New York Film Festival 50: Pi and Kubrick in the Sky

The opening night film for this year’s New York Film Festival presented the world premiere of Life of Pi, Ang Lee’s adaptation of the beloved 2001 novel by Canadian writer Yann Martell. Introducing the press screening, Lee joked that this project violated all three of the things directors are warned against working with–children, animals, water–add a fourth one, he shot it in 3D. He also noted that it was a challenge for him to make a film about faith. “Life of Pi” is about a boy (Pi, short for Piscine) from India, played by 19-year-old newcomer Suraj Sharma, who is so curious about religion he practices three of them. His father owns the animals in a zoo,  and in one harrowing scene Pi’s father teaches the young boy why he should not be sentimental about animals. Bad times force the family to sail to Canada, along with their animals (which they’ve sold to North American buyers.) A shipwreck puts Pi and a fierce Bengal tiger (named Richard Parker) into a lifeboat together.

The bulk of the film is taken up by Pi’s 200-plus days adrift, trying to keep himself and the tiger alive. The difficulty filming these scenes is what made the novel seem un-adaptable for years but Lee and crew have succeeded brilliantly. Never, for one second–for example–did I believe that the Richard Parker on screen wasn’t a real tiger. (The tiger, in fact, turns in one of the best performances you will see this year!) I’m no fan of 3D, especially since I wear glasses and two pair of lenses make it difficult to watch 3D; the 3D is as good as it gets here but I think the film would be just as visually awe-inspiring in 2D. The scenes of Pi’s inventiveness as he figures out how to keep the tiger at bay and gradually establish a mutual existence are captivating. Occasional fantasy sequences illustrating Pi’s longing for others are poetic and visually stunning. Read more

New York Film Festival: Frances Ha Ha, or Frances Weird?

Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging about the 50th New York Film Festival, based on press screenings and films seen during the actual festival (September 28-March 14). In addition to the 33 main slate films, this year’s festival features many interesting sidebars, including a rich selection of episodes from the French TV series “Cinéastes de notre temps.” There are also gala tributes to Nicole Kidman (accompanied by the premiere of her new film “The Paperboy”) and to Richard Pena, who is leaving after 25 years as the head of the festival.

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Noah Baumbach’s exhilarating new film Frances Ha, co-written with and starring Greta Gerwig, is stylistically a love letter to the cinema of early Truffaut and Godard and even ‘70s Woody Allen. The story is ultimately about a deep friendship between two women (played by Gerwig and Mickey Sumner) in their late twenties —actually a rare subject for an American film— as Gerwig pointed out herself during the Q&A immediately following a recent press screening. Gerwig plays the titular character Frances (you don’t learn why it’s called “Frances Ha” until the end), a 27-year-old dancer in New York whose financially poor, but emotionally rich life is turned upside down when her best friend and roommate Sophie (Sumner) moves out of their apartment and in with her yuppie boyfriend. A search for work and cheaper lodging follows; she moves in with two hipster guys (one played by Adam Driver, best known as Lena Dunham’s inattentive lover in “Girls”), flies home for a Christmas trip to Sacramento (Gerwig’s real birthplace), takes a ruinously spontaneous two-day trip to Paris, and endures a stint as a dorm counselor at Barnard College. Read more

This Evening PINE HILL Comes to Fort Greene

Keith Miller is excited about his new indie feature, “Welcome to Pine Hill”  screening outdoors in Fort Greene Park this Thursday.  Just how will it play under the stars?  It’s not an action movie or a romantic comedy.  Well, maybe kind of a bromance.  “Welcome to Pine Hill”, which has been getting raves and awards ever since its debut at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize, concerns a young man named Shannon Harper played by Brooklyn native, non-actor Shannon Harper.  [Editor’s note: I harbor no ill will because Shannon, who was supposed to be interviewed for this piece, was a no-show.]  I won’t give away too much of the plot, I can only say that the movie has a most memorable opening which just happens to be based on a real life incident that occurred just outside filmmaker Miller’s apartment building in South Slope.

