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The Best TV Episodes of August 2017, Ranked

The Best TV Episodes of August 2017, Ranked
[Editor’s note: The following contains light spoilers for each of the shows described.]

10. “What Would Diplo Do”

Season 1, Episode 2, “The Cult”

Directed by Brandon Dermer

Written by James Van Der Beek

“What would Diplo do?” is a question addressed throughout the first few episodes of Viceland’s new comedy, but what Diplo actually does gets tackled head on in Episode 2. Functioning as a response to Diplo’s most human moment in the pilot (asking nemesis Calvin Harris if all they do as DJs is push a button), the episode examines the creation of one song — just one — over the course of, well, quite a long time.

When a reporter stops by to write a story on how Diplo (James Van Der Beek) creates a song, he becomes witness to a maniacal process involving rats, post-its, a blender, and, yes, a cult. The running joke is that Diplo goes to crazy extremes just to get back to where he started, but there’s a
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Trailer Watch: Two Friends Face Trauma and Grief in Liz W. Garcia’s “One Percent More Humid”

One Percent More Humid

“This is a moment right before everything falls apart,” a serious Iris (Juno Temple) tells her forbidden lover, Gerald (Alessandro Nivola). “You just have to keep walking and trying not to fall down for as long as possible.”

As writer-director Liz W. Garcia told Women and Hollywood, “This is a film about grief. Sorry! There are some laughs, too, and it’s sexy, I promise. But essentially, this is a movie about the effect of grief on the friendship of two young women.”

The Tribeca award-nominated “One Percent More Humid” features Temple (Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight”) and Julia Garner (“Grandma”) as two friends who return home for the summer. Instead of the lighthearted summer they originally planned, they become overwhelmed with respective forbidden love affairs. Eventually, the two are finally forced to confront the trauma and grief they’ve spent so much time trying to repress.

Garcia explains that “One Percent More Humid” was 15 years in the making. “This particular idea begged to be written because I wrote it when I was the age of these characters, and I set it the world I grew up in. It was about lust I felt, loneliness I felt, and the places in the natural world that moved me.”

One Percent More Humid” also features Maggie Siff (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Mad Men”) and Mamoudou Athie (“Patti Cake$”). The film will be available on VOD October 10.

Trailer Watch: Two Friends Face Trauma and Grief in Liz W. Garcia’s “One Percent More Humid” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Son Of Sofia takes a top prize at Tribeca by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-04-28 11:49:33

Rachel Israel takes home two with baby Charlotte for Keep the Change - The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director presented by Michael Pitt and Clea Duvall Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Best International Narrative Feature is Elina Psykou's Son Of Sofia; Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature goes to Rachel Israel's Keep The Change, and Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene swept the Documentary Feature honours. The Tribeca Film Festival Awards ceremony was hosted by Michael Rapaport at the Bmcc Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 27. The feature and short film winners will receive artwork through Jane Rosenthal's Artists Awards program, sponsored by Chanel.

Diane Lane, Amy Berg, Barbara Kopple, Amy Heckerling, Zachary Quinto, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Best Actor Alessandro Nivola (Liz W. Garcia's One Percent More Humid), Denis O’Hare, Udi Aloni, Alex Orlovsky, Stephanie Zacharek, David Wilson, Ryan Eggold, Clea Duvall,
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes

2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of its 16th edition, with “Keep the Change” (U.S. Narrative), “Son of Sofia” (International Narrative) and “Bobbi Jene” (Documentary) taking home the top prizes. 97 features and 57 shorts comprised the main lineup of this year’s fest, which began on April 19 and ends on April 30.

“It is more important than ever to celebrate artists both in front of and behind the camera who have the unique ability to share different viewpoints to inspire, challenge and entertain us,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca’s executive chair and co-founder. “The winning creators from across the Festival program shared stories that did exactly that, and we are honored to recognize them tonight. And how wonderful is it that the top awards in all five feature film categories were directed by women.”

