Category Archive: Festival

Aug
23

Joe Swanberg on DRINKING BUDDIES

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnsor are either falling in love or just falling asleep in DRINKING BUDDIES.

Director Joe Swanberg is back, once again using a semi-improvised approach to capture the chaos in the way we silly humans interrelate, socially, sexually, and otherwise. In DRINKING BUDDIES, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers at a craft brewery whose friendship may be turning into something more. The problem with that: both …

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Oct
23

The Forum Film Festival in NYC Closes with DUCK SOUP and Short Film Awards

I had to do it. The Forum Film Festival, run by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School was screening GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney’s dramatic reenactment of the clash between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the commie-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, and had invited me to interview actor …

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Apr
29

Tribeca 2012 Diary: FUTURE WEATHER Director Jenny Deller

A young girl is forced to confront inconvenient truths both global and personal in the drama FUTURE WEATHER. Making her Tribeca debut, director Jenny Deller has gathered a cast that includes Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, and William Sadler to tell the story of a teenager (Perla Haney-Jardine) who’s abandoned by her mother and tries to …

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Apr
23

Tribeca 2012 Diary: REPLICAS’ Jeremy Power Regimbal & Josh Close

Cherish what you’ve got, ‘cuz it’s likely others sure as hell do. In REPLICAS, an upscale family (Selma Blair, Josh Close — who also wrote the screenplay — and Quinn Lord) take a trip to their vacation home in order to recover from a recent tragedy, and receive a visit from a set of excessively …

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Apr
22

Tribeca 2012 Diary: THE PLAYROOM Director Julia Dyer

The kids are telling tales out of school, and so are their parents. Set one restless night in the mid-seventies, THE PLAYROOM juxtaposes a quartet of siblings spinning a strange, heartbreaking tale of freedom in their attic sanctuary with the darker dynamics of a small, “neighborly” get-together between adults in the living room below. Capturing …

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Apr
20

Tribeca 2012 Diary: HEADSHOT Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang

The hitman’s in trouble. During a political assassination gone wrong, he gets shot in the head, and wakes from a coma seeing everything upside down. On top of that, seems that everyone wants to kill him, for various and sundry reasons. Days like this make an exciting career in HVAC maintenance sound mighty appealing. Thai …

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Apr
19

Tribeca 2012 Diary: BABYGIRL’s Macdara Vallely

Yes, the Tribeca Film Festival brings the world to New York, but who knew the process could be so literal? In BABYGIRL, the very Irish director Macdara Vallely tells a very New York tale about Lena (Yanis Ynoa), a Nuyorican teen, who finds herself in the middle of a romantic triangle when her mother’s lover …

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