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Harvey Weinstein Produced One of My Favorite Movies. Now What? (Column)

Harvey Weinstein Produced One of My Favorite Movies. Now What? (Column)
One of my favorite films is 2002’s “The Hours.” It is a melodramatic film in some ways, and hugely depressing, too. But at the age of 17 it was absolutely lyrical for me, and that sensibility has not faded for me in the nearly two decades since. But “The Hours” was crucial for other reasons, too. It’s not just a film I loved at a young age; it’s a film that prompted my entrée to critical thinking and awards-season reporting, as I tracked the movie’s progress from one dusty theater in my 24-screen multiplex to the Academy Awards. I was 17 years old when I first read the name Harvey Weinstein in the pages of my religiously perused Entertainment Weekly. I did not realize then, as I know now, that Weinstein was involved in four out of the five nominated Best Picture movies that awards season — “Gangs of New York,” his personal favorite,
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Black, gay and fearless: how Louis Ck’s Check It subverts expectations

A documentary about a gay street gang is the natural successor to Paris is Burning and Tangerine

Related: Burning down the house: why the debate over Paris is Burning rages on

In the winter of 2013, film-makers Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor took a bunch of Washington DC street kids for a burger at a local branch of the fast-food chain Denny’s. They’d heard about the Check It gang from local radio DJ Ronald “Mo” Moten while researching a documentary on go-go, the raw, indigenous Washington DC music genre. “He said these kids are like nobody you’ve ever met,” says Flor. The go-go doc was soon abandoned. Trouble Funk would have to wait.

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Kiki review – gay ballroom scene strictly life-affirming

An eye-opening documentary about New York’s underground Lgbt ball culture

Sara Jordenö’s vivid documentary about New York’s underground ballroom scene glows with the heat of radical empathy. Jordenö casts her subjects – gay black and brown teens who find freedom in dance and drag – in warm reds and oranges, giving each individual their moment by fixing on their faces as they make direct eye contact with her camera.

The elephant in the room is Jennie Livingston’s 1990 vogueing documentary, Paris Is Burning, which casts a long shadow over the film. There are two main differences here: firstly, Kiki comes from the community it depicts (Twiggy Pucci Garçon, one of the film’s stars, has a co-writer credit). Secondly, while Paris Is Burning was mostly set against the backdrop of the Reagan era, Kiki takes place in Obama’s America. Inevitably, the dramatic stakes feel different; the urgency of
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’
Were you Team “Moonlight” or Team “La La Land”? Now you don’t have to choose. As vibrant as it is vital, Manhattan-made indie “Saturday Church” tells the all-too-common coming-out story of a young black gay man … as a musical, blending elements of those rival best picture nominees into a winning new combination. While hardly as accomplished as either, writer-director Damon Cardasis’ colorful, you-are-not-alone debut should delight Lgbt audiences — especially young ones — thanks to a handful of dynamically choreographed identity-empowerment ballads that would be right at home on either next year’s Oscar ballot or a NYC vogue ball playlist.

In recent years, the challenges facing trans youth have garnered so much public attention, you’ve surely heard a story like Ulysses’ before — although you’ve never heard it quite like this, as Cardasis’ goosebump-inducing songs (composed and co-written by Nathan Larson) elevate this otherwise familiar tale to a higher realm.
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Why Barry Jenkins’ Second Home Is Miami’s Tiny, Eccentric, and Inspiring Borscht Film Festival

Why Barry Jenkins’ Second Home Is Miami’s Tiny, Eccentric, and Inspiring Borscht Film Festival
As film nonprofits go, Miami’s Borscht Corp has a different way of doing things. Whether it’s buying a speedboat as the first step in fundraising for a feature, or “canceling” a secret party on social media to throw off the cops, Borscht’s organizational methods are as experimental and visionary as the work it produces. That includes the Borscht Film Festival, a “quasi-yearly” event showcasing films, sculpture, performances, and installations by emerging regional filmmakers.

While Borscht may sound obscure, it lies at the heart of Barry Jenkins’ success. When Borscht co-founder (and “Moonlight” co-producer) Andrew Hevia saw Miami native Jenkins’ first feature, the San Francisco-set “Medicine for Melancholy,” he became determined to bring Jenkins back to Miami to shoot a film. Borscht commissioned a short film from Jenkins, “Chlorophyl,” for the 2011 festival. “That sort of re-awakened [Jenkins] to the city,” said Borscht co-founder Lucas Leyva, an accomplished filmmaker and producer himself.
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IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

IndieWire Stands With Women: 18 Films Made by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love
A very happy International Women’s Day (and, related, Happy A Day Without A Woman those exercising their ability to strike in order to help highlight the important contributions made by women in the workplace and the world at large) to all of our readers! With this important day in mind, we’ve assembled a list of films, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the female creators (writers, directors, sometime-stars, and more) who crafted them. It’s just a taste — a nibble, really — of some of the industry’s best examples of forward-thinking, female-driven work.

