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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With Dito Montiel, Director of <i>Boulevard</i>, Robin Williams' Final Film

Chatting With Dito Montiel, Director of Boulevard, Robin Williams' Final Film

The opening scene in Boulevard immediately conjures an uncanny feeling — or, as Freud put it, Das Unheimliche. We know that Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, but there he is on the big screen, waking up wearily at…
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Film, Frameline 38: Return of San Francisco's LGBT Film Festival

Frameline 38: Return of San Francisco's LGBT Film Festival

A lot has changed in the 38 years since the Frameline Film Festival debuted — among other things, if it started now, it would probably have a title that made its LGBT focus more explicit — but it still offers…
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Film, Hello, sophomore slump: Dito Montiel's <i>Fighting</i> lacks punch (among other things)

Hello, sophomore slump: Dito Montiel's Fighting lacks punch (among other things)

Writing about A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, the 2006 debut film by director Dito Montiel, I likened it to the sort of crude but fascinating object one might find in an exhibition of naif art. Adapted by Montiel —…
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Film, Hometown Legend

Hometown Legend

They say youse can never go home again. Nevertheless, Queens-bred big-timer Dito Montiel revisits his old Astoria stomping grounds in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, a Sundance-sanctioned testosterone indie loosely based on the thirtysomething writer-director and occasional fashion model's…
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