Alamo Drafthouse Opens in Brooklyn with NYC PSAs

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Film (and food) fans, rejoice! Alamo Drafthouse, the innovative Texas movie theater chain, has finally opened its first outpost in New York City. Located in City Point, a robust new shopping mecca emerging in downtown Brooklyn, the seven-screen house offers in-theater dining with a wide range of comfort food, creative cocktails and, of course, popcorn. Before or after […]

Viola Davis on Harriet Tubman, Denzel Washington, ‘Fences’ & More at the Maui Film Festival

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“At a certain stage in life… you begin to not think of success as much as you think of significance.” Emmy Award® winner (and two-time Academy Award® nominee) Viola Davis received the Navigator Award this week at the Maui Film Festival, which “honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent […]

‘Creed’ Star Michael B. Jordan Receives Rainmaker Award at Maui Film Festival

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Though only 29, Michael B. Jordan has already developed a 15-year filmography full of intense roles on both television and the silver screen. After kicking things off at the age of 14 with a season of The Wire, he spent three years as football phenom Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights. Since then, he has moved on to lead film roles in […]

Bryan Cranston Talks Walter White, LBJ & Politics at the Maui Film Festival

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Five-time Emmy Award® winner Bryan Cranston received the Navigator Award this week at the Maui Film Festival, which “honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing his fundamental commitment to excellence.” Following the award presentation at the Celestial Cinema at Wailea Golf Club on June 18, 2016, Cranston talked […]

Wyatt Russell Receives Rising Star Award at Maui Film Festival

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If Wyatt Russell looks familiar, it’s because he’s the perfect blend of his famous parents, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Wyatt has been making a name for himself in such films as Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some! and the singer-songwriter indie Folk Hero & Funny Guy, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. […]

‘Baywatch’ Star Kelly Rohrbach Receives Rising Star Award at Maui Film Festival

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach will make a big splash when she takes over Pamela Anderson‘s iconic role of C.J. Parker in the upcoming remake of Baywatch. Rohrbach was honored with the Rising Star Award at the 2016 Maui Film Festival on June 15, 2016, which “honors a young film artist whose every role […]

Undue Burden: Director Dawn Porter on ‘Trapped’

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For years, women’s health rights in the U.S. have been steadily eroding, in large part due to restrictive laws passed by conservative state governments regulating abortion clinics, known as TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers), particularly in the South. While cloaked in faux concern for women’s health on the part of legislators, these laws […]

Sundance Interview: ‘The Fits’ Director Anna Rose Holmer & Star Royalty Hightower

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A fresh new female voice on the independent film scene, Anna Rose Holmer made a quiet splash at Sundance with her dreamy, evocative and wholly mesmerizing debut feature THE FITS. The film’s US premiere in the NEXT section followed its international bow at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, in a partnership with the prestigious Venice […]

Marya Cohn on Exploring the Nexus of Sex and Power in ‘The Girl in the Book’

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With a few rare exceptions (The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the latest example that comes to mind), the intricacies of the developing sexuality of girls and women has been gratuitously simplified on screen, often by male directors with an innately outsider perspective. That’s part of the reason it’s so refreshing to see writer/director Marya Cohn’s new […]

Sundance 2015: Directors Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo on ‘SEMBENE!”s Rich Legacy

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Though it’s a cliché for a Sundance Film Festival premiere to be called “a labor of love,” never has the term been more apt than with Sembene!, Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s impassioned biopic of Ousmane Sembène, “the father of African cinema.” Samba Gadjigo is a Senegalese man who credits Sembène’s early writings with helping a teenage Gadjigo find […]