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2020 Stony Brook Film Festival Goes Virtual

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Annual event partners with IndieFlix to show 24 films over 12 weeks

The show must go on.

The Stony Brook Film Festival, presented by Island Federal — which annually features top independent films from across the globe — will be held virtually this year thanks to a partnership with IndieFlix. The festival will pair 24 new films, one feature and one short, over 12 weeks from September 10 through December 15.

The slate includes new American independent premieres as well the best foreign films from a dozen countries. Season pass holders and individual ticket holders will also get to hear directly from filmmakers, cast and crew throughout the festival, rate and vote on their favorite films, and help choose the festival winners.

Many of the films revolve around the theme of having one’s life interrupted. Whether by war, violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, birth, death — or even just really bad traffic — this universal experience of having to put one’s plans on hold weaves its way through the series.

“In these very uncertain and precarious times we find ourselves in,” said Festival Director Alan Inkles, “we hope the mix of these socially conscience films balanced with uplifting, often fun and joyous stories, with spectacular performances, will provide the stimulation and entertainment we are all so desperately craving.”

New films will be released every Thursday and will be available through the following Sunday at midnight. Season pass holders will be able to watch the films as many times as they want over the 72-hour period; viewers who purchase single tickets will have a 24-hour window to watch once the ticket code is activated.

Passes and tickets are available at

Still from Dreamfactory
Still from Dreamfactory

As usual, film lovers get the most bang for their buck with the season pass, which includes access to extended filmmaker interviews and a “virtual goodie bag” that is updated weekly with extras.

The American premier of Dreamfactory kicks off the festival September 10 at 7 pm. Part comedy, part musical and part romance, the film tells the romantic story between two movie extras, who are torn apart when East Germany closes its border and erects the Berlin Wall.

Other American features include The Subject, a story about a documentary filmmaker (Jason Biggs) who finds himself haunted by his last film, which captured the murder of one of his subjects, and Higher Love, a harrowing and unblinking documentary about lives affected by crack and heroin. The Festival closes with A Billion Dollar Power Station, an epic documentary that tells the story of how NYC’s Power Station became the most prolific recording studio in the world.

The Closing Night Awards will be held December 15 at 7 pm, and will be available to festival pass holders.

Visit the Film Festival website for a complete schedule with descriptions.

Stony Brook Film Festival Schedule and Trailers
All films are available at 7 pm on Thursdays, and will be available until the following Sunday at midnight. Shorts will precede features. Click on each title to view the trailer.

September 10, 2020
FEATURE: Dreamfactory (Germany)
SHORT: Extra Innings (United States)

September 17, 2020
FEATURE: The Subject (United States)
SHORT: Corners (United States)

September 24, 2020
FEATURE: Those Who Remained (Hungary)
SHORT: Sticker (Macedonia)

OCTOBER 1, 2020
FEATURE: Of Love and Lies (France/Belgium)
SHORT: Generation Lockdown (United States)

October 8, 2020
FEATURE: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Germany/Switzerland)
SHORT: Walk a Mile (New Zealand)

October 15, 2020
FEATURE: The Art of Waiting (Israel)
SHORT: Waterproof (United States)

October 22, 2020
FEATURE: Higher Love (United States)
SHORT: A Simple F*cking Gesture (Canada)

November 5, 2020
FEATURE: Long Time, No See (France)
SHORT: Touch (Israel)

November 12, 2020
FEATURE: Submission (Portugal)
SHORT: They Won’t Last (United States)

November 19, 2020
FEATURE: Relativity (Germany)
SHORT: Forêt Noire (France/Canada)

December 3, 2020
FEATURE: On the Quiet (Hungary)
SHORT: Jane (United States)

December 10, 2020
FEATURE: A Billion Dollar Power Station (United States)
SHORT: Maradona’s Legs (Germany/Palenstine)

December 15, 2020
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