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BAFF Alumni in the News:

January 27, 2010

  • IFC Films releases "Breaking Upwards" (2009 BAFF Best Feature Film Award, 2009 Cityscape Award) and "Against the Current" (BAFF 2009 Opening Night Feature Film, starring Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk, Mary Tyler Moore).
  • "Love Hurts", starring Richard E. Grant, Carrie-Ann Moss, Janeane Garofalo, Rita Rudner, Jenna Elfman, Camryn Manhein released by Lantern Lane Entertainment
  • "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" released by HBO Documentary Films (2009 BAFF Best Feature Documentary).
  • BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipients Jesse Eisenberg and Zoe Lister-Jones starring in world premieres at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

BAFF Alumni continue to delight, entertain and inspire audiences.

"Breaking Upwards", winner of the 2009 Big Apple Film Best Feature Film Award and Cityscape Award is set for its theatrical release by IFC Films in April 2010.

"Breaking Upwards" explores a young, real-life New York couple who, four years in and battling codependency, decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment devised by director/actor Daryl Wein and actress Zoe Lister-Jones, the film loosely interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness that ensues. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, 'Breaking Upwards' follows its characters as they navigate each others' emotions across the city they love. It begs the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together?

Opening night feature film of the 2009 BAFF "Against the Current" starring Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser , Justin Kirk and Mary Tyler Moore will be available from IFC Films. In "Against the Current", Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River. The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the 2009 Big Apple Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award, "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags", is now available through HBO Documentary Films. In this wonderfully crafted documentary, veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.

2009 BAFF alumni film "Love Hurts", starring Richard E. Grant, Carrie-AnnMoss, Janeane Garofalo, Jenna Elfman, , Camryn Manheim, Jeffrey Nordling & Rita Rudner is now available from Lantern Lane Entertainment.

Ben (Richard E. Grant) a successful doctor but an obtuse husband, is finally left by his wife (Carrie Anne Moss). Befuddled by life and romance and obsessed with winning her back, Ben is tutored by his extremely popular 17 year-old son. To his amazement Ben becomes the most desirable single man in town.

Additionally, BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipients can be seen in a variety of upcoming films in the coming year. The 2009 recipient, Zoe Lister-Jones, can been in the upcoming films "All Good Things" (2010), "Armless" (World Premiere, 2010 Sundance Film Festival), and "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber. The 2008 Recipient, Jesse Eisenberg, can be seen in the upcoming "Holy Rollers" (World Premiere, 2010 Sundance Film Festival).

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