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INTERVIEW: Josef Wladyka of MANOS SUCIAS

From NYU to Colombia
Film was shot in Buenaventura
Wladyka is the winner of a Spike Lee Fellowship award

A collaboration grew from inside a New York University graduate classroom and expanded beyond the Pacific Coast to one of the world's most dangerous cities. The result is "Manos Sucias" ("dirty hands" in Spanish) an action-packed film with a humanitarian bent that's helped train the spotlight on living conditions in Buenaventura, Colombia, a place filled with talented people who are exploited ... more >

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Loitering with intent

Stars Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell
Released: April 18 (Tribeca Festival)

The other film produced by Gabe Cowan this year and shown at Tribeca (see our REVIEW of “just before I go”) is the clever and relatable “Loitering with Intent.” The cast includes Ivan Martin and Michael Godere, the screenwriters of this film in real life, as two starving-artist screenwriters named Raphael and Dominic who after being offered the chance to sell a screenplay repair to the ... more >

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TRIBECA FESTIVAL: “Murder of a cat”

Part of the 2014 selection
Fran Kranz, Greg Kinnear and J.K. Simmons
Directed by Gillian Greene

The title goes right to the point, as does this movie shown at Tribeca last week, which deals with a nerdy oddball named Clinton (played brilliantly by Fran Kranz), who discovers that his cat has been killed. In attempting to solve the murder of his furry and only friend Clinton unwittingly stumbles onto a series of events which lead him deeper into chaos, until his own life is at stake. He teams ... more >

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TRIBECA FESTIVAL – “Just before I go”

Courteney Cox makes directorial debut
Seann William Scott, Olivia Thirlby and Garret Dillahunt
[New Artists Alliance]

In her directorial debut "Just Before I Go" Courteney Cox confronts her wealth of experience in comedy with the darker subject-matter of suicide with mitigated results. Written by sitcom heavy David Flebotte ("Desperate Housewives," "Will and Grace") "Just Before I Go" is an unconvincing attempt to mollify the seriousness of suicide with humor. But directing a film that wants to make light of a ... more >

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RUPERT PUPKIN LIVES

"King of Comedy" still relevant at 30
Tribeca Film Festival 2013

The last Tribeca Film Festival finished on a high note as Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese screened “King of Comedy” marking the thirtieth anniversary of the film’s release. With its knife-sharp commentary on celebrity and the vagaries of fandom "King of Comedy" not only still holds up thirty years later but is just as relevant today as it was then. In “King” stage-door autograph hound and ... more >

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The women filmmakers of Tribeca

Several noted directors in program this year

The twelfth edition of the almost-venerable Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up last week, leaving the impression that women filmmakers had made a stronger mark than ever. Did it signal a paradigm shift? Contrary to what many believe, women have stood peering into a viewfinder ever since silent-film era actress/director Mabel Normand yelled “action” to Charlie Chaplin on the Keystone lot (SEE "Silent ... more >

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Short on Time

Highlights from this year's shorts program

Most people believe Tribeca is all about the big pictures. However what makes it fun and different is what I believe are the backbone of most film festivals, as they are both the stepping stone for filmmakers and the quicker way to see more entertainment in a minimal amount of time; the short films. There were several this year that not only had more production and entertainment value then the ... more >