Because it’s laid out at the bottom of the home page, you may have missed Rak Razam’s interview with French director Jan Kounen. Razam’s was a fascinating over-the-transom submission that explains what the talented Gallic director has been up to the last few years. I first came across Kounen’s filmmaking many years ago when I saw his short Vibraboy. A friend and aesthetic colleague of directors like Gaspar Noe and Marc Caro, Kounen attracted international buzz with the film and then went on to make a hyperviolent and stylish crime movie, Dobermann, that starred Vincent Cassell and Monica Bellucci. The […]
Bruce McDonald’s new film The Tracey Fragments played at the AFI Fest this week, but if you missed it, don’t worry — you can make your own version of the film. The film stars Ellen Page and is described as “a 21st century Catcher in the Rye told in a dizzying pop-art fashion.” The film is also edited in a multi-frame format, and the filmmakers have employed this aesthetic concept coupled with open-source generosity to come up with a unique promotional tool. As one of the three editors of the film, Matt Hannam, wrote in an email, “As the movie […]
Arriving at the start of the second week of the Writer’s Strike is a research report by Global Media Intelligence entitled “Do the Movies Make Money”” Their answer? No. As reported in the International Herald Tribune by Michael Cieply, Global Media Intelligence, which is a partner of Merrill Lynch, examined the revenue from all films distributed by the six major studios, Dreamworks, and the studio specialty divisions and reported that the film business overall runs at a loss. (They report last year’s loss at $1.9 billion against $25.6 billion in revenue). What’s the reason? High guild residuals? No. The report […]
Over at Lance Weiler’s Workbook Project, there’s a newly launched group blog authored by the participant’s in this year’s IFP Rough Cut Lab. The ’07 class is a fantastic group of filmmakers and the challenges they face as they complete their films are ones that any working filmmaker will empathize with. Click on the link above and read what they have to say.
Robert Greenwald’s latest missive against Fox News — for the wanton “pornification” of its news programs — is both hilarious and weirdly disturbing. In this short video he skips through their various news shows and finds strippers, spring-break’ed co-ed’s and, as Bill O’Reilly might say, lingerie action. It’s all part of Fox Attacks, a group advocating a consumer’s right to boycott the conservative cable channel by de-bundling it from his or her cable package. (Hat tip: Talking Points Memo.)
Filmgoers of course know Vincent Gallo from his features The Brown Bunny and Buffalo 66, but he’s also an accomplished painter and musician. Today, Pitchfork reports on Gallo’s latest, RRIICCEE, a new music group featuring him and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson. The group will go on tour next month. RRIICCEE has a website that is promising more details soon, and Gallo had the following words in a press release: “Improvisation is not a good word for what we’re doing. It’s more a gesture of composing and performing at the same time, always hoping to avoid musical cliché or jamming. We’ve […]
Over at Film Comment, critic Amy Taubin visits the mumblecore party and finds that the keg has run dry. “Adieu, mumblecore, the indie movement that never was more than a flurry of festival hype and blogosphere branding,” she opens (and summarizes) with in a piece that challenges the proposition that these largely no-budget, DIY films constitute a valid aesthetic movement. Is that, however, a sufficient basis for a film movement? Obviously not in the grand sense of the French New Wave or the postwar American avant-garde. At most, one might think of mumblecore as an update of the “New Talkie,” […]
Steve Barron’s Choking Man, which won the Filmmaker-sponsored “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” Gotham Award last year, is finally — and thankfully — in theaters. It opens this Friday at the Cinema Village and we highly recommend it. If you don’t know much about it, elsewhere on this site Nick Dawson interviews Steve Barron, the writer/director. Over at The Reeler, Stu Van Airsdale has a great feature up in which he talks with Barron and sorts through the film’s odd but ultimately touching mixture of social and magic realism. Go see it — and, if you’re […]
The writing staff of The Office shot on the picket line this informative and funny YouTube piece explaining why they’re part of the WGA strike.
You may recall a few months ago a blog post by Benjamin Crossley-Marra on the 46-year-old Ann Arbor Film Festival‘s loss of state funding due to their non-compliance with state regulations. To continue the festival, AAFF must raise $75,000 in less than 3 months. Since that time they’ve asked for small donations and have conducted a Endangered fundraising campaign, where staff and volunteers perform creative bits (they’ve pegged them Acts of Audacity) on the streets of Ann Arbor, voted online by campaign donors. Their first, called “glam rock karaoke,” put them past their goal of $10,000 for that event. Now […]