Every year, SoHo hosts a film festival that is often lost in the shadow of its neighbor, TriBeCa. Finally ready to shine in the world of film, the Soho Film Festival has curated an exciting lineup for this year’s event, featuring a number of gritty, poignant indies. The festival will take place from May 14-21 at Village East Cinemas. From shorts to documentaries to feature-length narrative dramas, the Soho Film Festival promise to entertain and engage a diverse audience. At Duane Street, we can’t wait to check out these hotly anticipated films.


This short film, by emerging writer and director Rajesh Naroth, has been accepted into seven different competitions, including the Soho International Film Festival. An intriguing trailer comprised of emotional scenes and electric cinematography provides interested viewers with plenty to look at—though few concrete details about the film’s plot. Coupled with its obvious success amongst critics, film enthusiasts will be eager to learn more about the starring mother at odds with her son named Max.

Max – Short film trailer from Rajesh Naroth on Vimeo.

Leaving Acadia

Leaving Acadia is a film with humble beginnings, but preliminary accolades suggest it has major potential for breakout success. Starring an easy-going, young apartment superintendent and his roommates in a Brooklyn brownstone, the story of Leaving Acadia is simple and relatable. The film has already won an impressive list of awards including Best in Festival at the Emerge Film Festival in Maine, the Director’s Choice Indie Spirit award at the Indie Spirit Film Festival, and Best Actress at the Long Beach International Film Festival. Will the victories continue to pile up? Find out at this year’s Soho International Film Festival.

David’s Dance

In David’s Dance, a homosexual disk jockey’s on-air discourse exposes the struggles of being true to one’s self. In the film, David’s professional world, where he can speak freely to the masses, is invaded by a man who captures his romantic interests. Learning how to battle his own shyness with this lover, while continuing to encourage honesty on-the-air, creates a paradox in which David must follow his own teachings. David’s Dance has already won Best Men’s Feature at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Best Narrative Feature at the Tallgrass International Film Festival.


In an Ideal World

Straddle the worlds of fiction and real-life documentary narrative with In An Ideal World, which sharpens its gaze on a notorious California prison facing a Supreme Court ruling to integrate a separate community of inmates. Exploring the issues of race through the perspectives of the prison’s warden, a white Mafioso prisoner, and an African American gang member, the film hones in on the charged issues of social equality in an environment that is anything but accepting.

In An Ideal World – Trailer by RatedSR