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    First-Time Female Filmmakers Take Home Best Film and Best Screenplay Awards at Outfest

    Sydney Freeland's "Drunktown Finest" won the Best Film trophy and Desiree Akhavan's "Appropriate Behavior" the Best Screenwriting prize from the US Grand Jury.

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    The Indiewire Springboard: 'Appropriate Behavior' Breakout Desiree Akhavan On Threesomes, OkCupid and Lena Dunham

    We got the opportunity to chat (over coffee served in mason jars) with the director/writer/actress about her film, online dating and getting cast in season four of Lena Dunham's "Girls."

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    8 Queer Women Films to Watch in 2014

    Lesbian cinema has moved beyond the traditional "coming out" narrative to ask the all-important question, How does one love?

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    The Ones To Watch: 20 Breakout Actors, Directors & Talents From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

    Because we're usually far too busy for the partying and snowboarding, the highlights of the Sundance Film Festival are, of course, the movies themselves. But almost as pleasurable as the films, is discovering new voices and talent, and seeing for the first time the performers and filmmakers whose ca...

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    Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' Is A Funny, Irreverent, & Unique Take On The New York Rom-Com

    The feature debut of Desiree Akhavan, “Appropriate Behavior,” opens with the writer/director/star casually carrying a strap-on dildo down a Brooklyn street. Therein lies both the irony that makes the title so humorous and the thesis statement of her film: Akhavan is going to take her sexuality and w...

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    Sundance Review: 'Appropriate Behavior' a Coming-Out Tale of Deadpan Comedy and Melancholy

    In a scene halfway through Desiree Akhavan’s NEXT entry “Appropriate Behavior,” Shirin (played by Akhavan) finds herself nudged out of a threesome. As she watches her menage-a-trois partners get along without her, it becomes clear that Shirin is a young woman who hasn’t yet found a place to fit in, ...

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    Sundance Review: Tired of Disgruntled New York Hipster Comedies? ‘Appropriate Behavior’ Is a Welcome Update to the Formula

    Desiree Akhavan’s “Appropriate Behavior” provides an enjoyably shrewd update to a potentially grating formula.

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    Exclusive: Clip From Sundance Film 'Appropriate Behavior,' Writer/Director/Star Desiree Akhavan Talks Sex Scenes & More

    One of the filmmakers making their debut at Sundance this January is Desiree Akhavan, a New York writer/director/actor who pulls triple duty in her feature film, “Appropriate Behavior.” Chronicling the romantic (and otherwise) misadventures of Shireen, a bisexual Iranian-American Brooklyn twentysome...

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    Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

    Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.

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