An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU’s highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could’ve been done to prevent it? Why isn’t anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigates for this week’s cover story: NYU’s Snuff Film.
Also this week:
Legendary Voice film critic J. Hoberman gets his weird on, as he reviews the Johnny Depp-narrated Doors documentary When You’re Strange, as well as German director Maren Ade’s long-awaited emotional “squirmathon” Everyone Else.
Voice music writer Michael D. Ayers takes in the royal court of 53 year-old Brooklyn soul queen Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: her mom’s housing project in Queens. Also in Arts, Zach Baron reads into a written history of the vocoder, Martha Schwendener gets personal with some post-Chicano art, and Alexis Soloski recounts some intense conversations – and has one of her own — with one of New York’s most revered young female playwrights, Annie Baker.
In eating, Sarah DiGregorio checks out midtown’s Istanbul Cafe, and leaves tempted for a take-off to Turkey. Our resident omnivore Robert Sietsema also goes abroad at home, having tread a few blocks south of downtown Jamaica, Queens, and finding a small Portuguese enclave that’s been loyally kept vibrant by residents for decades, now. Goes without saying, but there had to be an authentic Portuguese meal to be had, and also goes without saying, but: He found it, as he reviews Queens’ tucked away Portuguese secret, O Lavrador.
Michael Musto sat down with Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan; the flamboyant, 4″11 actor has a one-man show on Broadway, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. He also apparently had an affair with George Clooney. Or something. Musto endured the visualization of this to investigate.
Speaking of investigating, Tom Robbins looks into the dramatic parallels between the over-the-top dog-and-pony machismo of pro wrestling and New York’s newest Tea Party-friendly Republican gubernatorial wannabe, Steven Levy.
New Yorker editor David Remnick picks up his Voice at 7-11. Where do you get yours?