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Audience Award Voting Now Open for the Focus Forward $200K Filmmaker Challenge

16 November 2012 8:30 AM, PST

As part of their Focus Forward - Short Films, Big Ideas program, Ge and Cinelan are happy to announce the 95 semifinalists in the Focus Forward $200K Filmmaker Challenge Competition. The contest, officially announced at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, invited interested filmmakers to submit a 3-minute film about a person or an organization that has made a difference in the world through innovation and ingenuity in fields such as medicine, robotics, green energy and so on. Out of nearly 100 semifinalists, five will receive cash prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize of $100,000, to be awarded at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The finalists for the cash prizes will be announced on Wednesday, November 28, through the Focus Forward website. The esteemed jury consists of Joe Berlinger, actress Daryl Hannah, Barbara Kopple, Jose Padilha, Floyd Webb, Peter Wintonick and Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco. Let your voice be heard by voting »

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Haunted Asylums Don't Care: Randall's Review of "Grave Encounters 2"

16 November 2012 3:00 AM, PST

From wildlife narrator and animal lover to film critic, Randall of Honey Badger Don't Care fame talks you through the terrifying trailer of Grave Encounters 2. With his faithful kitty by his side, Randall adds his own special brand of commentary to the thrills and chills of this preview of the Vicious Brothers' latest. To quote Randall, 'It's some scary sh*t!' We couldn't agree more! Grave Encounters 2 is now on nationwide VOD. Search your zip code and cable provider below to see where Tribeca Film titles are available in your area. You can also check it out on iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu. »

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"No Two Love Stories Are The Same": Marin Ireland on "28 Hotel Rooms"

15 November 2012 4:00 AM, PST

The recently released 28 Hotel Rooms injects originality and vitality into the tried and true secret tryst genre. Written and directed by Matt Ross (an actor known primarily for his roles in American Psycho, Last Days of Disco, and Big Love), this intimate portrait of an affair that spans many years - through the couple's career disappointments, personal triumphs and marriages - provides a stunning look into the hidden lives of others. Chris Messina (The Giant Mechanical Man, Fairhaven) and Marin Ireland (Mildred Pierce, Homeland) play the unnamed pair that stumble into a physical affair that, to their shared surprise, turns into something emotionally tangible. Naturalistic in style, the film benefits from its non-linear editing, with the camera focusing on hotel numbers to signify a progression of stolen nights. In that way, audiences must piece together the segments of this rare love story to arrive at a unified whole. Anchored by »

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Best in Show: Russell Crowe in "The Man with the Iron Fists"

15 November 2012 12:00 AM, PST

One can only imagine Russell Crowe's reaction when he was approached about The Man with the Iron Fists. He had to be ecstatic about a script co-penned by the Wu Tang Clan's (and avid film buff) RZA and genre guru Eli Roth,and about a project executive produced by Quentin Tarantino, right? A tribute to the great martial arts films of the 70s and 80s, The Man with the Iron Fists focuses on the character of Blacksmith (RZA), a mysterious stranger who arrives in the small Chinese town of Jungle Village after escaping slavery. Earning a living making weapons for rival clans in the East, Blacksmith ultimately finds himself caught in the middle of a vicious and bloody battle for the emperor's gold. Enter Russell Crowe as Jack Knife, another mysterious man from the West. Upon his arrival in the town, Jack goes straight to The Pink Blossom, »

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Rescheduled: (Free) Future of Film Event Addresses Film vs. Digital Debate

14 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST

Note: This event was rescheduled from an earlier date. If you previously submitted an RSVP for the original date, please RSVP again to ensure your seat on Monday, November 19. Tribeca invites you to a free conversation exploring the Future of Film, held at The Varick Room at Tribeca Cinemas: The (Literal) Future of Film As the digital revolution changes filmmaking as we know it, a complicated and often divisive question has emerged: What - if anything - is lost when filmmakers transition from film to digital? Can film survive the digital future?* Cinematographer Reed Morano (Frozen River, For Ellen, The Magic of Belle Isle) and picture and sound editor Pete Conlin (founder of Sixteen19, the first mobile post production company focused solely on digitally acquired features and TV series) will debate the merits of their respective mediums, followed by an audience Q and A. Afterwards, network, mingle and continue the »

