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Onur Tukel On His Bushwick Vampire Comedy Featuring Alex Karpovsky of Girls

One of the buzzed about movies at the Tribeca Film Festival this season is Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood, a vampire mumblecore rom com that Vulture describes as “what might happen if Woody Allen and Lena Dunham found themselves collaborating on a Roger Corman movie.” The Dunham comparison is apt: Tukel co-starred in Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag and now Karpovksy (Ray from Girls) appears in Tukel’s movie, as an office drone who watches his neurotic, lazy manchild of a co-worker descend into insatiable blood lust.
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In Five Star, Keith Miller’s Leading Man Is a General in the East New York Bloods

Left to right: Primo (James 'Primo' Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Left to right: Primo (James ‘Primo’ Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Keith Miller’s latest film grew out of his 2011 short, “Gang Bangin’ 101.” In that two-minute doc, James “Primo” Grant – a burly, bearded Brooklyn native who works as a bouncer at a Bed-Stuy nightclub – spoke frankly about joining the East New York Bloods when he was 12 and eventually becoming a five-star general in what he calls the “brotherhood.”
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Our Favorite Faux Drive-In Theater Is Relaunching With a Horror Film Series

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

After an eight-month intermission, reRun Theater reopens tomorrow night.

Located inside reBar gastropub, reRun debuted in July 2009 as Dumbo’s take on a drive-in (more duck fat popcorn, less exhaust fumes). The audience watches a 12-foot screen from 47 minivan seats from a Staten Island junkyard. Open to a 21-and-over crowd, reRun sells draft beer, wine, liquor, and cinema-themed cocktails. Drinks start at $5, and each person’s first drink is half-price.
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42 Kooky, Kinky Films to See in Theaters While You Wait For Nymphomaniac


Part one of Lars Von Trier’s much ballyhooed NC-17 tour de force, Nymphomaniac (NSFW trailer above), will finally make its NYC debut at Nitehawk Cinema on March 28 (we’re going to assume “LaBeouf in the Buff” will be one of the special Nympho-themed cocktails). Yes, that’s a whole month from now, but there are plenty of ways to stimulate your appreciation for strange, sex-crazed cinema in the meantime.
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This Week: Come Out and Play at Warriorfest, Rock Out With The Fabulous Stains

No movie depicts gritty, late ’70s NYC better than The Warriors. Celebrate its 35th anniversary this Saturday at Warriorfest — presented by Rocks Off and hosted by New York City punk rocker John Joseph of the Cro-Mags. Show up to (le) poisson rouge dressed as your favorite gang and get ready for a wild party. DJ $mall Change will be spinning vinyl, and a new remastered, extended version of The Warriors soundtrack will blast over the speakers, too. There’ll be a meet and greet, and Q&A with Cochise of the Warriors, Apache Ramos of the Orphans and members of other gangs. No matter which one your allied to, do yourself a favor: come out and play-yay! It’s $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

From satanic samurais to ghost bustin’, here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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This Week: Naughty Flicks, Dirty Looks, Finding the Funk, and Jazzercise

It’s that time of year again where everyone and their mother becomes a diehard football fan, chugging beer and spilling wing sauce all over the place. This Super Bowl Sunday, you’ll want to be at the BrisketTown Super Tailgate Bowl-B-Cue at Villain in Williamsburg. The 5,000-square-foot event space will be filled with couches, tables, two bars, delicious BBQ from Delaney Barbecue and the biggest screen you’ve ever seen. The “Linebacker” ticket ($55) includes access to the space, your first drink, and a Texas three-meat BBQ plate. The “Quarterback” includes access to the space, a Texas three-meat BBQ plate, and unlimited drinks.

Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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At Sundance, Appropriate Behavior Lovingly Skewers Park Slope and Bushwick

On its face, writer-director-filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s first film, Appropriate Behavior, is about common lesbian experiences: the struggle to come out, tussles with identity, and what happens when a relationship fails as a result. But as the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, the audience response happened just as often around the film’s examination of person as of place.
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This Week: Activist Nuns, a Music-Video Battle and ’70s Performance Artists

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

(Photo courtesy of Whitney Museum)

In conjunction with the Whitney Museum’s Rituals of Rented Island, Anthology Film Archives is presenting Further Rituals of Rented Island. During the 1970s performance art flourished in what performance artist/filmmaker Jack Smith dubbed “Rented Island” — better known as downtown Manhattan. Artists took to working in unconventional spaces like lofts, storefronts and even Anthology way back when it was in SoHo. They created new forms of art and expression while posing the question, who needs commercial art?
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Revisit Punk With Desperate Teenage Lovedolls or Folk With Don’t Look Back


Spectacle’s month-long Rockuary series is going full force from the start with a David Markey double feature you can’t afford to miss…

This Friday at 7:30 p.m. catch Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and, at 9:30 p.m., its follow-up, Lovedolls Superstar. Two girls decide to start a band, find a drummer, a manager and battle it out with rival bands, gangs and anyone else who dares to get in the way. The band’s manager Johnny Tremaine is played by Steven Shane McDonald of Red Kross and Off! and the movies feature music by Red Kross, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth and more. This is a definitive piece of punk rock history! The screenings are only $5 a pop and are back-to-back.

Catch these and other films about possessed cats, mutilated children and Bob Dylan we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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