New York Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea is the one to see at this year’s New York Film Festival. Writer, director Kenneth Lonergan’s film is deeply moving, honest, and surprisingly funny. Casey Affleck’s truthful performance is detailed, restrained, and refreshingly organic. He is surely this year’s Oscar front runner.
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#Tribeca2016 Movie-Still Monday: Curmudgeons

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Curmudgeons – Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito stars and directs Curmudgeons, which is part of the New York Now Short Film Series at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.  Eighty years-old and in assisted living, Ralph Pajovic (DeVito)  is involved in a relationship that makes his family anxious. On a crisp, Winter day, his unlucky-in-love granddaughter comes for what seems like an ordinary visit. A curmudgeon by nature, Ralph can’t possibly predict the surprise she has in store for him. Curmudgeons also features David Margulies, Lucy DeVito, Sarah Nina Hayon, Kett Turton

#Tribeca2016 Daily Movie Still: Family Fang

In honor of the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, MoviefiedNYC brings you a daily movie still from a one of the films premiering today (4/14)—a movie we think you shouldn’t miss. Click on the title of the film for more information and screening dates and times.

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Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman are Annie and Baxter Fang, the offspring and reluctant collaborators of Caleb and Camille Fang (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunket). Celebrated and controversial performance artists, Caleb and Camille’s work put innocent bystanders in the midst of elaborate staged scenes that frequently featured their young children. When the elder Fangs go missing under mysterious circumstances, Annie is convinced it’s just another elaborate prank-cum-art piece, while Baxter suspects something else might be afoot. In digging into the unraveling mystery, the siblings begin to unpack long dormant and unresolved issues from their unorthodox childhoods.

Following up his delightfully raunchy debut Bad Words, Bateman turns his directorial attentions to more mature material, telling a dysfunctional family story that is at once idiosyncratic and identifiable, while never losing his distinctive sense of humor.

Family Fang felt deeply and caustically funny, Bateman’s sophomore feature is an unpredictable and unique take on the dysfunctional family drama genre.

—Cara Cusumano

Tribeca Film Festival Turns 15: MoviefiedNYC Recommends #Tribeca2016

Downtown_datesIt’s April in New York City and that means it’s time for independent film makers to flood lower Manhattan for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. This year Tribeca celebrates it’s 15th Year with more local and international films and shorts, exciting street fairs,  and also virtual reality as they will explore storytelling with a unique immersive experiences with Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade, where “stories are not passively watched but they are actually experienced—you are the participant.”

Here are a few of the movies and special events MoviefiedNYC recommends at this year’s Tribeca Film Festial.

Strike a Pose (Premiers April 15)

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Top row: Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes III, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea. Bottom row: Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez.  (Photograph by Linda Posnick)

Directed and written by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. (Netherlands, Belgium). What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

Equals (April 18)

Kristen Stewart as Nia in the film EQUALS. Photo courtesy of A24.
Kristen Stewart. Photo courtesy of A24.

Directed by Drake Doremus and written by Nathan Parker. (USA). Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max, About a Boy) star in the ambitious new film from director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), about a utopian future society where crime and violence have been eradicated through the genetic elimination of human emotion.

After Spring (Opens April 14)

Ibrahim walking home from bread distribution at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan. After Spring, Directed by Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez, Photo Credit: Jason Graham Howell
After Spring, Directed by Steph Ching & Ellen Martinez, Photo Credit: Jason Graham Howell

Directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching (USA).  After Spring follows the struggles and triumphs of two Syrian families living in a Jordanian refugee camp as they contemplate an uncertain future. This is a hopeful film, showing the resilience of the Syrian people.

My Scientology Movie (Premiers April 17)

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Louis Filming being Filmed at Gold Base. © BBC/BBCWorldwide

Not your typical exposé. BBC doc-maker and journalist Louis Theroux teams up with director John Dower and double Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar, Man On Wire) to explore the self-mythologizing Church of Scientology.

