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By Serena Solomon, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Manhattan -- The Tribeca Film Festival has pulled the rug out from under "First Winter," cancelling the movie's red carpet premiere hours after DNAinfo revealed a real deer was shot, skinned and eaten for the film.
Brooklyn filmmaker Ben Dickson, whose post-apocalyptic hipster survival flick will now debut Thursday without a lavish red carpet, could be in hot water with state authorities after an actor shot a pair of live deer without a license as part of the movie.
The film's publicist said the cancellation was due to logistics, noting that the festival, which kicks off Wednesday, utilizes multiple venues around the city for hundreds of screenings.
"The festival cancels many red carpets," said the film's publicist, Jenny Lawhorn.
A festival source said the red carpet event, like many others, was cancelled because of a clash over staffing and timing.
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From the files of "no publicity is bad publicity," comes word about a growing controversy surrounding the indie thriller "First Winter."
The film, which is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, focuses on a group of Brooklyn hipsters who head to the country for some relaxation and get pushed to their limits when an apocalyptic event leaves them cut off from society -- if there's any society left. The group must contend with the frigid elements and their growing hunger -- the latter of which is no longer an issue after they hunt and kill a deer. The problem? The filmmakers actually killed two deers, and that could get them in trouble with New York State environmental authorities.
"We are idiots. We didn't know how to do this [hunting] stuff," director Ben Dickson told Manhattan-based site DNAinfo.com. "There were so many deer weak from the winter and getting »
- The Huffington Post
2 items from 2012
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