4 FREE Summer Talks you must check out this month at Film Society Lincoln Center! Lily Tomlin, Josh Lucas, Matthew Broderick & Alice Eve

film-society-of-lincoln-centerFree tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the talks. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend, video from the event will be available online at filmlinc.org. Check back on the website as well, for updates and additions for Free Fall Talks.

DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE
Grandma_Press_1 TribecaLily Tomlin and Paul Weitz (Grandma)
For decades, Lily Tomlin has been a trailblazer in American comedy with a career that has spanned the big screen, television, Broadway, and comedy recordings. Her latest film project is Grandma, a comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz.In Grandma, Tomlin plays Ellie, a lesbian poet coping with the recent death of her longtime life partner. After she discovers that her 18-year-old granddaughter is pregnant, the two embark on a road trip to overcome their troubles. Grandma is Tomlin’s first leading role in two decades, following the 1988 comedy Big Business (opposite Bette Midler), and it is her second collaboration with Weitz, who previously directed her in the 2013 film Admission. Writing in Variety, Scott Foundas called Grandma “an initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop.” Grandma opens theatrically on August 21.Join Tomlin and Weitz at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater for a discussion about Grandma and their celebrated careers.
Monday, August 17, 6:30pm
Here’s what Melissa & Liz had to say when they saw it at Tribeca.

We’ve only gotten a tease of Tomlin over the past few years, but she’s back with a comedic performance that rivals any dramatic one. So wrong, yet so perfect, her delivery gives the dialogue an extra edge that almost makes you feel guilty as you laugh out loud. I can’t wait to see her and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. – Melissa

 

Tomlin is an indisputable legend. Her comic timing is like watching Mozart create a symphony. This film is an absolute gem that tackles so many relevant issues without one ounce of preachiness. I have always been a huge fan and I am crossing my fingers this garners her an Oscar nod. -Liz


Z for Zachariah 1Chiwetel Ejiofor and Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah)
Following his Oscar-nominated performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor continues to tackle an exciting range of projects, including the miniseries Dancing on the Edge, which earned him an Emmy nomination for his performance as Louis Lester, and, most recently, Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film based on Robert C. O’Brien’s posthumously published novel. In Zobel’s follow-up to his riveting and disturbing Compliance, Z for Zachariah centers on a trio who come together following a mysterious global disaster that spares only a small lush valley. There, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth (Margot Robbie), meets John (Chiwetel), a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor (Chris Pine) appears, and as the two men compete for her affections, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature. Rich with themes of envy, hatred, and desire, Zobel’s latest film has been described as a twist on the Garden of Eden. Z for Zachariah opens theatrically August 28.Join Ejiofor and Zobel in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as they discuss Z for Zachariah, as well as their careers and future projects.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30pm


the mendJosh Lucas, John Magary, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, and Austin Pendleton (The Mend)
Actor Josh Lucas is familiar to audiences for his work in American Psycho (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Hulk (2003), Poseidon (2006), among others. And now he stars in The Mend, a wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer-director John Magary.

The Mend is for anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure. It follows a yin-yang pair of brothers in New York City, loose-cannon Mat (Lucas) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly toward some understanding of love, women, masculinity, and what it truly means to be blood-related. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), The Mend unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. The film also stars Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends and Austin Pendleton as their uncle. John DeFore praised The Mend in The Hollywood Reporter, noting: “Josh Lucas offers one of his strongest performances to date … A convincing and refreshingly indirect examination of handed down emotional flaws,” and Scott Macaulay said in Filmmaker magazine: “The Mend is a deliciously bitter minuet, gloriously unstable in its scene construction, shifting points of view and tone.”

Lucas and Magary, as well as co-stars Plunkett, Owen, and Pendleton, will appear at the Amphitheater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center one day before the film’s theatrical release to answer questions about the movie and more.

Thursday, August 20, 6:30pm


Dirty-Weekend_Press_1 TribecaNeil LaBute, Matthew Broderick, and Alice Eve (Dirty Weekend)
Matthew Broderick has been a mainstay of the stage and screen since the early ’80s, appearing as the title character in John Hughes’s iconic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in addition to memorable roles in Ladyhawke, The Torch Song Trilogy, and Glory. On Broadway, he has received Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also received a Tony nomination for The Producers. Now he returns to big-screen comedy with Dirty Weekend, directed by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) and co-starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).