Miller, an unassuming white guy, was walking his dog, William, when he was stopped by a large young black man.  The larger of the two turned out to be Shannon Harper who identified William as his own lost dog, Prince.  When Miller told Harper that he rescued the dog —then a four month pit bull pup— off the street and attempted to find its owner, the two men started the process of navigating the breaches that existed between them.   Read more

Brooklyn Film Festival Lives Up To Its Name

Characteristically, the Brooklyn Film Festival (formerly known as the Brooklyn International Film Festival) has made Brooklyn films and filmmakers a priority.  While other New York area festivals focus on national or international content —not to say that BFF ignores it; it’s an international competition festival— this Williamsburg-basd festival stays true blue.  Founded in 1998, the festival has been slowly growing in its stature.  In addition to a load of new indie films, the festival now boasts an industry panel day which they are calling the BFF Exchange and whose sessions run this Saturday.  But it’s bread and butter are the 104 features and shorts, including 28 world premieres and 28 U.S. premieres.  This past year there were some 2,000 submissions so the secret is definitely out. And this blogger should know; he was a screener for their documentaries.

A scene from Kelly Anderson's MY BROOKYLN which closes the Brooklyn Film Festival

A few standouts among those Brooklyn-centric films are Kelly Anderson’s “My Brooklyn“,  Su Friedrich’s “Gut Renovation” and Katie Dellamaggiore’s “Brooklyn Castle“.  All are worthy of your time & money and are having screenings over this coming weekend.  Anderson’s “My Brooklyn” will enjoy a Filmwax Film Series screening some time in the fall, date to be announced.

The Brooklyn Film Festival, Decoy Edition, which runs from June 1st through the 10th, screens at both indieScreen & The Brooklyn Heights Cinema.  The festival is owned and operated by Marco Ursino & Susan Mackell; Nathan Kensinger is the Director of Programming.

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Hello Lonesome” is Adam Reid’s charming triptych dramedy revolving around the theme of loneliness and human connection.  Plot #1 involves the voice over actor Harry Chase playing a voice over actor named Harry Chase, who works and lives alone in his comfortable rural Connecticut domicile. Coping poorly with an estrangement from his adult daughter (never seen), Harry passes the time in between his studio gigs playing with his big boy toys  which include a gun collection and a trampoline.  His only friend is the UPS guy (a terrific Kamel Boutros), who drops off supplies for Harry and humors him by hanging out longer than he should.  Plot #2 involves compulsive online gambler Gordon (Nate Smith) who falls in love with pretty Debby (Sabrina Lloyd).  Gordon ends up moving into Debby’s large but sparse Manhattan apartment which she shares with a pair of large dogs.  A bit of unexpected news ends up potentially undermining their future. Plot #3 plays up the age difference between widow, Eleonore (Lynn Cohen) and her much younger single neighbor (James Urbaniak) whom she reaches out to after her driver’s license is revoked.  What starts out as an occasional chauffeuring here and there, ends up going off into Harold & Maude territory.  Everyone in “Hello Lonesome” is terrific and pitch perfect.  The most fun is the audio commentary which stuffs too many of the cast members together with Reid’s wife feeding the cast throughout.  Nary a coherent thought is completed but you’ll still laugh and wish you had attended the recent DVD release party hosted by Filmwax.  Buy a copy now!

My Perestroika” was one of the big documentary surprises last year.  Along with a handful of other non-fiction features (including Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and “Buck”) that actually had impact at the box office as well as a hit on POV.  Following 5 adults who all experienced growing up in the Soviet Union and then the subsequent transition of Glasnost and Perestroika, the movie is both funny and sad but always fascinating.  The DVD is packed with an hour’s worth of deleted scenes.  Anyone who watches the movie will be grateful for the bonus time with the movie’s subjects whom will all grow on them like married couple Borya and Lyuba who are trying to raise their son, Mark, amidst the chaos of the Russian culture.  Successful entrepreneur, Andrei, has profited very well while Rusian, a local musician, struggles to make ends meet.  And single mother, Olga, a former high school beauty, now punches the clock at a pool table rental company.  Yet, a real spark emanates from all of filmmaker Robin Hessman’s subjects.   The DVD is available for purchase using this link.

