REEL 13 BLOG

Best Movies by Farr: Latino Cinema

September 16, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends three classic films about Latinos in America. El Norte (1983) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: When the Guatemalan army murders their father, impoverished Quiche Indian siblings Enrique (David Villalpando) and Rosa (Zadie Silvia Gutierrez) decide to make a dangerous trek north through Mexico, hoping to find a better life in Los Angeles ...

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A Scouting Life: Bayou Bound

September 14, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

A few weeks earlier I had sat in my office and worked out an itinerary.  Not a particularly easy task as our goals were so unclear.  Kar Wai had attempted to explain what he wanted us to find for him without success.  Truth be told, he clearly was still working ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The African-American Experience

September 9, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends films that explore the African-American experience. Nothing but a Man (1964) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In this landmark independent film by Michael Roemer, Duff (Ivan Dixon), a struggling black railroad worker meets Josie (Abbey Lincoln), a shy, refined preacher's daughter. They fall in love, but soon Josie must adjust to Duff's ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Legendary Lancaster

September 9, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr lists his picks for legendary Burt Lancaster films. Brute Force (1947) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Tough, unsmiling inmate Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) has spent much of his long prison term butting heads with sadistic, power-hungry Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyn). Sentenced to a merciless work detail in the subterranean drain pipe after one ...

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Reel 13 + Rooftop Films

September 8, 2009

Throughout the summer, Reel 13 is partnering with Rooftop Films, a non-profit organization that has been screening underground films in outdoor locations throughout New York City since 1997. Click here for your chance to win tickets to Rooftop's September 12th event: BROOKLYN NONFICTION Our final event with Rooftop Films this summer ...

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Producer Ted Hope on the survival of indie film

September 2, 2009

Earlier this summer, Reel 13 brought you a lecture by Ted Hope, the prolific indie producer behind 21 Grams, American Splendor, and In the Bedroom, among nearly 60 other pictures. Last week, the Filmmaker's Alliance presented Ted with the 2009 Vision Award. Posted below is Ted's acceptance speech, delivered at ...

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A Scouting Life: Escape from Texas

September 1, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We finally could see the light at the end of Texas when we got to Houston. Arrived late, checked into the Doubletree Hotel downtown and crashed hard. We must have been quite a sight as we were road-weary from a couple hard days blasting through dust, sagebrush and ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Best of Donald Sutherland

August 31, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr salutes Donald Sutherland's finest films. Klute (1971) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A killer is stalking Bree Daniel (Jane Fonda), a would-be actress and high-class call girl. Detective Klute (Donald Sutherland) meets her while investigating the mysterious disappearance of a male relative. It's evident that Bree is a pivotal link in Sutherland's investigation, ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Julianne Moore’s Peaks

August 31, 2009 | John Farr

Who knew that a bit part in The Fugitive would lead to such a prolific and polished silver screen career? Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Director Louis Malle's swan-song takes us inside a run-down New York theater for a reading of Andre Gregory's upcoming presentation of "Uncle Vanya". The cast, ...

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