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This year’s short film ominibus collective:unconscious brought together five local filmmakers to adapt one another’s dreams, but Frances Bodomo’s Everybody Dies cut through the magic realism, all the way down to the bone. The premise is horrifyingly entertaining, full of existential dread and black humor (in multiple senses): a public-access children’s show hosted by a tearful Grim Reaper, who serenades the kiddies with lullabies to prepare them for a life of state violence against...
Plainly, Ashley Connor is trusted as a collaborator, especially by artists trying to envision themselves in the world. Watch the music videos she’s shot: the NYC hyperrealism of Chairlift’s “Crying in Public”; the cutting photo-shoot satires of Mitski’s “Your Best American Girl” and Jenny’ Lewis’s “Just One of the Guys”; the richly lit, cinematic look of Julianna Barwick’s “Same” and Jenny Hval’s “That Battle Is Over”; the direct address of Angel Olsen’s newest singles. In...
The 54th New York Film Festival runs September 30-October 16. Follow our exhaustive coverage of the festival here. Dramatic Relationships Directed by Dustin Guy Defa The Greenpoint-based Defa, reigning cinema laureate of retro film grain and bad NYC weather (see Person to Person, however you can), brings together a cast of microindie luminaries for a compendium of snippets depicting the casual degradations endured by female actresses on film sets, in a six-minute short also distinguished by...
In a relatively short span of time, Kickstarter has completed changed the way movies are funded—and thus made, exhibited, talked about. But it’s still an evolving model. Respectively specializing in narrative, nonfiction and genre films, Schoenbrun, Cook and Schmalz work with Kickstarter filmmakers on their campaigns, which means crafting an identity for a project, and building and sustaining an audience—and are branching out into a more public role, facilitating programs and mentorship opportunities to...

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