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Lola Versus: Daryl Wein's Ode to the 21st Century Girl

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 1:06 PM

By Karen Kemmerle

Lola Versus enjoyed its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, which couldn't have been more fitting for a movie about New York shot entirely on location. The main character Lola (the beguiling Greta Gerwig) is jilted by her fiancé Luke (

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Future of Film: The Real Culture Wars or Hollywood Vs. Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 11:51 AM

It’s no secret there is a disconnect between the technology/digital media industry and the filmmaking community. As CEO of Plexus, which runs Go Watch It, we are focused on (legally) connecting films and audiences. We have a foot in both doors, and are well situated to...

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Tony Kaye on Detachment

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 11:52 AM

By Kristin McCracken

In Tony Kaye’s new film Detachment (available on VOD and in theaters beginning March 16), Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher in an urban public high school...

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Future of Film: Tips For Connected Documentarians

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 10:54 AM

By Ben Moskowitz

This is an emerging field. But for filmmakers hacking on Web-based stories, it basically boils down to this:

You have to commit to the fact the “thing” you are making is not a linear, unchanging video with a discrete runtime (even if your users will experience it...

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Some Returns Are Only Physical

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 11:11 AM

By Zachary Wigon

The Dardenne Brothers-esque mode of deep character development paired with naturalistic aesthetics and a slow-paced story has become one of the more popular modes of storytelling amongst American independent filmmakers in recent years, and that mode is on full display in Liza...

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Future of Film: Alternative Cinema Strikes Back

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 10:42 AM

By Karen Kemmerle

Who wants their moviegoing experience to consist only of big screen blockbusters at multiplexes? One of the websites I check daily is Alt Screen, a handy site that provides a comprehensive guide to almost all of the alternative film screenings in the New York City...

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Fresh Meat: Horror Ingenues

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2012 | 6:08 PM

By Karen Kemmerle

Tribeca Alum Ti West knows how to pick his leading ladies: Vanessa Horneff in The Roost; Jocelin Donahue in The House of the Devil; and now, Sara Paxton in The Innkeepers.

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To Protect and Serve: Patriarchy and Power in Rampart

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 3:53 PM

By Karen Kemmerle

Rampart, the sophomore film by writer/director Oren Moverman, provides a dark, visceral character study of a man unhinged. Set in 1999, the film centers on Dave Brown (played ferociously by Woody Harrelson), a Vietnam veteran and one of the most corrupt...

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Future Of Film: What Really Lies Beneath The SOPA Debate?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 2:32 PM

By Chris Dorr

The battle raging around the SOPA bill these past several weeks has been fascinating to watch. There have been a lot of blog posts and interviews full of bluster and confrontation, some sanctimonious, others nasty, and yes, also informative. It is worth spending...

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Call of the Wild: Masculinity and Mother Nature in The Grey

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:15 PM

By Karen Kemmerle

The already freezing movie theater feels just a little bit chillier when you’re watching The Grey. The latest film by writer/director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, Narc) is a survival thriller set in the icy wilderness...

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Future of Film: What Does Kickstarter's $100 Million Haul Tell Us?

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 9:05 AM

By Chris Dorr
This week Kickstarter posted a number of statistics about how their projects fared in 2011. Every independent filmmaker should spend some time looking at this report.


Credit: Tribeca Film


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The Reelist Goes to Dollywood

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 9:03 AM

By Karen Kemmerle

If you didn’t get even a little excited when you heard Dolly Parton was making a return to acting, then you'd better check your pulse. This week's release of Joyful Noise (with Queen Latifah) marks Dolly’s first major film role in...

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Future of Film: If We Build It, Will They Come?

(17) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Movie theater attendance was down in 2011, but Tribeca's COO asks: What can we learn from pro sports?

By Jon Patricof

The preliminary estimate of a 4 percent decline in movie theater attendance in 2011 vs. 2010 is certainly not good news for the film industry.

That said, if you...

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Coupling: Caitlin Fitzgerald Talks Newlyweds and Tribeca

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 7:26 AM

By Karen Kemmerle

Filmed on a budget of $9,000 dollars, Newlyweds is the latest film by New York writer/director Edward Burns. This relationship comedy focuses on Buzzy (Burns) and Katie (Caitlin Fitzgerald) who believe that their new marriage works because of their...

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The Reelist: Frightful Noise

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 4:25 PM

By Karen Kemmerle

Don’t Go In The Woods has the special distinction of being the first film that can truly be called a Slasher Musical. Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, Don’t Go in The Woods follows the members of a sensitive...

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Future of Film: Call Her Venus: The Super Artist of Tomorrow!

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 10:49 AM

By James Lawler

There’s been a great deal of breathless chatter recently about comedian Louis CK’s online sale of his comedy show, which, at the risk of dredging up what is old news at today’s pace, is as good a starting point as any for this post. 

Some of the...

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Future of Film: Our Top 10 Transmedia Posts of 2011

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 2:37 PM

For our last post of 2011, our fearless editor, Chris Dorr, rounds up the top 10 posts that had people talking about this emerging form of storytelling this year.

By Chris Dorr

Wikipedia gives this definition of Transmedia: “Transmedia storytelling, also known as multi-platform storytelling, cross-platform...

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Ultrasuede: Whitney Sudler-Smith on Halston's Era of Style

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 11:02 AM

By Karen Kemmerle

Through his unconvential documentary Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, director Whitney Sudler-Smith explores the exciting rise and devastating fall of America’s first real celebrity designer.

New York icon Halston first became well known in the United States for designing the famous pillbox hat...

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Future of Film: Maximizing Distribution Through Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 9:31 AM

Peter Broderick explains how a well-executed crowdfunding campaign can increase distribution.

By Peter Broderick

My Reincarnation shows how a well-executed crowdfunding campaign can be used to maximize distribution. In addition to enabling the funding of the theatrical rollout, the campaign increased awareness among core audiences, generated substantial press coverage, and...

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Future of Film: Story Hacks

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 12:38 PM

By Mike Knowlton

What if we applied the popular hackathon concepts of user-feedback and iteration to create a new kind of technological storytelling?

When you hear the term hacking, or hackathon, the first image that probably comes to mind is a handful of programmers staying up all night long, fueled...

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