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#NYAFF Reviews — THE WHISTLEBLOWER and THE LAST REEL

Guest commentator and cinemaphile-at-large Tanimaru brings infinite technique and wisdom to review several titles for this year’s NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SVA Theatre with the fine folks at Subway Cinema.

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Here is the first!

THE WHISTLEBLOWER begins as a powerhouse thriller with a very compelling opening scene but due to writing that seems more in common with an American evening soap opera than ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN or THE INSIDER, the good efforts of director Yim Soon-rye and a fine cast of actors become prisoners to a very predictable and melodramatic script. Stylishly lensed with elegant production design and a multitude of locations, all the production elements are in place for a great film, but the writing keeps getting in the way as after a while no scene is allowed to really play out providing the tension and raw drama that an audience expects from a story about stem cells and cloning.What I found interesting is the slight twist at the end where the Korean public is manipulated to blame the reporter and his network for their investigation. The Korean public is depicted as easily swayed believing that despite whatever wrongs the lead villan may have done – he should be allowed to continue because his efforts are a boost to the image of the Korean people and the economy. In other words, do not embarrass someone supported by the government. This harkens to the recent news that this year’s Busan Festival was under government attack (cut in budget) for screening a film about the boat disaster.

I don’t know WAIKIKI BROTHERS, but my sense is that with great writing, this is a filmmaker who can deliver.

The WHISTLEBLOWER and THE WAIKIKI BROTHERS both screen at the NYAFF in NYC on July 7th, 2015 at 8:45pm and 6:30pm, respectively.

Here is the review for NYAFF title THE LAST REEL:

THE LAST REEL

Some films just move you. THE LAST REEL is one of those films. Set in Cambodia today with flashbacks to the dark day of the Khmer Rouge. we trace the story of a young woman learning her Mother’s past as an actress in Cambodia and, along the way, a cruel history. The performances are at times uneven – with many of the actors probably in their first acting roles – but that is what brings power to the film. Their first hand experience/knowledge adds depth even to the smallest roles; the look and feel of Cambodia today is compelling. (Spoiler Alert) – The final titles are a homage to all the actors and filmmakers executed by the Khmer Rouge – the real once living and breathing and now sadly departed Cambodians whose spirits surge in this wonderfully touching and moving film.

THE LAST REEL screens Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 8:15pm.

Our deepest thanks to Tanimaru.

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Imagine THE WARRIORS as an all-rap musical set in Japan. TOYKO TRIBES is That FILM! 7/4/15 #NYAFF 10pm

Imagine THE WARRIORS as an all-rap musical set in Japan. TOYKO TRIBES is That FILM! #NYAFF

TOKYO TRIBES represents the highlight of the New York Asian Film Festival 2015 for sheer Fun. A female protagonist who can leap and fight better than any man plays this film’s canny substitute for a damsel-in-distress. Every neighborhood territory has its own theme song and rap style with active fighting participants. There are antagonists in the style of SHO’ NUFF from THE LAST DRAGON. The film does not lack a sense of surreal humor. This film is MUCH better than THE WARRIORS.

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Not that you are really coming to hear an all rap musical, really. You will not hear Kendrick Lamar, you will not hear THE ROOTS. At the time of the film BEAT STREET (1984?), Afrika Bambatta was HUGE in Japan. A great deal of that legacy survives in the music styles in this film. So, it represents a throwback to old school rap. The fighting, kicks, and flips similarly offer an affectionate but lively homage to an earlier style of fighting.

TOKYO TRIBE still 1-¬ 2014 Tokyo Tribe Film Partners

But the production design harkens to Baz Luhrman in the density of detail. The gangs and crowds offer a Cecil B. DeMille quality. The color palette, cinematography and editing are top-notch. And this is a MUSICAL with nary a “spoken” word, so to speak.

It is impossible to spoil the plot. If you have seen THE WARRIORS you know the plot. A small group has to get from Point A to Point B, fighting multiple sets of antagonists all the way back to Point B. Throw in Boy-meets-Girl along the way. That’s the plot. But that’s not the point of the film by any means.

TOKYO TRIBE still 3 -¬ 2014 Tokyo Tribe Film Partners

Admittedly, THE WARRIORS is a Guilty Pleasure (with wonderful set-pieces establishing the visual dexterity of Walter Hill). Seeing TOKYO TRIBES will represent a Moment of PRIDE. Membership in the TOKYO TRIBES clan gives one Style Points.

