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Viewer Guide: The Producers and The Other Boleyn Girl

May 15, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE PRODUCERS This week’s classic is The Producers, the original 1967 satirical comedy marking the directorial debut of Mel Brooks, which later became the inspiration for Brooks’ blockbuster hit musical in 2001. Released well within memory of World War II, The Producers shocked and divided movie audiences of ...


Bulletin Board: ECSA: Escapist Cinema of South Asia

May 14, 2020 | Katelin Levy

Sister South Asian Film Festivals DFW SAFF and NYC SAFF are about to embark on a new DIGITAL chapter of their six-year combined journey. They proudly co-present ECSA, Escapist Cinema of South Asia, a seven-week, online series (May 16th to June 27th) that will live stream a new film(s) every Saturday night ...


Viewer Guide: Funny Girl and The Driftless Area

May 8, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FUNNY GIRL This week’s classic is Funny Girl, the 1968 movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif, directed by William Wyler. Dramatizing the early career of beloved Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, the film version of Funny Girl was the grand finale ...


We Are One: A Global Film Festival

May 7, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Tribeca Enterprises and Youtube have recently announced a new free streaming film festival “We Are One,” to run for 10 days starting May 29. Along with films curated by the Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Venice Film ...


Viewer Guide: Awakenings and This Must Be the Place

May 1, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | AWAKENINGS This week’s classic is Awakenings, the 1990 adaptation of neurologist Oliver Sacks’ memoir of the same name, directed by Penny Marshall. Set in 1969, Awakenings offers a fictionalized account of Oliver Sacks’ early career, and his breakthrough treatment of patients still suffering from the devastating effects of ...


Viewer Guide: The China Syndrome and Sucker

April 24, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE CHINA SYNDROME This week’s classic is The China Syndrome, the 1979 dramatic thriller directed by James Bridges. America’s simmering post-war anxiety over the safety of nuclear power reached a boiling point with this unexpectedly prescient “what if” scenario. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Jane Fonda stars in one of ...


Bulletin Board: The Hottest August & Open to the World

April 23, 2020 | Harris Pacey

The Hottest August In Brett Story’s silently harrowing The Hottest August, the documentarian goes to all five New York City  boroughs in August 2017 and interviews people about the summer heat and climate change. Eschewing the didacticism of other documentaries about climate change that are more interested in possible solutions, the ...


Viewer Guide: Fail-Safe and Men Go to Battle

April 17, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FAIL-SAFE This week’s classic is Fail-Safe, the 1964 “what if” dramatic thriller directed by Sidney Lumet. With the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union well into a deep freeze by the early 60s, national anxiety about the uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons reached a fever pitch ...


Viewer Guide: A Man for All Seasons and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

April 10, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS  This week’s classic is A Man for All Seasons, the 1966 historical drama directed by Fred Zinnemann. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Bolt from his own acclaimed 1960 play, A Man for All Seasons famously recounts the legendary battle of wills between King Henry ...


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