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Joshua Reviews Andrew Rossi’s Bronx Gothic [Theatrical Review]

With now only six credits to his name, director Andrew Rossi has gone from a relatively unknown documentary filmmaker to one of the few “names” in the medium. He’s been primarily a director of New York-focused documentaries, that use subjects like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the New York Times to spin larger yarns about culture writ large. With his 2014 film Ivory Tower breaking this tradition a little, Rossi has returned to the story of a New York original following his 2016 film First Monday in May, Bronx Gothic.

To those with an affinity for modern performance art, the title Bronx Gothic may be familiar, and that’s because that’s the world Rossi has set his sights on. Taking inspiration from performer Okwui Okpokwasili’s one-woman show of that very name, Rossi introduces us to Okpokwasili and lets the viewer steep in the singular vision that is her harrowing show.
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Tribeca Opens With Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow Celebrating Clive Davis

Tribeca Opens With Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow Celebrating Clive Davis
It has become a tradition of sorts for the Tribeca Film Festival to open with a documentary about a cherished New York institution, be it a person, event or thing. Last year it was “First Monday in May,” about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume gala; previous years have included the “Saturday Night Live” doc “Live From New York” and “Time Is Illmatic,” a film about rapper Nas’ seminal 1994 album “Illmatic.” And on Wednesday night at Radio City Music Hall, the 16th edition of Tribeca kicked off with the doc “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” followed.
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Dennis Basso Designed ‘Many’ of the Gowns for Ocean’s Eight’s Met Gala Scene

Dennis Basso Designed ‘Many’ of the Gowns for Ocean’s Eight’s Met Gala Scene
By now you know that any who’s anyone has been hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently for an event so exclusive, it surpasses the annual (impossible-to-get invite to) Met Gala. A chosen few have been asked to recreate the “First Monday in May” for a scene in the upcoming Ocean’s Eight film (the all-female reboot to the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy). And this being the fashion event of the year, no recycled or reused gowns will do! In fact, designer Dennis Basso created “many” of the looks we’ll see in the film.

Basso shared a
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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2016, By Patrick McDonald

Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.

There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land.
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Sliff 2016 – The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens at Sliff November 8th

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Tuesday November 8th at 7pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew
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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Screens Sunday at The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

The Importance Of Doubting Tom screens Sunday July 17th at 6:30pm at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Local actress and filmmaker Vanessa Roman presents her years-in-the-making feature debut The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic screwball comedy set against the backdrop of a dart league. It tells the story of Gwen, who is shaken and confused by a recent breakup from the guy she thought was the one, but something doesn’t seem right. In searching for the truth, mixed identities, comic hijinks, and lover’s games ensue in this. Roman based her original script both on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest and on her experience playing darts at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, which is where she met her husband John.

Roman has assembled a first-rate cast and crew
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Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up

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Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up
Highlights include the UK premiere of Finding Dory and the world premiere of the 4K restoration of Highlander [pictured].Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.

Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include Us indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore!.

Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The
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New to Streaming: ‘The Witch,’ ‘Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party,’ ‘The Family Fang,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)

In lauding Miguel Gomes‘ three-part, six-and-a-half hour behemoth, it’s perhaps important to consider his background as a critic. Not just in terms of the trilogy’s cinephilic engagement with Rossellini, Alonso, Oliveira, etc.; also in its defiant nature. While it’s easy to assign the trilogy certain humanist and satirical labels from the get-go and just praise these films for following through on them,
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[Tribeca Review] First Monday In May

Following in the vein of last year’s excellent Ballet 422, First Monday In May offers another process-heavy view into the preparation of a prestigious event. This time, it’s the 2015 Met Ball and exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass. But while Andrew Rossi’s documentary offers a sizable window into the production period by curator Andrew Bolton and his army of helpers, and equally surprising access into fashion icon Anna Wintour’s inner sanctum, First Monday In May is disappointingly shallow despite rich subject matter.

Fawning above all else, the Tribeca 2016 opener is handsomely crafted, but there’s a total lack of focus, let alone a visual identity. And it’s certainly not for lack of material. A gorgeous short film could have been made through a gliding tour of the finished exhibition, but as a full feature, Rossi never punctures the surface, leaving a sour taste of self-importance.
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See Rihanna's Outrageous Dress at Met Costume Gala in Exclusive Clip

See Rihanna's Outrageous Dress at Met Costume Gala in Exclusive Clip
"The Met Ball is the Super Bowl of social fashion events," Andre Leon Talley explains in The First Monday in May, the new documentary that opened this year's Tribeca Film Fest that focuses on the opening party for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute show. This insider's look by director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) focuses on the star-studded affair during the museum's 2015 exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, which ignited a million memes around celebrity guests' unusual red carpet attire. The documentary opens in select theaters this weekend.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘First Monday in May’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘First Monday in May’
Cultures collide in “First Monday in May,” a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass” and its premiere courtesy of the Anna Wintour-spearheaded Met Gala. With considerable access to these twin productions, director Andrew Rossi charts the clash between a variety of old and new world forces. Eventually less an in-depth investigation than a superficial celebration of disparate styles, it’s a tribute to the Met — and especially its star Costume Institute curator, Andrew Bolton — that should fit discerning audiences like a finely tailored glove after its premiere as the opening night selection of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

“It’s a kind of theater … fashion can create a dream, create a fantasy,” opines Wintour at the opening of “First Monday in May” — named after the date of the Met Gala. Such fanciful inventiveness is at the
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This Week In Trailers: The Preppie Connection, Departure, My King, The First Monday in May, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel

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This Week In Trailers: The Preppie Connection, Departure, My King, The First Monday in May, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: The Preppie Connection, Departure, My King, The First Monday in May, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel appeared first on /Film.
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Tribeca ’16: Magnolia Pictures’ ‘The First Monday in May’ to open the festival

After welcoming its largest attendance to the Festival in 2015, it’s befitting that the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival will open on Wednesday, April 13 with a fusion of fine art, high fashion and culture documentary that intimately explores The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended Costume Institute exhibition in history.