Full list of winners below.

The 2017 IndieWire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

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Tribeca Review: ‘One Percent More Humid’ Succumbs to Episodic Melodrama

Opening with a toast to their health, look-a-like BFFs Catherine (Julia Garner) and Iris (Juno Temple) return to their New England hamlet for one of those few weeks they’ll never forget in Liz W. Garcia’s fairly predictable character study One Percent More Humid. Stuck for the summer in a small town fueled by a local college and blue-collar industries, where everyone drinks at the same bars and eats at the same deli, there’s very little to do besides get drunk, get stoned, and get recklessly involved with two very different kinds of manipulative bad boys as Catherine and Iris cope collectively with a past trauma.

Written and directed by Garcia, whose early career includes writing credits on Dawson’s Creek, One Percent More Humid bares some similarities to that television saga as Catherine and Iris battle their own mistakes while making new ones. Set in an academic hamlet off Annsbury,
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Percent More Humid’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘One Percent More Humid’
“You used to be so original,” spits a spurned character to her partner near the end of “One Percent More Humid,” but from the outset, writer-director Liz W. Garcia’s indie drama plays like a tag sale of cinematic clichés, each one piled haphazardly atop another. A dreamy tale of guilt and grief whose affectations prevent any sort of genuine engagement with those emotions, this story about two girls coping with their role in the death of a friend has sporadic moments of genuine passion and humor. Mostly, though, it unravels at a pace far faster than it can spin the stories of its protagonists, limiting the prospects of this Tribeca Film Festival entry.

In an upstate New England university town, twentysomething Iris (Juno Temple) is joined by best friend Catherine (Julia Garner) to waste away the summer smoking weed and skinny-dipping at the local lake. Catherine’s so rich
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‘One Percent More Humid’: Juno Temple & Julia Garner’s Grief-Stricken Teens Find Summer Solace In New England – Tribeca

‘One Percent More Humid’: Juno Temple & Julia Garner’s Grief-Stricken Teens Find Summer Solace In New England – Tribeca
Skinny-dipping and bedding your college professor — oh, it’s just another summer in New England, that’s all. Liz Garcia’s teenage drama One Percent More Humid follows college-age childhood best friends Iris (Juno Temple) and Catherine (Julia Garner), who’ve experienced something horrible in their past and are looking to recover from it amid flea markets, lake swims and respective forbidden affairs with a married college professor (Alessandro Nivola) and a former…
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Juno Temple Attempts to Heal From Loss in 'One Percent More Humid' (Exclusive Video)

Juno Temple Attempts to Heal From Loss in 'One Percent More Humid' (Exclusive Video)
Juno Temple confesses a secret in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of One Percent More Humid.

Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, the coming-of-age film stars Temple and Julia Garner as college-age childhood friends who reunite for a humid New England summer to help each other cope with grief. In the clip, Temple shares that she's been finding solace in her older, married thesis adviser, who is played by Alessandro Nivola.

"It's just shocking because it's not you at all," says Garner to a seemingly peaceful Temple. "I just want the best for you. I know inevitably you're going to...
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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Liz W. Garcia — “One Percent More Humid”

One Percent More Humid

Liz W. Garcia’s directorial debut, “The Lifeguard,” starring Kristen Bell, premiered in competition at Sundance in 2013. She is currently writing “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3” for Alloy Entertainment. In television, she started her writing career on cult hit “Wonderfalls,” then served as a writer/producer on four seasons of the CBS crime drama “Cold Case,” winning a GLAAD award for her episode “Best Friends.” She is the co-founder of WomenScribes, an online mentorship program for emerging female and female-identifying screenwriters.

One Percent More Humid” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Lwg: This is a film about grief. Sorry! There are some laughs, too, and it’s sexy, I promise. But essentially, this is a movie about the effect of grief on the friendship of two young women.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Lwg: The story is an amalgam of true stories about young people and fatal car accidents. I was drawn to the prospect of writing my main characters out of their grief. That’s a pattern for me with all my projects — I want to write characters out of pain.

