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March 30 at 8:30am

Film Society at Lincoln Center and Double Hope Films Present: Indie Night Screening Series — A LITTLE CLOSER — Thursday April 5th

By Ted Hope

Hey Film Friends,

Our debut screening at Lincoln Center last month was a great success and completely sold out. Everyone had a great time. I encourage you to order tickets to our next show right now, and use the "affiliate" code to save money when you order. The café in the theater has terrific food and drink so you can make a night of it as we did last month. And of course we have another great, truly indie, film for you this coming Thursday night.

What with the bombast of Hollywood's regular fare, I find sanctuary in the true indie work that is committed to unlocking our present day reality. My next screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's INDIE NIGHT delivers all of this to you: 

emotional truth and honesty,

clarity and discipline, 

simplicity yet reach and ambition – 

and most perhaps, 

enjoyment and pleasure in the odd, little moments that can define a life.

a little closer movie poster 2011 1020704583  Film Society at Lincoln Center and Double Hope Films Present: Indie Night Screening Series — A LITTLE CLOSER — Thursday April 5th

Director Matthew Petock's A LITTLE CLOSER, won best feature at the Lone Star Film Festival.  A remarkably assured first feature for a director barely out of film school, Petock's debut rips a page out of Raymond Carver's stories.  Far more seasoned artists have struggled to capture emotional truth while not falling into the trap of sentimentality. Petock manages to walk that line.

Martin Scorcese had this to say about A LITTLE CLOSER:

"Matthew Petock's first feature shows him to be a director of depth sensitivity and assurance. He captures the quiet emotions and heartbreak of his characters with profound respect for the dignity of the everyday struggles in life and what it means to be a family. A LITTLE CLOSER is a hauntingly beautiful film and a remarkable debut."

As with last month's WITHOUT and its director Mark Jackson, Petock’s A LITTLE CLOSER is part of a trend (dare I say: a movement) of naturalist micro-budget filmmaking emerging from Brooklyn, but blossoming in far off locales.  They share a gaze towards the class divide that defines our time, a respect for working people and the challenges we all now face.

Matthew Petock does not wallow in the filmmaking constraints financial hardship imposes, but instead delivers a full vision, never wanting, with all the creative aspects in full service to his vision. A LITTLE CLOSER introduces us to a working mother who may be a single parent with two young sons who try her patience and test their boundaries, but we also get to share in her joy when she too gets the brief respite she's been yearning for.

Great movies!  Great discussion!  Discount tix!  Discount food & booze!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Check out the trailer: http://alittlecloserfilm.com/trailer

Check out A Little Closer's website: http://alittlecloserfilm.com/

Order tickets now at: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-little-closer

And please come see the film Thursday April 5th at 8:00 PM at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Thursday, April 5th
8:00 PM
144 W. 65TH St
New York, NY 10023

Take a break and come join me, director Matthew Petock, and some of his team at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Indie Night”.

Most sincerely, and forever hopeful about film,


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  1. Dylanbradford41 / Mar 30 at 8:30am

    Typical, hyperbole same as it ever was.
    a filmmaker you should know what NOBODY is telling you, that…..there
    was a lawsuit against Sundance, ( fraud and theft of submission fees)
    They don't watch the films, ( 12,000 films , 6 head programmers) the
    judge ruled they don't have to. That indiewire and Filmmaker magazine
    refuse to report this news, because they receive money from Sundance.
    That 7000 film festivals in the U.S. are operating fraudulent
    business's that are all connected to “without a box” which LEGALLY
    steals all filmmakers rights, once you have submitted to these film
    festivals. Filmmakers films are selling on Amazon, which they never legally allowed them to sell.
    If you believe in Sundance and that they are in fact interested in
    “discovering indy films” you had better awaken out of your bubble. Kevin
    Smiths film is already chosen for Sundance 2013, as are many other
    films, they have already been chosen. Sundance doesn't watch the films,
    they steal filmmakers money AND they award their own films! Another
    Earth, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, are both Sundance films, that
    won awards AND money! For more information about this fraud go to http://www.sundancefilmfestival2013.c...

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