VisionFest’s devotion to “domestic filmmaking” returns this year with a five-day run at Tribeca Cinemas. This year’s festival features some exciting premieres (the Rob Corddry-led Blackballed) and the traditional Friday “Fright Night” (featuring Christopher Garetano’s Horror Business and Steve Balderson’s Firecracker). The festival also features three blocks of shorts, with subjects ranging from an unlucky elevator operator (Lift) to campfire horror (Pee Shy). Films are grouped into program blocks, each of which costs $10 (except for the $15 opening night ticket, which includes after-party admission). Tickets are on sale now via PayPal on the VisionFest website, www.visionfest.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 8PM
Put the Needle on the Record (Jason Rem) 83 min.
Miami’s Winter Music Conference takes the spotlight in this documentary about the artists and executives behind the world of electronic music.
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 7PM
Heroin Town (Josh Goldbloom) 82 min.
A renegade documentary filmmaker undermines a story he saw on 60 Minutes by moving to the town that Dan Rather and company exposed as a heroin den to discover its truth.
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 9:30PM
Firecracker (Steve Balderson) 112 min.
A murder in small-town Kansas reveals a shocking well of abuse and suffering beneath the surface of Middle America.
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 4PM
Miles Ahead (Dylan Trivette & Matt Zboyovski) 83 min.
An aspiring young writer tries to cope with the death of his best friend in the solitary setting of his Blue Ridge hometown.
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 8:45PM
The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (David Beaird) 113 min.
The title character invests in a mail-order bride who ends up drastically changing his life when he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 8PM
Barbecue is a Noun (Hawes Bostic & Austin McKenna, 2004) 75 min.
As if crying out for inclusion in our Food & Drink Issue, this documentary examines barbecue in its purest form: roast pork. Bostic will hold a discussion after the screening.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 4PM
Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (Brant Serson) 91 min.
The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry stars in this long-awaited oddball mockumentary based on the story of paintball’s first superstar, blacklisted from play for ten years after a cheating scandal.