RICHARD’S WEDDING NY Premiere at reRun Theater

Word just in that Onur Tukel’s comedy, “Richard’s Wedding”, which was picked up by Matt Grady’s Factory 25, will be premiering at reRun Gatropub Theater on Friday, June 1.  The comedy about a ragtag group of friends getting together for a wedding in Central Park, shot at the end of last summer and stars Lawrence Michael Levine (“Gaby on the Roof in july”, “Green”), Jennifer Prediger (“Uncle Kent & the upcoming “Red Flag”), Dustin Defas (“Bad Fever”), Josephine Decker (“Autoerotic”, “Uncle Kent”), Randy Gambill (“Eastbound and Down”), Oona Mekas (“The Future”), myself &, of course, Onur Tukel.  Many from the cast & crew are expected to appear on opening night.  I hope to have a special episode of Filmwax Radio airing just prior.   More on that to come.

Rooftop’s 16th Season

Last Friday, May 18th, Rooftop Films began its 16th season with it’s annual eclectic shorts slate, This Is What We Mean by Short Films.  Continuing all summer long they will screen a total of 23 feature films and 183 shorts.  Every evening begins with a musical performance; last Friday’s band was terrific, a band called Crinkles.  I’ve become a fan.  Among the highlights of the shorts were Henry Joost’s A Brief History of John Baldessari, Michael Galinsky, Joanna Arnow & Suki Hawley’s “First Month”, Grant Orchard’s “Morning Stroll” and Dana O’Keefe’s “Aaron Burr, Part 2″.

Along with their usual existing outstanding venues spanning the roofs, parks, and piers of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, Rooftop Films is introducing an additional two new venues this year: Metrotech & Dekalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn.

Here is the complete roster of films coming up this summer.

Friday, May 11
This Is What We Mean By Short Films Opening Night
At Rooftop, we have always envisioned our Opening Night show as a rebellion against stale cinematic forms and status quo stories. This year, revolution is in the air, and our programming crests the top of the upheaval.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (Lower East Side), 350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Saturday, May 12
Think of Me (Bryan Wizemann)
“Trembling with vulnerability, Lauren Ambrose is positively devastating” (The New York Observer) as a young single mother doing her best not to fall apart.
Venue: Open Road Rooftop (Lower East Side), 350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Thursday, May 17
On Your Own (Short Films)
In this dynamic program of comedy, animation, drama and documentary, people on the mad margins of society express a creative vision of the world that is alluring and bizarre.
Venue: Dekalb Market (Downtown Brooklyn), 138 Willoughby St. at Flatbush Ave. Read more

BAMcinemaFest Announces 4th Season — Lots of Goodies!

The creme of the crop, or so that’s the term one hears bandied about when referring to BAMcinemFest’s annual program.  Just announced, the 4th season, of what is quickly becoming a major NYC film event.  If you don’t get to festivals like SxSW, Sundance or Cannes, don’t worry,  BAM brings a selection right to your neighborhood (or a short subway ride away).  Among the highlights last year were Septien, Catechism Cataclysm, Terri, If A Tree Falls, Where Soldiers Come From, and many others.

This year’s  lineup looks hardly disappoints and  Filmwax Radio is proud to be inviting a number of this season’s filmmakers to the show.  Stay tuned for air dates.

OPENING NIGHT: “Sleepwalk With Me” (Mike Birbiglia) NY Premiere Narrative
Opening the festival on June 20 is the New York premiere of “Sleepwalk With Me”, Mike Birbiglia’s adaptation of his hit off-Broadway one-man show. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass, who has featured Birbiglia on This American Life, this hilarious and poignant autobiographical exploration stars Birbiglia as a bartender at a Park Slope comedy club who moves in with his long-term girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose). On top of his struggles with his relationship and his stand-up career, Birbiglia also battles an extreme form of sleepwalking where he acts out his dreams—even going so far as to throw himself out of a second story window in Walla Walla, Washington. This bittersweet ciné-memoir is both earnest and surreal. Winner of an audience award at Sundance and a selection at SXSW, “Sleepwalk With Me” also stars cult legend Carol Kane and character actor James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”, “Independence Day”) as Birbiglia‟s mother and father; a typically snarky Alex Karpovsky (“Tiny Furniture”); and comics Kristen Schaal (“Flight of the Conchords”), David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Marc Maron (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “WTF with Marc Maron”), Wyatt Cenac (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), and others. “Sleepwalk With Me” is an IFC Films release and opens August 24.  An IFC Films release.

