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And Breathe Normally (Andið eðlilega)

For Lara, life on a small peninsula in Iceland is a constant struggle: she’s unemployed, in debt, she abuses drugs—yet she’s determined to be a loving and responsible mother to her son, Eldar. Aiming to get her life back on track, she takes a seemingly simple job as a border patrol agent at the regional airport. While still in training, Lara flags a suspicious passport, leading to the arrest of Adja, a refugee from Guinea-Bissau traveling on forged documents. For days Adja lingers in limbo awaiting her trial, causing the two women to continually cross paths in the small town. A stunning debut from writer/director Ísold Uggadóttir, and winner of a Sundance directing award, And Breathe Normally confronts issues of immigration and human rights through the intimate story of two seemingly dissimilar women destined to change each other’s lives forever. IN PERSON: Director Ísgold Uggadóttir.
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Section:Foreign Fiction
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:102 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:Iceland
Sweden
Belgium
Original Language:Icelandic
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ísoldo Uggadottir
Produced by:Skuli Fr. Malmquist
Screenwriter:Ísold Uggadottir
Cinematography:Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Editing By:Frédérique Broos
Cast:Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir
Babetida Sadjo
Patrick Nökkvi Pétursson
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Bathtubs Over Broadway

While researching unusual vinyl albums for David Letterman, comedy writer Steve Young never expected to stumble across anything quite like the long-forgotten world of industrial musicals. And little did he know this quirky discovery would yield such a nerdy and fascinating documentary. An obscure corner of show business that was meant to entertain and energize the sales forces of corporate America, these musicals were full-scale productions with budgets often toppling their Broadway counterparts. Sure, the featured songs with titles like “Everything’s coming Up Citgo” (for Citgo Petroleum Corporation) and “Detroit Diesel Dazzle” (for Detroit Diesel) are easy to laugh at, but there’s also something truly beautiful at work. Young’s giddy enthusiasm for these oddities turns meaningful, forming a community of collectors who uncover not only the well-known people who got their start in the field (the film features interviews with the likes of Mart
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:87 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Dava Whisenant
Produced by:Susan Littenberg
Amanda Spain
Dava Whisenant
Screenwriter:Dava Whisenant
Ozzy Inguanzo
Cinematography:Nick Higgins
Natalie Kingston
Editing By:Dava Whisenant
Cast:Martin Short
Chita Rivera
David Letterman
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McQueen

You don’t have to be a fashion expert to get drawn into this spellbinding documentary which gives an unprecedented look into the life of famed British designer Alexander McQueen. Known for his emotional and often controversial runway shows, and for defying all the rules to do things his way, McQueen’s story is an authentic rags-to-riches journey of an artist struggling with his own demons and putting it all into his work; one all the more resonant when we consider the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Weaving together personal testimonials from close friends and family, home movies, archival interviews from McQueen himself, and behind-the-scenes and front-row looks at his provocative work, the film is as layered and engrossing as McQueen was himself. Topped with an exquisitely dramatic musical score, intricate animated transitions, and the singular fashions almost too exquisite to behold on the big screen, this ravishing documentary is a riveting cinematic tribute to an
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:111 min.
Rating:R
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ian Bonhôte
Peter Ettedgui
Produced by:Ian Bonhôte
Andee Ryder
Nick Taussig
Paul Van Carter
Screenwriter:Peter Ettedgui
Cinematography:Will Pugh
Editing By:Cinzia Baldessari
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Minding the Gap

Some films evoke so much, getting so close to the core of the human condition, that they defy description. Minding the Gap, which won a Breakthrough Filmmaking Award at Sundance, is just such a film. In Rockford, Illinois-a Rust Belt town that may feel hauntingly fa Liumiliar to some Michiganders-three friends grow up bonded by their mutual love of skateboarding, each of them using it as a much-needed escape from their poor and troubled home lives. But circumstances eventually separate Zack, Keire, and Bing. Following his graduation from film school, Bing Liu (the film’s director) began working in cinematography, and soon decided to set his camera on the enduring friendship of the three young men, taking an honest, unvarnished look at how they’ve given each other invaluable help in getting through the seemingly mundane, dead-end existences the world set up for them. It's a film you won't want to let go. IN PERSON: Director Bing Liu and Producer Diane Quon.
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:98 min.
Premiere Status:Northern Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bing Liu
Produced by:Bing Liu
Diane Quon
Cinematography:Bing Liu
Editing By:Joshua Altman
Bing Liu
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

