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“Imagine How Angels Would Look at Us”: Wim Wenders on Restoring Wings of Desire

Peter Falk in Wings of Desire

As a longtime Wim Wenders fan and devoted admirer of his masterpiece Wings of Desire, I would never have thought it possible that the movie could look better than it did when it was released in 1987. Gorgeous in every sense of the word, from the shimmering black-and-white photography of Henri Alekan (the maestro behind Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast who Wenders prodded out of retirement to shoot the film) to the profoundly romantic story of an angel who wants to fall to earth and experience the human condition, Wings of Desire was a stunner when it came out and it’s only gotten better with age. Its level of ambition and accomplishment is staggering, as Wenders combines lyrical fantasy,…  Read more

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Blackmagic and More: NAB in the “Post-Breakthrough Era”

Jamie Stuart at NAB

The NAB Show at the Javits Center is a great place to get lost. Row after row, booth after booth, you’re surrounded by catchy company names and logos: ALT Systems, Inc., Primestream, Calrec, Voxnest, Snapstream, multiCAM Systems, Digital Nirvana, Wowza Media, Adder, BB&S Lighting, Live X… There are tons of video monitors, storage units, software displays, brightly colored control panels and studio cameras overflowing to the point where it all starts to blur together. You can casually stop to figure out where you are, realize you’re standing in front of the CueScript setup, and the next thing you know, their incredibly enthusiastic rep, Kyle Sabre, is giving you a full breakdown of their system, which he describes as the “Bentley…  Read more

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The Favourite, First Reformed Top the 2018 IFP Gotham Award Nominations

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried in First Reformed (photo courtesy of A24)

IFP, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, announced the nominations for its 2018 IFP Gotham Awards this morning. The two top films, receiving three nominations each, were something of a surprise: Yorgos Lanthimos’s period Fox Searchlight drama, The Favourite, and Paul Schrader’s anthropocene-set drama of faith, First Reformed. Both films compete for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Other best picture nominees include Barry Jenkins’s If Beale St. Could Talk, Chloe Zhao’s The Rider and Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline. Best Documentary nods went to Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17, RaMell Ross’s Hale County, This Morning, This Evening, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, Sandi Tan’s Shirkers and Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26th at…  Read more

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Watch Now: 2018 East Oregon Film Festival’s Online Selections

With the East Oregon Film Festival underway this weekend in La Grande, Oregon, Filmmaker is happy to once again host the festival’s online selections. Starting now until October 21, you can stream a very strong and diverse selection of works exclusively at Filmmaker. Check out the rest of the lineup at Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and keep up via social @eofilmfest and #EOFF2018. Brazuca (dir. Faidon Gkretsikos) 2017, Greece, 19:07, Fiction During the summer World Cup, 11-year old Boyko will do anything to obtain ‘Brazuca’—the Official World Cup ball, in order to prevent his friends from using him only as a goalkeeper. https://vimeo.com/faidongkretsikos Bunny/Bunny (dir. Sarah Burke) 2018, USA, 13:00 mins, Fiction A meditative exploration of childhood and loss. https://ohdark30productions.com/…  Read more

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“What is Our Responsibility to Survivors?”: Alexandria Bombach on her Sundance-Winner On Her Shoulders

On Her Shoulders

Recently announced Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nadia Murad, a survivor of the Yazidi genocide and a current human rights activist, is the star of On Her Shoulders, Alexandria Bombach’s Sundance-winning (both for Best Documentary and the U.S. Documentary Directing Award) portrait of Murad as she navigates a world that would be overwhelming and intimidating for any 23-year-old, let alone one who has experienced unspeakable crimes at the hands of ISIS. But speak Murad must — to the prying media, to the cold bureaucratic UN, to indistinguishable assorted government officials. And to the refugees at camps who look to her as a modern day Moses, heaven-sent to lead her people out of relentless misery. Filmmaker caught up with Bombach to discuss…  Read more

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How Home Video Art Direction Can Undo Stanley Kubrick’s Careful Work

Leon Vitali inspects Hungarian DVD artwork for 2001: A Space Odyssey (framegrab from the documentary Filmworker)

It’s long bothered me that all the design work that goes in to film promotion—often deliberated over at length by industry-leading art directors and designers in conjunction with the actual filmmakers—is routinely discarded when that film hits home video. The world of home video is, for the most part, unregulated in such matters; whether it be studios’ own in-house art departments or boutique labels, they all take different approaches to art direction. Some employ actual living and breathing art directors and some leave it to a dilettantish coterie of everyone-including-the-tea-lady chipping in with their own thoughts. Many home video distributors believe the artwork on their releases must conform to certain rules for it to be successful—”success” they only measure in…  Read more

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The Hurt Goes On: The 2018 Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

Crowtrap

“This film started from a place of anger, but as time has gone on I recognise that it’s perhaps fear; history is starting to look like a set, Europe a wanton cathedral of the past….a shit incinerator.” – from Callum Hill’s Crowtrap Once in a while a festival experience resembles a sort of fever dream. You arrive burning with emotions from rage to sadness to overwhelming angst that you live in a world where most people’s limitations of thought and deed are just not even remotely acceptable to you. In this case, I called at Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland County UK, the northernmost town in England just 2.5 miles south of the Scottish border, population ca. 12,000, not counting the seagulls.…  Read more

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Back to One, Episode 26: Private Life Breakthrough Kayli Carter

It’s difficult, right now, to find the words “Kayli Carter” without the word “breakthrough” nearby. The adjective refers to her brilliant performance in Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life, in which Carter unflappably shines next to her more seasoned co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. She talks about the chemistry she had with those three, and about her formative experience with Mark Rylance in the play Nice Fish (including a 60-minute audition!), plus how she’s perfectly fine with passing on parts that do not depict young women as fully formed characters. Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, including iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. And if you’re enjoying what you are hearing, please subscribe and rate us!

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Festivals & Events

Watch Now: 2018 East Oregon Film Festival’s Online Selections

With the East Oregon Film Festival underway this weekend in La Grande, Oregon, Filmmaker is happy to once again host the festival’s online selections. Starting now until October 21, you can stream a very strong and diverse selection of works exclusively at Filmmaker. Check out…  Read more

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on Oct 18, 2018

 

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