This particular idea begged to be written because I wrote it when I was the age of these characters, and I set it the world I grew up in, in Connecticut. It was about lust I felt, loneliness I felt, and the places in the natural world that moved me. Plus, I might’ve become a poet like Iris, who’s played by Juno Temple, but instead someone signed me up for a screenwriting class, and so it went.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Lwg: A great movie experience for me is stumbling out of the theater speechless because I’m still in the world of the film. So, I’d like either that or lots of chatting about how freakin’ brilliant the actors are, because they so are.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Lwg: This film took 15 years to make. We faced every challenge, but certainly the subject matter — two young women and their emotional journey — was an obstacle. But along the way I directed my first film, the medium changed from celluloid to digital which lowered our budget, and other female filmmakers made strides that made us less of an anomaly, less of a risk.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

Lwg: I grew up in Connecticut, backyard to the greatest city in the world. We shot this film the Hudson Valley. Therefore, the film will play to an audience of our cast, crew, my family, childhood friends, and some of the most rabid art and cinema fans in the world.

My philosophy is that the only way to survive moviemaking is to find the personal joy — the little moments that make it all worth it. Those moments generally stop when the film is finished, because after that is the cruel unknown. To have this extra chapter of recognition and celebration on the timeline of this film is wildly cool.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Lwg: Best advice: If someone on your crew is giving you trouble, take them aside right away and tell them it can’t stand. If it happens again, fire them immediately. That was from Frank Oz. And my husband, actor/producer Josh Harto, taught me to approach sex scenes as you would a dance or chase scene — it’s just choreography. You go here, you go here, you go here.

Worst advice: Early on I was told to let someone else direct this script.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Lwg: Be you. Do you. Don’t try to blend in. Don’t try to assuage anyone’s fear about the female voice. The only joy you can count on in filmmaking are the few moments when your vision matches up with your ability — don’t mitigate those moments by betraying your vision.

Sometimes it’s useful to be a woman on a set full of men, particularly when they fight among themselves, which they do all the time. But remember that your job is not to be the peacemaker. That’s a role that may kick in instinctively because we’ve had to be diplomatic and synthesize male voices to find a seat at the table in this business. But you’re the director now. Your job is to listen, see if anything they’re saying is useful to what you want to do, and if so, use it — if not, tell them to stop fighting and get back to making the movie.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Lwg: “The Piano” by Jane Campion. Gorgeous, raw, sexy, carnal, lyrical, and it’s all so deeply feminine. She is a master filmmaker.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Lwg: I am actually confident that the numbers are going to change. The conversation has had real impact in the industry. I feel a change. I feel the “wokeness” of men who hire directors, the empowered attitude of women who hire directors, and the overdue shame and sheepishness from studios and agents. There are dinosaurs who don’t get it, but they’ll get gobbled up soon enough.

That said, after the ratio of female to male directors reaches something close to parity, there will still be battles because the sexism will show up elsewhere — in the film’s distribution deal, the critical response, the distributor’s willingness to spend money on awards campaigns. The idea that male is universal and female is niche is so fundamental to global patriarchy that it’ll take a couple more eras to fade. But we have to start somewhere and I do believe it’s started.

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Tribeca 2017 Preview: Arranged Marriages, Endangered Animals, the Justice System, & More

A Suitable Girl

Women directed nearly 40 percent of the films screening in Competition at this year’s edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, and there are plenty of women-centric projects in the fest’s lineup. Whether you’re most interested in features or documentaries, stories about friendship or feminist awakenings, we’ve got you covered. We’ve assembled some of the most promising-sounding films in the program, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of projects by and about women at the fest— just some of the highlights.

