Tribeca is a terrific film festival, but it can also be a daunting one. With so many movies to choose from, it’s often tough to decide what to watch. Should you check out the big flick with the actors you recognize from television? Or should you take a chance on the smaller film from an emerging talent? To help separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve compiled the following list of five recommended titles, and to help give you a sense of whether that wheat will be to your liking, we’ve paired each with a similar, older title. If you like that one, you’ll probably dig this one. And if not, well there are plenty more at Tribeca where that came from.
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Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: Tribeca starts, Cannes prepares to close, and a filmmaker goes “D’oh!” over a deer.
A fictional film born from a factual source: that’s not so unusual, right? Almost any biopic falls loosely into that category, and films ranging from THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES to FROST/NIXON openly blend historical fact and a filmmaker’s imagination (as did their sources’ authors). But a story born from a scientific article? Sounds like either a stretch, or the prelude to a really boring evening. Even this kind of reimagining has worked in the past, though – think FAST FOOD NATION – and writer/director Jenny Deller is giving it another go her forthcoming FUTURE WEATHER.
Tickets go on sale today for Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary, MANSOME, as part of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival — but only for American Express cardholders (Amex is a founding sponsor of the festival). The rest of you plebes can order tickets next Monday for the screenings which start on Saturday, April 21st and run through the following week. Then the film hits the rest of New York and also Los Angeles on May 18th.
Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week: THE HUNGER GAMES opens, the truth closes in on a playwright, and someone tries to kickstart a campaign to buy Kickstarter.
Will Forte is an actor, comedian and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for starring in the SNL spin-off film, MACGRUBER. Will is now starring in the new film A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and he’s also a featured artist in our new animated video series DreamStates. You can also check out Will in his recurring roles on 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation and Conan. He’s everywhere!
DreamStates takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of film and music. In Will’s episode of DreamStates, he is being relentlessly chased by a giant Icelandic puffin. For those of you not in the know – puffins “kind of look a little like a penguin crossed with a toucan…..but they have a dark side to them…….and they can be a little snippy”. This snippy, giant puffin chases Will from the big city to the ski slopes of Squaw Valley and never backs off until they finally meet up face to face. What does all this mean? We don’t know – but it’s fun to watch.
You may have heard Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls are reforming (again) in support of a good cause, Al Gore’s mega SOS/Live Earth concert series. Of course Marty DiBergi (who coined the term “global warming”) was instrumental in getting the band back together, and he’s documented his efforts in a new 15-minute…