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Adam Yauch: Remembering the Beastie Boy's contribution to indie movies

It is unsurprising that on the day we lost Adam Yauch to cancer, the Beastie Boy is being remembered mainly for his musical achievements. But over the last decade, Yauch also made a significant contribution to the film world both as a director — overseeing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I F—in’ Shot That and the 2008 basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot – and as the co-founder of the film company Oscilloscope Pictures.

Yauch set up Oscilloscope in 2008 with ThinkFilm Vice President David Fenkel and, over the past four years, the company has released an impressively eclectic array of movies, including The Messenger, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Bellflower, Howl, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and the Michelle Williams-starring Wendy and Lucy. Upcoming Oscilloscope releases include the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits and 28 Hotel Rooms, the first feature from director Matt Ross.

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Tribeca Film Festival: The incredible story behind 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The documentary Searching for Sugar Man – a fascinating unraveling of a three decade plus mystery about a musician — was a sensation at Sundance, winning not just the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize but also a distributor. (Sony Pictures Classic will release the film in select theaters on July 27).

Now Searching for Sugar Man is enjoying a successful Tribeca Film Festival run than will undoubtedly win more fans over to the music of the almost-forgotten Rodriguez. A little history: in the late ’60s, Rodriguez was discovered by Motown producers who predicted he’d be one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: At the 'Knuckleball!' premiere, everyone has a ball

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey arrived to Saturday’s Knuckleball! premiere event at downtown Manhattan’s World Financial Center Plaza straight from Citi Field and a win over the San Francisco Giants. Gazing at the photographers and film reporters encroaching on his personal space, he didn’t hesitate in answering EW’s first question: What’s harder — beating the Giants or doing all this Tribeca Film Festival press? “This,” he said with a laugh. “Well, maybe it’s not harder, but it’s certainly overwhelming.” He smiled. “But it’s exciting! The film is beautiful and I think it captures what the pitch is and also the lives of the men that throw it.”

Knuckleball!, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), is indeed about this enigmatic, erratic, and rarely thrown pitch that, when thrown correctly, looks deceptively easy. But in fact, it’s a pitch that — thrown with the fingernails to eliminate spin — makes it impossible for anyone (including the pitcher) to predict where it will go. Few have mastered it, and since Boston’s Tim Wakefield retired earlier this year, Dickey is the only current player in the league still using it. READ FULL STORY

'One Day on Earth' documentary: Visit every country in the world this Earth Day

Sunday is Earth Day, and as a result, Hollywood is offering such nature-oriented entertainment choices as the Disney ape documentary Chimpanzee and the IMAX short film To the Arctic 3D. But a third and decidedly more indie option is One Day on Earth, a grassroots documentary that compiled more than 3,000 hours of footage from every country in the world and whittled it down to a 104-minute movie. The footage was shot by more than 19,000 amateur and professional filmmakers during the course of a single day: October 10, 2010. And now the film will be screening this Sunday at select theaters in more than 160 countries.

If this all sounds familiar, last year’s Ridley Scott-produced documentary Life in a Day pulled off a similar feat by gathering video shot by YouTube users. But One Day on Earth, the brainchild of first-time filmmakers Kyle Ruddick (director) and Brandon Litman (executive producer), was initially set in motion four years ago. And unlike Life in a Day, which was backed by YouTube and Scott Free Productions and was distributed by National Geographic Films, Ruddick and Litman turned to nonprofit partners including the United Nations and World Wildlife Fund.

I’m a big fan of Life in a Day, but I see no reason why we can’t have two of these crowdsourcing “Earth in a single day” films. And if this Beirut-scored trailer is any indication, One Day on Earth seems to have the goods. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Trippy motion poster for 'Marley' documentary: See it here! -- EXCLUSIVE

Step one: know your audience. Step two: entice said audience with appropriately-crafted promotional materials.

It’s an easy two-step process, and it’s one that’s perfectly executed by the folks behind the new film Marley, the documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley, which opens in theaters today and is available on demand. EW got an exclusive look at one of film’s video posters, which features various shots of Marley beneath some smooth, soothing reggae jams from the famous friend of Mary Jane.

