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How Romantic: Happy Valentine's Day (Movies) From Tribeca!

10 February 2012 11:00 AM, PST

Happy Valentine's Day! With help from the Tribeca staff, we've pulled together a wide array of some must-see movies for the most romantic day of the year. Please chime in with your own suggestions in the comments below. First off, we have to give a shout out to Newlyweds, the latest film by Edward Burns. This relationship comedy focuses on Buzzy (Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald), who believe that their new marriage works because of their conflicting work schedules - their happiness will not be destroyed by overexposure. Soon the the two realize they didn't "just" married; they have inherited each other families, friends, and even their exes. Buzzy and Katie must figure out a way to stay together despite the outside forces that begin to weaken their relationship. Watch Newlyweds on demand tonight! Now, here are some Tribeca staff recommendations: Alison Diviney: Acquisitions Manager, Tribeca Film The majority of »

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Spend Valentine's Day At The Movies

10 February 2012 6:00 AM, PST

If you are struggling to come up with a special way to celebrate Valentine's Day, why not take a trip to the movies? While everyone scrambles to see the latest Hollywood release, you can impress your date by taking a trip off the beaten mainstream movie path and choose a romantic classic. Luckily there are several New York events that are guaranteed to make your loved one go weak at the knees. Fatal Attraction Oh, my dear friend, my heart was trembling as I walked into the post office, and there you were, lying in Box 237. I took you out of your envelope and read you, read you right there. For the past seven years, BAMcinematek has programmed their signature Valentine Day's Dinner and a Movie. In the past, BAMcinematek has featured classics such as It Happened One Night and Holiday. This year, the choosen film is Ernst Lubitsch's »

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Oscar Woulda Shoulda Coulda: The Ladies

10 February 2012 6:00 AM, PST

In the movie business, 2012 is coming to be known as 'the year of the Oscar snubs.' Outstanding films like Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Bridesmaids were ignored in the Best Motion Picture category. Likewise, a number of exceptional performances went unrecognized when the nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress were announced. These omissions frustrated critics and fans who believed that actors such as Michael Shannon (in Take Shelter), Woody Harrelson (in Rampart), Tilda Swinton (in We Need To Talk About Kevin), and Elizabeth Olsen (in Martha Marcy May Marlene) deserved better from the Academy. In fact, these laments are nothing new. The list of movie greats who, despite nominations, never won an Academy Award (Harvey Keitel, Cary Grant, Gena Rowlands, Deborah Kerr) is long and depressing, and 2012 is not the only year when many noteworthy actors and performances did not get the chance to compete in »

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Tf Pickup: Lee Kirk's The Giant Mechanical Man

10 February 2012 4:45 AM, PST

Tribeca Film recently announced it has acquired the multiple platform U.S. distribution rights to The Giant Mechanical Man, the directorial debut of writer Lee Kirk. The Giant Mechanical Man is a charming comedic romance between Janice (Jenna Fischer, The Office), a woman in her 30s who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim (Tff alum Chris Messina, Vicky Christina Barcelona), whose passion for his performance art as a 'living statue' don't exactly pay the bills. Out of work and crashing with her overbearing sister, Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru (Topher Grace, That '70s Show). When Janice and Tim both seek employment at the same zoo, Tim helps Janice find her own voice and makes her realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important. "From the minute Lee shared the script with me, »

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Some Returns Are Only Physical

8 February 2012 5:30 AM, PST

The Dardenne Brothers-esque mode of deep character development paired with naturalistic aesthetics and a slow-paced story has become one of the more popular modes of storytelling amongst American independent filmmakers in recent years, and that mode is on full display in Liza Johnson's debut feature film, Return. Johnson, a visual artist whose work has been exhibited around the world, decidedly chooses to not take the uber-aestheticized route some visual artists take when entering the cinematic medium (Steve McQueen is the most obvious example). Instead, Return constructs itself like a slow-build character-falling-apart-study in the mode of the aforementioned Dardennes, or a subtler version of that original American indie, John Cassavetes. Subtlety is the gear that cranks Return's engine; while plenty of films about an Iraq War vet losing their shit upon coming home could amp the histrionics to 11, Johnson's film - in no small part due to the nuanced »

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Let's Celebrate the Multifaceted Career of John Hawkes

8 February 2012 3:00 AM, PST

John Hawkes has long since established himself as one of cinema's most beloved character actors. While his 'big break' with mainstream audiences came with the 2010 gritty backwoods drama Winter's Bone, indie cinema fans and television lovers were already quite familiar with the lanky Hawkes. His expressive features, his easy-going manner off-screen, and his ability to become the role - no matter how big or small the part - have all contributed to Hawkes being one of Hollywood's most sought after character actors. Hawkes has long been a familiar face to Tribeca Film Festival audiences. In 2011, Hawkes portrayed Taissa Farmiga's unhappy father in the spirituality-in-crisis movie, Higher Ground. Higher Ground was actress Vera Farmiga's directorial debut. Last year, Hawkes mesmerized Tff audiences again with his stellar work in Julia Dyer's The Playroom as the flawed patriarch of an unstable family. The New York Times recently praised the film »

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The Resistable Rise of the Mockumentary

8 February 2012 2:00 AM, PST

Watching Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes last month reminded me how amazing The Office was when I first saw it in 2001. Today, the mockumentary form is as conventional as a laugh track. But back then, coming at the tail end of an era of hugely successful, and more obvious, American sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld, it was refreshing to see the volume of television humor turned down. »