CLOSING NIGHT: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen” (Don Letts) NY Premiere Documentary
The definitive portrait of a legendary photographer, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen”, directed by the equally legendary punk documentarian Don Letts (“The Punk Rock Movie”, “The Clash: Westway to the World”, “Strummerville”), is the festival’s closing night film presented in a free screening for its New York premiere on July 1. Most famous for the iconic black-and-white photo of a casual John Lennon in shades wearing a “New York City” t-shirt—Gruen was John and Yoko’s personal photo documentarian—the New York photographer redefined the still image in rock, with what Alice Cooper has described as “the ultimate backstage pass…This guy must have stories that nobody has!” Featuring hundreds of celebrated shots of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Chuck Berry, David Bowie, Elton John, Queen, Iggy Pop, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and more alongside dozens of interviews with Debbie Harry, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Billy Joe Armstrong, punk historian Legs McNeil, and, of course, Gruen himself, Rock ‘n’ Roll Exposed is the true history of rock ‘n’ roll from the 60s to the present. Read more

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In Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin“, Tilda Swinton plays Eva, a shell-shocked woman absent of the maternal gene.  For that deficiency she is punished —imprisoned really— in a relationship with her psychopathic son, Kevin.  The two end up in a bizarre symbiotic relationship which eludes her emotionally deficient husband Franklin (John C. Reilly).  Franklin lives in a state of denial, both Kevin’s loving son performance while also explaining away his antisocial behavior as childishness (toddler Kevin: Rock Duerr; pre-pubescent Kevin: Jesper Newell) or hormonal (teenage Kevin: Ezra Miller).  His warmth toward his Dad is part of a larger act all staged to torture his mother.

The film skips around in time from Eva’s single days as a journalist through the present day, the latter period which takes place following a tragedy which leaves her as the town pariah.  Tilda Swinton looks likes she is caught in the headlights when she isn’t looking hungry for her son’s approval.  Their relationship is that of nemeses and any connectivity they share is the within that context. Read more

RICHARD’S WEDDING premieres at Sarasota Film Festival

Cast of RICHARD'S WEDDING

This weekend, “Richard’s Wedding” has its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival.  The Inside, the Festival’s website blog, posted this piece about our film:

INDEPENDENT VISIONS COMPETITION SPOTLIGHT: Exclusive interview with the Filmmakers and Cast of RICHARD’S WEDDING!

Watching “Richard’s Wedding” is like going to a party and meeting a tight group of friends who instantly welcome you into their fold and make you feel like you’ve known them all your life. It is a film that delivers its themes through sparkling conversation and terrific acting. What follows, much like the film, is a fun whirlwind roundtable discussion with actor/writer/director Onur Tukel and actors Jennifer Prediger, Lawrence Michael Levine, Heddy Lahmann, and Adam Schartoff. “Richard’s Wedding” plays Friday, April 20 @ 8:15 PM, Saturday, April 21 @ 5:00 PM, and Sunday, April 22 @ 5:45 PM. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW!

THE INSIDER: What inspired you to make this movie?

Onur Tukel (Writer/Director/”Tuna”): I love the dialogue-driven movies of Woody Allen, Richard Linklater, Noah Baumbach and Whit Stillman. I always wanted to make a New York ensemble movie. I moved to New York in October of 2010 to get inspired. I had been cast in a really great indie film called “Septien” by Michael Tully and was really inspired by Tully’s process. He made that movie without any real fear of how it would be received. I remember him saying specifically, “I don’t care if this movie gets distributed. I don’t care if it gets into film festivals.” And then he went and made a brilliant movie! It was incredibly inspiring. So Tully was hugely influential.

