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Review: ‘Bajou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

Review: ‘Bajou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

Written & Directed by Lily Keber Playing as part of Film Society of Lincoln Center‘s SOUND + VISION Series on Sunday, July 28 @ 8:15pm (New York Premiere) and Monday, July 29 @ 3:45 at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center – TICKETS Lily Keber’s “Bayou Maharajah” is an at-times engrossing, always affectionate documentary portrait

Review: ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’

Directed by Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Kim Gwang Hun Written by Sing Myong-Sik & Kim Chol Staring Han Jong-sim, Pak Chung-Guk, Ri Yong-Ho “Comrade Kim Goes Flying” is the first movie of its kind. Co-financed by Western producers and helmed by directors Kim Gwang Hun (North Korean), Nicholas Bonner (English), and Anja Daelemans (Belgian), it

2013 BFF Capsule Review: ‘Soft in the Head’ WINNER: Best Actress

Directed by Nathan Silver Written by Nathan Silver, Kia Davis, Cody Stokes Starring Sheila Etxeberría, Ed Ryan, Melanie J. Scheiner, Carl Kranz ‘Soft in the Head’, the gritty new microbudget drama from director Nathan Silver, aggressively upends convention, and to great effect. The film doesn’t follow a textbook framework for generating narrative momentum. But because

2013 BFF Capsule Review: ‘Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes’

Written & Directed by Francesca Gregorini Staring Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Aneurin Barnard ‘Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes’, a surrealist drama from director Francesca Gregorini, often grasps for dramatic momentum.  But strong chemistry between the two female leads, impressive cinematography, and a moving score buoy the film, which culminates in

2013 BFF Capsule Review: ‘Furever’

‘Furever’, Amy Finkel’s new documentary about post-mortem pet preservation, is a focused look at an obscure topic. Yet the film succeeds as more than a curiosity because it hits on emotions and fears that people can identify with. We all dread the deaths of loved ones. And when they’re gone, it’s hard to say goodbye.

Tribeca Profile: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich (Co-Directors) & In-Soo Radstake (Producer) – ‘RAW HERRING’

The Dutch Herring (Hollandse Nieuwe Haring) has been the cultural staple, the nutritional cornerstone and the economic driving force behind the traditional Netherlands experience for over a thousand years. Within the fishermen community, the Dutch avow premiership, navigating the North Sea with technologically advanced precision that few have managed to replicate. The precious schools of