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John Lennon’s Legacy in Film

  John Lennon was an iconoclastic symbol of the counterculture, a public figure that rejected conventional social mores, which were complemented by his musical gifts. Whether as an actor or as a pop star Beatle, Lennon was often portrayed as “witty and satirical,” descriptions that he ultimately hated and sought to grow as an artist and human being. This essay traces his filmic life as a way to survey whether his “roles” (fictional or biographical) helped to manif...

"Labor of Love" 'Hal' Chronicles The Seminal American Auteur

    As a disclaimer before watching Amy Scott’s ‘Hal,’ a loving and knowing documentary on the life of the seminal 70s auteur Hal Ashby, it’s a film for the ultimate cineaste. It’s for the filmgoer who prides his or herself on encyclopedic knowledge, bordering on obsession, of the “New Hollywood,” or as sometimes referred to as the American New Wave. Ashby, while an influential filmmaker of the 70s canon when he released 7 memorable films of ...

Dead on Arrival: Film noir classic comes back to life in the Lousiana swamps

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Director/Writer: Stephen A Sepher Production company: Kingfisher Media Starring: Billy Flynn, Christa B Allen, DB Sweeney, Chris Mulkey Dead On Arrival updates the classic 1950 film noir thriller DOA with a cast of misfits and a Deep South twist. Sam Collins (Billy Flynn in his feature film debut) is a pharmaceutical sales rep sent to Louisiana to close the deal of a lifetime. After a lavish New Year’s Eve party, Sam finds out he's been poisoned. In the desperately brief window the ...

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The Commuter, review: Taken, for a $100,000 ride

The Commuter, review: Taken, for a $100,000 ride More than the USA, India has a several million persons commuting to and fro work in local trains on a daily basis. There are groups that travel in the same train every day, sit at the same spot and forge strong friendships, for decades. Mumbai-ites pack local trains much beyond capacity and travel on footboards too, since the city is overpopulated and these are open trains. Metro rails are coming along, and gradually supplementing the local rak...

P&A of For Ever and Ever, horror title from Russia

Directed by Vladimir Chubrikov, screen play by Olga Elagina, produced by Tatyana Dubinina. Russia 2018 81 minutes.   Since many years an author still being quite attractive can't overcome writer's block after a break-up with his wife. The only thing that connects him with the real world is his teenage daughter whom he must take care of. And then, one day, mysterious and beautiful Anna comes into his life. A flash of love between them brings the writer b...

Robert Redford's Quips from Sundance '18's Day One Press Conference

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  Robert Redford, the legendary film director, actor, producer, and Sundance Film Fest founder, took part in an open press conference with two of his colleagues in Park City, UT to kick off the proceedings.   ROLE OF JOURNALISM WITHIN SOCIETY I’m a huge fan of journalism, which I think is borne out of the projects I’ve done. Journalism is a big deal for me. It always appears to be under threat periodically. Something comes up and then it dies down; it comes up ...

Anna Karenina-Istoriya Vronskogo, Review: ‘Vronsky’s story’ does no justice to Tolstoy

Anna Karenina-Istoriya Vronskogo, Review: ‘Vronsky’s story’ does no justice to Tolstoy “If the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy"—Russian author Isaak Babel. Not being an authority on Leo Tolstoy’s writings of over 100 years ago, I cannot give my views on this rather sweeping statement. But after seeing the latest interpretation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in Russian/dubbed and sub-titled in English, a mini-TV series turned...

Tumhari Sulu, review: BALAN sing act

Tumhari Sulu, review: BALAN sing act An aspiring film-maker was driving back from work one night in Mumbai and caught a late night phone-in show on local FM radio. That’s all it took. His launch feature had been shelved and he needed another project to make the million dollar move, from ad and promo films to the big screen. The writer in him got cracking, working backwards, from the sexy female voice on the speaker to a peppy house-wife alter ego of the self same. The man’s name i...

Scouting filming locations? Peerspace is here to help!

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For all your filmmaking needs, Peerspace is here to help! Peerspace is an online resource to book locations for film shoots, castings, wrap parties, screenings, and so much more! Get 10% off your first booking today here! http://bit.ly/2jlze8x ...

Ajji, Review: Gran finalé

Ajji, Review: Gran finalé Enough of laurels for acclaimed shorts like Taandav, Aglee Baar, Absent, and the largely unknown feature, Oonga. It was time for Devashish Makhija to push the limits hard, and make a shocker that would provoke the critics into hot debate, and leave the masses, if and as and when they get to see it, cringing and stunned. In Ajji (Granny/Marathi title, though the film is in Hindi), as in most films that emanate from and belong to a genre, content dictates form....

Ranchi Diaries: Nothing to write about

Ranchi Diaries: Nothing to write about Some films make you wonder whether their makers have any friends at all, for if they did have any well-wishers, why did they not speak-up and give some honest feedback during the making? You do not need to be a critic to conclude that a film like Ranchi Diaries is terribly flawed, though critics might tell you what are the things patently wrong with it: no coherent screenplay, false Bhojpuri accents, totally exaggerated and over-the-top dialogue, no resp...

