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Bolton

Tribeca 2016: Critic’s Choice

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77 World Premieres, 42 Directorial Debuts, 23 VR exhibits and interactive installations from the leading filmmakers, and 11 Award-Winning Films to watch on the last day of the Festival. That’s what Tribeca Film Festival has in store for us this year, and The Independent is there to soak it all up.

Nate Parker took Sundance by storm with his depiction of Nat Turner in The Birth of a Nation (courtesy Fox Searchlight).

Sundance 2016: Where Black Lives Matter

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Slave rebellion, a romance for the history books, and girls being their odd, tough selves combine for one potent antidote to Hollywood’s dearth of black lives on screen. Credit goes to Sundance 2016, according to staff writer Neil Kendricks, who says this festival “defiantly flies a multi-racial flag of true diversity.”

From Kahil Joseph's "Double Conscience" video installation at Sundance 2016's New Frontier section. (Photo by Neil Kendricks)

Sundance 2016: New Frontier’s VR Spectacles

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In its 10th year, Sundance’s New Frontier section abounded with cutting edge technology and immersive, VR experiences. Neil Kendricks and Maddy Kadish wore the headsets, goggles, and assorted cutting-edge tech in order to leave Park City momentarily behind and glimpse the future of storytelling.

New York, NY - February 2, 2014 - Sharon Jones performs at the Beacon Theater following cancer treatment. (Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

DOC NYC 2015: Critic’s Picks

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Films by directors Barbara Kopple, Kristina Sorge, Douglas Sloan, Kent Jones, Jason Hutt, Marc Levin, Stephen Maing, Jimmy Goldblum, and Amy Berg are Kurt Brokaw’s critic’s picks from DOC NYC, the all-documentary festival that runs from November 12-19, 2015.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes "The Walk" not photographed when it actually happened. (Courtesy NYFF)

NYFF 2015: Critic’s Choice

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Remember 2008’s spectacular doc-based-on-a-book Man On Wire? Now it’s fictionalized as The Walk and Kurt Brokaw LOVED it. Find out what else our senior critic adored at this year’s New York Film Festival, running September 25-October 11, 2015.