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01.29.14 Marina Galperina

“This is my first visit to America. On the drive to jail, I saw the Brooklyn Bridge. I recognize it from the movies.” That’s the world’s most famous arms dealer Viktor Bout, in the above clip of the The Notorious Mr. Bout. But Lord of War? Nicholas Cage? No, Bout  — currently serving time somewhere in Illinois — never lived […]

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01.20.14 Marina Galperina

We’re excited for the documentary about director Leos Carax, now playing at Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the first trailer for Tessa Louise-Salomé’s Mr leos caraX. It’s very arty and atmospheric, as expected, complete with Tony Oursler-esque projection orbs. No sight of Harmony Korine yet, but Carax as construct is presented through his films, like a puzzle, all that […]

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01.14.14 Marina Galperina

There are many films about porn, but Ninja Thyberg’s fictional short Pleasure is different. Starring Jenny Hutton, it’s an explicit look behind-the-scenes of a porn shoot, particularly at the non-sexual and clinical preparatory routine before some extremely physically-challenging maneuvers. The film plays at Sundance Film Festival later this week, in the Shorts Competition. It has already won the Critics’ Week […]

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01.09.14 Marina Galperina

French filmmaker Leos Carax is “controversial” and “mad,” but his films Mauvaus Sang, Pola X and, most recently, Holy Motors are daring, strange, unsettling and beautiful visions of a true auteur. He’s also struggled to make a film, every time. The new documentary Mr leos caraX goes behind the struggle, the vision and the “romantic, but destructive characters,” with some poetic inflections […]

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12.14.12 Marina Galperina

Swirling neon-blue tentacles, pulsating hoards of sea creatures, pretty pretty fish. Here’s a peak at artist Lynnete Wallworth gorgeous video installation Coral, Rekindling Venus was selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The work is always screened on fulldome digital planetariums — hence the round crop. An extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, […]

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01.25.12 Marina Galperina

Performance art diva Marina Abramović is over parties: “It’s always the same.” Her last scandalous gala featured nude skeleton huggers as dinner centerpieces and heads sticking out of tables. For her latest shin-ding at the Sundance Film Festival, Marina made everyone wear noise cancelling headphones and shut up for one hour. The result? […]

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01.13.12 Marina Galperina

In film fracas news, Florida time-share developer David Siegel is suing the Sundance Film Festival for “falsely,” “maliciously” describing the documentary about his 90,000-square-foot megamansion. At least he didn’t get “raped” like 78-year-old Hollywood star Kim Novak. […]

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Marina Galperina

In film fracas news, Florida time-share developer David Siegel is suing the Sundance Film Festival for “falsely,” “maliciously” describing the documentary about his 90,000-square-foot megamansion. At least he didn’t get “raped” like 78-year-old Hollywood star Kim Novak. […]

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01.24.11 Marina Galperina

While the independent film industry dies a violent, convulsing death, Kevin Smith’s got his shit together. That is, he just doesn’t give a shit. After premiering his Red State horror flick at Sundance last night wherein shot gun wielding Republicans go stranger than normal, he “sold” his film to himself – the highest bidder – […]

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01.21.10 Bucky Turco

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Banksy documentary, “Exit Through the Giftshop,” is premiering on Sunday night as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s “Spotlight Surprise.” It was executive produced by Banksy’s high ranking associate, Holly Cushing, who coordinated his very profitable show in LA, headed Pest Control, managed the Lazarides Gallery, and scolded this guy […]

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