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This Weekend's Indies: 'The Dog' & 'About Alex'

Opening this weekend: a documentary about the real man who inspired 'Dog Day Afternoon' and an ensemble dramedy from TFF 2014.

The Dog: Meet John Wojtowicz, the man who inspired Sidney Lumet's 1974 masterpiece Dog Day Afternoon. While the film itself still resonates with us 45 years later, it's time to get to know the man who tried to rob Chase Manhattan in order to pay for his lover's sex reassignment surgery. The Dog captures the motives behind and reactions to the botched bank robbery Wojtowicz tried to accomplish. The incredibly unique and enthralling story offers us a portrait of a man perhaps too overcome by love, as well as a glimpse into New York's past gay culture and life that exploded in the 70s. 

About Alex: Jesse Zwick's debut film About Alex premiered at TFF 2014, and offered us an honest look into how adult friendships can change and warp over time. The film follows a group of college buddies who reunite after one of their friends, Alex (Jason Ritter), attempts to commit suicide. The all-star cast plays out the intricacies of friendship beautifully and includes: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jane Levy, and Max Minghella. As old romances reignite (and regrets are confronted), it becomes clear that this group of friends is not as close as they used to be. 

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Tribeca alum Hirokazu Kore-eda (STILL WALKING) returns to theaters this month with his latest masterwork, AFTER THE STORM, now playing at @IFCCenter and other theaters across the country. The Japanese auteur's new film is that rare feat: a splendidly rueful family portrait that honors the perspectives of every member. @Eng_Matthew writes on this "quietly lived-in spellbinder," which also features a must-see performance, from veteran Kore-eda actress Kirin Kiki. Click the link in the bio to read it now. And watch the film, one of the first true cinematic treasures of 2017.
Keep the family close. We’re bringing the @BadBoyEnt family together for a full movie-music celebration at #Tribeca2017, featuring Sean @Diddy Combs, @LilKimTheQueenBee, @TheRealFaithEvans, and @RSVPMASE. It’s going to be a night to remember. Will you be there? Get your tickets now. Link in bio.
Here are some of the most stunning moments from the criminally underappreciated career of cinematographer Ellen Kuras in honor of her upcoming #Tribeca2017 Master Class on cinematography, which is free and open to the public!
Today in our #WomensHistoryMonth spotlight on Tribeca films from women directors, we look back at an acclaimed but under-seen gem from two festivals ago. Invaluable indie cinematographer @ReedMorano made her directorial debut with MEADOWLAND (2015), in which a child is lost and a couple (played by @OliviaWilde and Luke Wilson, stretching themselves like never before) unravels over the loss. This is an elegiac, wrenching, and elegantly-shot debut, in which sorrow ripples through every shot. It's an unavoidably tough watch, but truly worth the visit.
Here's what on sale for #Tribeca2017. (Illustration by @CFrieds // Video by @AnaYamel)


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