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Metrograph Tribute to the Brothers Young Recalls Heroic Era in Indie Filmmaking

(L-R) Aaton’s Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Willem Dafoe, Irwin Young, and director Bob Young on the set of Triumph of The Spirit, Poland, 1989.

Since the passing in January of Irwin Young, chief mensch at New York’s fabled DuArt Film Lab, there has been an outpouring of tributes and reminiscences, including a packed memorial at Lincoln Center in May. But no tribute has been…  Read more

By Sep 28, 2022

Indie Camera of the Year: Blackmagic Delivers Small in a Big Way

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

Since forever, I’ve gotten the question, “What camera should I buy?” This always comes from someone not in the market for an Alexa Mini or 8K RED, but instead something recent, capable, and cheap. Did I mention cheap? There’s no…  Read more

By Dec 31, 2021

Technology Tailwinds — Where Are They Taking Us?

The SOLO Cinebot

The following article was originally published in Filmmaker‘s Winter, 2021 edition. Digital technologies, incessantly lurching forward, are the ground we filmmakers stand on. No wonder we’re often unsteady on our feet. The pandemic has only become an accelerant. Although FaceTime…  Read more

By May 13, 2021

The 25 or So 2020 Features Shot on 35mm

Image by Carolyn Funk

Since 2015, I’ve annually rounded up interviews and features covering the previous year’s U.S. theatrical releases shot on 35mm, an inherently melancholy collation of (increasingly dead) links. (“This is your most quixotic project,” a friend messaged recently.) The 25-ish 35mm…  Read more

By Apr 8, 2021


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