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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At NY Film Festival, Caniba and Voyeur Delve Deep into Sexual Depravity

(From Caniba)

Two documentaries at the New York Film Festival show just how dark human sexuality can be, getting disturbingly up close and personal with the forbidden desires of their subjects. Both take on notable news stories: Voyeur, coming to Netflix and to theaters Dec. 1, is the tale of Gerald Foos, the man who installed a secret “viewing platform” in the attic of his motel in the Denver suburbs, so he could spy on his guests around the clock. Caniba, which also made its US premiere at the festival, is the story of Issei Sagawa, the Japanese man who killed a woman in Paris and ate parts of her in order to satisfy a cannibalism fetish.

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Boom For Real Considers Jean Michel-Basquiat While Another Doc Recalls His Shadowman

Two new documentaries take a look at downtown New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s, each through the eyes of a different street artist. Boom For Real, making its US premiere at the New York Festival on Sunday, tells the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat as his career began taking off, and Shadowman, which opens wide at Quad Cinema on Dec. 1, considers Richard Hambleton, a contemporary who once fetched more money than Basquiat did, but who practically vanished into obscurity.

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Woody Allen Films His 50th in the East Village Next Week

(Photo: Rubenstein, photographer Martyna Borkowski)

The Woodman cometh.

Woody Allen continues to shoot his WASP2017 (that’s “Woody Allen Summer Project, 2017,” if you’ve been baffled by the filming notifications around town) and he’s coming to the East Village next Thursday. Signs announcing a 6am shoot on Oct. 12 are posted at First Avenue and East 6th Street. Tomorrow, filming will occur in midtown, according to signs posted around Seventh Avenue and West 32nd Street, across from Penn Station.

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Free Pizza Alert: &pizza Giving Away Pies at Astor Place Opening

Another Washington, D.C. import is joining Sweetgreen near Astor Place, and they’re giving away free pies to the first 100 people in line tomorrow.

No, &pizza isn’t one of those “jumbo slice” joints that attract Adams Morgan frat bros. The brand bills itself as “counter-culture” and believes in “celebrating the individual” and employing “people who think differently… who live with passion.” To show just how hip they are, they’re giving away free “&” tattoos, which allow the wearers to get free pizza for a year, to the first 23 people in line tomorrow. The store also features a sculptural installation by local artist Jason Woodside.

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Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying Explores the Soldier’s ‘Intense, Love-Hate Relationship’ With War

L to R: Darryl Ponicsan, Lawrence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, J. Quinton Johnson, Richard Linklater. (Photo: Film Society of Lincoln Center on Twitter)

Richard Linklater isn’t really sure how to categorize his latest movie, Last Flag Flying, which premiered at the New York Film Festival last night.

“Is it a war movie?” he asked himself at a press conference at Lincoln Center yesterday afternoon.

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Noah Baumbach On The Meyerowitz Stories, a Portrait of a Dysfunctional Family in Which ‘Art Is Religion’

Noah Baumbach, left. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Have you seen the Noah Baumbach movie about the sons grappling with their father’s divorce and his legacy as an artistic has-been? No, I’m not talking about The Squid and the Whale. I’m talking about Baumbach’s latest movie about this, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which will have its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday and comes to Netflix Oct. 13.

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Rockaway’s Riis Park Beach Bazaar Opens New Off-Season Restaurant, The Dropout

It’s going to be an endless summer in Rockaway. The Riis Park Beach Bazaar is set to unveil its new off-season restaurant. Starting this weekend, The Dropout will take over the Bay 9 pavilion, the beachside spot in Riis Park that last winter was occupied by Rockaway’s “Pizza Nazi”, Whitney Aycock. (The National Park Service gave him the heave-ho over the summer.)

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Reissue Fever to Tell, Play Brooklyn For First Time in 4 Years

It’s been four years since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played NYC (surprise Bowie covers don’t count), but get ready to make a date with the night, because they’re coming back for a show at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Nov. 7.

The YYYs announced today that on October 20 they’ll celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary of Fever to Tell (yes, it’s really been that long) by reissuing the album on vinyl. Preorder it and, while supplies last, you’ll get a code for the Kings Theatre presale, happening now. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Sept. 29, at 10am.

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