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Poster for NoBudge Live #19

NoBudge Live #19

Run Time: 91 min. Release Year: 2019

For number 19, we’re honing in and around relationships, in their various forms, break-ups between ex-lovers, complicated friendships. We’re holding steady with our appetite for dark character studies (see Bucko! and Good Girl Jane) while dialing back slightly on the absurd comedy front (though Turyn Goes to the Club, will keep your satiated). Perhaps the idea of an orbit, as loosely touched on in Space, is an appropriate thematic connector. In each film, characters are trying to escape one, or get back in, or simply trying to exist in their designated path. We have four U.S. premieres, and four more N.Y. premieres, and all directors will be present for a post film Q&A and Afterparty.

NoBudge is an online platform spotlighting the best in no-budget indie filmmaking. “One of the best places to sample what’s happening in low-budget cinema worldwide,” says Glenn Kenny of The New York Times. Its mission is to provide a supportive home for emerging indie filmmakers working with limited resources and without major industry connections, and to be a trusted discovery platform helping audiences find their new favorite movies and filmmakers.

The movies:

Director Deni Cheng present.
U.S. Premiere. Gloria plans to catch the bus from Chinatown back home to her native Virginia, but along the way, she runs into old friends and bad habits.
(13 minutes).

Two or Three Women
Director Zoe Bullock present.
U.S. Premiere. Two “actors” give a Q&A; when does the performance begin and does it end?
(7 minutes)

Beginning to End
Director Paul Johnston present.
U.S. Premiere. On a cold beach amongst a series of art installation pieces, a young man struggles to redeem himself by making a film about his father’s work.
(10 minutes)

Director Kevin A. Brooks present.
N.Y. Premiere. After experiencing a painful breakup, a young man struggles to move on.
(8 minutes)

Director Maggie Brennan present.
Billie, an elderly woman with a glamorous past, gets swept up in an online dating service.
(4 minutes)

Turyn Goes to the Club
Director Lauren Ireland present.
A guileless woman named Turyn is taken for a surrealist ride to visit “The Club.”
(4 minutes)

White Girl in Paris
Director Tajayona present.
U.S. Premiere. An expatriate flees to Paris and relinquishes her blackness in pursuit of personal freedom.
(2 minutes)

A slump in Kate and Leigh’s sex life forces them to reconsider their relationship.
(6 minutes)

Director Jesse Thurston present.
N.Y. Premiere. Unfolding over one night in a Brooklyn apartment, Space is an intimate portrait of three friends in orbit around each other.
(16 minutes)

Good Girl Jane
Director Sarah Elizabeth Mintz present.
N.Y. Premiere. Jane faces the reality of an apparent relapse after waking up half naked in the backseat of a car.
(14 minutes)

Director Matt Porter present.
N.Y. Premiere. A breakup is interrupted.
(7 minutes)