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Drug mule’s tale suffers from its share of bull

Drug mule’s tale suffers from its share of bull

BY REV. JEN MILLER  |  Disclaimer: I am a screenwriter, an underground movie star and a filmmaker. Yet I am not a fan of film festivals, since they charge entrance fees that anyone who is actually underground can’t afford. This is why, two years ago, I founded “Assdance Film Festival” along with filmmaker Courtney Fathom […]

Behind blue prison bars in Tbilisi

Behind blue prison bars in Tbilisi

BY RANIA RICHARDSON  |  A  young Georgian woman struggles to hold her life together as she waits for the father of her children to finish a ten-year prison sentence in this fine addition to an ever-expanding body of international incarceration chronicles. The drama is even more poignant with the knowledge that director Tinatin Kajrishvili and […]

You’re in the office now

You’re in the office now

Photo by Yaron Scharf Drawing on her own military service, Talya Lavie’s debut feature immediately establishes her as a distinctive and original voice. BY SEAN EGAN  |  The premise this new dark comedy — an examination of the daily life of young women soldiers working in a military office — is so ripe with narrative […]

Blood thinner: indie auteur stretches himself

Blood thinner: indie auteur stretches himself

BY SEAN EGAN  |  At one point in “Summer of Blood,” Eric, the movie’s motormouthed protagonist, nonchalantly says that he’d be interested in making a film, and doing the whole “auteur” thing — writing, directing and starring. It’s a winking reference to the fact that the line is delivered by Onur Tukel, writer, director, editor […]

Behind blue prison bars in Tbilisi

Behind blue prison bars in Tbilisi

Photo by Goga Devarian The brides, waiting to meet their imprisoned husbands. BY RANIA RICHARDSON  |  A  young Georgian woman struggles to hold her life together as she waits for the father of her children to finish a ten-year prison sentence in this fine addition to an ever-expanding body of international incarceration chronicles. The drama […]

Credits roll, questions fly

Credits roll, questions fly

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Blooper reels at the Tribeca Film Festival are few and far between, but there’s still a good reason to stay in your chair and watch the credits roll. Eight films, part of the “Tribeca Talks” series, allow viewers to interact with the cast and creators — in the form of a […]

Family game night, all day long

Family game night, all day long

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Move over, Union Square Zip Line! Take that, Super Bowl Boulevard slide! Pop Up urban adventure is about to get a serious sports and movie-themed upgrade — when the annual Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day return, to take over Downtown streets for this rain-or-shine event that’s always […]

Road trip to the past

Road trip to the past

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A bygone journey down a straight road “too lazy for turns” comes full circle, in this agreeably meandering homage to the early work of Karpo Godina — an important contributor to the “Black Wave” of Yugoslavian filmmaking. In 1968, 25-year-old Godina is sitting in his apartment, presumably minding his own business […]

Golden Festival is hidden gem

Golden Festival is hidden gem

BY BOB KRASNER  |  Take a restored palatial ballroom, add more than 50 musical groups, 3,200 paying guests and plenty of food, and you’ve got the coolest music festival that you’ve probably never heard of. The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, a two-night event, recently took place at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall. The music was from Macedonia, Serbia, […]

Finding their voice, at The Inspired Word open mic

Finding their voice, at The Inspired Word open mic

Pop-folk musicians Orlando and Elia, at Bareburger. PHOTO BY MICHAEL LYDON BY MICHAEL LYDON |  To open mic or not to open mic? That’s a question that rookie (and even veteran) performers often ponder. The pros: a chance to grab five priceless minutes of stage time, if you’re gig-less Tuesday night. The cons: riding two […]

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