Besides the features listed below, other noteworthy titles include Jessica Devaney’s short “Love the Sinner,” a doc about her growing up Evangelical and how the Pulse shooting affected her, and Zohar Kfir’s “Testimony,” a Vr doc centered on sexual assault survivors. You can also check out “Out of this World: Female Filmmakers in Genre,” a special screening of three genre shorts helmed by women, and interview events with Barbra Streisand as well as Lena Dunham and frequent collaborator Jenni Konner.

Tribeca runs from April 19–30. Plot synopses below are courtesy of Tribeca.

“The Divine Order” — Written and Directed by Petra Volpe

What it’s about: Political leaders in Switzerland cited “Divine Order” as the reason why women still did not have the right to vote as late as 1970. Director Petra Volpe explores this surprising history through the story of Nora, a quiet housewife from a quaint village searching for the fierce suffragette leader inside her. With Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Sucky.

Why we’re interested: Women have had the right to vote in the U.S. for less than 100 years, and sadly there are women around the world that still can’t cast ballots. It’s easy to slough off women’s fight for the vote as a thing of the past, but “Divine Order” stresses that this chapter in history remains largely unwritten. “This got swept under the rug and was not talked about much in history lessons,” Volpe explained in an as-yet-unpublished interview with Women and Hollywood. “That is so typical for women’s history — it’s untold. I made this movie because I wanted to honor all the women who fought for so long and so hard.”



What it’s about: All current art is fake. Nothing is original. These are some of the statements exposed in artist Julian Rosefeldt’s film. Starring Cate Blanchett, we witness a series of vignettes which draw upon artist manifestos that question the true nature of art. A chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms in each segment like never before

Why we’re interested: Frankly, this description of “Manifesto” makes the film sound more than a little pretentious. But we simply can’t and won’t turn down the opportunity to see Cate Blanchett take on 13 characters. When you watch a film starring the inimitable actress, you’re guaranteed a standout performance. So with “Manifesto,” we can expect 13 standout performances. The unconventional project — which originated as a multi-screen film installation — sees the two-time Oscar winner playing characters as varied as a factory worker, puppeteer, and scientist.

For Ahkeem” (Documentary)

What it’s about: “For Ahkeem” is the moving portrait of 17-year-old Daje Shelton, a Black girl in North St. Louis, as she navigates the many challenges of growing up in inner city America with one goal: to graduate high school.

Why we’re interested: Most films depict larger-than-life characters with experiences that are pure fantasy for the viewer. So it’s a welcome change to see a down-to-earth movie featuring a relatable protagonist with a relatable goal. Daje wants what we all want: a good life. Featuring subtle commentary on the U.S. education system, “For Ahkeem” shows how unnecessarily difficult it is for young people like Daje to earn a high school diploma, something that should be a fundamental right for everyone.

The Circle

The Circle

What it’s about: When Mae (Emma Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family, and that of humanity

Why we’re interested: “Beauty and the Beast” has officially grossed more than a billion dollars at the box office, and “The Circle” marks “Harry Potter” alumna Emma Watson’s follow-up to the Disney smash sensation. It appears as though Watson is playing another heroine, and this time around, she’s taking on a god of the tech industry. “The Circle” promises to tackle timely questions and concerns about privacy laws and online identity, and will be a nice change of pace from Watson’s delightful turn as Belle.

One Percent More Humid” — Written and Directed by Liz W. Garcia

What it’s about: Catherine (Julia Garner) and Iris (Juno Temple) are childhood friends home from college for a hot New England summer. As they attempt to enjoy parties and skinny-dipping and the usual vacation hijinks, a shared trauma in their past becomes increasingly difficult to suppress. As the wedge between the friends grows, they each pursue forbidden affairs to cope. With Alessandro Nivola, Maggie Siff, Philip Ettinger, Mamoudou Athie.