There are three specific movies that have inspired/informed “Richard’s Wedding”. One specific influence was the movie “Tape” by Richard Linklater which takes place in a hotel room in real time. The two male leads spend the first half of the movie talking about a character that doesn’t show up until the second act. more…

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I wanted to help support the works of two remarkable filmmakers whose films have debuted on DVD in the past week or two.  The first is Todd Rohal (“The Guatemalan Handshake”) who directed the side-splitting knee slapper, “Catechism Cataclysm” [MPI Home Video] starring Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and Robert Longstreet.  This movie is about a most unlikely priest (Little) who has been given a leave of absence by his seniors as a result of his unconventional sermons.  He takes the opportunity to get in touch with an old boyfriend of his sister’s with whom he’s had a life-long fascination.  The two end up in a canoe trip  from Hell (literally). “Cataclysm Catachsim”, aka “CatCat”, was edited by Alan Canant and shot by Ben Kasulke.  I saw “CatCat” last summer and was instantly smitten.

The other new DVD is “Glitch in the Grid” [Vanguard Cinema] directed by Filmwax alumni Eric Leiser.   About 4 or 5 months ago I was looking at random movie trailers on Apple’s website and came across the trailer for this film.  I watched it and made mental note.  The next day I was strolling down Sixth Avenue in The Village when a young man on a skateboard pulled up right next to me with a mounted poster for the film.  I turned to the young guy —whose name turned out to be Jeffrey Leiser— and said, “Well, that’s funny.  Yesterday I watched the trailer for that movie.”  He told me that his brother, Eric, directed the film and that he had edited it.  Within 48 hours I had booked a screening of Glitch for Filmwax.  We showed it about a month and a half ago to a packed room.  Now the movie is out on DVD and I highly recommend it.  It’s a lovely artful film about 2 brothers, loosely based on the Leiser brothers and acted by the Leiser brothers, who invite their depressed unemployed cousin (Jay Masonek) to move in with them in their Los Angeles pad.  Not a whole lot more to them but they are all feeling sort of leading lives that are off the grid.

I recommend either on mild hallucinogens or straight up.

Queens World Film Festival 2012: Back on Home Turf

It’s not that I was skeptical or anything.  But when I headed over to the opening night ceremonies for the Queens World Film Festival (formerly known as the Queen International Film Festival) at the Museum of the Moving Image, it was evident that organizers Don & Katha Cato were serious about putting their festival on the map.  When my date for the evening, colleague Athena Georgiadis, and I first arrived at the museum  I leaned in and said, “I won’t know anyone here tonight.” No sooner had those words left my mouth then I then I had to swallow them.

First off, my mate Jack Feldstein, was on hand.  Not only is the filmmaker/animator on the festival’s jury but he’s curated  The Subway Series as part of Sunday’s programming to take place at the Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st Street in Jackson Heights.  Among those short films included in Jack’s series is Gabe Rodriguez’ “The Q to the 6″, a short I showed as part of the Filmwax Film Series last September.  Another event that I look back on with fond memories is Jack’s Evening of Neon Animation.

I also ran into another friend, and Filmwax alumni, Trish Dalton, who will be screening the film she co-directed with Elisabeth Sperling, “One Night Stand”.  I first saw “One Night Stand” at DocuClub and then subsequently invited them to show their film in a later stage rough cut at the Filmwax Film Series.  The screening, my second ever, was helpful in providing them with some last minute feedback prior to their festival submissions.  The film went on to play a number of festivals including, more locally, last year’s Newfest Film Festival. Read more

MARGARET, A Beautiful Mess of a Movie

…and according to actor/cast member Josh Hamilton I hear that the DVD will have another half hour of footage.  Have you ever sat though a movie and you kept waiting for the ending to come… and it doesn’t?  And you start getting an anxiety attack?  We’re so conditioned watching the typical 75 to 110 minute movie with the arc and the resolution, and all the rest, that when something completely different and not concerned with those conventions come along we don’t know how to deal with it.  Kenneth Lonegran’s “Margaret” is a great example of this type of movie.  I knew going into the Walter Reade the other night that this was going to be a movie that was going to make me uncomfortable and I welcomed it.  It didn’t disappoint.  I don’t know how to explain it any other way than that it is a play write’s idea of cinema.

