Director: Lena Dunham
Leading Actors: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Merrit Wever
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Dumbo, Brooklyn; Tribeca

One of the surprise hits of the festival circuit, Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture is a movie about a modern New York that few had thought to portray: the milieu of privilege without the extravagance of manners you encounter in a film like Metropolitan. With HBO's Girls, Dunham cemented her knack for capturing the particular unpleasantness of certain millennials, but that project began with this film. Dunham plays a character much like herself, an artist fresh out of a liberal arts education, living with her photographer mother and precocious sister. Much has been said about what Dunham's project doesn't examine, but what she does focus on is too important to be dismissed. In particular, her candid, fearless take on sex and the female body is to be applauded. We need more artists doing this kind of work. —GT