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Rooftop Films: 'Thanksgiving'


Brooklyn filmmaker Adam Newport-Berra, who has shot music videos for the likes of the Dirty Projectors as well as the feature First Winter, climbs into the director’s chair with a mumblecore-esque Kickstarter-backed film about a brother (or is he?) who throws a wrench into her sister’s relationship during a Thanksgiving dinner. Williamsburg’s own Reggie Watts has a role.
More: 12 Movies to Watch Outdoors at the Rooftop Films Summer Series

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A Documentary Turns the Camera On Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin shot to fame with her visceral, heart-wrenching photographs of the drug-addled, sex-strewn lives of her East Village “tribe” in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Despite her Bostonian roots, everything about the photographer—her art, her voice, her hair, her trademark chain-smoking neuroticism—screams New York.
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LES Film Festival Brings Google Glass, Pool Parties and BYOB to the Cinema

"My Name Is Jonah" makes its NYC premiere at the fest.

“My Name Is Jonah” makes its NYC premiere at the fest.

Deep pockets don’t impress Shannon Walker and Tony Castle, two of the directors of the upcoming LES Film Festival (and co-workers at Noho production company BFD Productions). “We like to showcase people who innovate with things other than money,” says Castle. “You know, there’s something endearing about watching a film where you can understand how they put it all together, in a really imaginative way.” Music to the ears of struggling filmmakers everywhere.
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7 Local and Not-So-Local Ones to Catch at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Still from Tonitas, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Still from Tonitas, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival.

“Brooklyn is exploding right now,” says Nathan Kensinger, and he should know. For months, the documentary filmmaker and photographer has been working hard on the lineup for the 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday.
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