Joel Potrykus’ second feature, BUZZARD, follows Marty (played by Joshua Burge), a mortgage office temp in Grand Rapids, Michigan with almost no ambition other than to scam his way to the middle, eat frozen pizza and craft a homemade Freddy Krueger glove. When he steals a stack of checks from work, his paranoia begins to creep in, and he must go into hiding. For Marty, life on the lam is full of Bugles chips, basements, cheap hotels and violence. Unlike other “slacker” films, BUZZARD teems with energy. Potrykus explores one of society’s leftovers in-depth. Shifting between genres seamlessly, the film…

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The only Brazilian selection at AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, Gabriel Mascaro’s AUGUST WINDS encapsulates the spirit of innovation and experimentation that characterizes many of the films in the World Cinema section of this year’s festival. AUGUST WINDS is a lyrical journey, set on an island off the coast of northeastern Brazil, where a young couple contemplates the nature of death after discovering a skull floating offshore. Having previously directed documentaries, including HOUSEMAIDS and HIGH RISE, this is Mascaro’s first foray into a fictional film, and his eye for capturing natural surroundings blends with an engrossing and meditative narrative.…

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