About Daniel Maurer

Daniel Maurer is the editor of Bedford + Bowery and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. You can reach him at editor(at)bedfordandbowery.com.

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Tribeca Q&As Include Sarah Silverman, Werner Herzog, Scorsese and More

After revealing its lineup of features and the full slate for its TV festival, the Tribeca Film Festival is showering us, piñata-style, with yet more goodies. Today the fest’s organizers dropped its schedule of Tribeca Talks, including tete-a-tetes between Martin Scorsese and festival co-founder Robert de Niro (their latest collaboration, The Irishman, comes to Netlfix in the fall); David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence; Michael J. Fox and Denis Leary; and comics Sarah Silverman and Mike Birbiglia. There will also be talks with Rashida Jones, Questlove, and Queen Latifah, followed by a screening of shorts created by female filmmakers with the support of The Queen Collective, Latifah’s program aimed at encouraging racial and gender equality among directors.

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Lynn Shelton Let Marc Maron Be Marc Maron in Her Civil War Truther Comedy

Jillian Bell, Jon Bass, Toby Huss, Marc Maron, Lynn Shelton, Michaela Watkins, Al Elliott.(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

What’s it like making a movie with legendary podcaster Marc Maron?

“Improvising with Marc is like the first 20 minutes of WTF before he brings out the other guest,” said co-star Michaela Watkins after the premiere of Lynn Shelton’s new film at South by Southwest.

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Dig the New Trailer For the Other Music Doc, Premiering at Tribeca Film Fest

It’s been a year and a half since we last checked in on the Other Music documentary, but it looks like the beloved, bygone East Village record shop is finally getting its moment on the big screen. The doc’s world premiere will be at the Tribeca Film Festival, it was announced today.

The festival, which runs April 24 to May 5, revealed its feature lineup today and Other Music is listed as part of a documentary series, “This Used to Be New York,” featuring films that “harken back to a quintessential New York cultural moment and community that burned bright in NYC history.” (Other selections include a documentary about Lower East Side photographer Martha Cooper and the premiere of maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s The Projectionist, said to be his first NYC-set film in nearly ten years).

To announce the Other Music doc’s premiere, the filmmakers have dropped a new trailer featuring footage from the jazz funeral that marked the shop’s closing in 2016, alongside commentary from JD Samson of Le Tigre, Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and Matt Berninger of The National. Others interviewed for the doc include Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Regina Spektor, and actor-musician Jason Schwartzman.

To help fund the film’s color correction, sound mix, and other finishing touches, a new Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise $20,000. Contributor perks include everything from records signed by some of the artists featured in the film, album description cards left over from the store, and passes to the Other Music-curated Come Together record fair and music fest, happening at PS1 on March 23 and 24.

Check out the new trailer via the Kickstarter page. Tribeca’s schedule won’t be released until March 13, but passes are currently on sale.

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Your Spring Break Plans? Harmony Korine Forever

When Chicago’s Music Box Theatre announced that it would be hosting a Harmony Korine retrospective, you knew New York City would have to respond. After all, it was while he was an NYU student that Korine got his big break, when Larry Clark tapped him to write that enduring classic, Kids. Sure enough, Metrograph has picked up the gauntlet and just announced its own retrospective dedicated to the director they describe as “the kickflipping skate rat Rimbaud of Washington Square Park.”

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Yet Another Williamsburg Longtimer, The Abbey, Is Closing

(Photos: Konstantin Sergeyev)

Williamsburg’s “BEST NO BULLSHIT, NO TOURISTS, ALL AROUND GREAT LOCAL BAR” is closing. The Abbey, a neighborhood fixture for over two decades, will shutter this Thursday. This follows news that two other local longtimers, Enid’s and Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern, are also closing.

The owner of the building at 536 Driggs plans to fully renovate it, according to a permit application that was approved last week.

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Taco ‘Bout a Bummer: San Loco Is Closing Its Williamsburg Location

(Photo via San Loco’s Instagram)

Back in 2017, San Loco left the East Village after 30 years of serving tacos there, and last year it left Bushwick. Now the “gringo Mex” institution is closing up its Williamsburg shop, in part because of the L train “nightmare.” Its last day will be February 24, but the owners hope to reopen nearby and have launched a fundraiser in hopes that fans will, well, shell out.

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