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Editor's Note

Scott is on vacation and will return with his Editor's Note next week.

Upon it's release in 1973, Lou Reed's concept album Berlin was poorly received and never performed live for the 33 years following. That is until December 2006 when it was staged for five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn. Fernando Saunders, Antony Hegarty, Emmanuelle Seigner, a seven piece orchestra and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus are all captured under Julian Schnabel's direction to bring this work to the screen. For Lou Reed fans it doesn't get any better than this.


Screening on Wednesdays at the Rubin Museum of Art starting next week until the end of August, Bari Pearlman's Daughters of Wisdom is an intimate documentary about the nuns of Kala Rongo, a rare and exceptional Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women situated in Nangchen, on the remote and rural Northeastern Plateau of contemporary Tibet. The film captures the nuns' vibrant spiritual community and offers us brief flashes of insight into their extraordinary lives. The doc recently wrapped its festival run where it played Full Frame, Mill Valley and won the Audience Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.


This week on the blog, Jason Guerrasio learns what film is opening the 46th New York Film Festival (pictured left), Jennifer Schachter introduces the At The Crossroads Slovenian film retrospective at the Walter Reade Theater, while Scott Macaulay sends a call out to all our former 25 New Faces, highlights Charles Arthur's response to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and features a video interview with designer Syd Mead (Aliens, Tron, Blade Runner).

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By Nick Dawson

Somewhere between John Woo and the auteurs of the French New Wave lies Hong Kong native Johnnie To, currently one of the most engaging and vibrant directors in world cinema. To's new work, Mad Detective, is his 11th collaboration with Wai Ka Fai as co-director, but their first film on which they have have shared megaphone duties since 2003. The plot concerns Bun (Lau Ching Wan), a renegade ex-cop with psychic powers who can see people's inner personalities, who is brought out of retirement by young detective Ho (Andy On) to solve the mystery of a missing policeman, a case he has been unable to crack. Typically for To, the film is an intriguing mix of genres, an intense police thriller which has moments of light comedy and poignant romantic drama, plus a musical sequence reminiscent of classic Hollywood and an inventively staged final shoot-out. read more

Festival Deadlines

Ann Arbor Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Aug. 15 (Early), Nov. 15 (Late)
Festival Dates: March 24-29

Sundance Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Aug. 18 (All Films), Sept. 5 (Final for Shorts), Sept. 8 (Final for Features)
Festival Dates: Jan. 15 - 25

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