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The Atlantic. "The first is underwater. The second is dry and dark. And the third is, rather miraculously, as close to normal as anybody could possibly expect after what might be the worst storm to touch Manhattan in recorded history."In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, "there are three New Yorks," wrote Derek Thompson in
I live in the second New York. Viewed solely from the vantage point of our apartment window, the hurricane seemed almost a non-event on Monday night. A little windy but not much rain. Then the lights started to flicker, there was a loud explosion, the lights went out and the skyline lit up as a transformer blew at the Con Ed substation a few blocks away on 14th Street.
New York has always been a city of contrasts, changing in character block by block, but never more so for me than two nights ago as, after showering at a friend's house uptown, we traveled from a fully-lit section with people walking, hanging out in cafes, to, in a single block, a dark city, with no street lights, our cab suddenly having to negotiate each intersection by nudging itself foot-by-foot until the oncoming traffic stopped.
It's Friday now, our power is still not back, but I can't complain. Friends just blocks away are shut out of their apartments, their buildings flooded. This is to say nothing of parts of Alphabet City, Red Hook, the New Jersey Shore, and Long Island, which are truly dire. My apartment has running cold water, but other people do not. There's no phone or cell service on my block, but I can walk a couple of blocks to get it. When I did, on Tuesday, there were a slew of warm messages, via email, text and Facebook, from friends checking in. But what about people living alone, elderly people, who might not have friends and family? Or hospital patients, who are being moved as generators have failed? The third New York -- where I am now, writing this newsletter at a Midtown sandwich shop with free wifi -- is bustling, but less than a mile away the National Guard is handing out hot meals in some neighborhoods while people in others are wondering where the help is. If you're in a position to do so, please consider aiding those devastated by the hurricane, either by financial contribution or by helping them rebuild their communities. On Twitter, a number of relief groups, ranging from the Red Cross to neighborhood organizations to offshoots of Occupy Wall Street, are tweeting news, information and call-ups under the #SandyVolunteer hashtag.
Needless to say, on the Filmmaker front, our website relaunch is being delayed a few days. Along with the IFP, however, we are going ahead with our opening on Friday of Jacob Krupnick's Girl Walk // All Day at the reRun Theater on tonight for a week-long run. As you may know, the IFP and Filmmaker are programming the DUMBO-based theater, providing runs and mentorship to self-distributing filmmakers. If you're able to, I hope you can check out our debut program.
I'll sign off now by hoping that you're dry, warm and able to help any neighbors in that first New York -- or anywhere on the Eastern seaboard, actually -- who might need it in the aftermath of the storm.
See you next week.
IFP AND FILMMAKER MAGAZINE LINE-UP KICKOFF PARTY & GIRL WALK // ALL DAY AT THE RERUN THEATER IFP and Filmmaker magazine have recently announced a new partnership with the reRun Theater in DUMBO, Brooklyn (147 Front St. Brooklyn, NY 11201) to allow filmmakers in the process of self-distribution the chance to garner a theatrical run in New York City. In celebration of this new partnership, IFP and Filmmaker will be holding a kickoff party at the reRun Theater on Thursday, November 8th at 7PM. Join us for a night of drink specials, discussion, and networking with NYC's community of independent filmmakers and industry. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And be sure to join us for our opening week film, Girl Walk // All Day (running at the theater from November 2 - 8). A feature-length dance music video set to the latest album by mashup artist Girl Talk, Girl Walk // All Day follows three dancers on a journey across New York City, as they turn the city's sidewalks, parks, and architecture into an evolving stage. Tickets for Girl Walk // All Day are available now here.
This Must Be The Place
Jack & Diane
Girl Walk // All Day
Five Questions With North Sea Texas Director Bavo Defurne
IFP and Filmmaker Magazine Line-Up Kickoff Party & Girl Walk // All Day at the reRun Theater
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be The Place follows Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin. When his beloved father dies, Cheyenne flies to New York to take care of unfinished business: to get back at a Nazi war criminal who once tormented his father. Sorrentino's critically acclaimed film finally gets a U.S. release after premiering at Cannes back in 2011. Featuring music by David Byrne, This Must Be The Place also stars Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Kerry Condon and Harry Dean Stanton. JACK & DIANE In Bradley Rust Gray's Jack & Diane, teenage girls Jack (Riley Keough) and Diane (Juno Temple) begin a heated love affair. Their relationship takes a turn, however, when Jack announces that she has to move. Consequently, Diane starts to experience strange, terrifying changes, both mentally and physically. Jack & Diane is Gray's follow-up to the achingly beautiful The Exploding Girl, starring Zoe Kazan. The film also stars Cara Seymour, Jena Malone, Dane DeHaan and Kylie Minogue. Read Niki Cruz's interview with Bradley Rust Gray here. GIRL WALK // ALL DAY Jacob Krupnick's Girl Walk // All Day follows a girl who escapes for the day to New York City, where she turns the streets into a full-on stage. Featuring NY-based dancer Anne Marsen, the project began as an eight-minute viral video before turning into a feature-length movie. Set to mashup artist Girl Talk's album All Day, Girl Walk // All Day expands on the idea of the music video to make an epic dance musical for the modern age. Go here to check out Nick Dawson's interview with Jacob Krupnick. This week on the blog, Michael Murie discusses Sony's F5, F55 and more, Dan Schoenbrun interviews Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters director Ben Shapiro, and Allan Tong reports from the 360 Screening Halloween Edition (pictured left) in Toronto.
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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH NORTH SEA TEXAS DIRECTOR BAVO DEFURNE By R. Kurt Osenlund
The most striking thing about North Sea Texas is the handsome precision of its aesthetic, which, from the windswept beaches of its coastal setting to the '70s duds that match home décor, comes close to endowing the film with a magical-realist vibe. A native Belgian and graduate of a Brussels art school, writer/director Bavo Defurne isn't interested in being a fly on the wall. From a portfolio of ethereal photography to a handful of short films (including Campfire, which gobbled up praise as it cruised the international festival circuit), Defurne has an affinity not for the affected, but for the just north of actual, beautifying his subject matter without robbing it of its weight. In North Sea Texas, his feature debut, Defurne adapts a tale originally told by Flemish author Andre Sollie, about two boys, Pim (Jelle Florizoone) and Gino (Mathias Vergels), who share a closeted romance. A born outsider doomed to construct his own happiness, Pim is far more ready to embrace the relationship than Gino, and his longing ripples through the film, thematically and visually.
Annapolis Film Festival
Regular Deadline: November 1
Late Deadline: December 1
WAB Deadline: December 15
Festival Dates: March 21 - 24
Byron Bay International Film Festival
Late Deadline: November 1
WAB Deadline: November 15
Festival Dates: March 1 - 10
Fargo Film Festival
Late Deadline: November 1
WAB Deadline: November 8
Festival Dates: March 5 - 9