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Screen Slate NYFF Dispatch #2

In the second of our three weekly dispatches, Screen Slate editor Jon Dieringer, managing editor Maxwell Paparella, and contributors K.F. Watanabe write to each other about their New York Film Festival experiences.

Screen Slate NYFF Dispatch #1

In the first of our three weekly dispatches, Screen Slate editor Jon Dieringer, managing editor Maxwell Paparella, and contributors Jeva Lange, Chloe Lizotte, and K.F. Watanabe write to each other about their festival experiences.

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