That Thing In Tribeca

Drake Stutesman, Moderator, "Independent Women: 15 Years of NYWIFT-Funded Film Preservation"

Where does your interest in film come from?

That's an interesting question. When I was younger I was very interested in women in the arts, and especially film but I only knew a handful of the obvious names. Y'know Dorothy Arzner, but I felt very strongly that films should not be lost. The original films, they must be kept to speak for themselves. When you have nothing but other people interpreting what the films were really like you're in trouble.

Are you a filmmaker?

My film side is that I edit a film and media journal called Framework and I also write about film—particularly costume design. So no, [...]


'The Loving Story': The First Couple Of Marriage Rights

The clear, steady gaze of Mildred Jeter Loving looks right at you from the photographs. Then there’s the shy, smitten glance of her husband Richard at the skinny woman he called “Bean.” In never-before-seen archival footage, their daughter, Peggy, faces down the camera as her mother pulls knee socks onto her legs, her brothers playing in the background. We’re getting a privileged glimpse into a loving family. The Loving family, who lent their name to the Loving v. Virginia decision, delivered on June 12, 1967, by the unanimous Warren Court, which invalidated anti-miscegenation laws in Virginia and 15 other Southern states.

The Loving Story is director Nancy [...]


‘Rabies’: The First Israeli Horror Film Is Just That

What do you say about the first Israeli horror film… besides the fact that it's the first Israeli horror film? And that, with that distinction comes a frenetic array of cultural, religious and political associations that may as well serve as a Rorschach test for anyone watching it? Israel as the setting for a horror film (Rabies, or Kalevet in Hebrew, which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival) is a manifesto in and of itself—particularly when the directors, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, have been touting the movie as an allegory on the state of Israel (though honestly, they have plenty of incentive to spew jargon like [...]


Class Fictions, Reality Poetics And Zany Sex At Tribeca

When living as young and less than comfortable in New York, adoption of a willed ignorance regarding some class distinctions is in order. You naturally choose your own "can't-care" moments, but at some point, simply everyone breaks. Also: few can keep up with each and every conversation anyway; choices must be made regarding which ambient fashion truths to blow past and ignore.

That in mind, step this way with me. When I was a rice n' beans-subsisting college kid, it could have been a function of my fancy-meter's needle constantly skipping in the fritzed-out red zone of class detection—but I simply had no idea at all that the Tribeca [...]


'L.A. Noire': Interactive's Big Night

The other night I attended the premiere of a video game. It was an odd little duck—the premiere, that is. The video game is L.A. Noire, an interactive thriller from Rockstar Games (coming out in May), and it was not odd at all. But the premiere was a bit of a puzzle.

In many aspects, it was more traditional roll-out than premiere—a demonstration of the product, followed by prepared remarks from the company and then a Q&A for the fans. But this was not Comic Con or E3 Expo, where we’d expect a whole weekend’s worth of such events; this was at the Tribeca Film Festival. And to [...]