During a layover in Albuquerque, colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Anxious and irritable, Les is drawn back into the city by past experiences he can’t forget (even if he doesn’t really remember the particulars of his previous drunken adventure). Natalie, refusing to leave his side, follows along as her own secrets are slowly revealed, leaving her feeling both vulnerable and unbound. Dirty Weekend opens theatrically on September 4.

Join Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, and Neil LaBute for the final Summer Talk of the year at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.
Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm

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Melissa’s Review: ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ beautifully/terrifyingly captures the innocent foolish decisions of a teenage girl’s first love

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Davina (Natalia Dyer) is teetering between childhood and adulthood as she meets and falls in love with an older boy (Peter Vack). The two run away together, but her imaginative and free-spirited nature only goes so far before reality catches up.

I_Believe_in_Unicorns_publicity_still02This incredibly intimate story is writer/director Leah Meyerhoff’s first feature film and revolves around a “fictionalized version of her younger self.” Davina takes care of her mother (the director’s mother, Toni Meyeroff), and is artistic and imaginative. She has a best friend, Cassidy (Julia Garner, from the Tribeca film Grandma), but when she sees Sterling, she’s smitten.

I_Believe_in_Unicorns_publicity_still06As we follow Davina, Meyeroff uses stop motion to animate her lucid dream sequences. These sequences serve as a window into her mind as she can’t quite process what’s happening in real life. The real world backdrop, often without any score, allows you to take in the what’s happening without a filter.

I_Believe_in_Unicorns_publicity_still05Davina tries out Sterling’s world and gets lost. She doesn’t know how she’s supposed to be treated, or to act, and neither does he. The two of them learn as they go, discovering what makes each feel good as well as what really upsets them. Their short romance goes from bliss to utter disaster back to bliss in the blink of an eye. This is what someone means when they describe a relationship as, “we were too young.”

I_Believe_in_Unicorns_publicity_still09Good and bad, every experience shapes us. Davina may have lost her innocence, but she’s gained knowledge that she’ll carry with her forever. I look forward to Meyeroff’s next feature, as she has a very powerful voice.

Starts today at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street, New York, NY. Available on Vimeo June 1st.

This exploration of the emotional, complex landscape of troubled young love centers on Davina, an imaginative, strong-willed teenage girl with a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for escape in a new relationship with an older boy. She’s quickly swept up into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but Davina’s enchantment is shaken when her boyfriend’s volatile nature emerges. Official selection: SXSW Film Festival

Friday, May 29 at 8:20: The Making of I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS – Leah Meyerhoff (writer/director) and the UNICORNS cast and crew

Saturday, May 30 at 3:10: Editing for Performance – Michael Taylor (editor, UNICORNS), Natalia Dyer (actress, UNICORNS), Peter Vack (actor, UNICORNS)

Saturday, May 30 at 8:20: Coming of Age – Mary Harron (director, American Psycho), Eliza Hittman (director, It Felt Like Love), Caryn Waechter (director,The Sisterhood of Night), Natalia Dyer (actress, UNICORNS)

Sunday, May 31 at 3:10: DIY Techniques – Ryan Koo (founder, No Film School), Aly Migliori (post, UNICORNS), Joe Stillwater (sound, UNICORNS)

Sunday, May 31 at 8:20: Independent Visions – Adam Leon (director, Gimme the Loot), Deborah Kampmeier (director, Hounddog), Laurie Collyer (director,Sherrybaby), Rob Meyer (director, A Birder’s Guide to Everything)

Monday, June 1 at 8:20: Stop Motion Animation – Signe Baumane (director, Rocks in my Pockets), Leah Shore (director, Hallway), David Bell (director, The Sacred Engine)

Tuesday, June 2 at 8:20: Personal Narratives – Jonathan Caouette (director, Tarnation), Reed Morano (director, Meadowland), Ryan Piers Williams (director,X/Y), Kim Levin (director, Runoff), Petra Costa (director, Elena)

Wednesday, June 3 at 8:20: The Casting Process – Nicole Kassell (director, The Woodsman), Laurie Weltz (director, Scout), Sara Colangelo (director, Little Accidents), Anja Marquardt (director, She’s Lost Control)

Thursday, June 4 at 8:20: The Female Gaze – Bette Gordon (director, Variety), Alison Bagnall (director,Funny Bunny), Enid Zentelis (director, Evergreen), Gail Segal (professor, NYU), Terry Lawler (executive, NYWIFT)

I Believe in Unicorns – Trailer from Gravitas Ventures on Vimeo.

Best of the Fest: Liz & Melissa’s 22 Favorite Narratives & Documentaries from the Tribeca Film Festival!

