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Gun Hill Road (Virgil Films and Entertainment) — The Bronx is rarely a borough that we see represented well on screen and here in the hands of very good director, the location came alive. It’s funny how this aspect of filmmaking often isn’t appreciated. It’s about integrating the location into your framing and your blocking and staging. In Gun Hill Road, I had a great sense of the apartment, the hallways, the streets, bodegas and the back alleys. The locations that were selected really conveyed the unique qualities of the Bronx and it was a joy to behold. I was also floored by the spot-on acting by everyone in the cast. Even the smallest roles were real and the performances focused and specific. Read Mike S. Ryan’s full HTN review, as well as A Conversation With Rashaad Ernesto Green. Available on DVD.


Heleno (Screen Media Films) — Available on DVD.

Waiting For Lightning (First Run Features) — Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and at Amazon Instant.

California Solo (Strand Releasing) — Available on DVD.

New/Old to DVD/Blu-ray

The Falcon and the Snowman (MGM) — Available on DVD.

Have Not Seen Yet But Really/Kinda/Sorta/Maybe Wanna See

Collaborator (Entertainment One) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

Wreck-It Ralph (Buena Vista) — Available on DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy, and at Amazon Instant.

Off White Lies (Film Movement) — Available on DVD.

The Bay (Lionsgate) — Available on DVD and at Amazon Instant.

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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