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Tribeca Bestows Awards to “Monkeys,” “Beach”; Plus, Our Complete Coverage

Tribeca Bestows Awards to “Monkeys,” “Beach”; Plus, Our Complete Coverage (photo)

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The Tribeca Film Festival continues on through this weekend, but awards were announced Thursday night in New York for the tenth edition of the festival, making it so that New York audiences will have at least one more chance to see all the winners this Sunday May 1st. These films include Best World Narrative Feature “She Monkeys,” a Swedish drama set in the world of equestrian acrobatics where a competition between two young women transcends mere rivalry, and Best Documentary “Bombay Beach,” a elegiac look at the denizens of the dusty seaside California town.

Individual honors in the World Narrative Competition also went to Ramadhan “Shami” Bizimana for Best Actor in the Rwandan drama “Grey Matter” (which also picked up a Special Jury Mention for its writer/director Kivu Ruhorahoza), “Black Book” star Carice van Houten for Best Actress in “Black Butterflies,” Luisa Tillinger for Best Cinematography in “Artificial Paradises,” Park Jungbum for Best New Narrative Director with “Journals of Musan” and Jannicke Systad Jabobsen for Best Screenplay with the spry Norwegian coming-of-age comedy “Turn Me On, Goddammit.”

In the World Documentary Competition, Purcell Carson took home the prize for Best Editing for “Semper Fi: Always Faithful” and Pablo Croce was named Best New Documentary Director for “Like Water,” the biopic of UFC fighter Anderson Silva, while a Special Jury Mention was given to Michael Collins for the courtroom thriller “Give Up Tomorrow.”

A full list of winners, including the short film and student competitions, can be found here, and in the mean time, we’ve put together a complete guide to our own coverage of the festival, which will be updated through the end of the festival below:

Reviews

“Angels Crest,” a small-town Jeremy Piven-Mira Sorvino drama
“The Bang Bang Club,” a drama starring Ryan Philippe and Taylor Kitsch as war photographers in 1990s South Africa
“The Carrier,” Maggie Betts’ documentary about a Zambian polygamist family threatened by HIV
“Catching Hell,” “Client 9” director Alex Gibney’s documentary about disgraced Cubs fan Steve Bartman
“Detachment,” the return of “American History X” director Tony Kaye in a drama starring Adrien Brody about the downfall of public education
“The Good Doctor,” a thriller starring Orlando Bloom as a morally ambiguous first-year resident
“Jesus Henry Christ,” Dennis Lee’s dramedy starring Michael Sheen and Toni Collette as the caretakers of a genius child
“Limelight”, “Cocaine Cowboys” director Billy Corben’s look at New York nightlife during the ’70s
“A Quiet Life,” an Italian thriller about a chef with a past life he’d like to remain in the past
“Rabies”, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Israeli horror film
“Saint,” Dick Maas’ killer St. Nick flick
“Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon’s documentary about a water-contamination whisteblower
“Stuck Between Stations,” Brady Kiernan’s Minneapolis-set will-they-or-won’t-they romance
“The Union,” Cameron Crowe’s documentary about the making of the Elton John-Leon Russell album of the same name

Games

“L.A. Noire”

Interviews

Taylor Kitsch, “The Bang Bang Club”
Massy Tadjedin, “Last Night”
Peter Mullan, “NEDS”
Chris Evans, Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, “Puncture”
Jean-Pierre Ameris, “Romantics Anonymous”

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.