SEE it on the BIG SCREEN. Dive In.

TOKYO TRIBES screens July 4, 2015 10pm at Lincoln Center as part of the NYAFF 2015.

It also screens at NYC’s SVA Theatre

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Are YOU a female writer-director with a feature narrative script? Ready to direct? Opportunity! From Script to Pre-Production: A NYWIFT Workshop

From Script to Pre-Production: A NYWIFT Workshop

Are you a writer-director with a feature-length narrative script you are ready to direct? What will it takes to move your project forward?

This workshop is for women filmmakers who are ready to direct a narrative feature. Each filmmaker must have written and directed at least one narrative short and have written a feature-length narrative script that’s suitable for production for under a million dollars. The group will be limited to women and will be small enough so that everyone can be familiar with each project. This is a collective endeavor – we will meet weekly to support each other as we work our way through the often overwhelming task of setting up a feature. While we may eventually attract additional producers to help us with our projects – and actors that may expand our budgets – our aim is to help women filmmakers take the next step by equipping them with the tools to set up their work at a low budget level.

We have put together a “curriculum” focusing on the tasks involved in setting up a narrative feature – polishing log lines, synopses and pitches; creating a “look book”; putting together a preliminary budget/top sheet; deciding on locations for tax incentives; forming a C-Corp or LLC; leveraging attachments; and producing a crowd-funding campaign. At each stage, we’ll bring in experts and mentors to advise us. And we’ll work collectively to put together the packages.

We are looking for writer-directors who work well with others and enjoy working in a group setting. This isn’t for everyone. Participants will have to roll up their sleeves and help one another. Think carefully before you apply and only recommend women you feel would work well in this type of format.

Submissions will open July 7 and close August 15. Applicants must submit a narrative short they’ve written and directed and the completed feature script they plan to package in the workshop. Finalists will be contacted in September for an interview and for a recommendation from a film professional. Selections will be made in October. Participants will receive copies of the participating projects November 1 so that all scripts can be read and assignments completed by the first meeting on Friday, January 15, 2016. Sessions will be held at NYWIFT every Friday through June. There is an application fee of $25 for members ($50 for nonmembers.) While there is no cost to participate in this workshop, participants must be NYWIFT members in good standing. (If selected, nonmembers must join NYWIFT to participate.)

This is a serious commitment and entails a great deal of work so again, think carefully before applying.

Applications will be available July 7, 2015. Deadline August 15. 2015.

 

Join the conversation on Twitter: #nywiftlive | @nywift

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts

 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! – Film – 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival: Women Calling the Shots#NYWIFT

#Opportunity!

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NYWIFT at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival: Women Calling the Shots

The 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival: Women Calling the Shots will host a screening of short films made by Women In Film & Television members from around the world at the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.

A joint venture of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) and New York Women In Film & Television (NYWIFT), Women Calling the Shots is in its 13th year of screenings. This series gives voice to the creative visions of women through film and video, including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental works.

NYWIFT invites its members, as well as members of Women in Film chapters from around the world to submit their short films for consideration for this program that is curated by NYWIFT and HIFF. No submission fee is required for applications.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • This application must be submitted by email.
  • Included a one page synopsis for each submission.
  • SHORTS ONLY: Films must be 20 minutes or less in running time.
  • Film submission: Submit an online link. (Password must be good through October 9th, 2015. The submission will be disqualified if the review panel is unable to view the work with the link.)
  • To submit a film, download and complete the submission form and email to events@nywift.org. Multiple submissions must be sent as separate emails.
  • Non-English films must have subtitles.
  • Completion Date: Films must have been completed after May 31st, 2014.
  • Previous submissions will not be accepted.
  • Submitted films must not have been released theatrically or received a U.S. television broadcast.

Submissions must be RECEIVED at the NYWIFT Offices by Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Please Note: Submitting a film for the Women Calling the Shots showcase does not qualify as a submission of your film for the main slate of The Hamptons International Film Festival.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Now in its 23rd year, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in 6 of the last 7 years (including Birdman in 2014) and is the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. The Festival, with an impassioned and uniquely influential audience, attracts over 25,000 visitors to theaters across the picturesque New York communities of East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $45,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #nywiftlive | @nywift

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts

 

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