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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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The bloody, brutal RESERVOIR DOGS was released into US theaters 25 years ago today. Here, Harvey Keitel reflects on the love-hate nature of the film's two week rehearsal period during the Tribeca 2017 cast-and-crew reunion this past April.
"I just want to make whatever is exciting." On his birthday, the great Spike Jonze directs the divine Meryl Streep on the set of ADAPTATION (2002).
This week, we presented the third annual edition of #ThroughHerLens, a women’s filmmaker program from Tribeca and #CHANEL devoted to aiding and ushering in the next generation, with the help of some leading film artists. Take a look at who took part, from Adepero Oduye (@crownpeace) and Mira Nair to @OliviaWilde and @ElizabethOlsenOfficial, among so many other fantastic, fearless women in film.
"I believe that you must be madly in love with cinema to create films." Here is the impeccable Catherine Deneuve in UN FLIC (1972), the evocative cat-and-mouse thriller by Jean-Pierre Melville, one of French cinema's most stunning masters. Today marks his centennial.
This is what the future of film looks like. @Nikyatu Jusu and Shanea Williams have now received full production grants to produce their vampire drama SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT through Tribeca, #CHANEL, @TribecaFilmIns, and @PulseFilms's third annual #ThroughHerLens program. “We selected a project that turned a familiar genre on its head in a unique way, filling it with emotion, drama, and mystery," said jurors Mira Nair and Rachel Weisz. We cannot wait for you to see this singular project come to life. Thank you to all of the gifted artists who took part in this three-day initiative and offered their invaluable wisdom and unique worldviews to the next generation of women filmmakers. ✨ 🎥 ✨


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