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HBO's The Neistat Brothers Debuts June 4th

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2010 at 7:51AM

Fair to say, HBO's latest series The Neistat Brothers, which debuts on June 4th, is not like anything you have ever seen before.
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Fair to say, HBO's latest series The Neistat Brothers, which debuts on June 4th, is not like anything you have ever seen before.

Each of the eight episodes spans six weeks in the lives of art-world brothers Van and Casey Neistat. Consisting of experimental shorts, the series is a comedy/drama mix with biographical vignettes such as "smuggling authentic maple syrup into Amsterdam" and "the search for Van's biological father." The brothers are known for pioneering online video content, and in that vein chose to use consumer-grade equipment to shoot and edit the show. While this is their first stab at episodic television, the Neistat brothers have made over 200 short films (including iPod's Dirty Secret, below), many of which have been shown at festivals, museums and institutions around the world. UPDATE: Here's Filmmaker Magazine. And the WSJ.

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This article is related to: Genres, Web/Tech, Video, TV, Shorts, Apple, Trailers, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.