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Shepard Fairey poster for Tribeca doc 'Let the Fury Have the Hour' revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

Street artist Shepard Fairey became a household name in 2008, when his posters for the Obama presidential campaign using the ‘Hope’ slogan became ubiquitous. Now, he’s designed the movie poster for a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, Let the Fury Have the Hour, in which he also stars. Named for a song by The Clash, the film explores how art and activism intertwined in the post-Reagan 80s and early 90s. Musicians, artists, and commentators including Joe Strummer of The Clash, Eve Ensler, Chuck D (Public Enemy), Lewis Black, and Billy Bragg are featured in the film. Check out the poster for below and follow our Tribeca Film Festival coverage all week.
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Kenny G, film composer? How Matt Damon led two filmmakers to a surprising doc about the smooth jazz superstar -- VIDEO

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He’s one of the top-25-selling musicians of all time in the U.S. His name arguably defines an entire genre of music for many listeners. He reportedly holds the record for the longest sustained note ever played on a saxophone. But it turns out that what Kenny G really wants to do is break into movies.

That’s in part the premise of Kenny: A Documentary in G, an in-the-works film by directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn about the smooth jazz icon, chronicling his attempt to launch a second career as a feature film composer. Fittingly, it was a surreptitious encounter with a movie star, Matt Damon, that helped bring the project together. McGinn was working on another documentary, American Teacher, that Damon had signed on to narrate. “We needed a [recording] studio near where Matt was shooting We Bought a Zoo,” says McGinn. “Kenny’s house, funnily enough, was the closest studio.”  READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: 'New Yorker' cartoonists in 'Every Tuesday' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In Every Tuesday, a documentary short making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Rachel Loube examines The New Yorker’s submission process for cartoons. Whether you think the magazine’s one-panels are perfect absurdist nuggets or fusty jokes for Upper East Siders, the documentary captures a series of interesting illustrators and their work. And as shown in the clip below, just because a cartoon has been rejected doesn’t mean that’s the end. “Everybody has a couple that are their favorites that don’t stand a chance in hell getting in,” says Zach Kanin, one of the film’s subjects. “But you just keep submitting hoping that you’ll somehow wear them down.” READ FULL STORY

'Marley' documentary will premiere in theaters -- and on Facebook -- on 4/20

On April 20 —that release date must be a coincidence, right? — Marley, a long-in-the-works documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley, will hit theaters. But that’s not all: The doc will also simultaneously stream on Facebook.

As the Associated Press initially reported, the social network will allow users to rent the film for $6.99 starting the same day it opens in theaters. This is unprecedented territory; though Facebook has been offering movie rentals since March 2011, it has never hosted a film that’s also appearing on movie screens.

“It’s a unique opportunity for a film that’s not a blockbuster,” says Sandi Hemmerlein, General Manager of Tuff Gong Worldwide — Marley executive producer Ziggy Marley’s record label. “One of our goals is to give as many people as we can access to it.” The streaming will be available in Caribbean territories including Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas as well as the U.S.  READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Get a grip on 'Knuckleball!' trailer

How do you catch a knuckleball? is a question that has baffled major league backstops for decades. Wise old Bob Uecker seemed to have the best philosophy: “Wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.”

The most enigmatic of pitches, the knuckleball is one of baseball’s great lost arts. Even when it’s working best, the pitcher really has no idea where it’s going. It darts, it flutters, it sinks. It taunts a hitter — just sitting there begging to be smashed, and then it’s gone again. Though it’s always been a rare pitch mastered by only a handful of hurlers, it practically disappeared from the game once stadiums installed radar guns and began flashing the speed after every pitch. (Knuckleballs barely break the speed limit.) With Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox (above) retiring, R.A. Dickey of the Mets is the lone oddball pitcher is still flicking the knuckler. The two right-handers are featured in a new documentary about the pitch that will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

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