High Rise (Opens April 20)

Sienna Guillory as Jane Sheridan in HIGH RISE, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo credit: Aidan Monaghan
Sienna Guillory. Photo credit: Aidan Monaghan

Directed by Ben Wheatley, written by Amy Jump, Ben Wheatley. (UK). Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in the new film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel about a London apartment tower that becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Obit (Opens April 17)

Editors meet each morning to consider what deaths to cover. Photographer: Ben Wolf
Editors meet each morning to consider what deaths to cover. Photographer: Ben Wolf

World Premiere Directed by Vanessa Gould. How do you capture a life in 500 words? Ask the New York Times obituary writers. Each day, under relentless deadlines, they shine a literary light on unusual lives. A first-­ever look into the rituals, joys and existential angst of chronicling life after death on the frontlines of history.

Storyscapes (April 14 – 17)

Attendees enjoying the DEEP experience at DOK Leipzig, November 2015. (Photographer: Susanne Jehnichen)
(Photographer: Susanne Jehnichen)

Storyscapes projects at the 2016 Festival, open April 14-17, feature both installations and VR. The program includes projects that grapple with issues of racism, violence and harm inflicted on our planet, combining the excitement of these new immersive mediums tempered with the urgency of a world on fire. It is in turns thrilling, upsetting, shocking and wonderful, much like the world we live in.

“This year’s Storyscapes offerings are a reflection of today’s world. We live in a very charged period—from the political landscape to unprecedented violence—and the Storyscapes installations are compelling and engaging experiences that balance some of the sobering issues facing society, as well as inspiring and wonderful ones,” said Ingrid Kopp, Storyscapes curator.

Virtual Arcade (April 18-23)

Allumette in Clouds. (Created by: Penrose Studios)
Allumette in Clouds. (Created by: Penrose Studios)

Virtual Arcade debuts at the 2016 Festival, helping to expand the immersive entertainment slate with thirteen additional VR experiences from some of the leading creators and emerging voices in this new medium. 

 

#Tribeca2016 Daily Movie Still: Fear, Inc.

In honor of the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, MoviefiedNYC brings you a daily movie still from a one of the films premiering today (4/15)—a movie we think you shouldn’t miss. Click on the title of the film for more information and screening dates and times.

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For a guy like Joe Foster—a carefree, PBR drinking, perpetual adolescent, who gets his kicks from being terrified by scary movies—the chance to experience classic horror film moments in real life is too good an opportunity to pass up, no matter how foreboding the offer may seem. And that’s exactly what Fear, Inc. proposes: the next level in fright. On an average date night at a haunted playhouse, Joe is ominously handed the Fear, Inc. business card from a spook in a clown-mask. Despite his friend’s warning that Fear, Inc. is a band of demented criminals and not a legitimate company, Joe calls the number on the card. Game on.

Fear, Inc. is a self-aware horror comedy that fiendishly slices in a thriller element. Director Vincent Masciale deftly plays with our expectations and suspicions—what is real and what is part of the game? As the lines between the two blur, Joe’s dream come true begins to look more like a nightmare.

—Marina Hanna

#Tribeca2016 Daily Movie Still: Contemporary Color

In honor of the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, MoviefiedNYC brings you a daily movie still from a one of the films premiering today (4/14)—a movie we think you shouldn’t miss.

Click on the title of the film for more information and screening dates and times.

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In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers. Recruiting performers that include the likes of Saint Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada, Contemporary Color is a beautifully filmed snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live event.

Having completed an Americana trilogy of observational documentaries (Western, Tchoupitoulas, 45365), filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross direct their attention to this large scale concert performance. The Ross brothers do not simply document this night of collective performances, but conduct an immersive and visually captivating experience that captures the energy, rhythm, and artistry of the night itself.

—Tilson Allen-Merry

After the movie on Thursday, April 14: A conversation led by David Byrne with Bill and Turner Ross, with special appearances by color guarders.

Sabor! at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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El Charro de Toluquilla

Last year the Tribeca Film Festival’s 14th edition welcomed over 138,000 movie-goers over 12 days of screenings and panels with a total attendance of over 467,000. The festival, now in its 15th year is bringing together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences to celebrate the power of storytelling. 130 film directors, screening 101 films, 72 shorts, 23 virtual reality and interactive installations, are pulling out all the stops to make sure the 2016 Festival is like no other quinceañera we have seen. Now it certainly can be overwhelming, to figure out what to catch, so we decided to share with you some of the Latino entries to this year’s festival, hopefully adding some Sabor! to your viewing experience.

