Currently Browsing: May 1, 2017

Three women filmmakers featured at 2017 New York African Film Festival

New York City is a hotbed for movie premieres and film festivals and, this week, there’s another film festival that deserves some attention. The 24th annual New York African Film Festival — with the theme of “The People’s’ Revolution” — begins May 3rd and runs through May 9th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival […]

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Sophie Brooks embraces romantic comedies with ‘The Boy Downstairs’

It could be argued that the romantic comedy is one of the most difficult genres to execute with finesse. Too heavy or moody, the film will sink into melodrama. Too wacky or frivolous, the film loses its emotional pull. Like a pastry, a romantic comedy requires perfect technique to avoid the dismissive labels it’s been […]

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Laurie Simmons follows in daughter Lena Dunham’s footsteps

We’ve seen plenty of film festivals introduce the next generation from an artistic family. But Laurie Simmons is that rare artist making her feature film debut as a writer-director (and star) after her daughter, Lena Dunham, set the path. Not that she’s been waiting. Simmons is one of America’s more successful contemporary artists with works […]

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Ten years later, Adrienne Shelly’s ‘Waitress’ is still as sweet as the best cherry pie

Jan Here: Ten years ago on this date, I posted a review of Adrienne Shelley’s wonderful film Waitress on a site called The Digital Filmmaker (now defunct). My review ended as follows: “For her family and friends there can be no consolation, but those of us who will only know Adrienne Shelly by her work can still […]

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