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Crooklyn, Spike Lee's ode to brownstone Brooklyn, has won the inaugural “One Film, One New York” contest, which invited New Yorkers to vote on which of five Gotham-related films should be shown at free screenings on the same day around the city. On September 13, New Yorkers are invited to come out and see the 1994 comedy-drama in select parks and independent theaters throughout the five boroughs. The winner was announced Wednesday by the city’s Media and Entertainment… »
What is the quintessential New York City film? The city’s own Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is eager to know, and has launched a new citywide campaign — in tandem with the New York Times — to “unite New Yorkers around one great film.” The initiative, known as “One Film, One New York” is inspired by the success of its recent “One Book, One New York” campaign, which asked citizens to pick a favorite book to then “read together” as a city.
“We are thrilled to be launching this program to unite New Yorkers around one film, and provide the opportunity for all New Yorkers to watch it for free on the same night,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin in an official statement. “Film has the power to bring people together and to spark a civic conversation. These five films all raise important themes in their respective genres, »
- Kate Erbland
Brandon Harris — whose insightful, politically sagacious and ruefully funny blend of memoir and criticism has graced the pages of the New Yorker, n+1 and Filmmaker, where you’ll recognize him as a Contributing Editor — has just released his debut book, Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, a cultural memoir on neighborhoods, race, millennial culture and filmmaking. Appropriately, he has also programmed a series of relevant films this weekend at New York’s Metrograph Theater. Running through the 12th, the films include Spike Lee’s Crooklyn (next to Do the Right Thing my favorite 40 Acres joint, actually), Jay-z: Fade to Black, and Sebastián Silva’s […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Jamal Joseph’s “Chapter & Verse” first premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival in 2015 and now the redemption drama finally hits New York theaters today.
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The film follows reformed gang leader Lance Ingram (Daniel Beaty) who re-enters Harlem after serving a ten-year prison sentence. Unable to find employment that will allow him to use the technological skills he gained in prison, he’s forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry. There, Lance befriends Ms. Maddy (Loretta Devine), a spirited grandmother, and soon he assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson Ty, a promising student pulled into a dangerous street gang. The film co-stars Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Marc John Jefferies (“Treme”), Justin Martin (“Flight”), Gary Perez (“Crooklyn”) and more. Watch an exclusive clip below.
This is Joseph’s second feature film following the 2006 basketball drama “30 Days.” He is »
- Vikram Murthi
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