David Lynch’s earliest short film is in fact a home movie, and he’d prefer it be labeled as such: a record of the artist Bushnell Keeler (an important figure for Lynch) sailing. The young director is briefly visible throughout.
Just out from A24 is this trailer for one of our most highly anticipated films of the fall, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight. Long time Filmmaker readers will remember that it’s been a while since Jenkins, a 2008 25 New Face and the cover of our Winter, 2009 issue for his debut feature, Medicine for Melancholy, has made a movie. He’s been among the most talented American independents to have such a long break before teeing up for his sophomore film, but it’s certainly not for lack of trying, as Jenkins has developed several powerful projects over the years. (Read this short […]
Sareesh Sudhakaran inspects the cinematography of Bruno Delbonnel in a new wolfcrow video. The French DP has been nominated for four Academy Awards and is known for his color stylization.
Yi Yi, the first of Edward Yang’s films to receive distribution in the United States (in 2000), was also his last before the revered Taiwanese filmmaker died in 2007. Still, Yang’s 1991 epic A Brighter Summer Day, managed to find a fan base in the U.S. though it was available for decades only in abridged form on low-quality home video. In March, after an arduous restoration effort that spanned years, The Criterion Collection released A Brighter Summer Day on Blu-ray and DVD. Back in 2011, the restored work was screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and in other limited engagements, but it has otherwise been […]
Jacob T. Swinney recognizes 12 essential women cinematographers for their work in his latest video essay for Fandor Keyframe. In the accompanying essay he writes: “In the entire history of the Academy Awards, Best Cinematography remains the only category never to have had a female nominee.”
Director Michael Cimino passed away in July at the age of 77. In this video, Jorge Luengo Ruiz explores the way that Cimino used the widescreen in his work.
Kent Jones’ 2015 documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut airs tonight, August 8, on HBO at 9 p.m. EST. Inspired by François Truffaut’s book of the same title from 1966, the film delves into the work of Alfred Hitchcock. Here is a clip from the AFI Harold Lloyd Master Seminar where Truffaut discusses how Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini influenced his own work.
“Loosely inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House,” Frank Moseley’s ominous new short film, Spider Veins premieres this month at the Sidewalk Film Festival. Here’s the description: Two women reunite in a quiet neighborhood before a party begins. But by turns mysterious and shocking, the film’s narrative begins to unravel even as the women’s relationship teeters closer to the edge of truth. Loosely inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Spider Veins is a mercurial investigation into varying levels of everyday artifice. Starring Katey Parker, Danielle Pickard, and Jennifer Mazza-Nguyen, the film will have its world premiere this August 26-28th at […]
Summer’s still upon us, so it’s not too late to post this improvised commencement speech given by director David Lynch this past June at the Maharishi University of Management. Presented with a Doctor of World Peace honoris causa degree, Lynch, a proponent of Transcendental Meditation, gives a typically anodyne set of answers to students wanting to balance the practicalities demanded by the job market with the searcher for a higher consciousness. Time, Inc’s Motto provides a complete transcription of the talk. Here is Lynch answering a question about his own school years. From Motto: I was very lucky. I was […]
collective: unconscious, the anthology film in which independent filmmakers interpret each other’s dreams, is being released this coming Tuesday, for free, via BitTorrent. Today, producer Dan Schoenbrun — who, by the way, has just launched a regular column here at Filmmaker — has posted one episode of the film (a teaser, if you will). It’s Lauren Wolkstein’s adaptation of Frances Bodomo’s dream. (And, hey, another Filmmaker aside: both directors are veterans of our 25 New Faces series.) Here’s the one-line for Bodomo’s dream given to Wolkstein: My PE class and I are stuck in a volcano and we’re being made […]