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Stay up to date on all of today’s buzziest industry news below:
– Grasshopper Film has launched Transmissions, a new blog which will premiere acclaimed short-form films and videos for free. The first film to be released via the blog is Lav Diaz’s “The Day Before The End.” Click here to check out Transmissions.
– The 19th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival has announced its full lineup, including the U.S. premiere of Sean Garrity’s “Borealis.” Other highlights include “Embers,” “Forbidden Cuba,” “Love Is All You Need” and “China’s 3Dreams.” The festival runs from June 3-12. You can check out more information here.
– MoMA has announced a special two-week retrospective of the works of cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing, running from June 16-30. The retro will including a conversation with the DP and screenings of his films, including “In the Mood for Love” and “The Assassin.” You can find more information at MoMA’s website.
– ‘Looking: The Movie’ will debut July 23 on HBO, the network has announced. Andrew Haigh has directed and co-wrote the feature, which will cap off HBO’s comedy-drama series about three gay men living and loving in San Francisco.
– The Sundance Institute has announced a significant expansion of its signature artist development programs to include targeted support for second-time feature filmmakers, addressing a growing need in the field of independent storytelling, especially for women and filmmakers of color. The new FilmTwo Initiative, led by the Institute’s renowned Feature Film Program, with generous support from Founding Partner NBCUniversal, will offer selected directors specialized creative and tactical guidance in navigating the unique challenges of making their second feature films.
– EXCLUSIVE: The Lower East Side Film Festival has announced its opening night film, the New York City premiere of “Art of the Prank,” along with a first look at the festival’s official posters. The festival runs from June 9-16 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Hotel Indigo, the new Ludlow House, The Standard East Village, and other downtown venues. Check out an exclusive poster below: