IGN has just posted online the trailer for Joe Swanberg’s Hannah Takes the Stairs, which Alicia Van Couvering wrote about in Filmmaker as part of her article on the so-called “mumblecore” movement. The film is getting a release through the IFC First Take series and plays at the IFC Center in New York as part of The New Talkies: Generation DIY series beginning August 22.
The forthcoming fall issue of Filmmaker marks the magazine’s 15th anniversary, and, as I was having lunch the other day with Lance Weiler, he had a great idea about how you can help celebrate it with us. If you’re a long-time (or even short-time) Filmmaker reader and any particular article or interview we’ve published has helped you or informed you in any way in your filmmaking work, let us know. Write a paragraph or two about the situation and reference the original piece. We’ll edit together the best responses and run them next issue. You can send your thoughts to […]
Over at Cinemad, Nick Russell interviews filmmaker Betzy Bromberg, who is also the Director of the Film/Video Program at CalArts. Among other things Russell talks with her about her latest film, A Darkness Swallowed, which took six years to make. He describes the film as “an astrological exploration of the mind and what we call ‘memor’” as we gradually experience a slow fall, into a funnel. Using primarily close-up imagery that seems abstract at first, Bromberg creates an overall experience of distorted enclosure that lasts for days.” An excerpt: Cinemad: Do you normally give yourself plenty of time without the […]
Great news for those who have been concerned about the proposed new rules regulating film shooting and photography on the streets of New York. The Mayors Office of Film and Television has announced that they will be redrafting these regulations following feedback from the community. You can read their announcement here. Here’s a key passage from the press release: Among other things, the re-drafting phase will focus on meaningfully addressing concerns that sections (b)(ii) and (b)(iii) affected individuals who were not engaged in the type of activities traditionally regulated by MOFTB. These are the sections of the proposed rules that […]
Here’s the trailer for a music doc I’m excited to see — Adam Bhala Lough’s (whose Weapons I really liked at Sundance this year) and Ethan Higbee’s film on Lee Scratch Perry.
Over at his CinemaTech blog, Scott Kirsner posts a video interview with Mark Stern, owner of Big Picture, the Seattle-based company that runs “21 and older” theaters that are more like private clubs or studio screening rooms than today’s multiplexes.
The great Michelangelo Antonioni, director of such films as L’Avventura, Red Desert, Blow-Up and The Passenger, died in Italy yesterday. He was 94. The New York Times in its obituary quotes Jack Nicholson’s remarks on the director when he presented him with a career Oscar: ‘In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty: austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting.” As they did for Ingmar Bergman, another art-house titan who, stunningly, died just a few hours before Antonioni, The Guardian has set […]
It’s difficult to adequately classify Them, the debut from French directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud which has been a recent sensation on the film festival circuit. It will probably be labeled a horror movie, but it is so much smarter, tighter and more intense than the vast majority of other genre offerings. Moreau and Palud set out to tell the story of a young teacher and her boyfriend being terrorized by a person (or is it people?) in a large, isolated mansion just outside Bucharest with a minimum of frills. They dispense with the usual manipulative orchestral score found […]
One of the titans of 20th century cinema has passed away. Ingmar Bergman died at his home off the coast of Sweden at 89. Here’s the AP report. A growing list of links at GreenCine offers many perspectives on and remembrances of the great director, including the following passage from Mervyn Rothstein’s obituary in the New York Times: Mr. Bergman dealt with pain and torment, desire and religion, evil and love; in Mr. Bergman’s films, “this world is a place where faith is tenuous; communication, elusive; and self-knowledge, illusory,” Michiko Kakutani wrote in The New York Times Magazine in a […]
Here’s some footage from comic-con for the much anticipated Blade Runner: Final Cut DVD. Read Scott’s post below for all the DVD details. I just can’t believe Harrison Ford agreed to be interviewed! You can also check out those new scenes he was filming with Joanna Cassidy as well. Fanboys hold tight for December 18th.