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Film Forum Restrospective on Oscar Legend

7 February 2012 3:00 AM, PST

They didn't call him "Wild Bill" for nothing. Between his roles in the Lafayette Flying Corps, as Hollywood's most acclaimed aerial adventure specialist, and as the director of the first winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it goes without saying that William Wellman made quite the mark on film and American history alike. And yet despite his legacy for beloved action flicks and pictures set high in the skies, Wellman was also the man behind some of the greatest screwball comedies of the 21st century, and he directed films in nearly every cinematic genre. The man forever changed Hollywood - no doubt about it. Film Forum will be rolling out their proverbial red carpet for old Wild Bill this month, showcasing a wide array of his pictures from Wings, to You Never Know Women, to A Star is Born, to Night Nurse »

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Tribeca Teaches Expands to La

6 February 2012 10:00 AM, PST

[Photo: From our 2009 Tribeca Teaches NYC program] While our hearts will always belong to New York City, we're excited to announce that our Tribeca Teaches program is expanding to Los Angeles with an after-school digital storytelling program at Lennox Middle School. Tribeca Teaches Los Angeles will partner experienced filmmakers with teachers, community activists and parents to help students script their own stories using the familiar narrative of video games. The program, which is presented in partnership with California non-profit Southern California Crossroads, is Tfi's first pilot outside of New York City and will focus on the medium of video games to guide a bilingual, storytelling curriculum to students. Our new 18-week program will take place in Lennox, a Los Angeles County neighborhood with a population that is 93% low-income Latino immigrants. At the same time, Tribeca Teaches will continue working in schools in all »

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To Protect and Serve: Patriarchy and Power in Rampart

6 February 2012 9:30 AM, PST

Rampart, the sophomore film by writer/director Oren Moverman, provides a dark, visceral character study of a man unhinged. Set in 1999, the film centers on Dave Brown (played ferociously by Woody Harrelson), a Vietnam veteran and one of the most corrupt and brutal cops working in La. Brown, with his laundry list of vices (booze, pills, and promiscuity to name a few), is a remnant of the old system of police work at a time when change is necessary for the department. His personal life is no better than his professional life: Brown lives uneasily with his two daughters (Brie Larson, Sammy Boyarsky), who were mothered by a pair of sisters (Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon), both married to Brown at different points in his chaotic life. Credit: Merrick Morton/Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment Moverman manages to portray Brown as a complex figure who, despite his obvious flaws, evokes an unlikely »

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Fresh Meat: Horror Ingenues

6 February 2012 9:15 AM, PST

Tribeca Alum Ti West knows how to pick his leading ladies: Vanessa Horneff in The Roost; Jocelin Donahue in The House of the Devil; and now, Sara Paxton in The Innkeepers. Sara Paxton, a budding veteran of the genre, really comes into her own as Claire, an adorable, gawky and neurotic slacker, whose boredom and obsession with ghosts - to put it mildly - lead to eerie and perilous consequences. She appears in almost every shot of the film, and it is through her point of view that the audience enters the realm of the paranormal. Paxton's electric turn in The Innkeepers is not her first foray into the horror genre. Her role as Mari, the battered heroine of the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left, proved that she has the chops to become a series genre actress. In The Innkeepers, her doe-eyed beauty contrasts starkly with the »

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Are You Watching Adam Goldberg’s Videos on Vine? You Should Be.

6 February 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Adam Goldberg, a well-known character film/tv actor, has worked with such distinguished directors as Steven Spielberg, Tony Scott, and David Fincher, but did you also know he's a social media early adopter extraordinaire? Early on, he established accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram with numerous loyal followers, so it's only logical that he would be one of the first actor/filmmakers on Vine. Vine, in case you've been living under a rock, is the new iOS app created by Twitter that allows users to film six looping seconds of video with a stop-action camera. Many are wondering whether this new social medium has a future. One drawback is having such a limited amount of time in which to express an idea or create a story. Also, the number of reported bugs in the app can be discouraging. For example, the feed won't refresh »

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Do You Want To Go Lunafest Tonight?

6 February 2012 3:00 AM, PST

Now in its 13th year, Lunafest is an organization that connects women, their stories, and their passions through film. Sponsored by Luna, this traveling festival showcases a varied group of talented female filmmakers whose work is poignant, smart, and thought provoking, all for a good cause. Created for women, by women, Lunafest not only champions women filmmakers and audiences, but also raises awareness and funds for organizations that profit and empower all of womankind. Tonight's event at Tribeca Cinemas will benefit two very important institutions: Breast Cancer Fund and The New York Women's Foundation. Beginning at 6Pm, tonight's Lunafest program will include nine short films from nine accomplished female filmmakers. The wide ranging stories include a chemotherapy patient who uses her bald head as a blank canvas for self-expression, a mother and daughter dreaming of a better life, and a girl getting the news that her boyfriend is breaking up »

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Alternative Cinema Strikes Back

6 February 2012 3:00 AM, PST

Who wants their moviegoing experience to consist only of big screen blockbusters at multiplexes? One of the websites I check daily is Alt Screen, a handy site that provides a comprehensive guide to almost all of the alternative film screenings in the New York City area. These include such eclectic fare as repertory revivals, annual festivals, non-theatrical releases, and live cinema events. The daily screenings calendar, the backbone of Alt Screen, is made up of staff picks that float to the top each day, and all are clearly linked to the official listings, online trailers and aggregated reviews that make this site so rich, varied, and practical. »

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