There are various subplots introduced that are never resolved.  At a certain point, if you give into the film, you will simply eat it up.  Every character is fully realized.  There are no weak performances.  The stand out is Jeannie Berlin.  Where the fuck has this actress been the past 25 years?  Hers is a true Oscar-worthy performance.  Her role in “Margaret” is every bit as good as any Meryl Streep performance in anything she’s done since “Sophie’s Choice”.  And she doesn’t  need an accent to pull it off either.  And, believe me, I love Meryl Streep.  But I think I love Jeannie Berline more now. Her performance was sublime.  If Jeannie Berlin isn’t in at least three films in 2012, I’ll be very surprised indeed.

So, if you happen to get an opportunity to see “Margaret”, please just open up your mind.  Forget the movies you are accustomed to see and which, in most cases, you forget about hours after seeing.  Buy the ticket. Take the risk.  Take the leap. Watch an artfully entertaining, completely unpredictable movie.

2012 Cinema Eye Honors

Cinema Eye Honors co-chairs AJ Schnack, Esther Robinson & Nathan Truesdell

On a rainy evening in Astoria, Queens, a group of documentary luminaries got together to celebrate the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Non-fiction Filmmaking. It was, indeed, a star-studded affair. Walking in to the museum’s lobby last night I was immediately blinded by the sheer docu-star power. Filling the lobby for the cocktail hour were such filmmaking icons as Al Maysles, Frederick Wiseman, Michael Moore, Steve James, Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger, the team behind the “Paradise Lost” trilogy.

Shortly afterward, guests filed into the museum’s auditorium for the awards ceremony, the organization’s 5th.  AJ Schnack & Esther Robinson Cinema Eye Honors co-chairs and the evening’s co-hosts had a great chemistry; while Schnack’s goofy asides brought many laughs, it was Robinson who brought just the right amount of solemnity to the occasion. Read more

2011 Filmwax Favorites

Kirsten Dunst in a press still from Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA

In no particular order and making no distinction between films which have found distribution or are still looking.   No distinction between docs or ficts either.  I loved these movies! I’ve also missed a ton of movies that I am still trying to catch up with, including “Take Shelter”, “Hugo”, “Young Adult”, “Tin Tin”, “Midnight in Paris”, “The Help”

“Melancholia” (Lars Von Trier)
“Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” (Jon Foy)
“Green” (Sophia Takal)
“Putty Hill” (Matt Porterfield)
“Battle for Brooklyn” (Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley)
“Drive” (Nicolas Winding Refn)
“Margin Call” (J.C. Chandor)
“Another Earth” (Mike Cahill)
“The Color Wheel” (Alex Ross Perry)
“Bombay Beach” (Alma Ha’rel)
“Bobby Fischer Against The World” (Liz Garbus)
“The Arbor” (Clio Barnard)
“Strongman” (Zachary Levy)
“Cold Weather” (Aaron Katz)

Filmmaker Heather Courtney & her subjects of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM; photo credit: Adam Schartoff © 2011

“Incendies” (Denis Villeneuve)
“Higher Ground” (Vera Fermiglia)
“Martha Marcy May Marlene” (Sean Durkin)
“Cedar Rapids” (Miguel Arteta)
“Septien” (Michael Tully)
“Where Soldiers Come From” (Heather Courtney)
“The Descendants” (Alexander Payne)
“Shame” (Steve McQueen)
“Weekend” (Andrew Haigh)
“Undefeated” (Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin)

Plenty of others well worth mentioning that were also terrific: “Rid of Me”, “Surrogate Valentine”, “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975″, “Bill Cunningham New York”, “The Interrupters”, “Bellflower”, “Silver Bullets”, “Bad Fever”, “Catechism Cataclysm”, “If a Tree Falls”, “My Perestroika”, “Tabloid”, “Circumstance”, “Pina”, “The Skin I Live In”, & “The Artist”.