Read More: IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

Take a peek, and appreciate the power of women and their strong-as-hell creativity and drive.

Paris Is Burning” (Netflix)

Jennie Livingston’s incisive, intimate and wildly entertaining documentary about New York City “drag ball culture
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"Kiki" Whisks You Behind The Scenes of Harlem Drag Ball

If the words Paris Is Burning don’t automatically send your wrists flicking, legs swishing, or face twisting then please politely exit stage right to your nearest local library, pick up a copy of the seminal drag ball documentary, and then keep reading. For those of you already wrapped up in Labeija, you’ll want to peep this trailer for the documentary Kiki – a compassionate check-in on the contemporary state of voguing that centers on a diverse community of queer performers in the Harlem ball scene. This trailer provides a glimpse of the hugely talented group practicing – nay slaying – on the Christopher Street Pier, creating a makeshift home to express their talents and personal experiences to audiences and to one another, as well as their commentary on society's discriminatory attitude towards the different identities that the citizens of the scene inhabit. Check it out below.

Having already seen this exceptional,
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NYC’s Lgbtq Ball Culture Gets the Spotlight in Trailer for ‘Kiki’

Nearly thirty years after the landmark documentary Paris is Burning, a new film is taking a modern look at ball culture in New York City. Sara Jordenö‘s Kiki, which premiered last year at Sundance Film Festival and will get a release later this month via IFC Films, profiles a handful of Lgbtq people who are deeply involved with the scenes. Ahead of the release, the first trailer has now arrived which looks to be a beautiful celebration of this culture.

We said in our review, “Director Sara Jordenö, a Swedish visual artist, made Kiki in collaboration with Twiggy Pucci Garçon, a self-described gatekeeper of the Kiki scene. Co-credited as screenwriters, it’s easy to picture Garçon leading Jordenö in observing the subculture and its constituents without ever becoming too invasive. The documentary favors a measured approach, watching the dancing from a distance and calculating when to move in closer.
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New to Netflix: Magic Mike, Woman in Gold, Babe and More...

Today on Netflix a new series debuts starring the long lost Drew Barrymore called Santa Clarita Diet but it's apparently a gore-fest so perhaps skippable? Those of you with a high tolerance for such things can let us know. But there are several enticing options that have just made available for streaming. As is our habit, we've freeze framed a handful plus of new selections at random places and are sharing anything that came up.

This is my idol, Paulina. Someday I hope to be up there with her.

Paris is Burning (1990)

The best documentary of all time? Well, one of 'em at least. And 100% the most quotable as you hear lines from it practically every day still thanks to drag going more mainstream.

Seven more after the jump including Magic Mike...
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New to Streaming: ‘Arrival,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘The Love Witch,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)

Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds.
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Official Trailer for 'Kiki' Documentary About NYC's Lgbtq Dance Scene

"Everyone's unique. And the Kiki scene is a place for young people to explore that uniqueness." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for a fantastic documentary titled Kiki, about the "Kiki" community of Lgbtq youths in New York City. Directed Sara Jordenö, the film profiles a community in NYC known as Kiki, where any young Lgbtq can find support and friendship, and their chosen form of expression is dancing. It's a very exuberant, hopeful documentary filled with personal stories and inspiring footage of the group taking on New York with some rad dance movies. I first saw this film at Berlinale last year, and it's outstanding, certainly worth your time. It's an intimate and affecting look at how communities can make a big difference. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sara Jordenö's documentary Kiki, direct from YouTube: 25 years after Paris Is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world,
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It’s Time To Vogue In New Trailer For Documentary ‘Kiki’

If you hear the word “vogue” and still think of Madonna, it’s all the more reason to put the upcoming documentary “Kiki” on your must-see list. A bona-fide movement in the Lgbtq community, it’s now breaking into the mainstream, and the film takes a close look at the scene.

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Credited to both Kiki gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garçon and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, “Kiki” brings viewers a modern look at a world they might’ve last seen in 1990’s seminal “Paris Is Burning,” showing how it has evolved, and what it means to a whole new generation of performers.

Continue reading It’s Time To Vogue In New Trailer For Documentary ‘Kiki’ at The Playlist.
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’
Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

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1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)

The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.

2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)

Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students
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'Breakfast Club,' 'Rushmore' Among Films Added to National Film Registry

'Breakfast Club,' 'Rushmore' Among Films Added to National Film Registry
The Breakfast Club, Rushmore, The Princess Bride and legendary punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization are among the 25 films that have been inducted into the National Film Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

Disney's The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds are also in the Class of 2016's inductees in the registry, which showcases "the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation."

