck in LA, giving out free samples. People drop by.

Director: Jay Gammill | Stars: Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Halley Feiffer, Jason Ritter

Votes: 2,237

14. Klown (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Mia Lyhne

Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $0.07M

15. Miami Connection (1987)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Music

56 Metascore

A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.

Directors: Woo-sang Park, Y.K. Kim | Stars: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith

Votes: 5,920

16. Tchoupitoulas (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows three brothers as they discover the scenes of late-night New Orleans.

Directors: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | Stars: William Zanders, Bryan Zanders, Kentrell Zandrs

Votes: 305 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Thank You for Judging (2011)

91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

Filmmakers Sean Fornara and Michael Urie travel back to their hometowns in Texas to chronicle the mother of all Speech and Debate Tournaments - TFA State.

Directors: Selma Al-Faqih, Travis Flournoy, Sean Fornara, Michael Urie | Stars: Michael Urie, Chase Williamson

18. Deepsouth (2012)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, News

A documentary about the new American South, and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners.

Director: Lisa Biagiotti

Votes: 31

19. Red Flag (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

In this hilarious road trip comedy, a newly single filmmaker (Alex Karpovsky, "Girls") hits the road with an old friend to promote one of his films, but romantic chaos ensues when an adoring fan decides to come along for the ride.

Director: Alex Karpovsky | Stars: Dustin Guy Defa, Alex Karpovsky, Keith Poulson, Jennifer Prediger

Votes: 516

20. The Nocturnal Third (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Every machine needs fuel.... Every machine needs repair... Every machine breaks down.

Director: Benjamin Stark | Stars: Kevin Maggard, Luke Weaver, Wescott Youngson, Rachel Brady

Votes: 36

21. The Fourth Dimension (2012)

105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

"Fawns" is a Polish chapter of the feature-length anthology film titled "The Fourth Dimension." The other two chapters of the movie were directed by Harmony Korine and Aleksei Fedorchenko.

Directors: Harmony Korine, Jan Kwiecinski, Aleksey Fedorchenko | Stars: Val Kilmer, Rachel Korine, Igor Sergeev, Darya Ekamasova

Votes: 520

22. Duke & The King (2012)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

There's danger in meeting your hero...especially if your hero becomes your boss, and your boss in the King of Rock & Roll. Duke Bardwell learned that the hard way. Part documentary, part ... See full summary »

Directors: Wayne Franklin, Kris E. Wheeler | Stars: Duke Bardwell, David Greely, Glen D. Hardin, Franko 'Washboard' Jackson

23. Naked As We Came (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Love, loss and hope are tumultuously explored amidst a tranquil backdrop and asks us all the question: What is your dream?

Director: Richard LeMay | Stars: Ben Weaver, Karmine Alers, S. Lue McWilliams, Ryan Vigilant

Votes: 1,842

24. The Silent Thief (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Thriller

The Silent Thief is a psychological thriller that examines familial bonds, the human need to belong and the thin line between sanity and insanity. Brennan Marley is an outcast drifter who ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Clary | Stars: Toby Hemingway, Cody Anthony, Scout Taylor-Compton, John Billingsley

Votes: 343

25. Somewhere Between (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country's "One Child Policy".

Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton | Stars: Ann Boccuti, Jenna Cook, Fang Lee, Haley Zhu-Butler

Votes: 439 | Gross: $0.19M

26. Richard's Wedding (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy

A gang of old friends gather for a small wedding in Central Park. Madness ensues.

Director: Onur Tukel | Stars: Thomas J. Buchmueller, Josephine Decker, Dustin Guy Defa, Jamie Dobie

Votes: 148

27. Gayby (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together--the old-fashioned way.

Director: Jonathan Lisecki | Stars: Jenn Harris, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Matthew Wilkas, Christian Coulson

Votes: 2,739

28. After (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

When two bus crash survivors awake to discover that they are the only people left in their town, they work together to unravel the truth behind the strange events.

