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    On The Rise 2014: 12 Directors To Watch

    After looking at musicians, cinematographers, actors, actresses and screenwriters, there was only one natural place to go with our On The Rise series: directors. After all, film is still an auteur's medium, and the director is the one who hires all of the above, stitching together the various elemen...

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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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    Desiree Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Finds Distribution

    Gravitas Ventures will release the (very funny) Sundance comedy early next year.

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    Gravitas Ventures Acquires Bisexual Comedy-Drama 'Appropriate Behavior'

    "Appropriate Behavior," the hilarious and heartfelt debut film by Desiree Akhavan, has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures.

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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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    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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