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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...
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...
There are few filmmakers with eyes as generous as those of Anocha Suwichakornpong. The great Thai filmmaker absorbs the world within her camera’s orbit, leading to films that are pleasurably discursive in their storytelling and consistently curious about each person being viewed. Her remarkable second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, takes as its starting point a forest-bound encounter between a young filmmaker (played by Visra Vichit-Vadakan) and the subject of her...
The only film at this year’s New Directors/New Films to screen on 35mm is Short Stay, the feature debut of Ted Fendt, who works at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as a projectionist. In fact Short Stay, like Fendt’s previous shorts, was shot on 16mm, and like the shorts it’s self-funded and more or less perfectly reflective of a singular sensibility. Shooting as usual again in his hometown of Haddonfield, New Jersey,...

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