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Jay Duplass' Kevin to Open Inaugural New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival, September 1-11

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2011 at 6:32AM

The New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival is born, and will debut this September 1-11. Jay Duplass' non-fiction debut Kevin (trailer below) will open the festival, accompanied by Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love. (Duplass and brother Mark's latest fiction offering Jeff Who Lives at Home will debut at September's Toronto Fest.)
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The New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival is born, and will debut this September 1-11. Jay Duplass' non-fiction debut Kevin (trailer below) will open the festival, accompanied by Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love. (Duplass and brother Mark's latest fiction offering Jeff Who Lives at Home will debut at September's Toronto Fest.)

NY's all-digital indiefest will be housed at Hell's Kitchen Producers' Club's Indiehouse theaters, says Producer's Club co-founders Alfred and Ernest Tollja, who founded the fest "to revitalize and bring attention to [the area's] community of artists and film enthusiasts,” says Ernest Tollja. “The festival provides a fresh, edgy New York audience and an intimate setting for independent filmmakers whose voices may still be new, undiscovered or unheralded.”

Kickstarter-funded Kevin, an official selection at SXSW, is about Austin-based musician Kevin Gant's disappearance and redemption. Gant will perform live after the fest kick-off screening, and will be joined by Duplass for a Q & A afterwards. Here's more on Kevin.

The fest will feature domestic indies, foreign, short and students films, as well as a daily filmmaking panel and after-parties. Here's more info.

[Kevin image courtesy of filmmaker, via iW]

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Documentaries


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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.