One of the great, under-reported human rights tragedies of modern America is the existence of gay conversion therapy, which has only been outlawed for minors in 13 states. (Sadly, Michigan isn’t one of them.) Based on the modern classic novel, this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner brings this ongoing atrocity powerfully to life. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the titular Cameron, a teenager caught with another girl in the backseat of a car on prom night. When her guardians pull her out of school and send her to a gay conversion therapy camp, Cameron’s world is sent into upheaval. But Cameron also realizes that, for the first time, she’s surrounded by other LGBTQ teens, and suddenly feels part of a support group that’s committed to resisting the oppressive ideology the camp preaches.
Film Info
Section:US Fiction
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:90 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Desiree Akhavan
Produced by:Cecilia Frugiuele
Jonathan Montepare
Michael B. Clark
Alex Turtletaub
Screenwriter:Desiree Akhavan
Cecilia Frugiuele
Cinematography:Ashley Connor
Editing By:Sara Shaw
Cast:Chloë Grace Moretz
Sasha Lane
Forrest Goodluck
John Gallagher Jr.
Jennifer Ehle
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Our New President

Hey, did you ever hear about the curse placed on Hillary Clinton by the mummy tomb she visited in the ‘90s, which has directly led to her epidemic of coughing fits and fainting spells? No? Well, clearly you weren’t watching Russia’s most popular news shows during the 2016 US Presidential campaign. Our New President is brilliantly assembled solely from Russian State TV and other Putin-led propaganda sources, which spread stories like that mummy curse across the globe with startling efficiencyand utter shamelessness. You may think you’ve seen the worst that “fake news” has to offer if you’ve ever clicked on a Breitbart link or—dear God—watched any Sean Hannity, but the outlandish fictions spread by Russian State TV about Trump and Clinton are truly beyond your wildest imaginations, and director Maxim Pozdorovkin's dive inside the Russian media's funhouse mirror of American politics is simply too important to miss. IN PERSON: Director Maxim Pozdorovkin.
Film Info
Section:Foreign Documentary
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:78 min.
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Russia
Original Language:English
Russian
Subtitles:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Maxim Pozdorovkin
Produced by:Joe Bender
Charlotte Cook
Maxim Pozdorovkin
Editing By:Matvey Kulakov
Maxim Pozdorovkin
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Support the Girls

Middle-aged mom Lisa Conroy (the amazingly brilliant Regina Hall) does not look like someone you’d find at a roadside Texas breastaurant with scantily clad waitresses and greasy bar food. But the hardworking manager of the crudely named Double Whammies has an affection for her job, and more importantly, her girls. A fierce den mother, Lisa protects her short-short wearing staff from rude customers and sexist management in a thoughtful and truly remarkable ensemble comedy for the modern workforce that owes a debt to another TCFF 2018 film, 9 to 5. Over the course of a trying day involving an attempted robbery, a broken satellite, and an unauthorized car wash, Lisa’s optimistic resolve is tested more than ever. With outstanding supporting turns by James LeGros and Haley Lu Richardson, director Andrew Bujalski delivers a punchy feminist message of solidarity in the most unlikely of places.
Film Info
Section:US Fiction
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:94 min.
Premiere Status:Michigan Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Andrew Bujalski
Produced by:Houston King
Sam Slater
Screenwriter:Andrew Bujalski
Cinematography:Matthias Grunsky
Editing By:Karen Skloss
Cast:Regina Hall
Haley Lu Richardson
Shayna McHayle
James LeGros
Dylan Gelula
AJ Michalka
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White Tide: The Legend of Culebra

Guys, we guarantee you’ve never seen a movie quite like White Tide. And promise that you’ve never met anyone quite like Rodney Hyden. Rodney was living the American dream—successful construction business, wonderful family, plenty of Florida sunshine—until the Great Recession crashed down on him and sent him into despair. Deep in debt and living in a trailer, Rodney hears a story from his hippie neighbor about a buried treasure on an island, and suddenly begins to see his dream rekindled. But this time the dream means digging up $2 million in cocaine, figuring out how to sell it, and basically becoming some sort of modern day Scarface, all for the sake of his wife and daughter. Though it sounds like the plot of the next incarnation of Breaking Bad, the story is 100% true, and told with unbelievable charm and wit in this documentary that defies all traditional definitions. Mixing real life interviews with the outlandish characters themselves and cleverly produced reenactmen
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
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Release Year:2018
Runtime:83 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Rating:NR
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Theo Love
Produced by:Bryan Storkel
Theo Love
Cinematography:Britton Foster
Editing By:Theo Love
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