Why we’re interested: “This is a film about grief. Sorry! There are some laughs, too, and it’s sexy, I promise. But essentially, this is a movie about the effect of grief on the friendship of two young women,” writer-director Garcia told us in a soon-to-be-published interview. We love narratives about female friendship, and Garcia explained that the plot of “One Percent More Humid” is “an amalgam of true stories about young people and fatal car accidents.” Stories about grief are typically centered around middle-aged parents who have lost children, so it will be interesting to see two young women grappling with the aftermath of a tragedy.

Keep the Change” — Written and Directed by Rachel Israel

Keep the Change

What it’s about: In a support group for adults living with autism, David — a smooth talker struggling to hide his disability — meets a woman with similar learning challenges, and they quickly forge an intimate bond. Starring a cast of nonprofessional actors on the autism spectrum, “Keep the Change” details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism, and humor. With Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Nicky Gottlieb, Will Deaver, Jessica Walter, Tibor Feldman.

Why we’re interested: Hollywood usually ignores people with disabilities, and when they are depicted, they’re often reduced to single-note characters. That’s why we’re happy that “Keep the Change” — like Alexandra Shiva’s “How to Dance in Ohio” — depicts the inner lives of those on the autism spectrum with actors who are actually on the spectrum. Instead of presenting David as if he is the subject of a public service announcement, Israel shows him as just another person looking for love.

“I Am Evidence” (Documentary) — Directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir

“I Am Evidence”

What it’s about: Every year in cities around the United States, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of rape kits are left untested in police storage facilities. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, “I Am Evidence” exposes this shocking reality, bringing attention to the way in which police have historically processed sexual assault cases. Through an exploration of survivors’ accounts, the film sheds light on these disturbing statistics, and shows what can be achieved when evidence — and the individuals it represents — are treated with the respect we all deserve. An HBO Documentary Film release.

Why we’re interested: Adlesic and Gandbhir told Women and Hollywood they were drawn to tell this story because of “the outrage [they] felt” when they learned “it’s estimated that there are 400,000 untested rape kits in the Unites States.” Hopefully that outrage is contagious. If you aren’t horrified and disgusted by how the justice system treats rape survivors, “I Am Evidence” will likely make you reconsider your stance. The filmmakers hope that audiences leaving the theater “have a better understanding of the survivor experience” and “ask their legislators to pass laws that require the testing of all rape kits in a timely manner and to follow up on the findings of those tested kits.”

Copwatch” (Documentary) — Directed by Camilla Hall


What it’s about: “Copwatch” is the true story of We Copwatch, an organization that films police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. In her feature film debut, director Camilla Hall crafts an intriguing and timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists — including Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner’s fatal arrest — who seek to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence.

Why we’re interested: If the Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad taught us anything, it’s that much of the public is still shockingly ignorant about movements like We Copwatch and Black Lives Matter. “Copwatch” strives to show that being anti-police brutality is not the same as being anti-police. Like her subjects, Hall uses her camera to spotlight racially-charged violence and hold those responsible accountable. At a time when amateur videos expose the unfounded violence racial prejudice can provoke — from traffic stops to United Airlines — this doc is more relevant than ever.

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” (Documentary) — Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste”

What it’s about: Each year, $218 billion — or 1.3 billion tons — of food is thrown out. With nearly a billion people worldwide facing starvation, food conservation is a more urgent issue than ever before. Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, Chai and Kye’s fast-paced and forward-thinking food doc takes viewers on a tour of inventive new ideas for recycling waste and maximizing sustainability from innovative chefs like Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber, and Danny Bowien, who turn scraps into feasts before our eyes.

Why we’re interested: “One of the perks of working with Anthony Bourdain and on shows like ‘The Mind of a Chef’ is that you come in contact with a lot of chefs. Being in their worlds, their restaurants, and their kitchens, we see close-up what makes these people tick and also what boils their blood,” Chai and Kye told us in an upcoming interview. “Time and again, food waste was something that chefs railed against. It’s bad business. It shows laziness, a lack of creativity, and worst of all, disrespects the time, money, labor, and craft needed to grow the ingredients.” Most people would be appalled if they realized the sheer amount of food that gets thrown out daily, yet this subject is rarely broached in the mainstream media. “Wasted!” will explore why this is a problem we all need to be thinking about, talking about, and working to solve.

