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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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Weekly Rushes. Cimino & Kiarostami Remembered, Eastwood & Malick Trailers, Writing "Dr. Strangelove"

6 July 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSPoster for Abbas Kiarostami's The ReportIt's been a devastating series of days for film lovers. First, Heaven's Gate director Michael Cimino passed away at 77, silencing one of American cinema's most importance visionaries. Then, Palme d'Or-winning Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76. It is very hard—very—to imagine cinema without these voices.Some good news from the much-criticized Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences: they are increasing the scope of their voting pool. Included in the roster, but strangely as writers and not directors, are such international luminaries as Mia Hansen-Løve, Jia Zhangke, and Takeski Kitano (Kiarostami was also added, as a director).With so much death in the news, let's celebrate a birth. Specifically, the 100th anniversary of Olivia de Havilland's birth. Farran Nehme Smith has penned a lovely homage for Sight & Sound:She continued to work all the way up to 1988, and her life has been full, »

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ Chantal Akerman, ‘Bicycle Thieves,’ and More

29 March 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica)

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. »

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Film Review: ‘Film Hawk’

28 January 2016 3:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The name Bob Hawk may not be familiar beyond independent circles, but as an early champion of filmmakers like Kevin Smith, Edward Burns, Rob Epstein, and Scott McGehee and David Siegel, he’s been an important guy-behind-the-guy, with good instincts for talent and sage advice for newcomers. The affectionate documentary “Film Hawk” gives Hawk a well-deserved curtain call, but feels like the sort of half-realized project he’d send back for retooling. Though directors Jj Garvine and Tai Parquet have rounded up numerous filmmakers to speak on his behalf, Hawk himself remains an elusive figure, utterly winning but not so readily drawn into the spotlight. After Sundance, other American festivals stand to give the consultant an ovation, but “Film Hawk” won’t travel far beyond the micro-indie circles whence it came. 

Garvin and Parquet open the doc with its most affecting scene, as Smith tearfully recalls Hawk’s crucial role »

- Scott Tobias

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Watch: In 'Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas,' Six Films That Influenced a Generation of Indie Filmmakers

15 January 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Screened at SXSW last year, after a restoration overseen by Demme and festival co-founder Louis Black, the six short films presented together in "Made in Texas" (Ut Press, $19.95) came out of Austin's cultural hothouse of the late '70s and early '80s, when punk/new wave music and avant-garde filmmaking were de rigeur. The result was the creation of a regional space in which innovative, indie cinema could thrive—as evidenced by the steady stream of directors to come out of the U.S. South since, from Texas-born Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and Wes Anderson to Arkansan Jeff Nichols and the New Orleanian brothers Duplass.  Read More: "SXSW Opens with Austin's Own Richard Linklater"  The films, several of which Demme saw in Austin in 1981 and brought back to New York's Collective for Living Cinema, earned positive notices from the likes of Carrie Rickey and Amy Taubin—and comparisons to Godard and Sirk, »

- Matt Brennan

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