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“A Very Old Fashioned Kind of Filmmaking”: DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen on Shooting A Quiet Place on 35mm

John Krasinski in A Quiet Place (Photo by Jonny Cournoyer, copyright Paramount Pictures)

A few months after my son was born, I took my wife to see the Tommy Lee Jones western The Homesman. If you know that movie, then you know why it was a bad idea: minutes into the film, a woman driven mad by the harshness of pioneer life kills her infant child. My wife nearly walked out. I didn’t understand that impulse at the time, but as my kid has gotten older I’ve become equally squeamish toward onscreen violence directed at children. It’s not an uncommon sentiment for parents, which is why it’s a perilous choice to open the new horror film A Quiet Place with an unexpected act of violence toward a young child. Any film that does such a…  Read more

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23 Films (and Virtual Reality Works) We’re Looking Forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival

Phantom Cowboys

Well, the curtain has already risen, but I’ve yet to see a film — I’m heading to my first screening in about 90 minutes. So, it’s not too late for my annual list of movies I’m looking forward to at the Tribeca Film Festival. This list is just what it sounds like — anticipated movies based on buzz, knowledge of the filmmakers, word of mouth, etc. And it’s heavily skewed towards premiere titles that haven’t been reviewed yet. A quick note that this list has been easier to put together this year simply due to the sheer number of films across the sections that I genuinely have been waiting to land at one of the top festivals. There are plenty…  Read more

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Documentary in the Time of Fake News at The 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Maxim Pozdorovkin, Laura Nix, Stephen Maing and Christopher Clements (l to r)

This year’s 21st edition of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 5th-8th) boasted everything a doc geek would want in a top tier fest — strong selections, a nurturing southern hospitality, and many easily approachable big-name documentarians. And, as in year’s past (seven to be exact), the not to be missed, A&E Indiefilms Speakeasy conversations, which bring together some of the deepest thinkers in doc-making to discuss career and craft — and also to wrestle with some of the most pressing issues facing filmmakers (and the general public) today. Such was the case with one Friday afternoon Speakeasy I attended titled “Documentary in the Time of Fake News.” Moderated by Christopher Clements (The Cleaners, Inventing Tomorrow), it featured Stephen…  Read more

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#DocsSoWhite: The Gatekeepers at The 21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Naomi Walker, Anuradha Rana, Carrie Lozano, Sam Pollard, and Lauren Pabst

Recently, I’d been pondering why the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival always tops my must-attend U.S. doc fest list. Like few fests in the U.S. or Europe, Full Frame truly walks the walk — it’s a top tier, mainstream nonfiction festival in which the people in power are almost exclusively women. Indeed, one look at the 10-member staff page on the Full Frame website reveals just two male faces (only one of which is white). Then there are the attendees, the other ingredient that makes Full Frame truly special — as many folks of color as white. The one thing all these people, organizers and attendees, have in common — other than a passion for nonfiction cinema — is a…  Read more

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Filmmaker‘s New Podcast, Episode One: Kevin Corrigan

Welcome to the debut episode of Filmmaker‘s new podcast about acting, Back To One. In each episode, host Peter Rinaldi invites one working actor to do a deep dive into their unique process, psychology, and approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter — just the work. Episode One: Kevin Corrigan We could not have a more perfect guest for the first episode of a podcast about “the work” of acting if we had somehow constructed one. The TV guest star extraordinaire, the go-to indie comedy player of our time, the actor’s actor, Kevin Corrigan seems to be in everything. From nearly 30 years of experience in front of the camera in indies like Buffalo…  Read more

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Page View: Daniella Shreir on the Debut Issue of Feminist Film Journal Another Gaze

Feminist film journal Another Gaze heads to New York this week for two events surrounding the issue launch of their debut print edition. On Saturday at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation there will be a free day of discussions and panels, and, on Thursday at Union Docs a screening of shorts in which women filmmakers reframe onscreen sexual violence. From our own print issue, here’s our interview with editor Daniella Shreir about her decision to add an analog component to her already impressive web publication. “I didn’t want it to look too essentialist or zine-y,” says London-born writer, editor and designer Daniella Shreir. “I didn’t want it to recall the vagina imagery of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s zine scene.…  Read more

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5 Tips for Selling Your Indie Documentary

Dealt

These days, making a good documentary is not good enough. Finding the right good distributor is as challenging a process as making a film, a reality of the business I’ve learned the hard way. I’ve directed and produced two documentary features, the latter of which, Dealt (about a world-renowned card magician who is blind), quickly sold to IFC/Sundance Selects. It has been a solid success. However, my first film took an entire year to find a buyer. It was a total uphill battle and very humbling. What was the problem? We were so focused on just making a good film that once it was complete we were unprepared to sell it. With Dealt, I was determined not to make the…  Read more

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A print of The Other Side of Hope shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Photo: Arin Sang-urai)

~31 Films Shot on 35mm Released in 2017

This is my fourth time rounding up the previous year’s US theatrical releases shot, either partly or in full, on 35mm, and it increasingly feels like I’m asking the wrong question. If the number of films originating on 35 has remained more or less consistent…  Read more

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