Those of you in New York should come down to the IFC Center next Wednesday, January 10, for an evening Filmmaker is co-presenting featuring the very interesting work of animator and artist Brent Green. Coinciding with his solo show at the Bellwether Gallery, the evening will feature Green’s original animations, including his Sundance-bound Paulina Hollers (pictured at right), a Q and A between myself and Green, and films by special guest artists. The show starts at 7:30, and I’ll post more on it next week. For now, though, here’s what I wrote about Green in 2005 when we selected him […]
Michael Fleming in Variety is reporting the big talent agent news that ICM motion picture head Robert Newman (pictured) and TV lit department head Matt Solo have left the agency for Endeavor, where both will become partners. While Variety says that Solo’s exit from ICM was expected, “Newman’s exit was a jaw-dropper, bringing Endeavor a client list that includes Danny Boyle, Guillermo Del Toro, Mike Figgis, Baz Luhrmann, Paul McGuigan and Robert Rodriguez.” The article goes on to note Newman’s strength: identifying hot directing talent early and guiding them to successful careers.
Running March 9-17 in Austin, Texas, SXSW announced its Opening Night Film will be Scott Frank‘s crime thriller The Lookout, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher and Jeff Daniels. Other titles playing at the fest include Dollan Cannell‘s 638 Ways To Kill Castro, Lauren Lazin‘s The Last Days of Left Eye and Joe Swanberg‘s Hannah Takes The Stairs. And a panel that’s sure to draw attention will be a case study on the YouTube craze Lonelygirl 15. The three creators will be present.
I know it’s churlish to complain about what you didn’t get for Christmas, but, Microsoft, what gives? Oh well, I’m a Mac user anyway.
Happy New Year, everyone, and best wishes for a great ’07 from everyone at Filmmaker.
We’ve got no snazzy holiday photo, cute graphic, or cool short film (see “Christmas Blackout,” below)… just good wishes for everyone. From all of us at Filmmaker, we hope you are well and having a great holiday!
Thom Powers emailed the below, an announcement of the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, so created in memory of the talented documentary filmmaker and wonderful, passionate and engaged person who passed away this past Spring. What: This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 12-15, 2007. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its first year. Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by February 5. Applicants will […]
Check out Jamie Stuart’s holiday card, below, wishing us all a good holiday season.
If you only bookmark this blog and don’t regularly check out the main page, click over to Jason Guerrasio’s web-only interview with Alfonso Cuaron, whose Children of Men opened yesterday. Here’s Cuaron in an excerpt: I hope young people will see this film. I mean my generation, we blew it. I think we grew up in a world that was pre-idyllic, and we saw the world collapse in front of us and we tried to believe that it was not our fault, that it was not our responsibility. We felt powerless about the situations as if they were very overwhelming […]
I’ve been working on a piece for the next Filmmaker, a kind of year-end review of significant business developments in the world of independent film. Many of them are on Scott Kirsner’s “10 Pivotal Events of 2006,” which he’ just blogged over at his CinemaTech. Check out his commentary and if you like it, consider downloading his e-book, The Future of Web Video: Opportunities for Producers, Entrepreneurs, Media Companies and Advertisers, which is a straightforward and sober primer on the current state of distributing video through the web. In addition to a chart listing revenue opportunities for independent producers, the […]