A Suitable Girl” (Documentary) — Directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana

What it’s about: Dipti, Amrita, Ritu, and Seema are all young, modern women in India looking to get married — some desperately, some reluctantly. “A Suitable Girl” follows them over the course of four years as they juggle family, career, and friends, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage, giving them a voice, and offering a unique perspective into the nuances of this institution.

Why we’re interested: There is a western assumption that arranged marriages are inherently backwards and inferior to matches based on Disney-esque “true love.” But most people who accept this notion haven’t considered, or consulted, those who are actually in arranged marriages. “A Suitable Girl” moves past perception by directly engaging with the brides-to-be. Mundhra and Khurana listen to the young women without judgment or pre-existing expectations. And they discover that arranged marriages are based on many factors: timing, money, class, familial obligations, the couple, etc. Just like all unions.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Alexandra Dean

What it’s about: Known for her unmatched beauty, Hedy Lamarr’s fans never knew she also possessed a beautiful mind. Immigrating to Hollywood in the late 1930s, Lamarr acted by day and sketched inventions by night, even devising a “secret communication system” for the Allies to beat the Nazis. “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” reveals how Lamarr gave her patent away to the Navy, receiving no credit for her engineering innovations, even as she was immortalized as a legend of the silver screen.

Why we’re interested: Society loves to force women into boxes, and “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” shows just how unfair and ill-advised this tendency is. While Lamarr has been immortalized for her appearance, the actress’s brilliant inventions haven’t received their fair due. “Who wouldn’t want to make a story about Hedy?! She was a wild child. Some claimed she was a spy. She was a movie star and later a drug addict and a recluse. Her life was crazy enough before we discovered she came up with a technology we use in our digital devices every day,” Dean told us in an upcoming interview. “I spent years profiling inventors and innovators for Bloomberg Television and Businessweek but I never heard a life story that came close to Hedy’s story. I suppose it also particularly resonated for me because, as a short, quiet woman who always wanted to be a director, I know a little about what its like to want to do something that no one expects you to do.”

“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” (Documentary)

“The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson”

What it’s about: Featuring never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, Academy Award nominee David France (“How to Survive a Plague”) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson, one of the courageous black transgender activists who spearheaded the modern gay civil rights movement.

Why we’re interested: Accurate representations of trans characters and real-life trans people are severely lacking. Narratives like “3 Generations” and “The Danish Girl” caused controversy by casting cis actors to portray trans characters. Others like “Stonewall” minimize or outright ignore the role trans activists played in the fight for Lgbtq rights. “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” is essential because it tells a trans person’s story through her own perspective — a strategy the rest of Hollywood should emulate.

Dare to be Different” (Documentary) — Directed by Ellen Goldfarb

What it’s about: Featuring interviews and rare footage of U2, Blondie, Duran Duran, Joan Jett, The Cure, Billy Idol, and Depeche Mode, “Dare to Be Different” is a nostalgic look at Wlir 92.7, the radio station that introduced these bands to a U.S. audience. Director Ellen Goldfarb tells the story of the rise and fall of this institution, and the birth of the punk and new wave communities.

Why we’re interested: There are about a hundred existing documentaries about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. No disrespect — they are legends for a reason — but we’re excited that Goldfarb is documenting the rise of music that’s not strictly from the ’60s and ’70s. Female artists like Blondie and Joan Jett have been especially overlooked in music history, so we’re psyched to find out more about these influential voices and how they have resonated with fans.

