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New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct.14

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw views the entire main slate plus all shorts in the
56th New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct.14. Read critic’s choice reviews on
his top favorites which will post in one continuing article over the next three weeks.

“The Profession is Crowded Now”

After a halcyon decade of growth and promise for women in Hollywood, patriarchal, hyper-capitalism closed like a vise around the industry. With this second series installment, Kerry McElroy explores Los Angeles in the 1920s. Women migrating west in large numbers represented an exciting cultural phenomenon but also a social problem that needed to be regulated. Just as the “casting couch” was becoming an entrenched industrial practice, a notorious rape trial shocked the industry and re-victimized women. In the midst of these grim developments, a few actresses did manage to become global, superstars, amassing real wealth.

Women in Film Portraits: Autumn Moran

In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Autumn Moran, a New York based cinematographer who has worked in multiple mediums.  Autumn talks with Lauren about her mentors and heroes, current film projects, and about lessons worth imparting to the next generation of DP’s.

Hollywood Was a Matriarchy

To understand the current #MeToo/Time’s Up moment, we must reckon with a century of Hollywood’s mistreatment of women. With this first series installment, Kerry McElroy takes us back to the industry’s earliest decade in Los Angeles. This was a time of surprising feminine power. Cinema emerged alongside the New Woman, utopian promises of California, the stunt queen, and global female celebrity. It took time for capitalist forces to reassert a gendered order.

Rewind!: Scott Rosenberg and Con Air

In early August, as part of their “Rewind!” series, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brighton, MA held a special 35mm screening of the 1997 film Con Air, followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Scott Rosenberg. Like all the special events held by the Coolidge, it was great fun for fans of the movie and a special treat for those coming to Con Air for the first time. The Independent’s Mike Sullivan was at the event and shares this review.