Director: Ryan Whitaker | Stars: Steven Strait, Karolina Wydra, Madison Lintz, Sandra Ellis Lafferty

Votes: 5,627

29. Empire Builder (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

'Empire Builder' documents a three-day odyssey to Milwaukee by train to visit a stricken father in the hospital. Filmed with a 16mm Bolex Reflex camera and hand-developed in buckets of ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Obsatz

30. An Affair of the Heart (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

The first-ever feature documentary about Grammy® Winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Rick Springfield and his ardently loyal fan base. Film focuses ... See full summary »

Director: Sylvia Caminer | Stars: Linda Blair, Corey Feldman, Rick Springfield, Doug Davidson

Votes: 142

31. Kid-Thing (2012)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

58 Metascore

Annie is girl with no moral compass, thanks to a complete lack of parental supervision. One day, while playing in the woods, a voice calls out to her from deep within an abandoned well, causing her to consider the right course of action.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Sydney Aguirre, Nathan Zellner, David Wingo, Zack Carlson

Votes: 542

33. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)

TV-PG | 76 min | Documentary

GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.

Director: Brett Whitcomb | Stars: Emily Dole, Dee Booher, Larry Whistler, Tracee Meltzer

Votes: 1,618

34. Nate & Margaret (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Nate is nineteen. Margaret is fifty-two. Their odd, quirky, totally working friendship gets rattled when Nate gets his first boyfriend, who drives him away from Margaret as she tries to pursue a life as a stand-up comedian.

Director: Nathan Adloff | Stars: Natalie West, Tyler Ross, Conor McCahill, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 580

35. Blues for Willadean (2012)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

A story centered on abused housewife Willadean Winkler, her relationships with her friends, and her attempts at liberation.

Director: Del Shores | Stars: Dale Dickey, Octavia Spencer, Beth Grant, David Steen

Votes: 135

36. Petunia (2012)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

The story of a family whose growth is stunted... a family that learns how to love themselves while loving each other (a little too much).

Director: Ash Christian | Stars: Tobias Segal, Thora Birch, Christine Lahti, Brittany Snow

Votes: 786

37. Fat Kid Rules the World (2012)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A dropout comes to the aid of a chubby and suicidal high-school kid by recruiting him as the drummer for his upstart punk-rock band.

Director: Matthew Lillard | Stars: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, Billy Campbell, Lili Simmons

Votes: 3,341

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38. Five Star Existence (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

People and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined. With the accelerating pace of everyday life and our increasing virtual presence as individuals, the line between the real and ... See full summary »

Director: Sonja Lindén | Stars: Jörgen Bladh, Dwari Deutsch, Outi Harkko, Sonja Kangas

Votes: 26

39. Bay of All Saints (2012)

74 min | Documentary

In Bahia, Brazil, generations of impoverished families live in palafitas, a vast network of shacks built on stilts above a rising tide of garbage over the ocean bay. When the government ... See full summary »

Director: Annie Eastman

Votes: 27

40. Booster (2012)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Drama

When Simon's brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Director: Matt Ruskin | Stars: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty

Votes: 146

41. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

R | 110 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

49 Metascore

Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Eva Bourne, Michael J Rogers, Scott Hylands, Rondel Reynoldson

Votes: 15,595 | Gross: $0.06M

42. Andrew Bird: Fever Year (2011)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The acclaimed musician's rigorous touring year culminates in perpetual fever as he crosses the finish line on crutches from an onstage injury. Concert documentary features collaborators Martin Dosh, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and others.

Director: Xan Aranda | Stars: Andrew Bird, Martin Dosh, Michael Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker

Votes: 67

43. All the Way Through Evening (2011)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Biography, Musical

The story of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. As you've never heard it before. A musical documentary.

Director: Rohan Spong | Stars: Gilles Denizot, Mimi Sterne Wolfe

Votes: 26

44. Pilgrim Song (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

30 Metascore

Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills... See full summary »

Director: Martha Stephens | Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Kristin Slaysman, Karrie Crouse, Sonny Burnette

Votes: 84

45. Wolfy's Journey (2011)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy