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March is at our doorstep and we here at ÉCU are scratching our heads wondering where the time went. The tiniest stint of snowfall in Paris and a lasting cold spell later, February was arguably our most hectic month – that is before festival preparations kick into full swing. That said, we hope you’re excited for ÉCU film festival’s Official Launch Party coming up on March 16th! Drinks, music, schmoozing – the better things in life. Stay updated with upcoming details on our website. Speaking of which, be sure to check out our programmers’ reviews on recent and throwback films. As for our latest, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room proved moving, and certainly made us feel the claustrophobia and darkness we were meant to feel throughout the film. A quick trip to nostalgia lane and the early 2000s– who remembers James L. Brooks’ Spanglish? If you’re a bored suburbanite or a confused second-generation kid – or if Adam Sandler’s sensitive weirdness just makes you laugh – we think you’d like it.

Writers, take heed! Our script competition is still in motion. It’s been real reading countless stories and perspectives and we encourage you all to keep them coming. Just another thing on our plates as we plan the ultimate programming schedule for ÉCU 2016’s Official Selection. Congratulations to all our filmmakers! This year we’ve got 77 films from 31 countries, carefully curated to celebrate what we’re here for – independent film. Tickets go on sale next month, and until then, a warm and productive March to you from the ÉCU family.

Written by Dara Kim

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