Danny DeVito on The Ratings Game, Storyboarding and Test Screenings

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In 1984, Danny DeVito made one of the most assured and entertaining directorial debuts in comedy history when he helmed The Ratings Game, a hilarious satire that premiered on Showtime only to disappear from circulation in the decades that followed. The movie tells the story of a New Jersey trucking mogul (DeVito) who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in the TV business. When he falls in love with a woman (Rhea Perlman) who works for a ratings service, he figures out a way to rig the system in his favor, rising to the top with a collection of truly inane series that he has created. These TV shows within the movie are brilliantly executed by DeVito,…  Read more


Watch: “Cats Die Funny, Dogs Die Sad”


When a dog dies on screen it is universally portrayed as upsetting. The demise of a cat, meanwhile, is often used as a gag. Over at Fandor Keyframe, Jacob T. Swinney takes a look at the discrepancy in emotional response when an animal dies on screen.


25 New Faces of Film 2016


Click here to read this year’s 25 New Faces of Film.


Five Questions for Stephen Elliott about The Rumpus Lo-Fi Film Festival

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The debut edition of The Rumpus Lo-Fi Film Festival unspools this coming Saturday, July 30, at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles. Encompassing four features and two panels, the one-day event is, according to author, filmmaker and The Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott, an extension of the literary site’s personality and ethos into the film festival world as well as a kind of a DIY battle cry. Frustrated by the festival rejection notices he was receiving for his third feature, After Adderall, Elliot surveyed other filmmakers about their festival submission experiences. He published the results in a much-debated blog post alongside an announcement that he was creating a festival for not only his film but others that skated below the…  Read more


Fabled: The Childhood of a Leader

Tom Sweet in The Childhood of a Leader (photos: Agatha A. Nitecka) Tom Sweet in The Childhood of a Leader (photos: Agatha A. Nitecka)

Youthful innocents relish playing the part of amateur cartographer for school assignments, drawing prats, or, even more fun, molding contours from papier-mache. Seven-year-old Prescott (Tom Sweet), the subject of Brady Corbet’s astonishing debut feature, The Childhood of a Leader, is no innocent. The film, adapted from Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story of the same title and co-scripted by Norwegian Mona Fastvold, charts his rocky path from angel in his church’s Nativity play to one of the signature faces of the diabolical: totalitarianism. The scene in which the boy slides his fingers across a wall map of Europe just as it was before the end of the Great War is a portent of its state and his place in it some 15-20…  Read more


IFP Announces Film Week Expansion Featuring Television, Web & Digital Content

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IFP, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, has announced their expansion to support television, digital, web, VR and app-based series at its upcoming IFP Film Week. Series showrunners and creators will take part in the IFP Project Forum, the only International Co-Production Market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms. As announced, after 37 years in Manhattan, IFP Film Week is moving across the river to Brooklyn. The event will set up shop in DUMBO anchored around its headquarters, the Made in NY Media Center By IFP. In recent years, IFP and Filmmaker Magazine have played a vital role in launching the careers many of today’s rising stars active in the television, new media and web series space, prompting the decision to expand…  Read more


Watch: Director Jack Pettibone Riccobono on The Seventh Fire, Having a Subject in Jail and Presenting a Film at the White House

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In The Seventh Fire, first-time director Jack Pettibone Riccobono follows the relationship between Rob, a gang leader on a Native American reservation, and his 17-year-old protégé, Kevin. Their connection becomes increasingly complicated when Rob heads to his fifth stint in jail. The film boasts an impressive set of executive producers in Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman and Chris Eyre. The Seventh Fire opens at the Metrograph in New York on July 22, and at the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles on July 29. I talked to Riccobono about the difficulties of having a subject sentenced to jail time while shooting, presenting the film at the White House, and the relationship that Nicholas Britell’s score had with the editing.


Watch: “The Coen Brothers: Green”

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In his latest video essay, Jacob T. Swinney goes the extra mile to highlight the Coen brothers’ use of green in their films by desaturating everything that isn’t green to black and white (or at least as close as possible).



Hannah Chapman, DP Aravind Ragupathi and 1st AD Jim McQuaid on set of Memory of a Kiss Hannah Chapman, DP Aravind Ragupathi and 1st AD Jim McQuaid on set of Memory of a Kiss

Fix It in Production: A 1st A.D. Tells You What Mistakes to Avoid when Shooting an Independent Film

I’ve been writing, shooting and producing short films, about twenty of them, since 1999. I’ve also DP’d several shorts and a zombie feature. I enjoy assisting other filmmakers in North Carolina, where I live, and I’ve worked as AD over the last five years on…  Read more

Jul 11, 2016

Festivals & Events

All the Birds Have Flown South All the Birds Have Flown South

Summer Festivaling, Part 1: On Seattle, BAMCinemaFEST, Oak Cliff

By the time most of the prominent guests, critics and industry hangers-on arrive at the Seattle International Film Festival every year, the show is almost over. The red carpet is rolled out for “gala” screenings during each of its four weekends, but the well-orchestrated influx…  Read more

on Jun 24, 2016

VOD Picks

  • Everybody Wants Some!!
    Everybody Wants Some!! Comedy
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    07/12/16 MOD VOD
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    45 Years Drama
    IFC Films
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    6/14/16 MOD VOD


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