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Watch: The Heart Machine – A Valentine for the New Digital Age

Modern dating and the quicksand of unbridled obsession are at the bull’s eye of Zachary Wigon’s impressive debut feature film.  The Heart Machine, grounded by take-notice performances from John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil, explores the unraveling mind of a man swept away in a confusion of mounting paranoia, …

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Watchers of the Sky: The Privilege of Getting to Try

A simple truth: Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history.  Haunted by the loss of his family during the Holocaust and informed by his own subsequent dislocation, the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist dedicated his every day to building a temple of accountability through international law.  Lemkin was as a one-man …

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The Hacker Wars: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?

Linguist and activist, Noam Chomsky once wrote, “If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion.”  It is precisely that semblance of security that is in the crosshairs of the new documentary, The Hacker Wars.  Ripped from international headlines, the feature film makes plain its stance as …

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NYFF: Viggo Mortensen Discusses Jauja and its Director Lisandro Alonso

Argentine director, Lisandro Alonso is this year’s filmmaker in residence for the New York Film Festival.  His latest work, Juaja is described as “the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes us to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the …

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NYFF: Tales of the Grim Sleeper Explores a South Central Serial Killer

Provocateur filmmaker, Nick Broomfield’s latest feature is as much a portrait of a place as it is of a man.  Tales of the Grim Sleeper delves headlong into the 25-year killing spree that terrified the community of South Central, Los Angeles. Long-time Compton resident and go-to neighbor, Lonnie Franklin Jr. …

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Bitter Honey: A Documentary on Polygamy, Love and Violence

With the beautiful, near-paradise of Bali as its backdrop, Bitter Honey is an eye-opening and emotionally potent documentary about polygamy and gender inequality.  In it, director Robert Lemelson and his collaborators chronicle the struggles of three polygamous families over the trajectory of seven years. In Indonesia, the taking of a …

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NYFF: A Chat with Stray Dog Director Debra Granik

The documentary, Stray Dog feels like a well-worn postcard that has seen a lot of miles.  It offers a telling of life in rural America – an overlooked America – where neighbors matter, patriotism is a lifeline and poverty has calloused hands.  Ron “Stray Dog” Hall is your ferryman for …

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NYFF: First Trailer for Inherent Vice

Feast your eyes.  Just ahead of its world premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s highly anticipated new film, Inherent Vice is finally here.  The tripped out psychedelic noir swirls in the drug haze and paranoia of Southern California during the 1970′s.  …

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NYFF: Gone Girl Tackles Marriage, Mystery and Consuming Tragedy

Marriage, as seen through the subversive lens of director, David Fincher is more affliction than rite.  It is a pretty, pink envelope for unspooling mania.  It is a grotesque race in destroying the person you know best. Thankfully, we expected nothing less.Gone Girl, Fincher’s much-anticipated film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s …

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The 52nd New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival (September 26th- October 12th, 2014) is a point of pride for anyone whose heart has ever been captivated by those great dames: Cinema and the City herself.  Since its inception in 1963, the festival has engaged audiences with the best of what world cinema has …

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Watch: Last Days in Vietnam

How do wars end?  Not for the glad-handing policymakers, but for those on the ground, living in the fray?  How do you separate the sinew of circumstance from the blood and guts of true human connection?  Acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Rory Kennedy (Ethel, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib) offers an unflinching exploration …

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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and an Emergence of a People

Through a Lens Darkly is a celebration of limitless possibility.  It is an ode to Black photographers – as cultural authors, as activists, and as true arbiters of revelation.  The documentary, inspired by photographer and educator Deborah Willis’ seminal book, Reflections in Black, renders the faces of by-gone generations visible …