Articles Tagged Film Festivals

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 »

Beyond a Social Network

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South by Southwest (SXSW) has become a convergence of film, interactive media, and music, as the lines between these media have increasingly blurred. So it’s appropriate that David Dworsky and Victor Köhler’s documentary, Press Play Pause, was chosen for an opening night premiere. The film examines the impact of technology on music and film, and… 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 »

Greater Filmmaker Responsibility in the New Documentary Paradigms

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Anyone who cares about documentary filmmaking wants to know: In the current post-financial crisis, insecure-industry environment, how can filmmakers fund projects and reach audiences when traditional distribution models have crumbled…when even established filmmakers can’t secure the kinds of distribution deals, broadcast partnerships or investment/foundation funders they used to rely on? And perhaps more importantly, what… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Robber"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) Bet you can’t think of another heist movie with a premise this simple and… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Black Venus"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Black Venus (Abdellatif Kechiche. 2010. France. 159 min.) The camera swings up past the startling, life-size plaster cast of the African woman,… Read more »

How to Open a Festival with a Bang

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There is something unusual about Score: A Hockey Musical, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival this year. For one, it is a Canadian musical. Second, it’s big in every way, from how it was presented at the gala, to how it’s being marketed by distributor Mongrel Media, to the stars it features (including Olivia… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "The Social Network"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. The Social Network (David Fincher. 2010. USA. 120 m.) Why do you suppose Mark Zuckerberg, America’s only billionaire inventor with 500,000 friends,… Read more »

NYFF Critic's Choice – "Carlos"

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival, which runs September 24th through October 10th. For a complete list of his selections, click here. Carlos (Olivier Assayas. 2010. France/Germany. 319 min.) Scarface or Che? You have only six hours to decide. How much of yourself are… Read more »