After Spring

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Directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching. (USA)-World Premiere, Documentary.
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of two families as they contemplate an uncertain future. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, this is a fascinating journey
through the camp’s physical and human landscapes. In Arabic, English, Korean with subtitles.

The Charro of Toluquilla (El Charro De Toluquilla)

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Directed and written by Jose Villalobos Romero. (Mexico) – International Premiere,
Documentary.
Jaime García appears to be the quintessentially machismo mariachi singer, yet beneath his
magnetic confidence lies a man struggling to maintain a relationship with his estranged family
while living as an HIV-positive man. In Jose Villalobos Romero’s remarkable cinematic debut, he
utilizes vivid tableaus and stylized perspective to paint a beautifully unique and emotional
portrait of a man divided. With Analia Garcia Hernandez, Rocio Hernandez, La Paloma, Andrea
Dominguez, Ventura Garcia. In Spanish with subtitles.

Icaros: A Vision

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Directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi, written by Leonor Caraballo, Matteo Norzi, and
Abou Farman. (Peru, USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
An American woman in search of a miracle embarks on an adventure in the Peruvian Amazon. At a healing center, she finds hope in the form of an ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca. With her perception forever altered, she bonds with a young indigenous shaman who is treating a group of psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. With Ana Cecilia Stieglitz, Arturo Izquierdo, Filippo Timi. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Madly

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Directed and written by Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, and Natasha Khan. (Argentina, Australia, USA, India, Japan, UK) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Madly is an international anthology of short films exploring love in all its permutations.  Directed by some of the most vibrant filmmakers working today, the six stories in Madly portray contemporary love in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations. With Radhika Apte, Satyadeep Misra, Adarsh Gourav, Kathryn Beck, Lex Santos, Mariko Tsutsui, Yuki Sakurai, Ami Tomite, Justina Bustos, Pablo Seijo, Tamsin Topolski. In English, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish with subtitles.

Memories of a Penitent Heart

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Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo. (USA, Puerto Rico) – World Premiere, Documentary.
Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a
career in theater and a rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile his
homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his death, his niece Cecilia locates
Miguel’s estranged lover to understand the truth, and in the process opens up long-dormant family secrets. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

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Directed by Deborah S. Esquenazi. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
In 1994, four women were tried and convicted of a heinous assault on two young girls in a court
case that was infused with homophobic prejudice and the Satanic Panic sweeping the nation at
that time. Southwest of Salem is a fascinating true crime story that puts the trial of the San
Antonio Four in context of their ongoing search for exoneration.

The Tenth Man (El Rey Del Once)

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Directed and written by Daniel Burman. (Argentina) – North American Premiere, Narrative.
Ariel is summoned to Buenos Aires by his distant father, who runs a Jewish aid foundation in El
Once, the bustling Jewish neighborhood where he spent his youth. Writer-director Daniel
Burman (All In) returns to Tribeca with this tender exploration of community, and the intricacies
of the father-son relationship. With Alan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher, Elvira Onetto,
Adrian Stoppelman, Elisa Carricajo. In Spanish with subtitles.

Short Films

The Boxer (El Púgil)

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Directed and written by Angel Manuel Soto. (Puerto Rico) – World Premiere, Documentary.
El Púgil (The Boxer) narrates the rags to riches story of the super feather underdog Angel
‘Tito’ Acosta El Púgil,’ a young Puerto Rican boxer from the slums of Barrio Obrero, Puerto Rico
and his ordeal to becoming World Champion. In Spanish with subtitles.

Catch a Monster (Coger Un Monstruo)

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Directed and written by Michael Y. Lei. (USA, Bolivia) – World Premiere, Narrative.
A lonely boy finds himself trapped in a dark fantasy come alive in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia. In
Spanish with subtitles.

Winds of Furnace (Aire quemado)

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Directed and written by Yamil Quintana. (Mexico) – World Premiere, Narrative.
In a half-urbanized community in the Mexican tropics, Santiago and his friends, Antonio and
Miguel, are having a fun afternoon sharing jokes, pranks, and dreams as they straddle the
boundary between childhood and adult life. In Spanish with subtitles.