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Trailer Watch: Kirsten Johnson’s Personal Cameraperson

Cameraperson (Photo by Kirsten Johnson, image courtesy of Janus Films) Cameraperson (Photo by Kirsten Johnson, image courtesy of Janus Films)

Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson’s acclaimed personal documentary, has enjoyed a full festival run since its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film incorporates Johnson’s cinematography over the past 25 years, including her work on award-winning films such as Fahrenheit 9/11, The Invisible War, and Citizenfour. Now, in advance of its release from Janus Films next month, Cameraperson gets a trailer (above).

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“Shorter is Better”: Sundance Programmer Mike Plante Offers Advice on Short Film Strategy at the Sundance NEXT Festival

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A calling card to showcase proficiency and ambition, a vehicle to find resources for a larger project, or simply the most appropriate, or simply cost effective, way to tell a story, short films continue to be crucial for the development and discovery of emerging storytellers. The lack of access to more substantial budgets and the relative democratization of the medium via new technologies are major reasons why filmmakers continue to rely on short form narratives to fine-tune their craft at a lower risk. Today, festivals are receiving more and more short film submissions, making standing out from the pack increasingly important and difficult. Earlier this month, during the Sundance NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, Senior…  Read more

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IFP Announces Public Events for IFP Film Week

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IFP’s signature event, IFP Film Week, has expanded this year to include numerous screenings, talks, meet ups, exhibitions, and tours open to the public and centered on cutting-edge independent content for the big screen, small screen and Internet. Public programs run September 17-22 in and around IFP’s headquarters, Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO, Brooklyn. At a press reception last night at the IFP’s Made in New York Media Center, IFP’s Head of Programming, Amy Dotson, noted that some 5,000 meetings for attending filmmakers were being set up for Film Week itself, which remains the only international co-production market in the US.  IFP Screen Forward Conference kicks off the week, including talks with some of the most interesting, innovative and outspoken storytellers…  Read more

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Watch: Terrence Malick’s Four Elements

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Earth, wind, air, fire: this supercut from Movies in 5 Minutes examines Terrence Malick’s use of the four elements.

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Watch: How to Light Table Scenes

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In this video from Aperture’s Four Minute Film School (above), DP Julia Swain shares techniques and tips of effectively lighting a round table scene with four actors using only a 3-light kit with a bounce card, soft box, and china ball.

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Playing the Fool: Embracing Tarot while Kickstarting For Entertainment Purposes Only

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Last Thursday, in a fortune telling shop in Manhattan’s West Village, a woman around my age told me the Evil Eye was on me and my family. She told me she was afraid for my life, and I needed to give her $500 right then so that she could burn a candle for me. When I told her I didn’t have the money, she asked if I had an ATM card and could bring her the money quickly. I said “thank you” and left. I wasn’t worried about the “Evil Eye,” but it was an eerie brush with the city’s scammy underbelly — and that was exactly what I wanted. Let me give you some context here. I’m researching for…  Read more

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Watch: Werner Herzog on Virtual Reality, the Future of Humanity and Internet Trolls

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“I have a lot of trolls and a lot of imposters. I’m on Facebook, but it’s not me. I’m on Twitter, but it’s not me,” says Werner Herzog in a recent installment of VICE Talks Films (above). Herzog is doing press rounds to discuss his latest documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, which is now in theaters, on Demand, on iTunes and Amazon Video. The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, examines the past, present, and evolving future of the internet in Herzog’s signature voice.

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Watch: Focal Lengths and Lenses Used by Great Directors

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In Wolfcrow’s new video essay, 19 great directors have their choice of focal lengths and lenses broken down, starting with Orson Welles’ use of 25mm for Citizen Kane and 18mm for Touch of Evil.

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Festivals & Events

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Deformed Creatures for Everyone: The 20th Fantasia International Film Festival

Independent of the intent of hardworking programmers and staff, a film festival can occur at an unexpectedly opportune time. That I attended the 20th edition of the Montreal-based Fantasia International Film Festival as many New York colleagues spent their evenings watching the genre-defying, quasi-patriotic spectacle known as…  Read more

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on Aug 1, 2016

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