THE FITS
2015, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 72 min, USA, Dir: Anna Rose Holmer

Toni (National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance winner Royalty Hightower) trains as a boxer at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in - until the captain faints during practice. By the end of the week, most of the girls on the team suffer from episodes of swooning, moaning and shaking in a seemingly uncontrollable catharsis, which the young women embrace as a rite of passage. Toni fears “the fits” but is equally afraid of losing her place just as she’s found her footing, and must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals.


A TEACHER
2015, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 75 min, USA, Dir: Hannah Fidell

Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A TEACHER explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana becomes fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in increasingly startling ways. Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment.


BUZZARD
2014, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 97 min, USA, Dir: Joel Potrykus

From the director of APE and “Coyote” comes this hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class. Marty (Joshua Burge) is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo Power Glove … and a very bad temper.


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