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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...
Ricky D’Ambrose’s most recent short film, Six Cents in the Pocket, was made as a technical exercise: an attempt to work out some ideas about composition and editing, and to practice working out a distinct aesthetic on a shoestring budget. It ended up screening at last fall’s New York Film Festival, and was called “revelatory” by the New Yorker’s Richard Brody. The fourteen-minute film nominally concerns a house-sitter’s lonely errands, but consists largely of wild...
Plenty of lines get tossed around about Millennials: They have no respect for elders; they’re entitled; they don’t read; they’re up-talkers. Well, maybe some are. But if we’ve confirmed anything about Millennials in the last few weeks, as we got to know dozens of the best and brightest from Brooklyn’s New Guard—our annual list of 30 Under 30—on several field trips to Coney Island, it’s that they can also put most of the rest of...

NYFF 2015: NYC Shorts

The following films are among those featured "Shorts Program 4: New York," within the shorts programming at the 53rd New York Film Festival, which began on Saturday and continues through October 11. The NYC shorts program screened on Sunday night and will screen again tonight, Monday the 28th, at 6:30pm. Hernia (Jason Giampietro) ‘‘It’s like a little hole, and it keeps getting bigger.’’ Rudy (Stephen Gurewitz), with his greasy center-parted hair, is grating in a way...

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