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In 2014, Em Cominotti and Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (a Brooklyn Magazine contributor) began collaborating on what would eventually become the feature film Empathy. The two co-wrote the documentary’s script, with Rovinelli as director and Cominotti as both subject and star. Carefully tracing the contours of Cominotti’s life as a queer escort and sex worker moving between New York City, her native Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles as she reconnects with old friends and clients and...
The Other Side Directed by Roberto Minervini Opens May 20 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center West Monroe, a city of 13,000 in northeast Louisiana, happens to be home to one of the most prominent rags-to-riches stories reality television ever told: that of the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. Setting its sights on much less fortunate residents of this very same pocket of the Bayou State, the quasi-doc The Other Side embeds with a meth-addicted...
In Jackson Heights Directed by Frederick Wiseman Opens November 4 at Film Forum What is a community, and how does it work? With In Jackson Heights, Frederick Wiseman poses these and other questions, and while he’s not a documentarian who sets up an issue and then explains it (and then gives you a website), he does suggest a point of view. And in this vibrant string of vignettes from this diverse, multicultural, and colorful neighborhood, Wiseman...

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