Before I start writing about the upcoming 2012 NYC Fringe Festival I thought I should finish up the Tribeca Film Festival.
Life got in the way of posting any kind of reviews of movies I saw at Tribeca and now some of these films are either in theatres or should be in theatres -- ask to get them in your local independent theatre if need be.
Your Sister's Sister - In theatres now. Great filming in Washington State and a fictional "the way we live now" kind of story a la the documentary about the sperm donor last year or the one about the very multicultural Brooklyn family the year before.
The Zen of Bennett - Nice documentary of singer Tony Bennett with emphasis on his duet work with the singers of today. Also, you get to see what a talented artist he is. He has great subject matter to paint. His apartment overlooks Central Park. I am not so lucky. I have to go to Top of the Rock and the view is not quite as up close and personal.
Ballroom Dancer - I love ballroom dancing and this film is ok but it didn't really move me personally.
Booker's Place - Unfortunately life got in the way so I didn't see it but it's an excellent documentary.
BAM150 - This film about the past and present of the Brooklyn Academy of Music was and eye opener. I've lived in Manhattan for more than half my life now so I haven't spent enough time at BAM . The movie made me realize I should spend more time there - it is an amazing cultural institution!!
Side By Side - A documentary about the future of film. Will digital make film obsolete? A strong case is made for each side of the argument. This should be seen by those interested in how films are made and the future of film and video.
Joe Papp in 5 Acts - As someone who saw all shows at the first season of the Public Theater and who loves Shakespeare in the (Central) Park, Joe Papp in 5 Acts was my favorite of all films! While I am glad that it will be shown to a larger universe on American Masters, it needs to be shown on big screens in NYC. Show it in Central Park. Show it at the Public and at Lincoln Center and MOMA and the Museum of the City of New York and Maysles cinema. Better yet, show it as a double feature with BAM150 at BAM! And, please let me know if/when you see that it will be screened in a theatre so I can tell everyone else. THANK YOU!