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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New Doc Goes Gaga For ‘Queen of Nightlife’ Susanne Bartsch’s Wild Style

(Photo: Jeff Mermelstein for New York magazine)

As the den mother of the club kids and the Queen of Nightlife, Susanne Bartsch has been profiled countless times, most memorably in 2006 by New York magazine. Back then, none other than Ian Schrager described Bartsch as “a true icon of the night, someone who goes down in the nightlife hall of fame.” Of course, there is no nightlife hall of fame (yet), but Bartsch has now been immortalized in the form of a documentary, Susanne Bartsch: On Top, that will open Newfest, the city’s long-running LGBT film festival.

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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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