Raj Mahal - Brian Reed

The Art Market’s Dead Reckoning

It was brunch time on a sunny Saturday in New York’s West Village. Julian Schnabel, the celebrated artist and filmmaker, was holding court at Sant Ambroeus’ main table. The larger than life artist, dressed in one of his signature pajamas outfits, was surrounded by seven friends. Schnabel introduced “Paolo!,” his “favorite waiter,” to the crammed table. Rula Jebreal, the stunning… Read More


My Proud Bankrupt Greek Soul

We were already on our third beer, looking at tourists sailing on the Aegean, when Nikos leaned over the table: “You’re not straight enough ’til you fuck a guy up the ass,” he said. It was 1991, and that was my last summer at my father’s village in Greece. That fall, I left my country repressed and hungry, and lived… Read More

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival 2012 — To live and die for globalization

  I saw reporters crying at Tribeca’s pre-festival screenings. Actually, I heard them sobbing in the dark. Old-timers told me this happened rarely. If ever. Never. So why was I so lucky? Maybe it is the recession, but man’s isolation in his fight against the “machine” is at the festival’s core. “When you’re cut off from social network, you get… Read More

Grupo 7. Pelicula Alberto Rodriguez. ATIPICA FILMS

Heartbreaking Dinner — Unit 7 at the Chelsea Hotel

“In 1992, Spain went to her Baile de Debutante. Our country was presented to the global scene,” Alberto Rodriguez, the director of Unit 7 (Grupo 7), tells me over beer and appetizers at the Chelsea Hotel. The film is about a group of cops who break all the rules to clean up Spain’s ghettos in the 1980s. Bearded, in a dark navy coat, Alberto has a… Read More

Furious: A Frenzied Discussion With One of the Most Exhilarating Creators in Tribeca Film Festival

Furious — A frenzied discussion with one of the most exhilarating creators in Tribeca Film Festival

“Capitalism is not natural; it’s just brainwashed into us,” Antonino D’Ambrosio, director and producer of Let Fury Have The Hour—a documentary about art as a political statement and creative response—tells me in the foyer of Tribeca’s Cadillac Lounge. “Dialogue is the beginning of change,” Antonino says and turns to his publicist who brings him a vegetarian sandwich. In his first… Read More

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival: The importance of being silent

In part, we owe the Tribeca Film Festival to Al Qaeda. After the 9/11 attacks, Robert De Niro co-founded the festival to raise the spirit and economy of Lower Manhattan. Ten years and five-thousand screenings later, the festival’s Doha Tribeca spin-off is well established in Qatar. Is this De Niro’s way of teaching fanatics a lesson in their own backyard?… Read More