5 items from 2015
The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival announced this week its line-up for the short film program. Presented by At&T, the 60 films selected from 3076 submissions this year will be presented in nine programs made up of five narratives, three documentaries, and one combined. The program includes a record 40 world premieres and shorts from 18 countries including Argentina, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, German, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the UK, and the Us.
Several Tff Alumni return this year as part of the short film program including filmmaker Stefan Nadelman, who screened his short film Terminal Bar at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, with his short film Last Call and producer Ellen Bar with her narrative Early Sunday Morning starring American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside. Bar produced the documentary feature Ballet 422 which premiered at Tff 2013. Also returning is Andrew Jenks with the short documentary film All American Family, »
- Sacha Hall
Exclusive: Christmas in April? Why not — if it’s got Dick Van Dyke and Valerie Harper? Here’s a sneak peek at their new short film Merry Xmas, which is set to unwrap, er, unspool at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. Glenne Headly and Matthew Modine co-star in director Boman Modine’s comic look at how the holidays can be murder. Expect danger! romance! tragedy! and … junks. Joe D’Angerio and Matthew Modine produced the short. Have a look, but beware the “Jingle Bell… »
A preview of Clothes on Film editor Christopher Laverty’s article on the vibrant costume design of Dick Tracy for Arts Illustrated magazine.
Truly unique, Dick Tracy is as close to a comic strip brought to life as any film before or since. This was director and star Warren Beatty’s goal; not to interpret the comic, but to paint it directly onto a cinematic canvas. He achieved this by embracing the superficial qualities of the painted page, the bright colours, exaggerated structures, madcap caricatures, and placing them front and centre. Dick Tracy is an all knowing pantomime.
The original Dick Tracy comic strip first published in the United States in 1931, to which Beatty was and remains a huge a fan, was drawn using a then characteristic palette of four or five primary colours. Beatty endeavoured to recreate this template for the big screen, although some exceptions were made, particularly with costume design. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
“A Madcap Manhattan Weekend”
Easily one of Woody Allen’s best films, The Purple Rose of Cairo, released in 1985, is a treat. It’s got laughs and pathos and is an excellent treatise on the conflict between fantasy and reality. Purple Rose represents a period when Allen was at the peak of his powers, when he was considered one of America’s greatest auteurs, and before there was the stigma of scandal hovering over his work. In 1985, Allen could do no wrong, and The Purple Rose of Cairo does everything right.
Allen doesn’t appear in the film. The picture belongs to Mia Farrow, and she delivers one of her best and most poignant performances as Cecilia, a meek and unhappy housewife/waitress in New Jersey during the Depression area. She is married to Monk (Danny Aiello), who is abusive and pays little attention to her needs. »
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The film stars Brittany Snow, William H. Macy and Glenne Headly. Vertical Entertainment co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin closed the deal during a meeting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with producer Jason Potash, Paul Finkel, and representatives from Xyz Films and Preferred Content.
The picture centers on a troubled young woman who works at a prayer call center. The prayers she says make a difference in callers’ lives, forcing her to reconcile her reckless past with the faith she inspires in others.
“Dial a Prayer” was written and directed by Maggie Kiley, produced by Storyboard’s Paul Finkel and Jason Potash, producer Dan Hyman, executive producers Marcus Dean Fuller and Julie S. Fuller. The film was financed and produced by Storyboard Entertainment in association with Compass Entertainment. »
- Brent Lang
5 items from 2015
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