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The 2019 Village Voice Film Poll, Reconstructed

Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in The Irishman

When the Village Voice abruptly had its plug pulled by its final, Forbes-ranked owner two years ago, its annual film poll, which had been around since 1999, expired along with it. That needn’t necessarily have been the case—somehow, we still…  Read more

By Jan 14, 2020

Making a Microbudget Film about the Death of David Bowie and a Wormhole to the Future: Writer/Director Liz Manashil on Speed of Life

Speed of Life

The script for my time-travel second feature, Speed of Life, is set in 2016: a time that a lot of people point to as pivotal, when American society felt fractured. It follows a couple from the night David Bowie dies…  Read more

By Jan 13, 2020

Trading Blue Chips for Uncut Gems: The NBA Cinematic Universe

Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield and Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems

Josh and Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems could lazily be classified as a “basketball movie,” which raises the stakes in the third act via a tense and deciding Game 7 in the NBA Playoffs—numerous critics cite the nail-biting play-by-play action as the…  Read more

By Jan 9, 2020

Indie Film is Dead: Producer Ted Hope Diagnoses the Business Climate of Independent Film

Ted Hope (Photo by Matt Sundin, 2017)

This article was originally published in our Fall, 1995 issue. It may look easy but sometimes it’s pretty hard to keep coming up with the inspirational success stories we usually pack into Filmmaker. Credit card-financed movies leading to three-picture deals;…  Read more

By Jan 3, 2020


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