"whiteonwhite:algorithmic-noir" (New Frontier) • This "generative noir mystery film" is assembled live as a computer program assembles raw elements of music, dialogue, sound and footage shot in Kazakhstan. Directed by Eve Sussman and her team, Rufus Corporation; written by Sussman, Kevin Messman and Jeff Wood.
"Filly Brown" (U.S. Dramatic competition) • A hip-hop influenced drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes through music with the incarceration of her mother. Cast includes Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos; screenwriter/director: Youssef Delara; co-director: Michael D. Olmos.
"For Ellen" (U.S. Dramatic competition) • A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. Cast includes Paul Dano, Jon Heder and Jena Malone.
"Smashed" (U.S. Dramatic competition ) • The story of a young couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking. When Kate chooses sobriety, her new lifestyle brings troubling issues to the surface. Cast includes: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Octavia Spencer and Megan Mullally.
"The Last Elvis" (World Cinema dramatic competition) • A Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator struggles to shake free from reality and live his musical dream.
"Violeta Went to Heaven (World Cinema Dramatic competition) • A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra.
"Gypsy Davy" (World Cinema documentary competition) • The question of how a white boy with Alabama roots become a Flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots, becomes a story of self-invention.
"Searching for Sugar Man" (World Cinema documentary competition) • Rodriguez, the greatest '70s American rock icon who never was, has disappeared into oblivion, until he rose again in a different context, miles away.
"Under African Skies" (Documentary premieres) • Paul Simon returns to South Africa to consider the legacy of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash.
"Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap" (Documentary premieres) • Ice-T considers the creative process and the roots of rap through conversations with Chuck D, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, MC Lyte, Mos Def, and Kanye West.