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Nevermind Ghostbusters 3, the Film Industry Is Still Spooked About Women

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Sure, everyone’s psyched for the all-female Ghostbusters, but last Sunday, as part of the Bushwick Film Festival, a panel of women in the industry came together and agreed on something scary: there are not enough women being represented in films, TV, and behind the camera.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Outline of a Screenplay for a Film about Saint Paul (in the Form of Notes for a Production Director)

Italian Pier Paolo Pasolini was a filmmaker (specializing in the grotesque and the subversive), poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, painter, actor, and public intellectual, as well as both a Catholic and a Marxist, and—finally—a murder victim. Despite clearly being a man of action, even Pasolini couldn’t do it all, and having written a screenplay for a film about St. Paul, the project fell by the wayside and remained unrealized at the time of the director’s demise (in 1975).

The poetic, revolutionary text has now been translated into English for the first time, and will here be read by New Yorker staff writer Hilton Als, among others. Philosopher Alain Badiou, who wrote the translation’s preface, notes of the project: “Pasolini’s wager is that the truth of which St. Paul is the divided bearer, the sacrificed militant, can make sense in the world of today, thus providing the latent universality of his thought.”

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An Ambitious Look at the South Side, 'Still Not the Neighborhood You Want to Think It Is'

Living Los Sures, a collaborative work-in-progress documentary project by UnionDocs, is a multifaceted portrait of Williamsburg’s South Side that has been four years in the making. The ambitious project—selections of which are now on display at Fordham University’s Idliko Butler gallery—was inspired by Los Sures, Diego Echeverria’s 1984 feature documentary about the then-blighted Hispanic neighborhood. “Remarkably,” wrote Eleanor Mannikka of the film, “some hope and ambition and drive are still present in spite of the crime and grime that settles over the neighborhood like dust.”
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This Brooklyn Director Has a Cannes-Do Attitude

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A scene from Short Lived

Brooklyn-based director Michael Hobbs only ever imagined he’d have the opportunity to work with a dream team on his latest short film, Short Lived. But when Hobbs sent an email on a whim to Brooklyn-based director of photography Alexander Crowe, he got more than he bargained for. “I didn’t expect a reply because of his caliber, but he got back to me,” Hobbs says. “This was a really big deal.”
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An Evening with Nir Evron

As the Israel-Palestine conflict is once again splashed across the international press, there was never a better time to become familiar with the work of Nir Evron. The Israeli filmmaker has long been fascinated with the physical architecture of the conflict, and this latest work—Endurance—is the third in his “Architectural Trilogy.” Each of the films centers on one particular building: for Endurance, that building is Rawabi, a residential gated community that also happens to be Palestine’s largest building project. Escape the often biased, rushed analysis of the mainstream media, and immerse yourself in Evron’s controversial, contemplative meditations on the construction of social and political histories. After the screening, New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell will moderate a Q&A with the artist.

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Manhattan Film Festival

The Manhattan Film Festival was founded in 2006, and showcases the work of independent filmmakers in order to help them reach a broader audience. In 2013, it was named by Moviemaker magazine one of 25 “coolest film festivals in the world.” The MFF also prides itself on coming up with creative solutions to help filmmakers pursue their careers, including a Filmmaker Revenue Sharing Program. This year, the festival boasts an eclectic mix of features, documentaries and short films. See the schedule here.

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Labyrinth

Just Labrynth. You know you love it. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you should probably go to this screening for reals. Because this is cultural knowledge you need—complete with David Bowie in full weirdo (read: Goblin King Jareth) regalia and Jennifer Connelly as a girl on the brink of womanhood. Also puppets. Lots of puppets.

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La Traviata

You may not be able to hustle up the cash for a quick jaunt to London’s Royal Opera House (or even, for that matter, to our very own Met) but that doesn’t mean you need be deprived of the wondrous, visceral, weirdly compelling force that is opera. This weekend, the Royal Opera House’s performance of Verdi’s La Traviata (Fallen Woman) comes to a screen near you. Based on the real life romance between Alexander Dumas and Marie Duplessis, this three-act spectacle centers on the doomed love between Paris’s most famous courtesan and the man for whom she abandons her luxurious, lascivious lifestyle. Spoiler: tuberculosis features prominently.

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Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies

Punk rock sensation G.G. Allin was renowned for his outlandish live performance antics—which involved defecating on stage, self-mutilation, nudity, and attacking audience members. He typically ended sets smeared in various bodily fluids. Despite poor reviews, Allin attracted a cult following over his career, as he strived to inject a little danger into rock. He eventually died from a drug overdose while this 1993 biopic was in post-production. Hated was the first film from director Todd Phillips (Old School, Starsky & Hutch, The Hangover), and he will be present for a Q&A after the one-night-only screening.

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Now Showing: Bicycle Film Fest, Al Fresco French Flicks and More

Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?


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If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it…
Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE!
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Marxism and Film: A Conversation with Jean-Pierre Godin

French writer, academic and filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin famously collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard during the latter’s “radical” period. A Leftist influenced by Louis Althusser, Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan, Gorin’s political leanings consistently influenced his film work. He went on to teach as a university professor in California, and continued to make movies. Of one, Poto and Cabengo (1978), he explained: “The singsong of the twins reveals the shaky grounds of institutional power. It relativizes discursive authority from the family to the scientific community in their competitive and ineffectual attempts to ‘define’ the twins who spontaneously flit about the screen exceeding any definition.” If that makes any sense to you, join Gorin for a chat about Marxism and the movies. What better way to spend a Saturday night?

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LES Film Fest: “You’ll Be a Man”

You’ll Be a Man is an indie French movie. “I know what you’re thinking!” says LES Film Fest director Tony Castle. “But it’s truly amazing—just a really captivating film about a 20-year-old boy. He becomes a live-in maid. The mother and son love him. The father hates him. Super weird and sexy!” It’s one of the hardest to market, Castle laments, but a brilliant film nonetheless.