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The New Generation of Polish Filmmakers at Tribeca Film Center

14 November 2012 6:15 AM, PST

Enjoy recently released international films from Poland at Tribeca Film Center this coming weekend. The Polish Filmmakers Association, along with its partner Munk Studios, has planned an event that will bring the best films from a new generation of Polish filmmakers to New York audiences. Offerings include a diverse selection of fifteen shorts, two full-length features and one special screening. Did we mention that the event is completely free? The event kicks off with Women's Day, the first feature from director Marida Sadowska. The film recently garnered much attention at the Cottbus Festival of Eastern European Film in Germany, where it received the Best Picture award, along with a prize of $25,000! It seems fitting that New York Women in Film and Television is also a proud sponsor of the weekend, since, in addition to Women's Day, many other works by Polish women filmmakers are in the »

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This Sunday, Commit to A Day of Action with The Clinton Foundation

14 November 2012 5:15 AM, PST

Photo: Sarah Barton, Clinton Global Initiative What are you doing this weekend? We've got an idea how you can spend your Sunday. The Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative are organizing a Day of Action for New York this Sunday, November 18, to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy. Their goal? To engage individuals and organizations who are willing to volunteer in a community hard-hit by the storm and its aftermath. Day of Action for New York from Clinton Foundation on Vimeo. Join President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton at a Day of Action for New York. As they say, 'Recovery will not be easy for everyone, but with your help, our homes, communities, and cities can begin to make progress. As we've seen through our work, when people come together, we can make a greater impact than any one person or group can do alone.' If you are not »

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Tim Heidecker & Rick Alverson in Q&As for "The Comedy" in Brooklyn This Weekend

13 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

Currently available nationwide on VOD and digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu, the Brooklyn-set indie film The Comedy is finally making its way home. Rick Alverson's layered character study of an aging Brooklyn hipster lacking ambition and empathy has generated exceptional buzz throughout the indie film world. The film, described by Indiewire as 'a powerful generational statement,' explores the dark recesses of a social mileau in which even the privileged have become listless and disinterested. At the center of the film is Swanson, played with incredible skill by Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric fame. Heidecker's Swanson is a voluntary outsider, lingering on the fringes of society with his group of like-minded peers. He is also a polarizing figure, capable of great aggression, often choosing to antagonize and harass others simply to get a reaction. At the same time, Swanson unpredictably exhibits extreme tenderness in »

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Pov Launches Search for the "Greatest Documentaries of All Time"

13 November 2012 6:30 AM, PST

Doc lovers, are you tired of arguing with your friends about which documentaries set the standard for the genre? With so many factors going into that determination, no wonder it is so difficult to reach a consensus. In establishing the 'greatest' documentaries, should we look solely at attributes like historical significance or cultural impact? Should box office receipts play a role, or should the technical skills of the directors/writers/editors carry the most weight? Pov has decided to invite all comers to share their views and champion the film that they place among the 'greatest' documentaries. Taking inspiration from Sight and Sound magazine's legendary poll of film critics taken every 10 years, Pov is also employing social media and a judging system based on input from movie lovers to determine the winners. How do you vote? It's easy. Search for your favorite documentary in the list above, or add one »

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Super Shorts: The Living Want Me Dead

12 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST

'Right now - All I want from Christmas is to live.' Howard Phillips (a winning Adam Conger) is having a tough morning in The Living Want Me Dead. After submitting himself as a subject at a medical testing facility to earn some quick holiday cash, he finds that everyone he encounters after the experiment behaves strangely towards him. Strange in the sense that they fly into a rage, begin to foam at the mouth, and have an irrepressible urge to kill... him! Forced to defend himself against the bloodthirsty hordes, Howard embarks on a quest to find shelter. Against the backdrop of a neighborhood full of cheery Christmas decorations, Howard seeks refuge at the home of his stoner friend Teddy (Tony Nunes, hilarious) but gets more than he bargains for. From the safety of Teddy's backyard, Howard recounts his blood-drenched tale as Teddy tries to organize »

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