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Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police

The documentary Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police begins at the end. As the band’s guitarist Andy Summers states in the voice-over that shepherds us through the tale, “The ending was inevitable.  [The band breaking up] was always in the script.” The must-see film, based on Summers acclaimed memoir, …

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Tribeca Film Festival Celebrates Monty Python

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival has announced a commemorative celebration in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This year’s iteration of the downtown Manhattan festival will host a special screening of the cult classic as well as the world premiere of the feature-length documentary …

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Newly Restored: Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is utterly direct. The 1976 cult classic documentary is a tale of eccentric glory set amongst the crumble and ruin of an East Hampton, New York mansion. It presents the lives of Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, cousins of Jackie Onassis and remnants of a …

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Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film

More than half of New York City’s immigrants are women.  Despite the vulnerabilities and the barriers that they face, these women contribute immensely to the cultural and economical vitality of the city.  In a new five-month long screening series, their strength, drive and beauty will get their rightful due. Immigrant Women: …

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Silent Films/Live Music: Man Ray & Jim Jarmusch

The acclaimed Silent Films/Live Music series, presented as part of WNYC’s annual New Sounds Live concert series will return in February with a slate of four Man Ray films selected by SQÜRL, plus the U.S. premiere of Blancanieves with live accompaniment, the silent hit that swept Spain’s top filmmaking awards …

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Ballet 422: Behind The Curtain At New York City Ballet

Simply put, the documentary, Ballet 422 is a ballet from beginning to end. It is a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the total spectrum of process.  In it, director, Jody Lee Lipes shadows New York City Ballet‘s up-and-coming visionary, Justin Peck as he choreographs the 422nd original work for the company, all …

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Carte Blanche: Women Writing the Language of Cinema

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) by collaborating with The Museum of Modern Art’s film department on Carte Blanche: Women’s Film Preservation Fund—Women Writing the Language of Cinema opening on February 2, 2015 at …

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Medeas: A Painterly Take on a Greek Classic

Ever-present in writer-director Andrea Pallaoro‘s feature-film debut is a pervasive thirst.  Each of the characters – even the film’s setting itself – ache with an unquenchable longing. Medeas is the lyrical tale of a farming family of five trying to make ends meet in the secluded sprawl of California. Starring …

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Get Schooled in Brazilian Street Art with Grey City (Cidade Cinza)

The ingredients to São Paulo’s distinct graffiti culture: clamor, chaos, congestion, hip hop, and mostly, sheer ingenuity.  From the city’s streets have emerged artists with entirely unique signature styles and deft skill.  Following decades of relentlessness, they have scaled the heights of contemporary art, receiving invitations to show abroad as …

Portrait Of Author Susan Sontag

Watch: Regarding Susan Sontag Debuts on HBO

Susan Sontag observed the world with piercing acuity.  A professional “see-er”, she never succumbed to ideological stereotype or to the limits of labels.  A writer, cultural critic, filmmaker, activist, intellectual provocateur – hers was a perennial thirst for more. More living.  More learning. The new documentary, Regarding Susan Sontag honors …

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Opposite Field: A Love Letter to Baseball

There is something magical about the game of baseball when it is played for all the right reasons.  Opposite Field, a big-hearted documentary is an ode to that magic.  The film is a joyous hymn that reverberates with a simple purity.  It raises high the rib-like roof beams of the …

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Embedded: A Must-See DOC NYC Short

As always, the documentary short gets its proper due at DOC NYC.  This year’s program of “big stories in short form” is grouped according to six thematic categories, with each of the films vying for jury prize in competition.  Embedded, a remarkable gem of vérité intimacy, is a not-to-missed highlight …