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    Video Interview: Best New Narrative Director Josef Wladyka

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Fresh off winning the award for Best New Narrative Director, Manos Sucias director Josef Wladyka talks with Pretentious Film Majors’ Zachary Shevich about the long, arduous process Josef undertook of researching and preparing to make his debut feature film. Find out how much time Wladyka spent in Colombia, how much of the story was inspired by […]

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    Tribeca Talks: Stories By Numbers – David Simon Reveals Project No One Will Let Him Make & Other Highlights

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    At this afternoon’s Tribeca Talks: Future of Film Series, panelists including film critic Anne Thompson, FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver, The Wire & Treme creator David Simon, and House of Cards‘ show runner Beau Willimon discussed the importance and effect of number crunching on storytelling. For a panel called, “Stories by Numbers:  Mining Narratives From Big […]

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    Video Interview: Whoopi Goldberg for Keep On Keepin’ On

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Whoopi Goldberg spoke with Pretentious Film Majors’ Devin Southard at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the new documentary produced by Quincy Jones, “Keep On Keepin’ On” about jazz legend Clark Terry and his student Justin Kauffman. Whoopi shares why documentaries are important, the need for Clark Terry’s story to be told, and discusses some […]

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    Tribeca Review: Chef (Jon Favreau directs)

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    While Chef may have had a relatively light premise its star studded cast was still enough to lend it some legitimacy. What keeps you engaged with the relatively shaky premise of this film is its heavy use of of technology and social media along with a number of geographic culture shocks that provide occasional laughs, […]

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    Steve Hofstetter Interview

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Recently, I was able to sit down with comedian and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter before he did a stand-up show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia.  We had a great conversation while he ate his dinner and prepped for the show.  It was a lot of fun, and the show was terrific.  Steve’s set […]

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