Accepting VR Entries for 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival!

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We're bringing back the VR Experience in 2018! Submit your VR project today for your chance of being showcased and announced a winner in May 2018! The next deadline to submit your project is Novemeber 30, 2017. Submit here: http://bit.ly/2ilIQQp We're accepting VR subsmissions within the following specifications: Submit your Cinematic or Interactive VR piece to be a part of the first ever, day-long VR experience! 360 Videos/Cinematic VR: submissions must be uploaded to YouTube in a 360...

NYC Independent Film Festival presents our October Indie Night: Horror & Gore Screening Event!

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Get into the Halloween spirit and join us for some Horror & Gore! Catch the best of horror indies from past Festival editions in a 2 hour screening event at the Producers Club!  Your ticket purchase is an automatic entry to a raffle for a VIP Pass to the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival running May 7 - 13, 2018.  Lineup: Germaphobia (2017) Less Love's "Horse Race" (2017) Mister Popular (2017) Wan Mei (Perfect) (2017) A Nearly Perfect Blue S...

Subscribe to Filmatique Today!

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Can't wait until May 2018 for your fix of great indies? Subscribe to Filmatique with the code NYCIFF today! Filmatique is a video streaming platform and film journal specializing in contemporary world cinema— festival films, art-house films, works from new directors, and films from regions traditionally underrepresented in mainstream cinema.     Find Filmatique here: http://www.filmatique.com/         ...

"Call Me by Your Name" at the 55th New York Film Festival

Call Me by Your Name is drenched with sun, yet it’s only a partly sunny affair. Luca Guadagnino’s smart and sensuous adaptation of André Aciman’s novel basks the splendors of Northern Italy in the summertime, which is to say, at some point things will turn wintry. Fortunately for Eden’s eventual expulsé, humanity has tender mercies to soften the fall. How else could a father comfort a son as generously as Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbar...

"Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat" at the 55th New York Film Festival

  “For many forward-thinking people, the age of the white male was already over,” reflects curator Diego Cortez in Sara Driver’s documentary Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. With that Cortez, who co-founded TriBeCa’s iconic Mudd Club, sums up the Downtown New York scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Context is king in this portrait of the artist as young man. Like James Joyce’s Künstlerroman of Stephen Dedalus, ...

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” at the 55th New York Film Festival

Does anyone in your family listen? The folks in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) sure don’t. And they’re not the only ones to switch off. The scene cuts often stop them at mid-sentence, inviting bemused viewers to absorb the jolt. In his winning new picture, director Noah Baumbach elevates rudeness to an art with the aid of sharp dialogue and edits. The household he surveys contains Millennials and aging Gen-Xers along with Dustin Hoffman’s 70-something pa...

REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

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REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS   Filmmakers from across the globe are being invited to enter their work for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in 2018.   Revelation is regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting independent film festivals and will run from 5 - 18 July 2018 in Perth.   Revelation Director Richard Sowada said the search was now on for unique, signature-driven works from filmmakers of all levels.   “Submis...

"Arthur Miller: Writer" -- New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary

“Our children are our biographers,” goes the saying, and in Rebecca Miller’s (Personal Velocity, Maggie’s Plan) documentary about her playwright father Arthur, she takes it to heart. The result, Arthur Miller: Writer, leaves just-the-facts inventorying to a more impartial observer and gets up-close and personal with dad. Thanks to Rebecca’s filmed interviews, we gain a seat at the family table with this icon of the American stage. Early on she lets...

New Prize Added for Best Director Award in 2018!

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New Prize Added for the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival! The winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Festival will win a Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera! Want to win? Be sure to submit your film today, the regular deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017: http://bit.ly/1Jcd2Q1 ...

VIP Passes are NOW on sale for the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival

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Don't miss one second of the Festival in 2018 - VIP Passes are now on sale! Get treated like VIP and get access to all film screenings, panels, events, and parties before tickets go on sale to the general public!   Buy your pass today here: https://www.nycindieff.com/shop/products/full-festival-pass       ...

New Categories Added for 2018!

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You asked us, and we heard you! We've added the following categories for the 2018 Festival: TV Pilots. This category is for pilots (first episodes) only of any genre. You may submit either a half-hour (21-28 minutes) or hour long (42-50 minutes) pilot. Web Series. This category is for web series episode(s) of any genre. The maximum length for submission in 10 minutes, you may submit multiple episodes as long as the total runtime is 10 minutes or less. If your show is serialized in its stor...

Sameer, Review by Siraj Syed: State of terror

Sameer, Review by Siraj Syed: State of terror Bomb blasts, attributed to extremist groups, have occurred in India time and again, particularly in the last 25 years, causing several deaths and injuries every time. In most cases, the accused and the sentenced men both belong to India’s minority community of Muslims, which fact has fuelled false beliefs that all bomb blasts are the work of Muslims, and that almost all, if not all Muslims are terrorists. Sameer chooses this sensitive theme,...
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