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Mother of George (Oscilloscope) — ***HTN’s Number 8 Film of 2013*** A small story of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn becomes the material of Greek tragedy. Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé) and Adenike (Danai Gurira) are trying to conceive their first child and Ayodele’s mother is hell-bent on a grandson, by any means necessary: the customs they bring from Nigeria mingle and clash with their burdened New York lives. Director Andrew Dosunmu and cinematographer Bradford Young firmly ground the characters in their story, their world, but bring them out with their use of color, camerawork and their consequent combined grace. They float just above the crowds they’re stuck in, the problems they face, doomed and blessed to be together forever. (Jesse Klein) Available: DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant, iTunes

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Michael Tully was born and raised in Maryland and now lives on Tennis Court in Brooklyn. His most recent narrative feature, Septien, world-premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects. In addition to directing Cocaine Angel (2006) and Silver Jew (2007), he is also a proud alumni of Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" club (2006). Visit his indieWIRE blog Boredom at its Boredest—http://blogs.indiewire.com/tully—for more sporadic personal updates.

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