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selah and the spades

OVERVIEW: Five factions run the underground life of the prestigious Haldwell boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction—the Spades—sits Selah Summers. By turns charming and callous, she chooses whom to keep close and whom to cut loose, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.

FILMMAKER: The first feature film by writer-director Tayarisha Poe, which is currently being developed into an original series by Amazon Studios.

NOMINEE: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Indiewire, The Wrap

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the infiltrators

OVERVIEW: A ragtag group of undocumented youth— Dreamers—deliberately get detained by border patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. Charged with the crackling suspense of a thriller, this true life tale of courage and resistance exposes the injustices and inhumanity of America’s deeply broken deportation system.

FILMMAKERS: A film by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. Ibarra’s credits include Las Marthas; P.O.V.’s The Last Conquistador; and Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela. Rivera’s credits include Sleep Dealer, which won awards at Sundance and Berlin.

WINNER: Sundance Film Festival

PRESS: The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, The Wrap

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colewell

OVERVIEW: In tiny Colewell, Pennsylvania, the residents gather at the post office for mail and gossip, while the days pass quiet and serene. That is until news comes that the office is to close, and beloved clerk Nora (a marvelous Karen Allen) is left to fight for her job and reflect on the choices she has made that kept her in Colewell for so many years. Touching, with a hint of melancholy, Tom Quinn’s eloquent film is an ode to small-town life and the quiet emotions that come with nostalgia and memories of the past.

FILMMAKER: A film by Tom Quinn, director of The New Year Parade, which won the grand jury prize at Slamdance.

WINNER: deadCenter Film Festival

PRESS: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety

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cap

OVERVIEW: Manny Bennet has spent all summer saving up enough money for a cap worth a couple hundred dollars. After finally purchasing the cap, Manny is confronted by a bully who steals the expensive item. He convinces his father, Thomas, to confront the bully, where it becomes an altercation that turns out for the worst. Now the mother, Amelia, must deal with the aftermath.

FILMMAKER: A film by Marshall Tyler, director of Night Shift, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

WINNER: HBO Short Film Competition