“A fashion photographer gets more than she bargained for when a roll of film in a used camera contains sinister imagery of high-society menace that sends her into a labyrinth of imminent danger,” reads the logline for China Test Girls, the second feature from Filmmaker 25 New Face Frankie Latina. In post-production, and with the final scenes just shot due to Latina’s own finding of an unused, refrigerated roll of Fuji film stock, the film looks to contain the ’60s/’70s exploitation vibe and anarchic underground weirdness that made his previous film, Modus Operandi, a favorite here at the magazine. Latina […]
To date, Ricky D’Ambrose has completed five short films — he wrote for us about the making of Six Cents in the Pocket, which premiered at NYFF 2015 — and is now raising funds for his debut feature, Notes on an Appearance. A young man’s disappearance is at the center of a spare, tidy feature-length narrative film, set inside New York City apartments, subway stations, bookstores, and cafes as the supporters of an elusive political theorist embark on a covert program of indiscriminate violence and censure. But Todd and Madeleine, who search for the missing David, soon enter the company of strangers […]
Previously at Filmmaker, Theodore Collatos engaged in a dialogue about filmmaking with fellow director Christopher Jason Bell and penned an article about shooting his latest feature, Tormenting the Hen, in just six days. Now that latter film is receiving its premiere tomorrow at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and Collatos has provided Filmmaker with an exclusive clip. Watch above, and read the synopsis below: When playwright Claire is invited to set her latest political work at a rural theatre company, her fiance Monica tags along for a much-needed vacation. Upon encountering Mutty, an enigmatic neighbor with a gross lack […]
What makes Mulholland Drive the quintessential David Lynch film? In the run up to the return of Twin Peaks, Leigh Singer digs into Lynch’s 2001 masterwork, split-screen comparing and contrasting it with the entirety of his career to demonstrate how it enfolds his many preoccupations and characteristic images.
“We need action!” That’s Richard Rasmussen, one of the two main subjects of Mark Grieco’s Tribeca documentary premiere, A River Below, in this exclusive clip provided to Filmmaker. The film, Grieco’s follow-up to the Sundance-premiering Marmato, has its first screening on April 22. Here, from the press materials, is a further description: A River Below is a gripping journey into the Amazon that follows a Brazilian wildlife TV star and a renowned marine biologist as they each attempt to save the endangered pink river dolphin from being hunted to extinction. As we burrow further into the Amazon, the film takes […]
Filmmaker John Wilson — profiled this past year in our 25 New Faces series — covers the Sundance Film Festival for Vimeo with his inimitable lo-fi insight. Here, the glitz and pageantry of the ’17 festival is captured in sludgy grey tones and with a commentary that underscores Park City’s economic divide. The six-minute short, watchable above, is the latest — or, at least, latest publicly available — work of what Wilson calls “documentary memoir.”
From Annapurna comes this first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s feature follow-up to Zero Dark 30, Detroit. Shot by her The Hurt Locker DP Barry Ackroyd, it’s got an amazing look and Bigelow’s customary immersive, thrilling vibe as it recreates the summer of 1967 when riots rocked the Michigan city. It’s due out in August.
Andreas Halskov’s video essay analyzes David Lynch’s visual references, finding nods to Edward Hopper, Suspiria and Laura, among others, across his work. Warning: contains full-frontal nudity and, via Dario Argento, some graphic violence.
In his latest video essay, Jacob T. Swinney invites you to play a game: is the footage you’re looking at from a Terrence Malick film or a nature documentary?
We’ve featured the work of Frank Mosley on the site before, and we’re happy now to share the trailer for his latest short, Parthenon. Here’s the teasing logline: A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. Parthenon is a new short film by Frank Mosley — a slippery, dizzying provocation on art, control, and perception. The film premieres at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 1.