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7:30 pm An Evening with Greg Berlanti  |  Co-presented by the New York Times Film Club Includes a screening of a full episode of The Flash and sneak previews of upcoming episodes of Arrow and The Flash Writer/director Greg Berlanti comes to the Bing to discuss his latest series work, Arrowand The Flash, both based on Silver Age DC Comics characters and both of which he co-developed and produces...
Film Independent 10/22/14
7:30 pm Chinese Box  |  Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office Includes a conversation with director Wayne Wang The final presentation in the Film Independent at LACMA Hong Kong film series– sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office – is director Wayne Wang’s own director‘s cut of his 1997 film, Chinese Box, a movie built around several seemingly disparate narratives that...
Film Independent 10/22/14
The tropes of American independent filmmaking — in this cast, the tale of a latchkey child wandering the city — are a deceptive red herring in the surprising and rewarding short film Bag Man, by commercial directors Jonathan and Josh Baker. Currently making the online rounds, the film blends a sensitive, character-based tale of a Harlem youth left on his own with… well, I won...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/22/14
During Film Independent’s recent Screenwriting Lab, we asked a few of the Fellows to tell us about the experience and what they learned. Here’s the first post, by Jonathan Parks-Ramage. Writing is kind of like a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. When my writing partner Marla and I work on a screenplay, we speak in voices, occupy alternate realities and inhabit multiple...
Film Independent 10/22/14
Has it been too long since you saw the Trimark pyramid logo? Would you like to revisit an ill-spent vidiot past but you’re in a hurry? This efficiently quasi-nightmarish video exploits the inherent strangeness of logos derived from primitive computer graphics and rudimentary synth tones, layering about 50 such specimens on top of each other. The dual visual and sonic pile-up is hypnotic in...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/22/14
Formally exacting where The Act of Killing was dazzlingly brazen, The Look of Silence is no less staggering of a feat than its talked-about predecessor. Joshua Oppenheimer’s unflinching look at the victims behind the Indonesian genocide will not hit theaters until next Spring, but the documentary continues to ride a nice critical wave from the fall festival circuit, where it picked up the...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/22/14
This event has reached capacity – tickets are no longer available. Film Independent Members are invited to attend* this year’s Forum Opening Night Screening of Nightcrawler, which will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox, and a reception hosted by FilmL.A., Inc. Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of...
Film Independent 10/21/14
Scott previously wrote about and interviewed Bond/360’s CEO Marc Schiller on his decision to bundle and sell their movies via a pay-what-you-wish “Radiohead-esque” model. What began with the “Creativity Bundle,” the packaging of four titles that all dealt with making and creation, now looks to be a recurring initiative, with the company’s introduction of...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/21/14
It’s now or never, people. There are just a few days left to grab passes for this weekend’s Film Independent Forum, the two-day conference that brings together dozens of artists and producers, execs and experts–from hot shows like Black-ish to acclaimed films like Nebraska—to share their insights on what’s up at the front lines of the industry and what it takes for emerging artists and producers...
Film Independent 10/21/14
The match cut, “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” HAL — it’s all here, along with praise from Christopher Nolan and Alfonso Cuaron, in this brand new trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001. Here’s the Hollywood Reporter: Ahead of the digitally restored film’s special limited U.K. release on Nov. 28 as part of the British Film Institute’s “Sci-Fi: Days...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/21/14
It’s March 2012. I’m standing outside a warehouse with 18 people. We’re about to watch a pig die. Three cameras are ready to roll: two for the movie and one for legal purposes. My actors have the morning off; because of my agreement with SAG, they’re not allowed to be on set for this particular scene. Rory Royston, the operator of an independent slaughterhouse, as well as his assistant, stand in...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/21/14
“An iPad app for explorers,” the just-launched Humanity dubs itself as a “new kind of travel show that places authenticity and storytelling above all else.” Notably, Humanity avoids star ratings, food porn and shopping tips in favor of immersive looks into the landscape and the people of a particular place of interest. From the press release: Humanity is an app that allows...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/21/14
How precisely does one go about building an entire beach on a soundstage? That’s one of the many challenges posed by master Swedish director Roy Andersson’s regular working method, which involves constructing meticulous sets to stage his mordant tableaux and droll takes on despair and death. This brief video shows his crew building a beach from the ground up — not a photo-realistic...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/21/14
Among the events at the upcoming Film Independent Forum is a sneak peek at the exciting projects developed in the 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. This diverse group of filmmakers will share scenes from their films and discuss their experiences getting these projects made in an interactive session that will explore the specific opportunities and challenges of making a documentary today....
Film Independent 10/20/14
Activist, hacker and computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, a subject in Laura Poitras’s riveting and important CITIZENFOUR, shot Filmmaker‘s Fall issue cover — an eerie portrait of Poitras at home in Berlin, filmed on discontinued Kodak Color Infrared (EIR) film. Here, via email, is Appelbaum on the photograph: I have been shooting with Kodak Color Infrared (EIR) film...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/20/14
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Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/20/14
Noir is a “challenge to dominant values,” according to critic Peter Labuza in this concise visual essay on one of cinephiles’ favorite “modes.” Bridging The Classical Hollywood Cinema with the writings of Linda Williams, Labuza considers film noir as a method of subverting the building blocks of melodrama, thus imbuing its viewers with a “feeling of...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/20/14
Action cinematographer Lawrence Ribeiro forwards this short video of an afternoon’s work — literally. Below, he explains how, with a camera and two top stuntmen, he can mock-up a dynamic fight scene. From Ribeiro: Here’s a chase and fight sequence we shot, in five hours, using two top stunt professionals and one camera. In 2nd unit, we’d consider this type of shooting a...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/19/14
Film Independent joins the film community in mourning the death of Elizabeth Peña. Elizabeth was a gifted actress who won a Spirit Award in 1996 for her role in John Sayles’ Lone Star, and had notable roles in films such as Neil Jimenez and Michael Steinberg’s The Waterdance, Rodrigo García’s Ten Tiny Love Stories, Maria Ripoll’s Tortilla Soup, and Allison Anders’ Things Behind the Sun, not to...
Film Independent 10/17/14
In the upcoming issue of Filmmaker, Esther Robinson writes about directors who work in pairs. Robinson’s focus is on how two directors is better than one when it comes to navigating the development and financial aspects of being a director, and she surveys a number of them on how they structure their work. But then there’s the also the basic question: how do they actually do it? Is...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/17/14