"How Heavy This Hammer" (Kazik Radwanski): On the surface, married father-of-two Erwin looks like a functioning member of society. But the deeper we look into his life, from his obsessive marathon sessions of computer fantasy games, to the extreme irritation with which he experiences most real-world interactions, we see a troubled man-child who’s barely getting by.
"Shu-De!" (Michael R. Faulkner) When Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist Shodekeh meets the Alash Ensemble, masters of the art of Tuvan throat singing, his life and art take on an exciting new dimension. This joyous, exploratory documentary follows him on his travels to Kyzyl, Tuva, to study their music and culture, and participate in a prestigious music festival.
"Slash" (Clay Liford) Two high-school students — shy and awkward Neil (Michael Johnston) and brash, confident Julia (Hannah Marks) — form a unlikely bond when they find they both publish work in an adult forum for erotic fan fiction. But their relationship becomes more complex once they both come to the attention of the site’s moderator, Denis (Michael Ian Black).
"Nuts" (Penny Lane) This inventive documentary tells the true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a Kansas doctor who tried to treat impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men and went on to become a player in state politics and the early days of radio. The director of “Our Nixon” returns with another fresh approach to a unique narrative.
"Salero" (Mike Plunkett) This sumptuous, meditative documentary transports viewers to Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. There we meet a traditional salt gatherer whose generations-deep lifestyle is on the brink of change, with the discovery of a precious mineral bringing international attention and big-money interests to the remote region.
In addition, the festival will showcase a silent film, French director Marcel L'Herbier's 1924 "L’Inhumaine," with live accompaniment by the three-piece Alloy Orchestra.
All-access passes for the five-day festival are on sale for $375. Tickets for individual films will go on sale this month.