Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

First of all, apologies for not having written for a while. The city’s events just done dried up!

Yeah, right; like that would ever happen. Rather, numerous cumbersome obligations tied up my typing fingers for a bit. But I’m back, and have I got a good one for you!

The Tribeca Film Festival winds down this weekend, but there are still plenty of marvelous motion pictures to wrap your mind around. One of which just so happens to be directed by one of my best friends, burgeoning director Engi Wassef. Marina of the Zabbaleen weaves the tale of a precocious and super-aware little girl growing up in the world’s largest recycling community right in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. The story follows Marina and her family’s hardships and hopes amidst the trash heaps. With an enchanting score both mournful and beautiful and an effective juxtapose of jarring and inspirational imagery, Marina opens the audience to a world unlike any other.

Marina of the Zabbaleen plays tonight, May 1, at 6:45. Rush tickets available. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets.


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Where but NYC could you be invited to a “Drive In” with no expectation that you will actually drive to the event? As a part of the always much anticipated Tribeca Film Festival, moviegoers are invited to park their tuckuses at he World Financial Center for three outdoor screenings of the family-friendly variety. This year, the best of the bunch is Thriller Night, a screening of Michael Jackson’s epic video and a behind-the-scenes look into just how the musical masterpiece was made. So pull up a lawn chair and veg out under the stars.

Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In takes place Thursday, April 24th through Saturday April 26th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with programs beginning at 7:30 and screenings at 8. Free.

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Think you can work it, girl?! You ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen these fabulous divas work the ball circuit runways in the cult favorite Paris Is Burning. Director Jennie Livingston delved into the 1991 NYC underground that brought us the infamous dance craze, voguing. The at once raw and exhilarating look at drag culture in Harlem in the age of AIDS is a window into a world of conflicted emotions, familial bonds and fabulosity. It’s a classic, and it’s playing tomorrow at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas as part of the Chelsea Classics series.

Show starts at 7pm and is $6.50. Chelsea Clearview Cinemas is located on 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.

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Free is the operative word at Chelsea Market this Monday, March 24th. Rooftop Films, the organizers of movie screenings in the sky, takes over the market for an evening of NYC-inspired non-fiction short documentaries. While watching, sample eats from the upscale shops and taste local wines for free. the last evening of NYC docs featured some innovative and creative looks at this often magical city, and this night will undoubtedly be the same.

Show begins at 7pm with a live music performance. Films start at 7:30.

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Michel Gondry’s new film Be Kind Rewind gets a real-life companion with an exhibit of the same name at the Deitch Projects (through March 22nd). In the movie, “it” actors Jack Black and Mos Def attempt to recreate a video store’s charred catalog of flicks by reenacting every movie with just themselves and a camcorder.

In a whimsical postmodern flip-flopping of reality vs. fiction, exhibit-goers immerse themselves in the same premise upon which the movie is based and are allowed to reconstruct popular movies with only the most basic of materials. Visitors choose a movie title and receive a prescriptive plot development outline. Once the brain-work is complete, you receive a video camera for an hour and are privy to eight different “sets” upon which to wield your lens. In about two ours, celluloid magic can be yours.

Given that embers still glow in my to pursue my childhood dream of acting, this project is right up my ally. Mr. DeMille, I’m SO ready for my close up.

Deitch Projects is located at 18 Wooster Street. Open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12PM to 6PM. Through March 22nd.

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