The oldest film to be inducted in the Class of 2016 is 1903's Life of an American Fireman,
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National Film Registry: 25 New Films Added, Including ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’

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National Film Registry: 25 New Films Added, Including ‘Rushmore’ and ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’
25 movies have been added to the National Film Registry, bringing the total number of cinematic works officially recognized by the Library of Congress to 700. Among the new additions are “The Birds,” “The Lion King,” “Point Blank” and “Rushmore” — the first of Wes Anderson’s films to be included.

In order to be so honored, a film must be at least 10 years old and deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the National Film Preservation Board. Full list below.

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The Atomic Cafe” (1982)

Ball of Fire” (1941)

“The Beau Brummels” (1928)

“The Birds” (1963)

Blackboard Jungle” (1955)

“The Breakfast Club” (1985)

The Decline of Western Civilization” (1981)

East of Eden” (1955)

Funny Girl” (1968)

Life of an American Fireman” (1903)

The Lion King” (1994)

Lost Horizon” (1937)

“Musketeers of Pig Alley” (1912)

Read More: ‘Symbiopsychotaxiplasm,’ ‘Portrait of Jason,’ ‘Imitation of Life’ Among New Additions to National Film Registry
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Newswire: Paris Is Burning, Thelma & Louise sashay into the National Film Registry

Paris Is Burning is serving some historical landmark realness this morning, as the Library of Congress has announced that the iconic drag documentary is one of 25 films chosen for induction into its National Film Registry for 2016. The Registry’s mission is is to preserve films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant, which this year means multiple generations of youth in revolt as well as the usual Old Hollywood masterworks and essential historical documents of early silent filmmaking.

One of the more unexpected entries this year is also a documentary: future Wayne’s World and Suburbia director Penelope Spheeris’ 1981 film The Decline Of Western Civilization, a vital documentary on the punk scene in Los Angeles in the early ‘80s. Long condemned to bootleg obscurity thanks to the ever-complex problem of music rights, the film received its first official DVD and Blu-ray release just last year. In the ...
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'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom

'Paradise Lost' at 20: How West Memphis Three Doc Influenced the True-Crime Boom
When filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky arrived in West Memphis, Arkansas in June 1993, they came with an agenda: to document what looked like a new wave of alienated youth-turned-murderers. A few months earlier, two 10-year-olds in the U.K. had made headlines when they abducted, tortured and murdered a two-year-old, and now the filmmakers had read about the brutal murders of three eight-year-old boys ostensibly committed by teenage Satanists. It seemed like a trend. "We went down to make a film about guilty teenagers, like a real Rivers Edge,
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Lion King’, ‘Princess Bride’, ‘Thelma & Louise’ & More

National Film Registry Adds ‘Lion King’, ‘Princess Bride’, ‘Thelma & Louise’ & More
The Library of Congress has unveiled its annual list of 25 movies that will join the National Film Registry. The films are selected because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance. This year's titles range from Disney’s animated The Lion King and John Hughes’ classic, The Breakfast Club to Paris Is Burning, Princess Bride and Thelma & Louise. Spanning the period 1903 to 1998, the films named to this year's registry include blockbusters, documentaries, silent…
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‘The Birds,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Thelma & Louise’ Join National Film Registry

‘The Birds,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Thelma & Louise’ Join National Film Registry
With the addition of 25 new films — including “The Birds,” “The Lion King,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Thelma & Louise” — the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress now includes 700 films that span more than a century.

The 2016 inductees into the registry include movies long considered classics, obscure documentaries and films once too racy or avant-garde to be accepted by the mainstream. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden made the selections after consulting with a panel of experts who make up the National Film Preservation Board.

Congress established the registry in 1988 with the National Film Preservation Act of 1988 — requiring the Library of Congress to designate and preserve films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. Films must be at least 10 years old to be chosen.

Director Ridley Scott said he was “honored and proud” to have the 1991 feminist empowerment ode, “Thelma & Louise,” selected, noting it joined another of his films on the list.
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How Golden Can the Gothams Really Get?

The Ifp Gotham Awards are on a real golden streak: They honored the same best picture winner as the Academy Awards the past two years — “Spotlight” and “Birdman” — and tipped “The Hurt Locker” before that. They also honored Julianne Moore for her performance in “Still Alice” months before she got her golden statuette in Hollywood and named eventual Oscar documentary winner “Citizenfour” tops at the same ceremony.

Will the Gothams be just as golden this year? Does it even matter?

Regardless how the final trophies match up, one thing is clear: Ifp’s awards presentation has come a long way in 25 years. Once decidedly regional and resolutely quirky, it has transformed into a credible Oscar bellwether for independent films.

Joana Vicente, Ifp executive director, takes pride in the fact that Gotham winners have gone on to win the biggest Academy Award two years in a row.

“These are amazing films that are artistic,
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