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SILENT LIGHT in New York City

In the calm before the Park City storm, before you pack up your bags and thermals and snow boots, why not set the bar impossibly high for 2009? Just head over to the Film Forum to experience the year’s first must-see theatrical release, Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light.

Even on the Film Forum’s not-very-large screens, Silent Light is a hallowed, captivating spectacle. If you haven’t already, read David Lowery’s review of the film. In a perfect world, Reygadas’ achievement would have opened at the Ziegfeld instead, but this isn’t a perfect world. Thanks to the Film Forum, however, it’s at least opening somewhere, which is something none of us thought was going to happen as recently as a few months ago.

For those of you who snoozed through last year’s brief one-week run at MoMA, don’t miss this lucky second chance!

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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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