First and foremost is Rivers Wash Over Me, from director John Young (and co-written by Young and Darien Sills-Evans, who plays the sheriff in the movie). This tense drama about a gay high school student from NYC who is orphaned and must live with his relatives in a small town in rural Alabama. It's a film that explores the tensions of race, class, sexuality, gender and power. Sounds heavy huh? Well, I am not going to pretend that this is a light film. But what I can say is that like The Hurt Locker, it is non stop entertaining tension that grips your guts from the inside and then makes you think. Here's the trailer — more on the other films to come.