Bindlestiffs has the distinction of being one of the most oversexed, twisted, and just plain messed up comedies in ages, and when you consider that the writer-director team behind the film were only half out of high school during the filmmaking, it’s cause for the comedy factories in Hollywood to be very, very nervous.
Tiffany Shlain, the founder of the Webby Awards, didn’t set out to make a semi-autobiographical film about the death of her greatest mentor. Yet in the course of developing her new film Connected – intended at first to be an examination the impact living in an “always on” society has — fate intervened. Her father, Leonard Shlain, was diagnosed with a terminal case of brain cancer.
The Arbor is a film by Clio Barnard that looks at the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar. Watch the clip, provided by the filmmakers exclusively for Turnstyle»
StoryCorps continues its September 11th Initiative this year by creating short animations to accompany stories of lost loved ones. This initiative, which started in 2005, attempts to record a unique remembrance of each individual lost in the attacks on that day. Watch this remembrance of Karen Juday by her husband, and see other animated shorts here.
One of Egypt’s most popular rap groups embodies the spirit that fueled revolutionary youth in Egypt this January.
The group’s lead rapper decided against leaving the country for a professional career so he could pursue his art, and his passion for reaching Egypt’s youth through hip-hop.
The Arabian Knightz were among the first groups to release music about the revolution. The group filmed a video for “Eid Fi Eid/Hand In Hand” in the early days of the uprisings.
Martin Scorsese Takes On Ex-Beatle George Harrison
In October, nearing the 10th anniversary of Harrison’s death, HBO will debut Martin Scorsese’s two-part documentary of the “Quiet Beatle” entitled George Harrison: Living in a Material World.
The Soulful Young Star of ‘Gun Hill Road’
In Gun Hill Road, director Rashaad Ernesto Green has written a loving, complex portrait of a Bronx family in struggle. The patriarch, Enrique (Esai Morales), has been in prison for three years. In that time, his wife (played by Judi Reyes of Scrubs fame) has had an affair. But Enrique feels most betrayed by the changes in his son Michael, who’s in the middle of a physical transition to becoming a teen girl.
Green said he was inspired by a member of his family who went through something similar as the father in the film. “I watched this family deteriorate…as an artist, I wanted to make a piece of art that didn’t necessarily give them all the answers, but at least pointed them in the way of love and acceptance,” he said.