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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Film Series Looks for the Next Big Thing - Steve Dollar, WSJ

"For 42 years, the film series "New Directors/New Films" has introduced New York audiences early on to major cinematic talents such as Spike Lee, Pedro Almodóvar and Richard Linklater.
The 27 feature-length movies and two short-film programs in this year's festival, which begins Wednesday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, promise more such discoveries.
None arrives with as much advance buzz as "Dear White People," a word-of-mouth dynamo at January's Sundance Film Festival, where the director, Justin Simien, won a special jury prize for breakthrough talent. The button-pushing film about a quartet of African-American students confronting race issues on an Ivy League campus satirizes white attitudes toward black culture. But it also looks deeper than the implications of its title, the name of a popular Twitter account Mr. Simien used to test the barbed, fast-paced dialogue........"

Film Series Looks for the Next Big Thing - WSJ

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