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It was a fabulous eleven days filled with movies and interviews, and now it’s time for us to reflect on our favorites. Enjoy!

Favorite Comedies

Grandma_Press_1 TribecaGrandma – releasing August 21st

Reeling from a recent breakup and still mourning the loss of her longtime partner, once-famous poet Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) is surprised to find her teenage granddaughter on her doorstep in need of $600 and a ride. The two embark on an all-day road trip that ends up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets all over town. Co-starring Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, and Sam Elliott.

We’ve only gotten a tease of Tomlin over the past few years, but she’s back with a comedic performance that rivals any dramatic one. So wrong, yet so perfect, her delivery gives the dialogue an extra edge that almost makes you feel guilty as you laugh out loud. I can’t wait to see her and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. – Melissa

 

Tomlin is an indisputable legend. Her comic timing is like watching Mozart create a symphony. This film is an absolute gem that tackles so many relevant issues without one ounce of preachiness. I have always been a huge fan and I am crossing my fingers this garners her an Oscar nod. -Liz

Jack (Simon Pegg) and Nancy (Lake Bell) in Ben Palmer’s Man UpMan Up – releasing May 29th in the UK, no US release set

When perpetually single Nancy (Lake Bell) is mistaken for a charming stranger’s (Simon Pegg) blind-date, she just goes with it, leading to a series of escalating adventures for the two mismatched lovebirds in Ben Palmer’s hilarious romantic comedy.

This could have been another boring rom-com, but the trifecta of story, dialogue and performances make it my new favorite “meet cute.” – Melissa

 

Pegg and Bell are an unlikely duo but let me say this is perfect casting. Their chemistry is super believable and laugh out loud funny from start to finish. Do not pigeon hole this flick, it is a riot for everyone. -Liz

OVERNIGHT_Press_2 TribecaThe Overnight – releasing June 19th

Alex and Emily have just moved to LA with their young son. Eager to make new friends, they accept an invitation to a party from the father of their son’s playground mate. After the kids fall asleep, the “playdate” takes a bizarre turn in this racy and hilarious romp. Featuring Judith Godrèche, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Adam Scott.

Filled with many twists and turns, you won’t know where the next laugh will take you as these two couples get to know each other. Sharing their hopes, fears and extracurricular hobbies, it all happens so naturally and with the utmost hilarity. – Melissa

 

This crazy funny adult comedy puts to rest the notion that hyper-sexual has to be boring or slapstick. This is actually a really thoughtful script and with a cast like this, you cannot go wrong. -Liz

Sleeping With Other People_Press_1 TribecaSleeping With Other People – releasing August 21st

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.

The “platonic friends” comedy is so overdone, but it’s been reborn with Jason Sudekis and Alison Brie. With over-the-top intimate dialogue, honesty is the best policy when it comes to modern relationships. One of the funniest movies of the year. – Melissa

 

This film may appear to be formulaic at first glance, but I assure you, you have no idea what you’re in for. One of the best and most honest pieces of dialogue since This is 40, Sudeikis and Brie kill it with the funny as two people with some serious intimacy issues. -Liz


Favorite Dramas

ANESTHESIA_Press_2 TribecaAnesthesia

On a snowy night in New York City, a Columbia professor is brutally mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Director Tim Blake Nelson’s haunting meditation of city life traces the chain of events that precipitate the attack, examining the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together. Featuring a star-studded ensemble including Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, and Cory Stoll.

Make sure you pay attention and get ready for dialogue that is a hyper-intellectual mental workout. It’s heavy but hopeful and filled with brilliant performances.- Melissa

 

This film’s multiple narrative style is something reminiscent of Traffic or Third Person. Beautifully based on philosophical notions, the audience is treated to a peak inside the lives of a handful of New Yorkers. With a jam packed cast of superb talent, Tim Blake Nelson brings everything to the table and succeeds, wildly. – Liz

Bare_Press_1 TribecaBare

Sarah’s (Dianna Agron) mundane life in a Nevada desert town is turned upside down with the arrival of Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), a mysterious female drifter, who leads her into a life of seedy strip clubs and illicit drugs. Their passion inspires Sarah to break free of her past and seek out a new life of her own.

It’s a story that could be told of any small town. It never attempts to explain anything, which actually gives it much more credibility.  – Melissa

 

In Agron’s first truly adult role, she shines as a small town girl trying to find her escape. Big dreams and little self esteem lead to a complex script and a stellar performance.   -Liz

The Driftless AreaThe Driftless Area

Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates. With Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds.

