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NewFest: A Meeting Of The LGBT Clan

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  "Film festivals for the LGBT community are not just about cinema”, Lesli Klainberg, NewFest’s Executive Director commented in a phone interview. “They have always functioned as community building events where like-minded audiences can commune in the presence of filmmakers in a shared experience.” This cinematic sharing begins later this week as NewFest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Film  Festival kicks off an ambitious season of films currently playin...

NewFest | 2011 Visionary Award to Christine Vachon

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NewFest (www.NewFest.org), the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival is coming to locations across the city, July 21-28. The festival will open and close at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and will be headquartered throughout the week at Chelsea's SVA Theater and Cinema Village. Special satellite screenings will be held at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side, and Harlem Stage. Pri...

Susan Sarandon To Be Feted At BAM

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  A real, honest-to-goodness movie star will grace the agonizingly chic borough of Brooklyn when screen goddess (and serious actress) Susan Sarandon is feted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this coming weekend. Starting on Thursday and running through Sunday, the aptly titled The Susan Sarandon Picture Show (a hommage to Sarandon's breakout role in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show) at BAMcinématek presents a 13-film salute to the movie star and committed social activi...

DOC NYC Makes Its New York Bow

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  New York has always had an abundance of film festivals....some grand, some intimate; some broad, some specialized; some populist and some elitist. The city's major film institutions, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Anthology Film Archives, present on-going film series that bring a new mini-festival to film buffs every week of the year. The city's other great film resources, including the Film Forum and the IFC Center,...

Cary Grant: Now That's A Movie Star

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  You can have your Tom Cruises, your Ashton Kutchers, your Robert Pattinsons....as far as I am concerned, the definition of a REAL movie star is Cary Grant. Evidently the Brooklyn Academy of Music agrees with me, because they are in the midst of their second Grant retrospective through the end of July. If one has never seen the great man on the big screen.....pounce. After last year’s successful series, BAMcinématek honors the leading man whose repertoire is mpressive and esse...

Rotterdam@BAM Brings Best of Fest to Brooklyn

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Rap music and urban renewal aren't the only things Brooklyn, New York, and the Dutch city of Rotterdam have in common. Both advance a version of the Rotterdam film festival.On March 3-9, 2010, a month after curtains closed at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 27—February 7), the Brooklyn Academy of Music rolls out Rap music and urban renewal aren't the only things Brooklyn, New York, and the Dutch city of Rotterdam have in common. Both advance a version of the Rotterdam f...

A Film Festival Grows In Brooklyn

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 Don't Let Me Drown  New York City is blessed with a number of established film events for every season, including the New York Film Festival in the Fall, the New Directors/New Films series, Gen Art Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spring, and dozens of other smaller, more specialized events. Add to this a new summer festival to be presented by BAMcinematek, the repertory film program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, one of the city’s citadels of culture. The Festival ...

Lisa Schwarzbaum's panel of up and coming new talent

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A "Precursor to "The Gotham Awards"Lisa Schwarzbaum, film critic for "Entertainment Weekly" led the panel of up and coming new talent. She began by asking, "Chop Shop" star, Alejandro Polanco, "How did you adjust to making a movie, how did you balance the movie and school?"A.P. ~ "I had to wake up in the morning very early, and we shot during a heat wave, I just did it, got through it, loved it, and now I want to be an actor."L.S. ~ (Addressed to Rosemarie DeWItt from Jonathan Demme's film, "Ra...

Cannes Directors Fortnight Celebration In New York

 Tuesday, July 1----------With the American economy in the crapper and the dollar at near record lows, a trip to the Cannes Film Festival has become an inexpensive indulgence, even for the media professionals who “must” be there. For the general public, who may be curious about what goes on along the famed shores of the Riviera, the difficulty of being part of the Cannes action is doubly difficult. Well, for the past month, Cannes has been made affordable and surprisingly accessible, with t...

BAM Presents New French Cinema Series

 Friday, October 19---------BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, presents its annual presentation of New French Films from October 24 to 28. The series returns with five new features from France, all New York premieres.  The series includes comedies, thrillers, and dramas, as well as a documentary investigating the relationship between filmmakers and critics. New French Films is presented in association with Unifrance NY and the French Cultural Services in New York....

Silent Films Speak At Brooklyn Academy of Music

 Monday, September 8----------From October 18–21, BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinemas will present the  Pordenone Silent Film Weekend,  featuring highlights from the legendary Pordenone Silent Film Weekend in Italy, the world's most prestigious film festival devoted to the art of the silent cinema.  The series, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary at BAM, focuses this year on the early silent classics from the Danish film studio ...

IFP Expands 17th Annual Gotham Awards

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IFP Expands 17th Annual Gotham Awards with Move to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios on Tuesday, November 27 and New Slate of Public Programs Throughout NovemberThe 2007 film awards season will kick-off in New York on Tuesday, November 27 with the 17th Annual Gotham Awards. Produced and presented by IFP, the Awards are expanding on two fronts this year with their move to the City's newest studio complex, Steiner Studios, and with their new collaborations to present public programs related to the Awards...

