“Diane,” or when you come to grips with your present and the past gives you a jolt of bitterness

"Diane" premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy and Estelle Parsons
Directed by Kent Jones

For Diane (Mary Kay Place), a kind of selfless stoic, everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying courageously to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her unending routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is struggling with her own ... more >

Nas in Tribeca

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TRIBECA FESTIVAL | Narrative Filmmaker/press meet-and-greet

Catching up with first-time filmmaker Jenny Deller

On Sunday the Tribeca Festival held its Narrative Filmmaker Press Reception at their Cadillac Lounge in downtown New York. In attendance were roughly fifty filmmakers and their guests, with everyone eager to network. I got to meet several filmmakers, including writer-director-producer Jenny Deller (pictured, with me) whose feature film Future Weather will be having its world premiere here at ... more >

TRIBECA FESTIVAL | Noshing with Bob and Jane

It's breakfast-time at the Tribeca Festival

[In keeping with tradition the Tribeca Festival begins with a breakfast organized for journalists, programmers and founders] On the morning of April 18th I showed up at the festival's 92Y building for the launch event. There were about a hundred other reporters and photographers being ushered into a conference room where muffins, danish, various juices and bloody marys (perhaps to help sober up ... more >

TRIBECA FEST – another bountiful year

The challenges of covering a program that's bursting at the seams

I’m putting together the grid for the next Tribeca Festival, which will occur next month. ScreenComment was born in New York, we cannot not give Tribeca the full coverage that it deserves (and Tribeca has always been friendlier to us than other festivals). This year we’re sending a small army of film critics downtown, although it doesn’t seem quite enough. As always at Tribeca, there are ... more >

TFF’09: Blank City

From avant-guarde to No Wave

One of the ideas behind the so-called No Wave movement, the subject of "Blank City," is about the retreating of art away from the establishment, the denial that a structure can exist to help an artist thrive. One learnt to make a movie because someone shoves a camera in their face and said “you can do it.” The genesis of No Wave was a band of disposessed twentysomethings who roomed together in the ... more >