To say that The Driftless Area is cryptic is an understatement. I’m still not quite sure what happened, but the characters are so complex and interwoven that even though you’re confused, you can’t wait to see what happens next. – Melissa (read full review here)

Meadowland_Press_1 TribecaMeadowland

Sarah and Phil’s son goes missing, shattering their life together and forcing each to find their own way to cope. Cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano presents a masterfully crafted contemplation on a relationship strained to the breaking point. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson capture the unraveling emotions with remarkable power, alongside Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Merritt Wever.

This emotionally heavy story will kick you in the gut. How does one cope after the loss of a child? Do marriages survive? Can we be saved? These are all questions in an intense script lead by a masterful performance from Wilde. Following up her insane roller coaster role in Third Person, Wilde proves once again that she’s way more than a pretty face. Cast her in all the things, immediately! – Liz

Tumbledown_Press_1 TribecaTumbledown

Years after the accidental death of her folk-singer husband, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) has yet to fully accept her small-town life without him. Then she is approached by a charming New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) intent on penning a biography of her late husband’s life, and Hannah finds herself opening up again. Also featuring performances by Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello, and Richard Masur.

This was a film near and dear to my heart, based on plot and circumstance. The filmmakers and cast hit the nail on the head when it came to recreating a small New England town in Maine and the effect a death has upon it’s entire population. Loss and grief are combined with super smart writing. Sudeikis and Hall own these roles. – Liz

(read full review & podcast of interviews here)

Virgin Mountain TribecaVirgin Mountain

Fúsi is a mammoth of a man who at 43-years-old is still living at home with his mother. Shy and awkward, he hasn’t quite learned how to socialize with others, leaving him as an untouchable inexperienced virgin. That is until his family pushes him to join a dance class, where he meets the equally innocent but playful Sjöfn.

Heartbreaking, yet hopeful, this Jury award winner for narrative and lead performance will grab ahold of you and squeeze. – Melissa

 

This was one of the most endearing films I’ve seen lately. The “I think I can” attitude and transformation of the lead is so compelling from the very beginning. You cannot help but root for this character. -Liz

When I Live My Life Over Again-00002 TribecaWhen I Live My Life Over Again

Jude (Amber Heard) is a would-be singer-songwriter still struggling to make her mark. Cash-strapped and homeless, she begrudgingly returns to the Hamptons home of her father (Christopher Walken), an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback, in this spunky, soulful dramedy about the personal costs of artistic ambition and the bonds that carry us through.

Christopher Walken is charming and tragic. The dialogue is so subtle and natural, you’d think you were watching a documentary. The dining table scene alone is worth the price of admission. – Melissa

 

The tremendously organic dialogue in this film is top notch. It’s an honest portrait of family dynamics we can all relate to on some inherent level. Walken is a gem, as always, and I was blown away by Heard’s level of comfort behind a guitar and piano. Color me impressed.- Liz


Favorite Scary

Backtrack_Press_2 TribecaBacktrack – acquired by Saban Films

In this spine-tingling supernatural thriller, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.

I liked this film as the credits rolled. Speaking of credits, the opening sequence is one of the most beautiful and creative I’ve seen in some time. As I hashed out all the little moments in the script, the makeup, the music, I adored this film. Very smart writing and some really nicely timed jump scares. File this film under paranormal- thriller. -Liz

Hungry Hearts_0341Hungry Hearts – releasing June 5th

After a chance meeting and a whirlwind romance in New York City, Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) become pregnant. Convinced their child will be harmed by the pollutions in the outside world, Mina becomes consumed by protecting her baby, forcing Jude to recognize a terrible truth about why his son’s life could be in danger.

Told like a 70s horror flick, this is a Rosemary’s Baby kind of scary. Crazy camera angles and eerie music make this a very unsettling story that will leave you shivering. – Melissa


Favorite Documentaries

Birth of Sake_Press_2The Birth of Sake

Traditional and labor-intensive, the production of Saké has changed very little over the centuries. Erik Shirai’s love song to the artisans who have dedicated their lives to carrying on this increasingly rare artform follows the round-the-clock process for six straight months, offering a rare glimpse into a family-run brewery that’s been operating for over 100 years.

The gorgeous imagery is enhanced by slowmotion and a calming score. Whether you’re a lover of saké or not, you’ll appreciate the amount of work that goes into its creation. – Melissa (3 docs you must see)

 

Visually breathtaking  with a whole lot of heart, this doc was so enjoyable  for me to watch. It is  akin to a work of art and could easily (and should be) shown on a constant loop in museums. -Liz

Code_web_02CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

At a time in the United States when the tech sector outpaces the overall growth of the employment market, CODE asks the important question: Where are all the women?

