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Capturing an icon in filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s ‘Mapplethorpe’

Director Ondi Timoner has made a career telling stories of artists driven to the edge by their creative pursuits…often to the detriment of their personal lives.

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Nora Ephron winner Nia DaCosta talks ‘Little Woods’

Starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as sisters living in a North Dakota oil town which happens to be the further point on a map where a woman can obtain an abortion.

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‘Egg’ director Marianna Palka talks new film, female friendship and Trump voters

Directing her new film Egg, written by Risa Mickenberg, is much the same; the story of two art school friends now married and expecting children but following very different paths.

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‘Dead Women Walking’ an intimate portrayal of women on death row

The new film from Israeli born director Hagar Ben-Asher, her first English language/American made film, tells the agonizing final moments (some days, some literally minutes) of life for women on death row.

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‘Little Pink House’ director wants people to walk out angry

Writer-director Courtney Balaker is retelling the story from Kelo’s perspective with Little Pink House, a film based on Jeff Benedict’s book of the same name, hoping this cautionary story will lead to meaningful action.

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Sackler pulls double duty at Tribeca with prison documentary, feature

Emmy winner Madeleine Sackler, however, has the rare opportunity of screening two of her films at Tribeca this year: her latest documentary, It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It and her first narrative feature, O.G.

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Yolanda Ramke’s Australian horror film ‘Cargo’ kicks off Tribeca

Co-directed with Ben Howling, the film is a new take on the zombie-horror genre based on their well-received short film of the same name.

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‘I Feel Pretty’ team Kohn and Silverstein go for humor and heart in directorial debut

Altering the body-switching plot device, the film stars Amy Schumer as Renee, a body-conscious New Yorker who sees herself in a new light after hitting her head.

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Fact leads to fiction in Chloé Zhao’s ‘The Rider’

The Rider, a vérité narrative about a horse trainer who suffers a career-ending rodeo injury beautifully mixes stunning visuals of the American western with a deeply personal story of a young man’s life come undone.

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Leena Pendharkar’s nuanced look at abortion choice in ’20 Weeks’

As the debate surrounding abortion rages on (and restrictive laws increase), the complications and nuances of this subject can sometimes be lost in heated conversation.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to host ‘Radium Girls’ premiere at Tribeca

Radium Girls, the feature film directorial debut of Ginny Mohler and Lydia Dean Pilcher, has been announced as a special premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

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Olivia Newman’s ‘First Match’ offers fresh take on sports genre

Building off her award winning short film, Olivia Newman has found an original and inspiring coming-of-age story with her debut feature First Match.

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‘Outside In’ a dramatic turn for Lynn Shelton

From awkward interactions to fractured relationships, Lynn Shelton is a master at capturing modern day human comedies, frequently focusing on characters in a state of arrested development.

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‘A Suitable Girl’ looks at India’s modern-day arranged marriages

Saying goodbye to their families and fearing the prospect of losing their individuality is an upset aspect of life in Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s new documentary A Suitable Girl.

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Coming-of-age romcom ‘All I Wish’ defies Hollywood ageism

Sharon Stone remembered the script and said, “Why make a coming-of-age comedy about someone turning 30? Why not make it about someone turning 50?”

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Previewing Social Relevant Film Festival’s closing night film ‘Darcy’

Every year, the SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York highlights films using the medium to raise awareness for vital social issues of the day. This year they will close there festival with a screening of Darcy, co-directed by Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen.

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Sally Potter gets personal and political with ‘The Party’

Since 1983, English director Sally Potter’s been a director worth keeping an eye on.

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Director Nora Twomey on ‘The Breadwinner’ Oscar nom

The Breadwinner is based on the best-selling young adult novel by Deborah Ellis, about an 11-year-old girl forced to dress as a boy and provide for her family in Afghanistan after her father’s been arrested by the Taliban.

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‘Passionflix’ founder talks female-run streaming service, romance genre

Passionflix is a stand-alone production/distribution company for original romance films based on existing novels.

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Director Bethany Ashton Wolf’s long road to ‘Forever My Girl’

Her first studio film, Roadside’s Forever My Girl, is receiving a far larger distribution and is dramatically different in tone and structure from Little Chenier.

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‘Permanent’ director Colette Burson depicts 1980s South

Colette Burson is returning to her roots for her new feature film Permanent.

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‘Recy Taylor’ director talks doc, Alabama voters

Just a week ago Burski’s film opened in limited release in LA, and screened in Alabama to encourage citizens to get out the vote (perhaps playing a role in Alabama’s recent election).

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First-time director Stephanie Di Giusto makes ‘Dancer’ known again

Loïe Fuller’s Serpentine Dance and tense relationship with Isadora Duncan is captured in Stephanie Di Giusto’s directorial debut.

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Noel Wells talks ‘Mr. Roosevelt,’ misery and transitioning from SNL

Wells is breaking out in 2017, adding writer-director to her resume with Mr. Roosevelt, the 20-something coming-of-age comedy.

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Amy Glazer goes family-friendly with ‘Kepler’s Dream’

Amy Glazer’s new film Kepler’s Dream is her first foray into the literary adaption of a young adult book.

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Director Leah Warshawski documents grandmother ‘Big Sonia’

But as she followed Sonia through her day-to-day life and heard the story of her youth first-hand, she found a fascinating story and new image of her grandmother.

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‘Man Who Invented Christmas’ director depicts Dickens’ inner struggle

First-time screenwriter Susan Coyne creates a heartwarming historical drama which likely will get viewers in the holiday spirit.

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First-time director Victoria Negri talks ‘Gold Star’

Negri costars in the film, in a role loosely based on herself, opposite actress Catherine Curtain and Robert Vaughn, in his final performance.

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‘No Dresscode Required’ director on struggle for marriage rights

When Christina Herrera Borquez decided to document one of these landmark struggles for the right to marriage, she thought the struggle would take place over a few months.

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‘The Light of the Moon’ shows long-term impact of rape

The film depicts the brutal rape of Bonnie (Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz) and the devastating aftermath.

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