The Last Animals” (Documentary) — Directed by Kate Brooks

The Last Animals

What it’s about: Photojournalist Kate Brooks turns her lens from war zones to a new kind of genocide in this sweeping and sobering film. As the single-digit population of the Northern White Rhino ticks closer to extinction, Brooks exposes the epidemic of highly effective poachers and trafficking syndicates, and the heroic efforts of conservationists, park rangers, and scientists to protect these majestic creatures

Why we’re interested: “In 2010, I went to Kenya on a long planned vacation after embedding with a medevac unit at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. It was in the Maasai Mara that I was able to heal from some of the inhumanity I had witnessed,” Brooks recalled to Women and Hollywood in a soon-to-be-published interview. “Upon seeing a herd of wild elephants for the first time, I was reminded in an instant that in spite of all the human destruction on the planet, there was still some natural order. That experience ultimately led me to want to help them.” Brooks’ mission to help endangered elephants and rhinos evolved into an epic journey. “Production spanned four continents and the film is in five languages,” she explained. Since animals can’t speak for themselves, docs like “The Last Animals” are crucial in educating the public about how our behavior affects different species — and why it matters. Plus, Brooks is a photojournalist, so we’re betting the wildlife footage from “The Last Animals” is visually stunning.

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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Preview

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Author: James Kleinmann

The Tribeca Film Festival hits New York next week and runs from April 19 – 30 th. Now in its sixteenth year, the annual event was co-founded by screen legend Robert De Niro in the wake of the September 11th attacks in an effort to revitalise Lower Manhattan. Retaining an element of its original commitment to Us indie cinema, it has evolved to encompass TV, Vr, online work, music and gaming. As ever, the festival will welcome a dizzying array of big name guests including Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Jon Favreau, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Quentin Tarantino, Scarlett Johansson and Ron Howard. Here are just some of the highlights, for the full line up and to buy tickets check out the official festival website here.

Opening and Closing night Galas at Radio City Music Hall

Kicking off the festival is the world premiere of music doc Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.
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Tribeca 2017 unveils Competition, Spotlight, Viewpoints, Midnight

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Tribeca 2017 unveils Competition, Spotlight, Viewpoints, Midnight
Festival receives record number of submissions as top brass trim roster by 20%.

World premieres of Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Spain (pictured), Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Whitney. “can I be me,”, and Hell On Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise Of Isis by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested are among the line-up at the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30).

Festival top brass led by new director of programming Cara Cusumano and artistic director Frédéric Boyer unveiled on Thursday 82 of the 98 features that will screen at this year’s edition.

Trimmed down by 20%, the festival received a record number 8,700 submissions, of which 3,362 were features – and includes 32 films in competition comprising 12 documentaries, 10 Us narratives and 10 international narratives. Films in competition will compete for cash prizes totalling $160,000.

Spotlight Narrative section features 15 fiction films, while Spotlight Documentary includes 16 non-fiction films. Five fiction and one documentary film play in Midnight.

The 2017 roster
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Fox Buys ‘Visual Intelligence’ Drama Based On Amy Herman Book

Fox has put in development Amy Herman’s Visual Intelligence, based on Herman’s book, from Memphis Beat creators Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, Blindspot executive producer Mark Pellington and 20th Century Fox TV. Garcia, Harto and Pellington will co-write and executive produce, and Pellington will direct. Herman also will executive produce. In the book, art historian Herman, who developed and conducts “The Art of Perception” seminars, uses works of art to help experts from…
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Netflix Drama ‘Ozark’ Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney

Netflix Drama ‘Ozark’ Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney
Julia Garner has been cast as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming drama series “Ozark,” opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Variety has learned.

The series revolves around financial planner Marty Bird (Bateman), his wife Wendy (Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from a Chicago suburb to a resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Garner will portray Ruth, a girl who comes from a mischievous family in the Ozarks.

The series will premiere on Netflix in 2017.

