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The Eighth Grade's Francis Ford Coppola

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Twelve year old Alex Boukis has never seen Scarface, or The Godfather. But the film he wrote and directed, Tick Tock Paisan, is about loan sharks and ruthless gangsters.

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Beyond the Bodega: Latin Film in New York

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bodega. Queso fresco. Nuyorican. Life in New York is peppered with pieces of Latin culture, whether you can roll your r’s or not.  When it comes to the city’s multiplexes though, Latin American films have had a harder time reaching New York audiences.

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What Harlem Wants, the Maysles Cinema Gets

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From rooftop films to free concerts in nearly every park, New York offers a bounty of reasons to leave the buzz of your apartment’s air conditioning this summer. One small, 55-person movie theater adds to the mix by bringing a wide range of documentaries and classic cinema to Harlem.


Forget the Popcorn: The Fourth Annual New York Food Film Festival

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's happened before – the shot of the steaming stir fry, a close-up of a succulent meatball, bird's eye view of a juicy slice of pie.  You're at the movies and, bam, you’re starving.


WNYC's World Cup Culture Guide

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The World Cup isn’t just a soccer tournament – it’s an worldwide cultural happening. Find out about the best World Cup music, videos, art exhibitions, and books, right here.


Exercising Your Inner Cinephile: Film Festivals Take Over

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Film festivals in New York are like multiple roommates. In a studio apartment. Living on top of each other.


He'd Rather Be in Baltimore: Questions for John Waters

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

John Waters loves Johnny Mathis. "He's so famous, they don't even introduce him," Waters says.


'Children of God' Confronts Homophobia in the Caribbean

Monday, June 07, 2010

Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer is the first to admit that he is taking a big risk with his debut feature film, Children of God. The  story of two young men falling in love puts the spotlight on homophobia in Caribbean society.


Scene Brooklyn: 2010 BAC Film Festival

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Scene: Brooklyn is a film festival exclusively devoted to Brooklyn filmmakers.

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Animal Collective and Danny Perez's "Oddsac"

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Animal Collective partnered with video artist Danny Perez to release a "visual album," Oddsac. 

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Transgender Controversy at Tribeca Film Fest

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Tribeca Film Festival lists the film Ticked Off Trannies With Knives as a "revenge fantasy flick that brews up a concoction of camp, slasher horror, and power-chick flick to create a radical new genre: Transploitation!"

The film's director Israel Luna stated he intended the film to be empowering, members of New York's transgender community, along with GLAAD, certainly don't think so. They asked the film festival to pull the film from its lineup.  Listen to WNYC's Janaya Williams report on the debate.

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Tribeca Film Festival: Faking It

Friday, April 23, 2010

In one corner: you and your ragged, exhausted self. 

In the other corner: The Tribeca Film Festival

We say: skip the fight, have a drink, and use our handy review rundown to make everyone think you actually went.

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Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole

Friday, April 09, 2010

Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole was meant to be a seamy saga of journalism at its worst.  But of course, journalism is more complicated than that. It wouldn’t exist without its audience.


Africa at the Movies

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Mahen Bonetti is the effervescent founder and executive director of the New York African Film Festival. Listen to her conversation with WNYC's Richard Hake.

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Elinor Burkett Responds to Oscar Night Criticism

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

In what proved to be the most viral moment of the Academy Awards, "Music By Prudence" producer Elinor Burkett stole the mic from the film's director, Roger Ross Williams, and proceeded to give her own (half-sensical) acceptance speech after winning the “Best Documentary Short” category.

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MoMA Celebrates Appalachian Filmmakers

Friday, February 19, 2010

Since 1969, Appalshop has chronicled life in the Appalachian mountains in all its beauty and ugliness.

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Documentary Editor Karen Schmeer Killed in Hit and Run

Monday, February 01, 2010

Schmeer, 39, was best known for her work with Errol Morris on the film "The Fog of War."


Holiday Weekend Roundup, Dec. 25-27

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, Dec. 25
11:30am-4pm // Upper East Side

The Jewish Museum hosts A Family Celebration, a day-long event featuring a Klezmer concert, tours and kid-friendly activities.


Witty Women Take Center Stage

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Take a break from arguing whether Colin Firth or Matthew McFayden was the hotter Mr. Darcy. You can get a huge dose of Jane Austen love at the Morgan Library.


Filmmaker Melvin van Peebles Gets Graphic

Monday, November 23, 2009

Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles discussed his new film, "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha." (August 28, 2009)