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New York Film Critics Circle Adds 8 New Members, Expanding to Largest Membership in History

The New York Film Critics Circle announced today that 8 new members will join the group, bringing the total number of members to 42, the largest membership since the group was founded in 1935. The new members include The Ringer’s Kameron Austin Collins, IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich, The National Catholic Register’s Steven Greydanus, BBC’s Caryn James, Film Comment’s Violet Lucca, RogerEbert.com’s Sheila O’Malley, The Atlantic’s David Sims and Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson. Additionally, the group formally voted in Alison Willmore from Buzzfeed as their Vice Chair.

“We are thrilled to welcome so many strong voices from a variety of publications into the group this year,” said Nyfcc Chair Eric Kohn of IndieWire. “Our group is now at its largest number in history, illustrating the ongoing vitality of film criticism in New York and the range of voices keeping it relevant. While we plan to
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New York Film Critics Circle Sets Late November Voting Date, Kicking Off Awards Season

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New York Film Critics Circle Sets Late November Voting Date, Kicking Off Awards Season
The New York Film Critics Circle has announced the date for its annual vote on the best films and performances of the year, taking place this year on Thursday, November 30, 2017, followed by its annual Gala Awards dinner on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. As is the organization’s tradition, winners will be announced on Twitter during the annual meeting. New members will be announced in October, after their annual meeting on October 20.

Only a handful of other voting bodies go before the Nyfcc, including the Gotham Awards (November 27) and the National Board of Review (November 28). The Nyfcc is typically the first critics-led organization to announce its winners, getting a major jump on the season and helping set the stage for the weeks to come. IndieWire’s own Deputy Editor and Chief Critic Eric Kohn serves as this year’s Chairman, with Buzzfeed’s Alison Wilmore serving as Vice Chair and Marshall Fine continuing on as General Manager.
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New York Film Critics Circle Picks Voting Date, But Will Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Screen In Time?

The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation.

But there is often some debate about how early they can reasonably vote for the year’s best films. Traditionally, they like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). Will they be able to see all the late-breaking entries by their voting date December 1? They’ve insisted on voting around the same time for the last five years.

While they will likely catch Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” in time, the film they are most likely to miss is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He’s working with Paramount on a last-minute marketing campaign for the period film set in Japan, but there are concerns about when that movie starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson
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New York Film Critics Picks Voting Date, But Will Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Screen In Time?

The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation.

But there is always some debate about how early they can reasonably vote for the year’s best films. Traditionally, they like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). Will they be able to see all the late-breaking entries by their voting date December 1? They’ve insisted on voting around the same time for the last five years.

While they will likely catch Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” and Denzel Washington’s “Fences” in time, the film they are most likely to miss is Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” He’s working with Paramount on a last-minute marketing campaign for the period film set in Japan, but there are concerns about when that movie starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson
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Slamdance Film Festival Selects Jury Members (Exclusive)

The 21st Slamdance Film Festival has selected jury members for its documentary, narrative and shorts competitions at the festival, which runs Jan. 23-29.

Narrative feature jury members: Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber; Todd Looby and Emily Upzcak. Documentary just members are Paige Williams, Josh Leake and Bryan Storkel.

Narrative and animation shorts jury members are Sarah Cornell, Rory Haines and Elle Schneider. Experimental and anarchy shorts jury members: Eve Cohen, Laura Merians and Dan Brawley.

Members for the micro short films competitition are Amber Benson (actress, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and writer, “The Witches of Echo Park”), Todd Berger (director, ” It’s A Disaster”), Laura Merians (cinematographer for “Björk,” “Atoms For Peace”), Kent Osborne (writer, “Adventure Time,” “Spongebob Squarepants”) and Damon Russell (producer, “Curfew” and director, “Snow On Tha Bluff”).

The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.
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N.Y. Film Critics Circle Stakes Out Early Awards Date

The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the org also pointed out the addition of Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas and Wesley Morris of Grantland to the circle.

The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, Nyfcc moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.

The Nyfcc and Nbr announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards,
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Busy Amy Berg's Janis Joplin Doc to Be Shopped at Cannes

Busy Amy Berg's Janis Joplin Doc to Be Shopped at Cannes
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg has a lot going on these days. Not only did her first narrative feature, "Every Secret Thing" (with a screenplay by Nicole Holofcener), just premiere at Tribeca (where it was, unfortunately, panned by critic John Anderson for Indiewire), she also has a documentary in the works tracking sex abuse within the film industry, notably focusing on the still unraveling Bryan Singer case. And now she has a new doc on Janis Joplin on her slate, being produced by another highly prolific documentarian, Alex Gibney, going to the Cannes market. "Janis: Little Girl Blue" is currently in production, and will reportedly "strip away Joplin's rock n' roll persona," and includes her performances at Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970, the same year she died at age 27 of a heroin overdose.  Meanwhile, Lee Daniels has been circling a Janis Joplin feature for a while --
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Review: “First Comes Love”

Review: “First Comes Love”
The fine line between movingly personal and irritatingly self-indulgent is pretty much obliterated by “First Comes Love,” autobiographical documentarian Nina Davenport’s video memoir of her decision to have a baby on her own, and the subsequent process of doing that. In tone, Davenport’s film (a genuine chore to watch at 106 minutes) recalls those New York Times Sunday Styles pieces in which annoying people provide first-person accounts chronicling major life events. By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound.

At first blush, Davenport’s story ought to be highly relatable, certainly within the obvious quadrants. Entering her 40s and single after the customary struggles with Manhattan dating (dealt with in her earlier doc, “Always a Bridesmaid”), she becomes keenly aware of those around her procreating and concludes she desperately wants to join them,
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Remember Me: Jack Klugman (1922 – 2012)

For most, Jacob “Jack” Klugman’s defining role was Oscar Madison, the quintessential white collar guy with a blue collar New York sensibility – loud, oafish, impulsive, a compulsive gambler and an inveterate slob – on the TV series adaptation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, which ran on ABC 1970-75. Those among the Aarp crowd who like their vintage 1970s cop shows – stuff like Cannon, McCloud, Barnaby Jones, MacMillan and Wife — might also have fond remembrances of Klugman in Quincy M.E. (1976-1983) as a pushy, passionate medical examiner – who was also, at times, loud, oafish, impulsive, a compulsive gambler and a bit of a slob.

But when I heard Klugman had passed away on Christmas Eve, what flashed through my mind was the singular appropriateness of his passing on such a spirit-filled day, because my favorite onscreen memories of the actor were his four appearances on The Twilight Zone. What was the tie for me?
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Amy Berg/Peter Jackson West Of Memphis Sold

Amy Berg's West of Memphis Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, reports EW.com. The film depicts the efforts to exonerate the West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — who were convicted of the murder of three boys in Arkansas. All three were recently released from prison after having served nearly two decades behind bars. In addition to good reviews and the continuing controversy surrounding the case — some insist the men are guilty; others call their conviction a gross miscarriage of justice and an indictment against the American justice system — West of Memphis had a couple of other good selling points: it was produced by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and frequent partner Fran Walsh, and it doesn't hurt
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