Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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Below are the Critic’s Choice short picks. For a fest overview and the features, click here. Critic’s Choice – Tribeca Shorts Eva-Working Title (Dor Fadlon. 2010. Israel. 14 min.) Pentecost (Peter McDonald. 2010. Ireland. 11 min.) New York doesn’t shortchange shorts. The New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films each show selected short films… Read more »

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Features

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A Decade In the Life of the Tribeca Film Festival If you want eight million New Yorkers and millions of vacationers to see more than Ground Zero when they visit lower Manhattan, you need to pick movies that will attract the widest possible range of moviegoers. Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal,… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2011 – Critic's Choice

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For the second consecutive year, The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, has screened the entire lineup of New Directors/New Films and is reviewing his favorites below, including Margin Call, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Night Hunter, and Incendies. In addition to teaching literature and business courses for the New School University for more than… Read more »

Leader of Red Sheep

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Red Shirley, Lou Reed’s 28-minute homage to his 101-year-old cousin, Shirley Novick, had its New York premiere January 15th, as part of the 20th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival which runs through January 27th. Novick (known as Shulamit Rabinowitz before her marriage to the late editor of the Yiddish daily, The Morning Freiheit, Paul… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2010 – Critic's Choice

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival. Below are excerpts of full reviews. New films will be added to this list throughout the fest, which runs September 24th through October 10th. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) The Robber exemplifies a principle many… Read more »

A Meeting of Worlds: YouTube Biennial at the Guggenheim

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The Guggenheim Museum: one of the art world’s most venerable institutions, home of masterpieces from the Impressionist movement to the modern era. YouTube: one of the world’s most expansive video repositories, home of sensations from children biting other children’s fingers to anime tributes galore. What could these two household names possibly have in common? According… Read more »

Defending Tribeca in an Era of Megabrands

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Those French scamps who walked off with this year’s Best Short Oscar (LogoRama) didn’t sneak in a Tribeca Film Festival logo among their 2,500 global power players. But TFF’s simple, clean graphic wouldn’t have looked out of place next to MGM’s lion and Universal’s revolving world. TFF still has only a fraction (nine years) of… Read more »

Tribeca 2010: Mary Robertson on "Missed Connections"

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Have you ever felt your eyes lock with someone across a crowded subway, only to wish later that you had ripped through the crowd to get some digits? You’re not the only one. Director Mary Robertson’s short film Missed Connections documents a few of the loves lost and found on Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” classifieds. With… Read more »

Advance Look at New Directors/New Films

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For the past 38 years in Manhattan, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art have collaborated on an annual presentation of New Directors/New Films. This year’s 27 features and 11 shorts, representing 20 countries, will screen at both locales between March 24th and April 4th. Many events host directors for… Read more »