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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: BAM150

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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: BAM150

Commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, it’s no surprise that BAM150 is both celebratory and promotional. But the story of the arts institution that’s survived a century and a half is certainly worth commemorating. And director Michael Sládek, best known for Con Artist, the documentary about 1980s New York art world celebrity Mark Kostabi, makes this particular pleasure to watch by adeptly interspersing high-definition performance footage with backstage moments, archival material, and historical commentary.

The performances highlighted in BAM150, from the 2011-2012 Next Wave season, illustrate the range of programming that continues to draw enthusiastic audiences to BAM: The Berliner Ensemble production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, directed by Robert Wilson; Les Arts Florissants and Opéra Comique’s production of Jean Baptiste Lully’s Atys; and the Beijing Dance Theater’s Haze, choreographed by Wang Yuanyuan. Sládek also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the day to day running of the organization, gala events, and openings: the Berliner Ensemble sets being loaded into the BAM opera house, the opening night of the Bridge Project’s Richard III starring Kevin Spacey.

BAM has morphed over more than a century to become one of New York’s most prominent cultural institutions. Interviews with historian Mike Wallace, author Philip Lopate, critic John Rockwell, among others, record the evolution of the organization, which came about as the result of rivalry between New York (Manhattan) and Brooklyn in the 1850s. Although it opened in 1861 as a concert house for classical music, the Academy soon embraced theatrical performances, presenting the likes of Edwin Booth, Sarah Bernhardt, and Eleonora Duse. Then in 1903 the theater burned down, but it was rebuilt shortly after at its current location. BAM lost some of its luster as Manhattan came to dominate the arts scene, and by the 1960s, when Brooklyn, as the historians note, was considered by many to be the “borough of fear,” the tide turned completely and the theater was in danger of being shut down. But BAM’s fortunes would see yet another reversal, with the arrival in 1967 of Harvey Lichtenstein, who took over the reins as executive director.

Astutely programming work that wasn’t seen anywhere else in the city, Lichtenstein was the one of the early champions of Meredith Month, Mark Morris, Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, and Robert Wilson, who talk about the importance of BAM in their careers in the movie. Lichtenstein was particularly successful in initiating long running series like Dance Africa and the Next Wave festival establishing brand name value to the programming that continues to flourish to this day. During his 32-year tenure at BAM (he retired in 1999), he established himself as one of the most influential performing arts administrators in this county, and is rightly credited with shaping BAM into a cultural mecca unlike anything the city had seen before.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 18—29. For more information click here.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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