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What to See from the Tribeca Film Festival Online

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Screenings have just kicked off in Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival, but as always not all the films are showing in theaters–and there’s more available online this year than ever before. Here’s a quick guide to what you can see and how to see it. Streaming select titles: Four feature films and four shorts will be online after their initial theatrical screenings this week and next; they’ll also be eligible for an audience choice award with prize money totaling $15,000. All of Tribeca’s online material discussed below, including these eight films, is available at http://tribecafilm.com/online. The short films include: * Love in the Time of March Madness - USA; directed by Melissa Johnson & Robertino Zambrano; an animated film about a female basketball…  Read more

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Last Hustle: John Turturro on Fading Gigolo

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John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo has a title that sounds both more elegiac and salacious than the movie ultimately is. The dynamic 57-year-old character actor’s fifth feature as a director features a rare Woody Allen performance outside of his own movies as beleaguered Murray, who’s been forced by the choppy economic winds to shutter his elegant little Manhattan bookshop. Turturro plays Fioravante, one of Murray’s employees and seemingly his best friend. When the store closes, Fioravante takes a job in a flower shop, while Murray spends most of his days looking after a gaggle of black children that are ostensibly the charges of his live-in partner. After learning that his dermatologist (Sharon Stone) and a racy friend (Sofia Vergara) are interested…  Read more

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Five Questions For Ne Me Quitte Pas Directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koeverden

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Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koeverden’s Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Forget Me) takes its name from a Jacques Brel song whose fervid tone fits its disheveled subjects well. Marcel and Bob are best friends: deep in rural Belgium, they wile away their hours in a drunken haze, footage that straddles a productively uncomfortable tragic-comic line. Marcel’s wife leaves him at the beginning, which gives him more time to spend with older, more grizzled, seemingly more resigned Bob: their epic drinking bouts regularly punctuate the film, getting into more and more dangerous territory as spiral downward and, unnervingly, take to the road. A portrait of mutually enabling friendship shot in unblinking widescreen, it’s an uneasily comic/sobering experience. In advance…  Read more

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Spell of the Cat People

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I was watching TV late at night, in a motel room. Having been on the highway all day, I just wanted to get the speeding landscape out of my face and eyes. I searched through the channels for something that had some gravity to it. Something that would pour molasses all over the spinning tires in my mind. Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People had just started. Within a minute, it had blasted the day away, and rolled me like a black-and-white wave. Soft, hypnotic, thunderous. The movie came out of the TV, went into my head and then down into my feet. What is that quality some films have? Where the movie’s atmosphere is so thick, every scene feels like it’s…  Read more

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“Let Some Air In!”: Nathan Silver on Directing Improvisation

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I asked Nathan Silver to write a guest post on directing improvisation, largely because a spur of the moment slipup — in which one of his actors mistakenly entered a scene and decided to stay put — ended up reshaping the narrative of Soft in the Head, which opens today at Cinema Village. I wanted to know how he tacitly guides the actors without stifling them, how much preparation his outlines necessitate, and what sort of challenges the process presents in editing. He sent me the following, with the note that he “might be having a nervous breakdown.” Incidentally, it’s better than anything I could have hoped for. — Sarah Salovaara  “Spring’s in the air.” “ Love’s in the air.”…  Read more

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When Filmmakers Dream: A Story of Attainable Success

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When filmmakers dream, we dream big. And why not? Shoot for the stars, and hell, you might just get one to act in your next movie. While not every filmmaker has designs for commercial success, one would be hard-pressed to find one that would shun recognition and the opportunity to create more films and get paid to do so. Every young filmmaker would love his or her first film to win Sundance so they can be plucked out of obscurity, handed the keys to Hollywood, and asked to direct every episode of True Detective. And why the hell not? When I set out to make my first feature, Blumenthal, I obsessively read up on every first-time feature filmmaking experience I…  Read more

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Nathan Silver’s Undeniable Pressure Cookers

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A producer friend of mine recently opined that if your film does not get into Sundance, it’s a financial failure. That’s a hard and fast rule that doesn’t necessarily hold, beyond the frightening fact that nowadays, only one in five Sundance films receives theatrical distribution. Independent films still ink deals out of SXSW, Tribeca and the margins of Toronto, but what of the films that aren’t afforded the spotlight of the festival circuit? More and more it seems that unique perspectives are cast aside for formulaic, middle of the road, audience pleasers at these high profile showcases. Filmmaker Nathan Silver is both a friend of mine and a perfect example of someone who, in making demanding, uncompromising work, must find support…  Read more

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Five Questions With Fishtail Director Andrew Renzi

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After serving as a producer on films including Afterschool and Two Gates Of Sleep and directing three shorts, Andrew Renzi is transitioning to directing features with not one but two films in 2014. First up is Fishtail, a portrait of life on a Wyoming cattle farm shot in a mere four days. Speed doesn’t mean sloppy haste: Fishtail makes full use of its 16mm widescreen frame, carefully capturing agricultural processes that connect the present to the old American West. Later this year, expect Renzi’s Richard Gere-starring drama Franny; his documentary premiered yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival. In an email interview, Renzi spoke about shooting celluloid and watching Harry Dean Stanton sing Filmmaker: Death of celluloid or no, 16mm is…  Read more

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Five Questions with Five Star Director Keith Miller

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A generational meditation on masculinity, Keith Miller’s sophomore film Five Star explores the relationship between Primo — a Blood since puberty — and his would-be protégé, John. Set against sun-scorched Brooklyn projects, the film folds a casual shooting style into heavier thematic territory. Maintaining an alternately protective and imposing arm, Primo struggles to reconcile his history with his paternal instincts as John is pulled deeper into the gang’s underbelly. Filmmaker spoke to Miller about the film’s non-fictional foundations and his collaboration with the leading “non-actors.” Five Star world premieres today in the World Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. Filmmaker: This is a world all too infrequently depicted in independent film. What attracted you to the gangs, the projects, the drug-dealing — why tell…  Read more

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NAB 2014: The Year of Unusual Cameras

It was clear that this would be the year of 4K, but perhaps more surprising is who plans to ship 4K cameras this year. Sony, who actually bought out two new 4K cameras last year – the F5 and F55 – clearly decided they didn’t…  Read more

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Apr 8, 2014

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Five Questions for Twenty Feet from Stardom Cinematographer Nicola Marsh

Nicola Marsh was one of two cinematographers for Twenty Feet from Stardom, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary. She’s worked with director Morgan Neville on a number of projects, including Troubadours and The Night James Brown Saved Boston as well as other directors including…  Read more

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on Mar 26, 2014

Festivals & Events

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25 Picks for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival opens today, and, as usual, it’s a multi-headed hydra with splashy events, panels, talks but also, of course, films by new and emerging filmmakers. And while Tribeca has garnered a reputation in recent years as a solid platform for international directors…  Read more

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on Apr 16, 2014

VOD Picks

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    Gloria Comedy
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    4/29/14 MOD VOD
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    Nymphomaniac: Vol. I Drama
    Magnolia Pictures
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    3/6/2014 MOD VOD

Interviews

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Tilda Swinton’s Best Interview Ever

Last fall Jamie Stuart was conducting interviews for his NYFF51. He ran into the publicist handling Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and asked if he could get a sit down with Tilda Swinton. The answer: yes, but time was tight. The result is the…  Read more

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on Apr 7, 2014

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