Filmmaker‘s popular once-a-year holiday sale is now live, with 40% discounts on subscriptions to our print, digital and iPad editions, as well as bonus gifts — some of our favorite books and DVDS of the year — given away to randomly selected new and returning subscribers. Our regular subscription, which includes the quarterly print and digital editions plus our iPad edition — is discounted from $18 to $10. If you’d just like to buy our flip-book style digital edition, which includes all back issues to 2007 and allows for PDF downloading, that’s only $6 during the sale. And, if you’d just like to get the iPad edition, that’s only $5.99 — down from $9.99 — at the App Store. Our… Read more
In 1988, VideoFilmFest launched as part of the Berlinale. It gradually evolved until it was rechristened the transmediale in 1998, and today it’s one of the premier festivals for film, art, video, and digital work. Kristoffer Gansing has been the festival’s artistic director since 2011, and for this year’s theme he’s selected the “afterglow,” an exploration of how media technologies and practices are turned into trash. As the festival’s website explains, “As media technologies have now become completely integrated into everyday life, they function similarly to natural resources, producing physical and immaterial waste products that get appropriated in such diverse contexts as e-waste dumps, big data businesses and mass surveillance schemes. transmediale 2014 is interested in this junk, detritus and garbage… Read more
Yesterday, it was announced that Calvary, the new film from The Guard writer/director John Michael McDonagh, will make its world premiere at Sundance next month. Sooner than expected, the trailer for the movie has emerged, and it’s immediately apparent that this is a more somber and understated affair than The Guard, which was irreverent and caustic, much in the manner of the work of McDonagh’s older brother, Martin. Brendan Gleeson, also the star of The Guard, here plays a priest facing his last days in a small Irish town after being told by someone whose confession he is taking that he will be killed within the week.
The final piece of the Sundance puzzle emerges today in the shape of the shorts lineup, with that broken down into U.S. narrative, international narrative, doc and animation. With U.S. narrative, as ever there are a handful of directors already with features under their belts who are returning to the festival, such as Musa Syeed (The Big House), Todd Rohal (Rat Pack Rat) and Dustin Guy Defa (Person to Person ). There are also few directors with new work who have distinguished themselves already in shorts, such as The Strange Ones‘ co-director Christopher Radcliff (Jonathan’s Chest) and Boneshaker‘s Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), plus a handful of “25 New Faces”alums such as Moon Molson (The Bravest, the Boldest) and Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate (Catherine). Also… Read more
Back in October, Filmmaker spoke with a few of the driving forces behind Dogfish Pictures’ Accelerator Program, which seeks to bring the start-up financing model to independent film production. I’m pleased to report that James Belfer and Company’s months of hard work culminated in a successful Demo Day at the Microsoft Technology Center in midtown Manhattan last Friday. For myself, and a few others in the audience who aren’t necessarily of the tech-ilk, it was our first brush with this sort of presentation marathon, where one or two representatives from each team take to the floor for with a Powerpoint pitch before investors and industry personnel. Concision and engagement are key throughout the ten minutes, and I was impressed to learn all… Read more
When I made my first short film in 2011, the idea was to set a goal for myself and let that drive my process. The short ended up being Mr. Fitzpatrick, and my goal was simply to present a character and show a day in his life. That’s it. No story or anything complicated. I didn’t even want to get to know him very well–just get an impression. I’m pretty happy with the way the film came out, but the one thing people always comment on is its sound design. We shot the film completely MOS (with the FGV-PL7D and Arri Standard Speeds) and then actress and co-producer Cassandra Burrows and I foley’d everything in post. It was a great… Read more
The first, red band trailer has been released for Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, which stars Bateman as loathsome, brash 40-year-old Guy Trilby, who gets his kicks by hijacking elementary-aged spelling bees. Bad Words premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was picked up by Focus Features, in one of James Schamus’s final acquisitions for the company he helped found. Co-starring Alison Janney and Kathryn Hahn, Bad Words is slated to hit theaters next March. View the NSFW trailer above.
Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael is finding a new audience of fans with his striking black-and-white camerawork in Nebraska, a father-and-son road trip starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. With this third collaboration with director Alexander Payne, following Sideways and The Descendants, Papamichael is on a list… Read more
Here, via Google Analytics, are Filmmaker‘s top ten posts of November, 2013. 1. Number one, by a long shot, is a post that both fascinated and struck fear in filmmakers everywhere: Kaleem Aftab’s “Introducing 8K: The Final Frontier?” Reporting from the Tokyo International Film Festival,… Read more
Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers’ sly fable of the artist’s life set in the ’60s Greenwich Village folk scene, was awarded the Best Feature prize at last night’s IFP Gotham Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street. The film was something of a surprise winner,… Read more
Once in a while, a film comes across your radar that plays so perfectly to your sensibilities, it seems someone handcrafted it with you in mind. These sorts of films are usually small, personal endeavors, that — preference-pending — are too niche for mass audiences, and struggle… Read more