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New York Times Magazine Original Video Series Showcases ‘Wide-Awake’ Actresses

Film critic A.O. Scott’s think piece in this Sunday’s Hollywood-focused issue of the New York Times magazine is already stirring debate. Some readers clearly do not agree with his contention that 2012 was a strong year for Hollywood movie heroines.

But what really separates the advance Web edition of this weekend’s issue from the advance print edition bundled into grocery stores and newsstands is a collection of 13 short original videos directed by photographer Tierney Gearon. Each vignette features an instantly recognizable cinematic siren engaging in some delightfully free-form artistic fancy.

This exceedingly handsome compilation starts with precocious Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis and ends with Amour star Emmanuelle Riva. It’s a spectacular reminder of the fertile ground that can be add-on interactive content. Not to mention a refreshing contrast to the bounty of current For Your Consideration season Q&As.

Kudos to cinematographer Ross Richardson, editing wizards Rock Paper Scissors and everyone else who worked with Gearon to create this very welcome early Christmas present.

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