Exclusive Interview: the cast of HBO’s BETTY on season 2 “there’s a golden age happening right now with girls skateboarding”

Based on creator Crystal Moselle’s 2018 Sundance hit Skate Kitchen, Betty—inspired by the experiences of a diverse group of young women navigating the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City—returns to HBO for a second season this Friday June 11th at 11pm ET/PT, and also streams on HBO Max. Set and filmed during 2020... Continue Reading →

Sundance 2021 Film Review: Searchers ★★★

Filmmaker Pacho Velez, who made 2017's exceptional archive footage doc The Reagan Show, turns his camera on himself and a diverse cross-section of his fellow New Yorkers looking for dates online in Searchers. The film's effective visual conceit places us as viewers behind the screens that the subjects are looking at, as if we're curious... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Pretend It’s A City ★★★★

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and fellow New York icon, writer, wit, and public speaker Fran Lebowitz can't recall when they first met. When asked about their friendship during an on-stage interview seen in an archive clip in their new Netflix docu-series Pretend It's A City, Marty suggests it might have been at John Waters' 50th birthday... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Grand Army star Amir Bageria “sexuality is obviously a very dominant part of this character but it’s not the only thing about him, there’s just so much going on”

The search for your latest Netflix binge ends right here. Gripping, nuanced and urgent, Brooklyn-set high school drama Grand Army, adapted from creator Katie Cappiello's own 2013 play Slut, follows the lives of a diverse group of students navigating contemporary teenage life. Among them is Indian-American Sid Pakam, played by Degrassi: Next Class star Amir... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: New Queer Cinema digital pioneer Todd Verow on his latest feature Goodbye Seventies “all of my films have led up to this one”

Todd Verow's 1995 feature debut Frisk elicited strong reactions, resulting in a near riot, when it world premiered on as the closing night of the 19th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (now Frameline) at the iconic Castro Theatre, before going on to screen at Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Based on Dennis Cooper's... Continue Reading →

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