At the Tribeca Film Festival this year, female directors made up about one third of the program and took the fest’s top three awards. Debut features included The Boy Downstairs, a rom-com by Stophie Brooks starring Zosia Mamet of Girls, and My Art, a meta drama by Laurie Simmons, featuring a brief appearance by the artist’s daughter, Lena Dunham.
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The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled its lineup a few weeks ago, and now comes the second big reveal: the lineup of Tribeca Talks, which last year featured J.J. Abrams and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. If you couldn’t bring yourself to shell out $1,000 to see Bruce Springsteen on his book tour, well, good news: You’ll have a chance to see him for a smidge less ($40) when tickets for his talk with America’s other sweetheart, Tom Hanks, go on sale tomorrow, March 21, at Tribeca’s site. The convo will happen April 28 at the Beacon Theatre.
Yesterday morning a 37-year-old woman died after being crushed by a semi truck near the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. [Patch]
Thursday night a Greenpoint man was attacked and robbed by two assailants outside his Freeman Street residence. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Two thieves stole Apple products and camera equipment from a Thames Street apartment in Williamsburg one week ago. [The Brooklyn Paper]
“I want to Kill Lena Dunham” takes place in present-day Brooklyn and follows Nora, “a left wing political radical who is morbidly obsessed with Lena Dunham.” Set against a backdrop of live jazz music, Nora narrates her inner thoughts, vocalizing the societal tensions around her.
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Sure, there’s such a thing as too many Lenas — but, come on: what would drive someone to say, “I want to kill Lena Dunham?”
That’s the provocative title of one of the pop-culture-inspired productions at this year’s Fringe Festival. The ominous threat serves as a canary in the coalmine of modern American culture — an attempt at an artistic antidote to the whimsical Williamsburg of Dunham’s Girls.
Next week thousands of theater patrons will once again descend on Lower Manhattan for the 19th annual NYC Fringe Festival. “Fringe theater” usually denotes plays located on the edge of something (the mainstream, the city, a performer’s sanity). With 200 shows on offer, several seem to occupy the fringe between high culture and low, floating somewhere between stage, screen and page. These nine offer you the chance to Kill Dunham, Channel Spock and “Van Gogh Fuck Yourself.”
Here’s the perfect top to sport at your Girls season finale viewing party next weekend (you know, the one where you eat GQ-approved snacks and see how many pals can squeeze into your tub).
Strand sells this very soft “Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee,” ($54.95, by Clashist), depicting the multi-talented mogul-under-30 in various states of undress, including the memorable game of ping-pong she played with Patrick Wilson at his character’s Williamsburg manse. This shirt takes up Strand shelf space alongside another tee that that Lena would definitely endorse (“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck them.” –John Waters), plus Clashist’s James Franco ankle socks ($19.95). Not to mention Dunham’s memoir.
Nearly a year after we caught it at Sundance, Desiree Akhavan’s first film, Appropriate Behavior, is finally hitting theaters.
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Thought right-wing bloggers were the only ones slagging on Lena Dunham? Doodles on her subway ads say otherwise.
“Writers like this make empty a reality,” wrote an amateur critic (in cursive, no less) over crossed-out out blurbs from the Times, David Sedaris and George Saunders. Followed by: “Become More Than This.”
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So, Happy Ending is set to reopen under new ownership. But for literary types, the place just won’t be the same without the Happy Ending Reading Series that Amanda Stern hosted there starting in 2003.
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Last time the Lowline threw an “anti-gala” (i.e., a gala but cooler) Adrian Grenier and others raised $30,000 for the proposed underground park. It’s uncertain just how much Lena Dunham and her co-host, the Lower East Side’s own Spike Jonze, raised at a $1,500-a-head dinner last night, but we can tell you this much: not only was Dunham’s Lowline-print dress fetching, but it fetched $3,000 at auction.
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