1. Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado checks in from the TriBeCa Film Festival: 

     


    Last night was a “Wait.  Who wrote this movie again?” evening at the TriBeCa film festival, with some well known names writing outside the genres for which they are known.

    Every Secret Thing is directed by Amy Berg, the Oscar nominated documentary film director (West of Memphis) who makes her fictional feature film debut here. More surprising though is the film’s writer— Nicole Holofcener, director of Please Give, Friends with Money,  and last year’s excellent movie Enough Said.  There aren’t struggles about privileged New Yorkers, rich Los Angelenos, or romantic love after divorce in this one.  Every Little Thing follows the story of two teenage girls who are convicted of kidnapping and murdering a baby when they were children themselves.  Now out of prison, they are again under suspicion when another girl goes missing in their town.  The film has a great cast, including Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Elisabeth Banks, and relative new comer Danielle Macdonald.



    Also premiering last night was In Your Eyes, a small supernatural-y romantic film written by big name Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers.  It stars the lovely Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two lost people living across the country from each other who have an unexplained, psychic and psychological connection that disrupts their very different lives.  Whedon didn’t direct this one, but it was put out by the small production company he started with his wife; it’s the same company that produced last year’s Joss directed Much Ado About Nothing, which starred almost everyone who has been in his other TV shows and movies. Okay, not really.  

    Whedon wasn’t physically present at last night’s premiere and Q & A, but they did play a video he recorded, in which he announced that the film that just premiered, In Your Eyes, was now available via VOD at inyoureyes.com.  5 bucks gets you a 72 hour rental.  It will be interesting to see how this unconventional way of distributing a small independent film will pan out. 

     

    (Stills from Every Secret Thing and In Your Eyes, via TriBeCa)

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  1. David Edelstein on Joss Whedon's new adaptation of The Bard's classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing:

One word sums up my reaction to Joss Whedon’s film of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: Huzzah!
Here is the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the director of The Avengers — working with American TV actors who have little or no training in verse-speaking. Who could have predicted such a team would produce the best of all filmed Shakespeare comedies?
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    David Edelstein on Joss Whedon's new adaptation of The Bard's classic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing:

    One word sums up my reaction to Joss Whedon’s film of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: Huzzah!

    Here is the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the director of The Avengers — working with American TV actors who have little or no training in verse-speaking. Who could have predicted such a team would produce the best of all filmed Shakespeare comedies?

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