Category | Danny Peary on Film

TFF: Diane Bell About Mending a “Bleeding Heart”

Posted on 25 May 2015

After I attended a screening of Diane Bell’s Bleeding Heart at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the festival worker in charge of the ticket line told us that everyone leaving the theater was talking excitedly about the film, a great sign that it has commercial potential. I think they were so pleased with the Scottish-born writer-director’s second feature because in addition to it being an exceptionally-acted character study—of not just one but two young women in turmoil–it was one of the few modern-day narratives at the festival that delivered suspense, tension, and thrills.

TFF: A Devoted Father Rescues His Innocent Son from Prison in the Shocking Documentary Dream/Killer

Posted on 22 May 2015

Dream/Killer fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now, Andrew Jenks’s fascinating and disturbing documentary about our faulty justice system is playing on the festival circuit. Thirty-year-old Ryan Ferguson was one of the nicest people I met at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. After I interviewed him and his father, Bill, Ryan and I ran into each other a few minutes later and we chatted about basketball and life in Florida. He was polite, cheerful, and so easy to hang out with, that I was almost tempted to take him up on his offer to play hoops with him and his dad sometime.

Horstmann and Harvie Bring “Bodyslam” Home to Play At SIFF

Posted on 18 May 2015

Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. But after its successful world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, it has moved to the west coast. In fact, this Thursday at 9:30 p.m., John Paul Hortsmann and Ryan Harvie’s uplifting, sweet-spirited wrestling documentary is playing at the very cool Seattle International Film Festival, with post-screening surprises promised.

Evans and Sands Discuss Fathers and Sons in “A Nazi Legacy”

Posted on 14 May 2015

A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Having seen it a the recent Tribeca Film Festival, I predict this stirring documentary by English director David Evans (Fever Pitch, TV’s Downton Abbey and Shameless) will be playing all over world for years to come.

McNicol and Sandilands on “Uncertain,” Surely a Top Doc at TFF

Posted on 11 May 2015

Uncertain fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. I am encouraged that it will get a theatrical release after Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands, partners in the Seattle-based studio Lucid Inc, received the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival last month for their first feature. For me it was one of the most exciting surprises at the festival, one of those “who was smart enough to think to make such a movie?” revelations.

Camilla Nielsson Films History As It Happens in Zimbabwe in “Democrats”

Posted on 07 May 2015

Democrats fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Now it is playing at the San Francisco Film Festival, following strong receptions at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs in Toronto. I was pleased it was chosen Best Documentary at Tribeca because it was my favorite film at the festival.

TFF: Alexis Alexiou’s Gangster Film, “Wednesday 04:45″

Posted on 04 May 2015

The title of Greek director-writer Alexis Alexiou’s visually striking Wednesday 04:45, which made its world premiere at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, refers to the time Athens jazz club owner, Stelios (Stelios Mainas), must pay off his debt to a ruthless Romanian gangster or face the consequences. As the seemingly doomed man tries to change his sorry destiny, he deals with his demons from a life that was not always well-spent.

TFF: Australian Tony McNamara’s American Film, “Ashby”

Posted on 01 May 2015

One of the most fan-friendly films at the recent Tribeca Film Festival was Ashby, an amiable mix of comedy and drama, the conventional and the quirky, good guys and villains that is set in Virginia but was written and directed by an Aussie, Tony McNamara.

Felix Thompson’s King Jack Is Crowned TFF’s Favorite Film

Posted on 27 April 2015

King Jack fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. I believe writer-director Felix Thompson’s tough-but-affectionate ode to boyhood will get theatrical distribution because on Saturday it received the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award as the most popular narrative film.

Director Luke LoCurcio Speaks About Aphasia, the Hit Short at TFF

Posted on 23 April 2015

If you’re a movie fan and anywhere near New York City this weekend, I highly recommend that you make time to see René Clement’s exquisite, heart-wrenching, Oscar-winning French classic Forbidden Games (a beautiful recently restored print with new subtitles!), at the Film Forum beginning Friday–AND at least one shorts program at the Tribeca Film Festival.