New Cinema From Hong Kong At BAM

 Monday, August 13---------Even though Hong Kong has officially been absorbed into the People's Republic of China, it remains its own political and cultural animal. This is certainly reflected in its national cinema, which has been a major international sensation for decades. To mark the 10th anniversary of the end of colonial rule, the BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, is presenting THE NEW DECADE: HONG KONG FILM, starting this Thursday, August 16th.This nine...

The World According To Paul Giamatti

 Wednesday, August 1--------Robert Redford's got Sundance. Robert De Niro's got Tribeca. So why not let Paul Giamatti into that exclusive club? Well, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) apparently agrees and has scheduled an 8-film series of movies selected by the Oscar nominee (and indie fave) entitled PAUL GIAMATTI SELECTS. The series begins tonight at the BAM Rose Cinemas and continues through September. Giamatti and Brooklyn are actually a perfect fit. Not only is he a longtime res...

Gotham Awards To Move To Brooklyn

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In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the new venue on Tuesday, November ...

Gotham Awards Moving To Brooklyn

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Friday, July 20------In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the ne...

Gotham Awards To Move To Brooklyn

Thursday, July 19------In yet another sign of Brooklyn's growing cache as a cultural destination, the Gotham Awards, one of the stellar events on the New York film industry calendar, is moving from its current site in Manhattan to Brooklyn's Steiner Studios, the largest studio facility in the city, located on the Brooklyn waterfront. The 17th Annual Gotham Awards, produced and presented by the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a national producers organization, will be presented at the ...

The Leading Ladies of Italian Cinema At BAM

Friday, July 6------As the thermometer rises amid a July haze, the temperatures of moviegoers is also on the ascendant as the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the white heat emanating from some of Italian cinema's sexiest and most seductive performers. SIGNORE & SIGNORE: Leading Ladies of Italian Cinema, which begins today at the BamCinematek, presents a fabulous array of talents, from international superstars to sultry temptresses to fast-talking firebrands. These are actresses who ...

Godard Classic Is Revived At BAM

 Friday, June 16--------The BamCinematek, the repertory arm of the BAM Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is presenting a newly restored film print of a true classic from iconic director Jean-Luc Godard  for a limited run starting this evening. PIERROT LE FOU, a 1965 milestone from the most innovative director of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s, will have a special 10 day revival, reminding audiences of the audacity, sexiness and visual splendor of this iconic director&...

OUTING RILEY Wins Top Award at 19th NewFest

Thursday, June 14------The 19th Annual NewFest (New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival) came to a close this past Sunday, setting records for attendance and kicking off the gay and lesbian pride celebrations in June. “We had another strong turnout to this year’s festival,” said Basil Tsiokos, Artistic Director of NewFest.  “We’re proud to have provided a great kickoff to Gay Pride Month.” Awards were announced before the Closing Night Film screening of SAVE ...

Sundance Institute Comes To Brooklyn

 Monday, May 28-----The Sundance Institute is coming to Brooklyn starting this Thursday to present a lively series of film, theater, music and panel discussions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), part of an on-going relationship between the two organizations. The core of the event will be the showcasing of feature and short films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. This year’s Sundance Institute at BAM series opens with the New York premiere of Garth Jenning’s ...

DanceAfrica Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Monday, May 21---------The BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, will present a series of films from May 23 to 30 to coincide with the mainstage festivities for 30 Years of DanceAfrica. The series kicks off on May 23 and 24 with the critically acclaimed Bamako (2006) directed by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako. Set in Mali , Sissako’s film employs Brechtian techniques to stage a trial against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in a small v...

Generation Garrel At Brooklyn Academy of Music

 Friday, May 11------The BAMcinematek, located at the Rose Cinemas at downtown Brooklyn's estimable Brooklyn Academy of Music, is showcasing the work of three generations of France's most prolific acting and directing dynasties. GENERATION GARREL offers the work of veteran director Phillipe Garrel, a kind of Gallic version of American director John Cassavettes, and his father Maurice Garrel and son Louis Garrel, both accomplished actors. Following BAM's Philippe Garrel retrospe...

Sundance announces new arthouse initiative

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Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford and Festival Director Geoff Gilmore took the stage yesterday at the Kimball Art Center in Park City for the first Sundance press conference of this year’s event. Redford and Gilmore were joined by Nicole Holofcener, the director of the Festival opener FRIENDS WITH MONEY.Redford announced a major new initiative for the Institute, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Sundance Institute Art House Project is collaborating with leading a...

Isabelle Huppert conquers Manhattan

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Isabelle Huppert, one of international cinema’s greatest and most enigmatic actresses, is single handedly conquering Manhattan this month, as the screen icon makes her American stage debut and is feted by the Museum of Modern Art with a staggeringly impressive survey of her best cinematic accomplishments.Ms. Huppert, who turns 50 this year, yet maintains an ageless beauty and mystery to her screen persona, can be seen both in the flesh and on the screen at different venues in New York. At the ...
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