- Directors: Todd Haynes
- Producers: Christine Vachon, Jeff Rosen
- Writers: Todd Haynes, Oren Moverman
- Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
- Actors: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julianne Moore, Peter Friedman
The film opens with Jude Quinn, played by Cate Blanchett (representing Dylan circa 1966) walking on stage to perform at a concert, before cutting to him riding on a motorcycle and then crashing. The film then cuts to Quinn’s body on a mortuary slab and an autopsy begins. (This opening sequence refers to Bob Dylan’s motorcycle accident in July 1966).
Woody Guthrie, an 11-year old African American boy played by Marcus Carl Franklin is seen carrying a guitar in a case labelled “This Machine Kills Fascists” as he travels the country, pursuing his dream of becoming a singer. (Folk singer Woody Guthrie had an identical label on his guitar.) Woody befriends the African-American Arvin family, who give him food and hospitality and Woody in turn performs Bob Dylan’s 1965 song “Tombstone Blues”, accompanied by Richie Havens (as Old Man Arvin). At dinner, Mrs. Arvin advises Woody: “Live your own time, child, sing about your own time”.
Later that night, Woody leaves the Arvins’ home, leaving behind a note thanking them, and catches a ride on a train, where a group of thieves attempt to rob him. He jumps from the speeding train and dives into a river, where a white couple rescues him and takes him to a hospital before bringing him home. They receive a phone call from a juvenile correction center in Minnesota from which Woody had escaped. The phone call prompts Woody’s swift departure, and he takes a Greyhound bus to Greystone Park Hospital in New Jersey, where he visits the (real) Woody Guthrie. Woody leaves flowers at Guthrie’s bedside and plays his guitar. (Over the hospital sequence, Bob Dylan performs his song “Blind Willie McTell”).
The film ends with close-up footage of the real Bob Dylan playing his harmonica, a shot filmed by D. A. Pennebaker during Dylan’s 1966 World Tour.
- Directors: Todd Graff
- Producers: Danny DeVito, Pamela Koffler, Katie Roumel, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Christine Vachon, Jonathan Weisgal
- Writers: Todd Graff
- Genres: Comedy, Musical, Drama
- Actors: Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Tiffany Taylor, Don Dixon, Sasha Allen
Camp focuses on the formation of a love triangle between campers Vlad, Ellen, and Michael. Michael and Ellen have been to the camp before; Vlad is a first-timer. Vlad is one of the few male campers who identifies as heterosexual, he’s more interested in roots-rock style music than Broadway show tunes, and he’s interested in sports. Vlad ends up rooming with Michael, a gay youth who â€“ after being gay bashed for wearing a dress to his junior prom â€“ is estranged from his parents. Michael quickly develops a crush on Vlad, who enjoys the attention but doesn’t reciprocate the emotion. Vlad, initially “seeing” Jill, ends up instead involved with Ellen after they’re cast in a play together.
Throughout the summer, the campers put on productions of various plays and musicals, including Midnight Sun, Buried Child, Dreamgirls, Promises, Promises, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, Follies and Company. Bert Hanley comes to the camp as a special guest counselor. Bert wrote one hit musical, The Children’s Crusade, but was never able to repeat that success. As a result, he has developed a drinking problem.
Jill, a prima donna, picks up a devoted follower in the person of Fritzi. Initially borderline psychopathic, in an All About Eve-style move Fritzi slips Woolite into Jill’s Snapple, sabotaging her appearance in Company and stepping into her role.
The film contains a cameo appearance by Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who plays himself.
- Directors: Matt Aselton
- Producers: Mindy Goldberg, Christine Vachon
- Writers: Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata
- Genres: Comedy, Romance
- Actors: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, John Goodman
Young mattress salesman Brian decides to adopt a baby from China but is distracted when he forms a relationship with quirky, wealthy Harriet whom he meets at his mattress store. As their relationship flourishes, unbeknownst to them, a hitman is trying to kill Brian.