Netflix Dutifully Unpacks Memorable Cases in Overdone Homicide: New York | TV/Streaming

More akin to the procedural elements of something like “The First 48” than the mystery-driven shows that have dominated the True Crime genre, “Homicide: New York” will almost certainly rub anyone who has used the word copaganda in the wrong way. It is a show in which not just the cops interviewed but the entire … Read more

True To Yourself: James Gray on James Gray’s New York | Interviews

Relationships with parents and ancestors is central to your filmmaking as well, and that incompleteness is reflected there, too, in the lack of closure your characters have with their relatives. Those relationships are never resolved, but they end, and they have to deal with that complexity. Revisiting your earlier work at this time in your … Read more

The Alliance for Downtown Manhattan Invites Filmmakers to Apply for $50,000 Grant to Make a Film in New York City | Chaz’s Journal

The Alliance for Downtown Manhattan has open submissions for their Filmmaker in Chief creative residency to produce, direct and edit a short film in New York City’s Lower Manhattan neighborhood. One filmmaker will win up to $50,000, plus two months in a paid luxury Mint House apartment and two months’ stipend to produce, direct and … Read more

A Preview of the 2024 Iranian Film Festival New York | Festivals & Awards

Some of those had to do with conditions in Iran. When I started reporting on Iranian cinema in the early ‘90s, the tensions between the country’s government and other nations, and between the regime and its filmmakers, made each cinema year one full of suspense, surprise and off-screen drama. Remarkably, even when hardliners were in … Read more

Harlem Festival of Culture to Run July 28-30 in New York City | Festivals & Awards

Friday’s lineup also includes “Estelle Presents The LinkUp,” a reggae and dancehall ensemble featuring appearances by Lumidee, Max Glazer, Mr. Killa, Nadine Sutherland, Nina Sky, Rupee, Serani, Wayne Wonder and many others. Multi-hyphenate artist Teyana Taylor will highlight Saturday’s array of acts such as Muni Long, Major., Tink and Jozzy. Rounding out the scheduled artists … Read more

New York Asian Film Festival 2023 Highlights

In its best years, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) reminds attendees why it ranks high among the city’s best-programmed film surveys. NYAFF has graced a few venues since 2002, including a pre-air-conditioning Anthology Film Archives and a pre-alcohol IFC Center, but remains one of the city’s most enjoyable festivals to attend if only … Read more

New York Philharmonic and Steven Spielberg Celebrate the Music of John Williams | Features

But what makes Williams one of the ultimate legends of this cinematic art form is not his endless and well-earned awards and accolades—it’s his ability to connect with the audiences as a musical storyteller and activate their universal emotions without language barriers. And that unique gift of his was cause for celebration on Tuesday night … Read more

April 8th Was Named Erica Ford Day in New York City | Chaz’s Journal

Ms. Ford, who was previously honored on our site during Black Writers Week, told us, “I co-founded LIFE Camp because the number of funerals I was attending for young people made me think there HAD to be something else. There had to be another way… Gun violence is not a problem that is specific to … Read more

Jonathan Majors Charged With Assault in New York City

Creed III and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Jonathan Majors was arrested in New York City on Saturday following allegations of assault in a domestic dispute. According to various media reports, police were summoned to an apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, where Majors had been involved in a dispute with a 30-year-old … Read more