Heterodox Award

The Heterodox Award demonstrates the porous boundaries between life’s documentation and creative storytelling, highlighting the ways in which today’s (non)fiction filmmakers are inspired, challenged and provoked by the realities in which their dramatic constructs live. Previous winners of the award were Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill (2011), Mike Mills’ Beginners (2012), Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours (2013), Carlos Reygados’s Post Tenebras Lux (2014), Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2015) and Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2016).

The Fits

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Eleven-year-old Toni is a tomboy who is drawn from boxing with her brother to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills,...

Kate Plays Christine

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In 1974, a Sarasota, Florida newscaster Christine Chubbuck shocked morning viewers and coworkers by pulling out a gun and shooting herself in the head on the air. Forty years later, in an attempt to investigate how history has remembered her,...

Neon Bull

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Strange and erotic, with an unexpected view of gender roles, this film is set in the macho world of bull wrangling yet its male protagonist is interested in fashion and designs dresses. In dusty farmland with scattered signs of heavy...

All These Sleepless Nights

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After a breakup with his girlfriend, Kris sets off with his friend Michal in search of new experiences. Stylishly capturing the romantic yearning, drunken debating, aimless wandering and self-indulgent philosophizing of youth, Michal Marczak’s highly constructed documentary/fiction hybrid is a...

Mountains May Depart

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At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, the new film from Chinese master Jia Zhang-ke is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom—and...

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