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The boy downstairs

INTERVIEW, Sophie Brooks of “The Boy Downstairs

Brooks is a first-time director
[Boy Downstairs Productions]

The Tribeca Film Festival ended on Sunday and, once again, proves what a great outlet for women-made films it is. “The Boy Downstairs,” by newcomer Sophie Brooks, was one of those entertaining and smart films. I had the pleasure of speaking with Brooks about her Tribeca, and feature film debut, as both writer and director. Brooks is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School and her love for the city ... more >

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TRIBECA, brief chat with Mark Grieco of “A River Below”

A Sandarba Films Productions

The footage is muddy, but we see it clearly enough: a pink dolphin—one of many endangered species populating the Brazilian Amazon—is harpooned to death by a group of fishermen, to be used as bait for the pirapitinga, a breed of scavenger catfish. This is just the beginning of Mark Grieco’s wrenching documentary “The River Below,” currently showing at Tribeca. Filmed over two difficult years, it ... more >

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TRIBECA: Zoey Deutch headlines “Flower” with gusto

Diablo Entertainment (II), Rough House Pictures, Metalwork Pictures
Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn
Directed by Max Winkler

“Flower," Max Winkler’s follow up to the 2010 film "Ceremony," looks and feels like any other coming-of-age teen dramedy to come out in recent memory. And yet, looking at how great the films in this new wave of teen films have been, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Zoey Deutch stars as Erica, a girl who gets joy in life from hanging out with friends and blackmailing unsuspecting men with the ... more >