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    Tribeca Snapshot: Bradley Rust Gray's "The Exploding Girl"

    With "The Exploding Girl," director Bradley Rust Gray upgrades the routine not-quite-platonic love story with a magnificent sense of visual clarity. The predictable aspects of the plot are masked by an infectious lyricism: Soft spoken college kid Ivy (Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of Elia) hangs out with her friend Al (Mark Rendall) over the course of a summer break in New York. The two have known each other since middle school, creating the sort of close bond in which they laugh off the notion of sharing deeper feelings for each other, but only a hint of nervousness. Ivy's disinterested boyfriend exists only in recurring phone calls, so that his ...

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    Nantucket Fest to Open with "Cold Souls"; Event Adds Another Day

    Details of the early summer's North American film festivals have started trickling in with Nantucket unveiling its 14th edition Thursday. Opening this year's festival is writer/director Sophie Barthes' "Cold Souls," which will have its theatrical debut in early August by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The fi...

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    'This Is Your Life' Meets a Job Fair: Spike Lee Talks Tribeca, Receives Gifts

    "This is like 'This is Your Life' meets a job fair," the Museum of the Moving Image's David Schwartz said to Spike Lee as he moderated their discussion at the Apple Store in SoHo last night. The packed event, which reached capacity well before Lee entered the building, saw an eclectic mix of audienc...

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    First Look: Kirby Dick's "Outrage"; New Tribeca Doc Names Names

    The current governor of a major U.S. southern state, the campaign manager of a U.S. president, a senior West Coast congressman, a former mayor of New York City, and others are among those outed in Kirby Dick's "Outrage," a provocative new documentary debuting tomorrow night at the...

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    Tribeca '09 Interview | "A Matter of Size" co-Director Sharon Maymon (Discovery section)

    Editor's Note: This is one of dozens of interviews, conducted via email, with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.

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    Tribeca Snapshot: Woody Allen's "Whatever Works"

    Marked by interchangeably trite and witty dialogue, "Whatever Works" is the definition of a minor Woody Allen movie. The director's triumphant return to New York City after several years of European excursions finds him in familiar, if not exemplary, form. Most people on the Allen bandwagon will likely view this outing as a charming mediocrity. The decision to cast "Seinfeld" creator and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David in the standard "Woody" role, of course, forms a theoretical match made in heaven. In practice, however, David's neurotic insanity generally works just well enough to smooth over the awkward gaps in this half-baked plot...

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    SFIFF52: A new narrative trend for Bay Area cinema?

    SFIFF52: A new narrative trend for Bay Area cinema?

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    Tribeca '09 Interview: "Playground" Director Libby Spears (Discovery Section)

    Editor’s Note: This is one of dozens of interviews, conducted via email, with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.

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    Tribeca '09 Interview: "Defamation" Director Yoav Shamir (World Doc Competition)

    Editor’s Note: This is one of dozens of interviews, conducted via email, with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.

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    Back to Its Roots? Evolving Tribeca Fest Emphasizes Escapism, Activism

    A "smile and a hug" is how Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal recently referred to her eight year old event, reiterating the role it has played -- particulary in Lower Manhattan -- since launching in the aftermath of the tragic 2001 terrorist attacks. The festival has been both envied and criticized by industry insiders since boldly arriving on the scene. Backed by the high-profile support of corporate sponsor American Express, and with actor Robert DeNiro as a figure-head, the festival drew immediate media attention and audiences alike, despite some skepticism. This year, organizers seem to be trying to reign in expectations whi...

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