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They say that those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym. But sometimes, those who can do also teach, and if you’ve made 70 movies over 20 years, while raking in a bunch of Independent Spirit award and Oscar nominations, apparently it’s time to share some of the expertise. Christine Vachon, whose films as a producer include “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “One-Hour Photo,” “Kids,” “I Shot Andy Warhol,” “At Any Price” and virtually All the films of Todd Haynes, has joined the faculty of Stony Brook Southampton Arts on Long Island. As part of the Stony Brook Film Festival, which begins today, she’ll will get a lifetime achievement award on July 26, which will coincide with a screening of her latest project, “Deep Powder,” a drug-smuggling drama set in the ‘80s, directed by Mo Ogrodnik and starring Haley Bennett and Shiloh Fernandez. »
- John Anderson
The world preem of “A New York Heartbeat,” a screening of upcoming Epix doc “Twa Flight 800” and a career kudo for Killer Films’ Christine Vachon are among the highlights of the 18th annual Stony Brook Film Festival in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Tjardus Greidanus’ “New York Heartbeat,” about gangsters in 1950s Brooklyn, is part of a slate of narrative films that also includes opener “Zaytoun,” the East Coast bow of Eran Riklis’ drama toplined by Stephen Dorff, and closing night title “Two Lives,” Georg Maas’ Norwegian-German thriller with a cast that includes Liv Ullman. M. Blash’s “The Wait,” starring Jena Malone and Chloe Sevigny, also is in the lineup.
“Twa Flight 800,” Kristina Borjesson’s expose of the investigation into the 1996 plane crash on Long Island, will play the festival a few days after its smallscreen debut on Epix July 17.
Producer Vachon, meanwhile, receives the fest’s career achievement award »
- Gordon Cox
It’s one thing to make a movie about college and high school students partying too hard and making some very poor decisions, but it’s another to do so with a narrative that has roots in a true story, and Mo Ogrodnik’s Tribeca Film Festival entry Deep Powder proves it. The film features Shiloh Fernandez as Danny, a former hockey star who can’t hold on to his college scholarship in the wake of his father’s passing. Instead of heading off to school and pursuing his dreams, he’s living at home with his mother and two young siblings, stuck in a monotonous existence working as a ski lift operator. His routine is rocked when Natasha Tabor (Haley Bennett) and her privileged boarding school friends head up to enjoy a run on Danny’s mountain. ...
- Perri Nemiroff
Written and directed by Mo Ogrodnik
Movies about teenagers can tolerate cliche much better than movies about adults. The reason for this is fairly obvious: teenagers haven’t learned enough yet to avoid doing the wrong things that characters in movies shouldn’t do. Teenagers haven’t learned enough about love to avoid the wrong relationship, haven’t learned enough about crime to avoid getting caught, haven’t learned enough about necromancy to avoid reading from the Book of the Dead. So it’s not necessarily a bad thing to say that Mo Ogrodnik’s Deep Powder employs a number of plot or character points that have been seen before – these teenagers will have to learn their lessons the hard way, as all movie teenagers do.
- Mark Young
Deep Powder will make its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival next month. Very cool Deep Powder snow movie contains awesome crashes and even cooler yells which you can check in the trailer below. Two up and coming thesps, Haley Bennett and Evil Dead star, Shiloh Fernandez, were cast as the leads in the Mo Ogrodnik-directed film. The indie film about a couple of young kids from opposite sides of the tracks who fall in love is based on true events. The good-kids-gone-bad route while they embark on a dangerous drug run to South America is part of a...
- Nick Martin
The Tribeca Film Festival announced the first half of its 2013 movie slate today, including its World Narrative and Documentary Competition film categories, along with selections from the out-of-competition Viewpoints section, which highlights international and independent cinema. Festival organizers reviewed more than 6,000 submissions to select 89 feature-length films from 30 different countries for this year’s festival, which boasts 53 world premieres. “Our competition selections embody the quality and diversity of contemporary cinema from across the globe,” said Frederic Boyer, Tribeca’s artistic director. “The cinematic proficiency that harnesses this lineup is remarkable and we’re looking forward to sharing these new perspectives, powerful performances, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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