Garner is a familiar face to Netflix, having recently appeared in “The Get Down” on the streaming giant. Her other television credits include an arc on FX’s “The Americans” and an appearance on HBO’s “Girls.” On the film side, she was in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Grandma,” “Electrick Children” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Garner also recently completed production on Liz Garcia’s upcoming feature film, “One Percent More Humid,” opposite
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Finding the Fab Four by Anne-Katrin Titze

Paul Shaffer in the spotlight on the Beatles: "I was so enthralled with Jackie Wilson already and The Four Seasons that this was a new sound, brand new." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

I must confess, before I go on with this feature, that when I was 12, my girlfriends were obsessed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison, so much so that when they played Beatles, I was Yoko Ono.

Paul Shaffer and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation founder and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member, Steven Van Zandt, hosted the rock 'n' roll New York premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, written by Mark Monroe. Whoopi Goldberg, Julie Taymor, Paul Rudd, Bobby Cannavale, Bob Gruen, Vincent Pastore, Max Weinberg, Tony Sirico, Maureen Van Zandt, and many other guests attended.

Favorite Beatle for Alessandro Nivola: "My
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Eddie Redmayne Joins ‘The Last Days of Night,’ ‘Mary Magdalene’ Adds Tahar Rahim, and More

With a notch on his wizarding wand now complete, the Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne is now gearing up to star in Morten Tyldum‘s adaptation of the historical thriller The Last Days of Night. According to Deadline, it concerns the battle between the mammoths of the industrial era Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as they try to quite literally electrify America. Despite this premise, Redmayne will play neither of the two titans, instead starring as Paul Cravath, a now-famed lawyer that made the dispute his first career-making case. The script is penned by The Imitation Game scribe Graham Moore, which marks a re-team between director, writer, and production company Black Bear Pictures.

This production has a funny case of meta-reality, as the Weinstein Company are also suiting up to make a Edison v. Westinghouse pic that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and potentially Jake Gyllenhaal. This is not the first time in recent
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‘Neon Demon’s’ Alessandro Nivola Joins Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’

‘Neon Demon’s’ Alessandro Nivola Joins Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’
Alessandro Nivola is set to join Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.” He has also nabbed a co-starring role opposite Juno Temple in Liz Garcia’s “One Percent More Humid.”

Based on the Jonathan Ames novel, the story follows Albert Votto (Nivola), a New York politician who finds himself at the center of a sinister web of organized crime. Ramsay will write and direct the film, which Amazon Studios is financing and distributing, and Page 114 is producing.

Nivola plays Gerald McCann in “One Percent More Humid,” a literature professor who has an affair with a grieving student (Temple). Julia Garner and Olivia Luccardi are also set to star.

Garcia is writing and directing, as well as producing, along with Joshua Harto.

Nivola was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his performance opposite Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” on Broadway. Upcoming films include Barry Levinson
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TVLine Items: Shaq's Pilot, Gh Recast, Hannibal Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Shaq's Pilot, Gh Recast, Hannibal Trailer and More
Shaq this out: Shaquille O’Neal will star in truTV’s comedy pilot Shaq Inq.

The workplace sitcom is loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of the former basketball player, who will serve as an executive producer alongside Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$).

The half-hour project follows O’Neal and the team who manages his existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas.

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* Get ready for a bloody good time. NBC has unveiled a trailer for Season 3 of Hannibal, premiering this summer.
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You Have to See the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Reunion

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Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, and Amber Tamblyn had a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants reunion earlier this week when they met up for brunch. Amber shared a snap from their group meetup, writing that she was hanging out with her "best b*tches." A lot has changed for the actresses in the nearly 10 years that have passed since the release of their 2005 film. In addition to breaking out with careers of their own, all of the main actresses have gotten married, with Alexis joining the married-woman pack earlier this year when she discreetly tied the knot with her Mad Men costar Vincent Kartheiser. While many of the women have stayed friends over the years, their group brunch date added new fuel to the rumor that they will all be reuniting for the third installment of the Sisterhood franchise. Back in April, the film's original distributor, Alloy Entertainment, announced
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