Presented by At&T and sponsored by Farfetch with special thanks to Thakoon, the world premiere of The First Monday in May sees Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Andrew Rossi reunite with Magnolia Pictures to capture Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton, as he curates the Chinese-inspired Western fashions exhibition ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’.

‘The First Monday in May illuminates the debate between fine art, fashion, pop culture and captures the creativity, passion and visionaries behind the exhibition and gala – Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour’, said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises.
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Trailer For ‘The First Monday in May,’ Opening the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

After opening the festival with a documentary on Saturday Night Live last year, the 2016 iteration of Tribeca will stay close to home with the world premiere of The First Monday in May. Coming from director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times), it chronicles The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Met Ball and their exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass.

“The First Monday in May illuminates the debate between fine art, fashion, pop culture and captures the creativity, passion and visionaries behind the exhibition and gala – Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival, and Executive Chair, Tribeca Enterprises said in a press release. “It is an honor to pay tribute to a fellow New York cultural institution on our opening night.”

Ahead of the premiere, check out the first celebrity-filled trailer below.

The First Monday in May follows the creation of The
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Tribeca 2016 To Open With Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May

Don’t get confused, Tribeca Film Fest 2016 will still open in April (Weds April 13, to be exact). But the opening night film has been announced and kicks off the fest which runs in New York City until April 24. Magnolia Pictures' The First Monday in May, directed by Page One: Inside The New York Times director Andrew Rossi, is a trip inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, in particular, the exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass.” A very New York premiere. The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s "China: Through the Looking Glass,” exhibition, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of...

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Tribeca 2016 To Open With Andrew Rossi's The First Monday In May

Don’t get confused, Tribeca Film Fest 2016 will still open in April (Weds April 13, to be exact). But the opening night film has been announced and kicks off the fest which runs in New York City until April 24. Magnolia Pictures' The First Monday in May, directed by Page One: Inside The New York Times director Andrew Rossi, is a trip inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, in particular, the exhibition "China: Through the Looking Glass.” A very New York premiere. The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s "China: Through the Looking Glass,” exhibition, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of...

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The First Monday In May to open Tribeca by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-02-22 18:02:27

The First Monday In May The 15th Tribeca Film Festival will open with The First Monday in May on Wednesday, April 13. Directed by Emmy Award nominated filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) the intimate documentary looks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended Costume Institute exhibition in history, China: Through the Looking Glass.

The film follows curator Andrew Bolton, now curator in charge of the Costume Institute. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events co-chaired every year by Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano), the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as.
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Tribeca Film Festival to Open With Art and Fashion Documentary ‘First Monday in May’

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Tribeca Film Festival to Open With Art and Fashion Documentary ‘First Monday in May’
The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere of the art and fashion documentary “First Monday in May,” organizers announced on Monday. The film by Andrew Rossi (“Page One: Inside the New York Times”) is a look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most-attended Costume Institute exhibit ever, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” curated by Andrew Bolton, and at the Met Gala, an annual fashion and celebrity event co-chaired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The film will premiere at Tff on Wednesday, Apr. 13, the opening night of the 12-day festival. Also Read: 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday,
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Tribeca Film Festival to Open With Met Museum Documentary ‘The First Monday in May’

Tribeca Film Festival to Open With Met Museum Documentary ‘The First Monday in May’
The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will open with the world premiere screening of “The First Monday in May,” Andrew Rossi’s documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s attention-grabbing Costume Institute exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

Magnolia Pictures’ “First Monday,” which will be the opening-night film of the Tribeca festival’s 15th edition, comes from the director of an earlier documentary about another New York institution, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” “First Monday” centers on Met curator Andrew Bolton and the creation of the 2015 exhibit about Chinese-inspired Western fashion, as well as on the 2015 Met Gala, co-chaired by Anna Wintour.

“The First Monday in May” will kick off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival April 13. Produced by Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Dawn Ostroff, in association with Relativity Studios, Conde Nast Entertainment, Mediaweaver Entertainment and Sarah Arison Productions, the movie will be released by Magnolia
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Tribeca 2016 To Open With World Premiere Of Art Docu ‘The First Monday In May’

Tribeca 2016 To Open With World Premiere Of Art Docu ‘The First Monday In May’
Organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival said the 2016 event will open with the world premiere of the art world documentary The First Monday in May. Directed by Andrew Rossi, First Monday in May examines the debate over whether fashion should even be considered art through the eyes of curator Andrew Bolton, now Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The film tracks the creation of the exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass,” an…
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