Instead of focusing on one aspect of the gender gap in coding, this film really shows that everyone has something to give. The field of information technology is only getting bigger and we need all hands on deck. The more diverse the people building the future technologies are, the better the world is for it. – Melissa (3 docs you must see)

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Crocodile Gennadiy, real-life, self-appointed savior, who works tirelessly to rescue homeless, drug-addicted youth from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. At the same time, he challenges dealers and abusers. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work. Sundance Award-winning director Steve Hoover’s second feature is a bold portrait of a man on a mission.

Doing what’s right is the main point of this extraordinary documentary. Saving the lives of innocent children that are being taken advantage of by a broken system mired in poverty, Gennodiy is the perfect example of what religion should look like. – Liz  (read interview here)

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In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s highly criticized 2008 presidential win, a constitutional committee was created in an effort to transition Zimbabwe away from authoritarian leadership. With unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, this riveting, firsthand account of a country’s fraught first steps towards democracy plays at once like an intimate political thriller and unlikely buddy film.

The bravery of these people to be on film, speaking in the manners they do is enough to cheer for. Getting an honest look inside a corrupted political system outside our own is astonishing. Take note America.- Liz  (read review here)

DREAM KILLER_Press_1 TribecaDream/Killer

In the fall of 2005, 21-year-old Ryan Ferguson received a 40-year prison sentence for a murder that he did not commit. Over the next ten years, his father Bill engages in a tireless crusade to prove Ryan’s innocence. Interspersed with footage from the Ferguson family archive, Andrew Jenks’ film looks at the personal consequences of a wrongful conviction.

One of the most frustrating docs to watch, you learn just how lost our justice system can be. Unexpected and shocking, the combination of footage, audio, and interviews makes for one hell of a story. -Liz  (read review & interview here)

Exclusive Closing Night "Monty Python Live (Mostly)"Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

While perhaps best known for its eminently quotable films, Monty Python has performed its signature, surreal humor in live shows since the group’s earliest days. Dive into the history of Python’s stage work and the genesis of some of its most well-known pieces as they prepare for their last-ever live show. Monty Python: the Meaning of Life is a hilarious and illuminating survey of the process behind the Python.

I saw my first Monty Python films at the age of 13. Why it took me that long, I’ll never know. I have my theater friends to thank for introducing me into a world of absolute insanity and brilliance. This is an awesome look inside  the relationships between some of your most memorable laughs and the men behind them. -Liz

Orion is his iconic eagle suit. Photo credit Sun Records

Orion is his iconic eagle suit. Photo credit Sun Records

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Millions of Americans clung to the hope that Elvis Presley faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. But who was the man behind the mask? In this stranger-than-fiction true story, Jeanie Finlay explores a life led in service to those who couldn’t let Elvis go.

Everyone has heard of Elvis, but only a fraction have heard of Orion aka Jimmy Ellis. When Jimmy Ellis sang, he sounded like the legendary Elvis. His talent was brought to new heights when Elvis died and people didn’t want to let go. Never an impersonator, Jimmy did capitalize on this coincidence and attempt stardom on his own. – Melissa (read review here)

Artwork from "That Dragon, Cancer".Credit: That Dragon, Cancer

Artwork from “That Dragon, Cancer”.Credit: That Dragon, Cancer

Thank You For Playing

For the past two years, Ryan and Amy Green have been working on That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about their son Joel’s fight against that disease. Following the family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall create a moving testament to the joy and heartbreak of raising a terminally ill child.

Fair warning: bring an entire box of tissues with you to this truly important and thoughtfully crafted film. If most of us are being honest, usually when we see commercials for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital we change the channel, but in this instance we come to know and love the members of the Green family. Understanding “That Dragon Cancer ” is the only way to help save lives and support those  on their journey. Using art as an outlet for grief is a transformative way to share an experience, good or bad. – Liz

Wolfpack_Press_1 TribecaThe Wolfpack – releasing June 19th

Everything the Angulo brothers know about the outside world they learned from obsessively watching movies. Shut away from bustling New York City by their overprotective father, they cope with their isolation by diligently re-enacting their favorite films. When one of the brothers escapes, the world as they know it will be transformed.

Something about this film grabbed my heart and held it for it’s entirety. These kids are among us here in NYC, but you’d never know since they’ve been essentially held captive their entire lives. The intense detail  in which these brothers re-create their favorite films is unreal. Their passion and intelligence should be on view for all the world to see and enjoy.- Liz