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NYFF Panel: Talking Landmark Jazz Doc 'The Savoy King'

The second best thing about this week's NYFF screening of The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America might have been the audience -- a fire-hazard crowd of friends, family and jazz enthusiasts ready to laugh, hoot, and more than once, sing along to the music. But the first best thing was 92-year-old Norma Miller, a delightful presence both on film and live on-stage, where she joined director Jeff Kaufman for a lively but all-too brief Q&A.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 5, 2012 11:47 AM
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Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier substance over CG smoke and mirrors. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:16 PM
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NYFF 50: Ang Lee Joins HBO Directors Dialogues, Plus Avant-Garde & Shorts Announced

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the addition of Ang Lee to its New York Film Festival HBO Directors Dialogues, as well as the lineup of the fest's Avant-Garde program and short films. Lee, whose "Life of Pi" will open the festival, will be be paired with Todd McCarthy for a discussion of his career on September 29...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 4:47 PM
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New Film Fest Spot Opens as Olivier Pere Leaves Locarno for Arte France Cinema

The game of musical chairs on the global film festival circuit continues as Olivier Père leaves his role as artistic director at the Festival del film Locarno after three years. He's moving on to become the General Director of Arte France Cinema. This means he is no longer a candidate for the New York Film Festival, which at the end of 2012 loses director Richard Pena after 25 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is searching for his replacement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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Film Linc Mounts First-Ever NYFF Convergence, Plus Three Midnight Movies

As part of their New York Film Festival’s 50th edition, The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces their first-ever presentation of NYFF Convergence, running September 29-30, in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Covergence will offer panels, workshops and Immersive Experiences for the participating transmedia creators and fans...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 24, 2012 1:59 PM
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NYFF 50 Tributes Nicole Kidman and Outgoing Director Richard Pena, Books Controversial 'Paperboy'

In order to summon up star luster, film festivals have to make certain compromises. In the case of the New York Film Festival's tribute to Nicole Kidman--who totally deserves many kudos--that includes adding Lee Daniel's controversial adaptation of Pete Dexter's novel "The Paperboy" to the fest's main slate.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2012 1:35 PM
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New York Film Festival Adds Delicious Anniversary Classics and Doc Sidebars

Three anniversary classics will screen at the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14): David Lean’s 50-year-old epic "Lawrence of Arabia," fresh from its 8K unveiling at Cannes, Walt Disney’s 75-year-old animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and Rob Reiner’s comedy "The Princess Bride," complete with a cast renunion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2012 8:23 PM
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NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2012 4:55 PM
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NYFF: David Chase's 'Not Fade Away' Makes Centerpiece World Premiere

"Sopranos" creator David Chase’s feature film debut, "Not Fade Away," will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 6 as the Centerpiece Gala selection for the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2012 6:40 PM
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Ang Lee's 3-D 'Life of Pi' Will Open NYFF

Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" (November 21) will open the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14), the first 3-D film to do so. (Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" played as a 3-D work-in-progress last year.) The NYFF has already announced its closing night film, Paramount's "Flight," directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, another mainstream booking for the high-minded Fest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2012 4:22 PM
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