May 2, 2012

IndieWood/HollyWoodn’t Tribeca 2012 Picks



One of the most relevant filmmaking specific documentaries in recent years, ‘Side by Side’ follows Director Christopher Kenneally and Producer Keanu Reeves as they address the rapid (and controversial) changes to the film industry brought on by the rise in digital technologies.  Groundbreaking figures like James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Christopher Nolan are just a few of the featured interviews in this celebration of all things movies, and the technologies, which drive the industry.

Tue (4/24) – SVA Theater 2 Beatrice @ 8:30

Thu (4/26) – AMC Loews Village @ 7:00

Fri (4/27) – AMC Loews Village @ 2:30

Sat (4/28) – AMC Loews Village @ 4:00



The impressive debut of Filmmaker and NYU graduate Benjamin Dickinson follows a group of Brooklynites as they struggle to cope with a mysterious blackout, seemingly enveloping the entire outside world.  The superficialities of “hipster’ life become intertwined with the fundamental instincts of the human psyche, set against an apocalyptic backdrop of a reality not much different from that which we are used to.

Thu (4/19) – AMC Loews Village @ 8:30

Fri (4/20) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea @ 9:45

Thu (4/26) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea @ 9:00

Sat (4/28) – AMC Loews Village @ 2:30


Another in a long line of technologically centric social documentaries, Director Stephen Mang addresses the issue of Internet censorship in rural China, and how it hinders any hope of true democracy in modern societies.  The film follows a pair of rogue reporters, traversing the Chinese countryside, reporting on local stories of interest, all while risking their careers and (in some instances) their freedom.

Thu (4/19) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 @ 9:30

Sun (4/22) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 2 4:30

Wed (4/25) – AMC Loews Village @ 1:00

Sat (4/28) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea @ 10:00


This moving and personal documentary from Director’s Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher follows the all too ignored dark side of the product testing industry with our societies need for artificial happiness.  From antidepressant related suicide to experimental PTSD treatments, this highly relevant documentary finally shines a light on an overmedicated society.  The questions of free market, illegal drugs, incarceration and identity are raised in a very poignant way.

Thu (4/19) – AMC Loews Village @ 7:00

Fri (4/20) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 @ 7:30

Mon (4/23) – AMC Loews Village @ 10:00

Tue (4/24) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 @ 3:30



Promising Finnish Director Petri Kotwica’s ‘Rat King’ is a new inclusion in the great “virtual” reality” gaming films (Tron, eXistenZ) of the past 25 years.  A stylish, neo noir thriller follows teenage video game enthusiast Juri as he falls deeper down the virtual hole of paranoia with a distinctly Hitchcockian feel.  The stylized visual techniques, including some great gaming imagery bring this interesting take on teenage apathy as one to watch for this year.

Thu  (4/19) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6  @ 6:30

Fri (4/20) – AMC Loews Village @ 11:30

Fri (4/27) – AMC Loews Village @ 3:00


Director Jeremy Power Regimbal presents this highly suspenseful, atmospheric domestic thriller featuring indie favorites Selma Blair and Josh Close.  A home invasion thriller features an interesting urban vs. rural dynamic, as well as a relatable tale of a busy family torn apart by superficiality.  For fans of Haneke’s ‘Funny Games’, ‘Replicas’ is sure to present feelings of suspense and dread over the course of its slow burning tease.

Sat (4/21) – AMC Loews Village @ 8:30

Sun (4/22) – AMC Loews Village @ 11:30

Sat (4/28) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea @ 11:59


Distinct romance coupled with horror elements distinguish Bradley Rust Gray’s ‘Jack & Diane’ as a genreless exercise in true New York City love.   Promising stars on the rise Riley Keough and Juno Temple shine as two distinctly opposite personalities struggling with the throws of first love.  A film as organic, picturesque and sweet as it is monstrous, ominous, and macabre, ‘Jack & Diane’ presents the fine line between love and loss in a wholly unique way.

Fri (4/20) – SVA Theater 1 Silas @ 9:30

Sun (4/22) – AMC Loews Village @ 8:30

Wed (4/25) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 @ 9:30

Sat (4/28) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7 @ 9:00


Winner of the “Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Emerging Narrative Filmmaker” in 2010, Lucy Mulloy brings her Directorial debut to New York City.  Pushed by the unbridled honesty of the film’s untrained leads, ‘Una Noche’ tells the coming of age story of two Cuban teens in search of a better life over one sun drenched day in the bustling, yet rarely represented, metropolis of Havana, Cuba.

Thu (4/19) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7 @ 9:00

Fri (4/20) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5 @ 7:00

Tue (4/24) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8 @ 3:45

Fri (4/27) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 @ 5:30


An ex monk, now hitman’s, dizzying POV journey of self-redemption brings Director ‘Pen-ek Ratanaruang stylishly cool bullet-in-skull noir thriller to Tribeca.  After an honest cop is wrongly imprisoned, he begins life as a modern day Thai Robin Hood.  When a job goes wrong he is now forced to examine the existential nature of his own meaning, Karma and redemption while struggling with the disorienting ability of only seeing the world upside down.  This one’s heavy on the action.

Thu (4/19) – SVA Theater 2 Beatrice @ 8:30

Fri (4/20) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5 @ 10:00

Thu (4/26) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 5 @ 4:00


Frédéric Jardin’s ‘Sleepless Night’ has been described as ‘Die Hard’ meets ‘24’ by way of  ‘Taken’.  Now granted, these films might not exactly scream “Indie” (or “good”), the French usually have a way of adding a certain suave, sexiness to their action thrillers.  Set in a nightclub over one hectic night, the unrelenting action takes front and center in this story of one man’s mission to save his son.  Drugs, guns, women and thugs are as rampant as the thrilling visuals and strong performances.

Sun (4/22) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 @ 9:30

Thu (4/26) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 @ 8:30

Fri (4/27) – Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 @ 11:30


Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

Carte Blanche at MOMA: Sundance’s Greatest Hits from the Native American and Indigenous Film Program July 10–21, 2014

by H.S. Bayer Native American and Indigenous filmmakers are rooted in a long and deep tradition of storytelling… –Sundance Institute president and founder Robert Redford– Commemorating this year’s 20th anniversa...
by H.S. Bayer


Review: ‘Life Itself’

Directed by Steve James Featuring Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel, Martin Scorsese Now Playing in NYC at Film Society of Lincoln Center & Landmark Sunshine Cinema The juxtaposition is hard to miss. It’s late into ...
by Jake Kring-Schreifels


Review: ‘Begin Again’

Written & Directed by John Carney Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld & Adam Levine When Keira Knightley’s character Greta, a tomboy-dressed Brit, performs an original song durin...
by Jake Kring-Schreifels



Interview: Steve Stoute (Executive Producer, Author – ‘The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop’)

Based on the book “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy“ by former Interscope Records president and internationally acclaimed marketing maven Steve Stoute, ...
by David Teich


Review: ‘Third Person’

Written & Directed by Paul Haggis Starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Loan Chobani & Moran Atias Sounds, images, and characters overlap and converge in ...
by Jake Kring-Schreifels


Interview: Ashim Ahluwalia (Director- ‘Miss Lovely’)

Set in the lower depths of Bombay’s “C” grade film industry, ‘Miss Lovely‘ follows the devastating story of two brothers who produce sex horror films in the mid-1980s. A sordid tale of betrayal and...
by David Teich



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