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TV addicts in search of their next must-see series were given a special sneak peek of the new Fox crime drama, Gracepoint last night when Film Independent at LACMA screened the first two episodes of the 10-part mini-series ahead of its October 2 premiere. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell, the show’s creator, Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer...
Film Independent 10/01/14
Here’s the latest trailer for Christopher Nolan’s global warming/space travel epic Interstellar, now reported to clock in at a you-better-deliver 175 minutes. Where the last trailer had Michael Caine orating Dylan Thomas to urge humanity to not go gentle into that good night, this time the exposition gives a more concrete idea of what to expect, which may or may not be a good thing...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/01/14
If ever there was a city that embraced variety, San Sebastián is surely it. From its wide boulevards and art nouveau buildings, where Spanish royalty took time off in the 19th centur,y to its Bay of Biscay beaches that see surfers mixing with families and the higgledy-piggledy Old Town, where every bar is groaning under the weight of creative canapes (pintxos), this is a town that celebrates its...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/01/14
Last evening, The New Museum held a conversation between Lynne Tillman and Darren Aronofsky as part of their annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Series. Tillman began with an excerpt from Genesis, a winking reference to Aronofsky’s Noah as well as the frequent depiction of beginnings — of identities and obsession — in his work. Over the next hour and a half, the two parsed through...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/01/14
Giuseppe Makes a Movie When: October 17 Where: theaters Director: Adam Rifkin Why We’re Excited: In Ventura, CA, gonzo auteur Giuseppe Andrews makes movies in the trailer park community where he lives, using an ensemble of neighbors and homeless pals as his actors. Anyone inspired by the spirit of John Waters and Harmony Korine is sure to find a hero in Giuseppe, whose drive to make movies is...
Film Independent 09/30/14
Josh and Benny Safdie’s filmmaking sensibilities are perhaps best summed up by the finale of 2009′s Daddy Longlegs. Unable to hire movers for their spur of the moment decamp to Roosevelt Island, Lenny (Ronald Bronstein) tasks his sons with hoisting their refrigerator onto his back, bootleg straps in hand. Atop Lenny’s spine, the near industrial-sized fridge is then caught...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/30/14
Los Angeles has a reputation for being an expensive place to shoot an indie film. But the truth is, you can save a lot of money by staying local. We’re pleased to welcome Film L.A. to give us the low-down on shooting in this town on an indie budget. They will offer tips on finding the right locations and how the Film L.A. office can assist; which neighborhoods are film-friendly; which areas...
Film Independent 09/29/14
Paisley, mutton chops and “It’s a Wonderful World” — here’s the brand new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s eagerly awaited Inherent Vice, adapted from Thomas Pynchon’s novel. Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon all star in PTA/Pynchon’s woozy comedy about the end of the ’60s.
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/29/14
A little belated in posting the latest installment from Steven Soderbergh’s guerrilla film school, but better than never, as the saying goes. Here, Soderbergh sets Steven Spielberg’s seminal blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark to an electronic tinged soundtrack and black-and-white wash. His reasoning is that a dialogue-free version allows the film to be appreciated as a master class...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/29/14
Philosopher and critic Slavoj Zizek stopped by the Criterion offices the other day, resulting in this video in which he talks his way through some of the titles in the stockroom. In just five minutes he tosses off tons of quips and instant analyses about films like Louis Malle’s Murmur of the Heart (“It’s one of those nice, gentle French movies, where you have incest”),...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/29/14
Husband and wife team Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee recently confessed to Film Independent Members that they are “maniacally dedicated” to making things by hand. The sought-after designers led “The Art of Title Design,” a primer for Film Independent Members interested in learning more about the often-overlooked aspect of production that Smith and Lee consider an important element in the...
Film Independent 09/29/14
You’re hopefully familiar with animator Don Hertzfeldt’s fatalistic, sinisterly humorous, one-of-a-kind body of work. Last night The Simpsons let him take over the opening couch gag. The result is a phantasmagoric two-minute short that turns the clan into protozoa and reverses the flow of time. It’s very much of a piece with his recent work as anthologized in 2011′s It...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/29/14
Director Matthew Frost and actress Kirsten Dunst team up for this short film, Aspirational, about celebrity fandom in the age of the selfie. A tag is worth more than a moment as Dunst encounters two fans outside her house. Via VS Magazine.
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/29/14
Here’s the latest from video essayist :: kogonada, who Scott Macaulay interviewed earlier this week. Beginning, as you might expect, with the zoom into red eyes from Vertigo‘s opening credits and the zoom out from Janet Leigh’s dead eyes in Psycho, :: kogonada captures Hitchcock’s characters’ eyes in states of fear, hypnosis, dawning comprehension et al. This one...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14
Even the way he squared off on the chair on stage before a packed house, knees forward, back straight, was a testament to Robert Duvall’s no-bullshit aura. Following last night’s Film Independent at LACMA screening of The Judge, Duvall and co-star Robert Downey, Jr. were greeted by a standing ovation at the Bing Theater at LACMA, where the celebrated actor’s blunt, fear-no-consequences remarks...
Film Independent 09/26/14
The same trajectory through similar way stations has served Hong Sang-soo equally well from 2004′s Woman is the Future of Man onwards: ill-fated romantic and sexual encounters between men and women fueled and derailed by epic soju consumption, meetings which repeat with a disconcertingly slight degree of difference across the same locations. From such modest materials, the tone has swerved...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14
Now entering its 52nd year, the New York Film Festival tends to benefit and suffer from its fixed position as last stop on the fall festival circuit. The obvious pro would be that the discerning selection committee, headed up by Kent Jones, is allowed to cherry pick whatever they deem to be the best of the year; the con, at least for those keeping up with film criticism, is that the majority of...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14
At the Sundance Artist Services Day at the IFP Filmmaker Conference, I witnessed – and wrote about – the confusion and sometimes anger that erupted during the panel discussion on BitTorrent Bundles. BitTorrent Bundles use the peer-to-peer file sharing protocol of BitTorrent to package, give away and/or sell digital goods. Some vocal members of the audience challenged the panelists to...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14
The expansive New York Film Festival is no longer the greatest-hits affair of three decades back when it was built around 20-25 titles, a majority of which were what had been on display at the previous Cannes. The arrangement was a gift and a curse: manageable, for both journalists and completists, but limited. I remember what a production it was when the fest dared to add a lowbrow Hong Kong...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14
The latest animated feature from Laika, the Portland-based studio that delivered Coraline and ParaNorman, is a surprisingly idiosyncratic blend of children’s adventure and political satire. Based on Alan Snow’s novel, Here Be Monsters, Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable’s The Boxtrolls is set in the steampunk-inspired British town of Cheesebridge, a ruthlessly classist society...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 09/26/14