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Brooklyn-based Dustin Guy Defa’s Closing Night film Person to Person gathers a cast including Michael Cera, Philip Baker Hall, and Abbi Jacobson for a charming character-based ensemble comedy about a wide swath of New Yorkers who cross paths during the course of several hours. Defa says, “I made a short film called Person to Person (2014) with my friend Bene Coopersmith and wanted to work together again. All these different characters started to...
Like any other Sundance, you can’t throw a stone in Park City this year without hitting someone who lives in Brooklyn. But it is not just on the overrun resort town’s streets that Kings County is all up in your grill. Brooklyn always seems to be overrepresented on Sundance’s screens, but never as much as this year, when two different films at Sundance are named after Brooklyn neighborhoods alone. I haven’t seen Cary Murnion’s...
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...
Dustin Guy Defa, currently of Greenpoint, has one feature to his name, the burrowing, wintry indie Bad Fevert from 2011, so at first glance it's incongruous to see that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is mounting what's effectively a career-spanning retrospective of his work. But the program of his short films which runs from the 14th to the 20th showcases a protean sensibility and wicked humor over the course of five shorts, none...

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