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Opened in 1972 as a late, arrival to the golden age of Greenwich Village’s cinema scene, the Quad Cinema, the city’s first multi-screen theater, has had many identities: far-out arthouse; queer cinema showcase; second-run house; “four-walling” purgatory. This weekend, the new Quad reopens after a multiyear renovation, re-emerging into something like an NYC moviegoing renaissance. Charles S. Cohen, the real estate magnate turned boutique distributor with Cohen Media Group (which has recently released The Salesman...
All This Panic Directed by Jenny Gage Opens March 31 at IFC Center A teenage dream: that someone will follow you around with a movie camera, coaxing out your most sensitive and insightful innermost thoughts, giving your dramas the scope and flair of cinema, for an audience that will eventually marvel at how interesting you are, how simultaneously unique and universal. Now—as relieved as you are that no one actually made a movie of your transition from...
The Show About the Show Directed by Caveh Zahedi Opens March 17 at the Metrograph Five years ago, at South by Southwest, Caveh Zahedi presented the world premiere of The Sheik and I, a film about a film: he had accepted a commission in the emirate of Sharjah, but the final product primarily documented his difficulties with censorship in a theocracy, and the threats of reprisals that followed. The Q&A was wild, with questioners angrily accusing him...
When this publication put Ricky D'Ambrose on last fall's 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming Brooklynites, he said in response to the boilerplate "tell us about your next film" question: "I've finished a new short, called Spiral Jetty, about a young archivist hired by a celebrated New York intellectual to whitewash her late psychologist father's reputation." Indeed, Spiral Jetty, which plays as part of one of the shorts programs at this year's New Directors/New Films...

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