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SR Film Fest | TAA 2015 | Batman

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Socially Relevant Film Festival Wraps
What you need to know: The SR Film Festival, an up-and-coming festival which aims to program films considering social reform, just wrapped up. This year's Grand Prize Narrative Feature winner was Le Challat de Tunis, a mockumentary that has a citizen journalist trying to track down the Tunisian slasher known only as "le challat." The documentary feature award winner, Lighter than Orange, tells the story of the lasting effects of excessive Agent Orange use in Vietnam. 
Tribeca says: See a full list of winners in the link above and stay tuned for details about next year.

An NYTimes Reporter's New Life in Iran
What you need to know: Thomas Erdbrink has been reporting from Tehran for 13 years, at first for native Dutch publications, and then eventually as the Tehran Bureau Chief for The New York Times. In this biographical video, Erdbrink talks about becoming acclimated to a city that has seen a lot of unrest, falling in love with the woman who would be his wife, and his career as an international correspondent. 
Tribeca says: Not your typical expatriation story.

2015 Tribeca All Access Grantees
What you need to know: Every year, the Tribeca Film Institute funds a small selection of films from underrepresented communities. Previous grantees included Nas: Time is Illmatic, Obvious Child, and Baby Steps. This year, Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour earns a grant as well as Lana Wilson (After Tiller) and David Oyelowo (Selma.)
Tribeca says: With grantees like these, the future of film looks promising.

SXSW Street Style
What you need to know: Austin's music, film, and culture festival wrapped up recently, and the fashionistas at NY Magazine's The Cut captured some of the best looks from the events. Featuring bucket hats, bold color-blocking, and mixed patterns, the characters in attendance of this year's festival really knew how to draw the eye. 
Tribeca says: We hope to see your best looks at this year's Tribeca Film Festival as well. 

Evolution of Batman in Cinema
What you need to know: This compilation video from Jacob T. Swinney tracks the trajectory of Batman and all his iterations over the years, from early, campy versions to Christian Bale's husky-voiced contemporary version and everything in between. Swinney also  put together the "First and Last Frames" video featured on an ealier call sheet. 
Tribeca says: The 1993 cartoon version is a personal favorite.


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