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TFF 2017 Review: Buster’s Mal Heart

If there has been a film that everyone at TFF has rave about, this is Buster’s Mal Heart. This big and bold thriller escapes from the clichés of hollywoodesque action movies, to explore bigger and denser layers of surrealism, mockery and metaphysical inquiry. Written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, Busters Mal Heart explores the

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Filmmaker Interview: Michael Caton-Jones (Urban Hymn)

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 England Riots, “Urban Hymn” follows a neglected and volatile female offender, who possesses an amazing singing voice. Torn between her loyalties toward her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend, the film is a redemptive coming-of-age story with an all-star cast. Now, with the

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2017 Hot Docs Filmmaker Profile: Kate Brooks (The Last Animals)

Conflict photographer Kate Brooks turns her lens from the war zones to the killing of African Elephants and Rhinos in ‘The Last Animals’ this sweeping and sobering expose of an underreported crisis. Brooks outlines the myriad factors contributing to the current epidemic of highly effective poaching and trafficking syndicates, drawing startling connections between the illegal

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Tribeca 2017 Reviews: What to See and Skip: Helen Highly Brief

I am working on some of my typically long, in-depth essays about several of the films that are being screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2017, but I thought I’d try to post a short and sweet overview/glimpse that might be of use to people in New York who may actually be choosing which films to see. At the least, here’s a brief taste of my mini reviews of several of this year’s flicks:

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Violent-Young-Men Movies: “The Dinner,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Super Dark Times,” and “The Gray State”

The fresh batch of films coming out of Tribeca2017 seems to have a violent teenage psychopaths every time you turn around. What turns our young men into crazy killers? At the same time as a slew of documentaries and true-life tales are depicting the courage and moral fortitude of actual young men around the world, responding to terrorism and war with bravery – going to extraordinary lengths to save lives, we get a bunch of “thriller” films that depict American young men as narcissistic psychopaths who revel in bloody violence. On one hand there is City of Ghosts, Dabka, and When God Sleeps, for starters – peace-seeking films, and on the other is The Dinner, Super Dark Times, Sweet Virginia, and even The Gray State. Is there a cultural connection?

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Support Documentary For Women By Women

For the past few years a silent sexual revolution has been taking place. More than half of American women use a vibrator. Research suggests that women may be even less suitable for monogamy than men. For years women have been sexually objectified in magazines, on TV and daily life. But what happens when the roles

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10 Things You’re Doing Wrong In Your Screenplay

You have spent tens of hours (and probably hundreds of dollars on ridiculously expensive coffee) over your computer, typing like a maniac, trying to convince yourself this is the time you are going to have your breakthrough: this script will make it to a director’s hands and this time next year you will be walking

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MoMA & Film Society Announces Full 2017 New Directors/New Films Lineup

The 46th annual New Directors/New Films 46th annual New Directors/New Films will take place March 15-26 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art, New York City. This year’s lineup boasts eight North American premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five

Oscar Nominated Iranian Filmmaker Barred From Ceremony; Academy Responds

Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award winning Director of ‘A Separation’, currently nominated in the best foreign language film category for ‘The Salesman,’ has been barred from entering the US from Iran due to the newly implemented Immigration restrictions. On 29 January, the Academy released the following statement in solidarity with Asghar: The Academy celebrates achievement

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SXSW & TFF 2016: Starz Wins Bidding War for My Blind Brother Distribution

Starz has picked up Sophie Goodhart’s romantic comedy, My Blind Brother, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and also played at Tribeca Film Festival, Variety reports. The magazine says that the acquisition “will likely be the biggest sale out of this year’s South by Southwest” and is estimated to be in the low seven-figure range. The comedy was reportedly

HP Power Up Festival: Visual Effects in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Everything about Manhattan’s Milk Studios, from its clean, curving white walls and pillars, to its expansive plate-glass windows that leave the space bathed in light, breathes sleekness and smooth, cutting-edge professionalism. So Kyle McCulloch, standing on a polished wooden stage flanked on either side by two enormous flat-screen TVs, found himself in the perfect place

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