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Commanding the keys by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bob Edwards, Doug Nichol, Jeremy Mayer and Ken Alexander with Anne-Katrin Titze at the California Typewriter Us theatrical premiere at Metrograph in New York Photo: John Benet

Fritz Lang's Metropolis is seen as inspiration for sculptor Jeremy Mayer and John Mayer recalls a scene capturing his attention in Da Pennebaker's Don't Look Back, where Bob Dylan is using a typewriter, "sitting at the altar", to compose lyrics as Joan Baez sings and plays guitar as a turning point for him. Sam Shepard, "peripatetic" since he was an infant, feels that there is an "apparition taking place" when writing on his Hermes 3000.

Doug Nichol with producer John Benet at the sold-out opening night screening of California Typewriter Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

David McCullough and the drawings of the Brooklyn Bridge, Paul Auster and the magic in the keyboard, linking the machine to Tom Hanks and Martin Howard's fathers, typewriter poet Silvi Alcivar,
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Under the satellite by Anne-Katrin Titze

Until The End Of The World director Wim Wenders with Paul Auster and Sam Shepard at Balthazar in 2005: "Actually, he [Sam] is the guy I offered the film first." Photo: Tom Farrell

In the second instalment of my conversation with Wim Wenders on the 25th anniversary of his masterwork from 1991, he discussed the influence that Sam Shepard had on Until The End Of The World (Bis Ans Ende Der Welt) and how it was his "dream come true" that Jeanne Moreau "accepted to travel all the way to Australia with us and spend months and months in the Outback."

Wim spoke about the relationship between Max von Sydow and William Hurt, the contributions from Peter Carey and Michael Almereyda on the script, the scenes of Tom Farrell (Paris, Texas, and Lightning Over Water), and that in the end the film is Solveig Dommartin's and his story.

Jeanne Moreau (Edith
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Interview: Writer/Director Camille Thoman on the Inspiration Behind Her Psychological Thriller Never Here

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After recently celebrating the world premiere of her thought-provoking thriller Never Here at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with writer/director Camille Thoman to discuss her approach to the project and the inspiration behind her debut narrative feature, working with her talented ensemble, which includes Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Sam Shepard (Blackhawk Down, The Right Stuff), Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire), and Goran Visnjic (ER, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and much more.

Never Here is currently making its way on the film festival circuit, and for those you who are into David Lynch-esque descents into madness, I’d highly recommend checking this one out when you can.

You did a really amazing job with the story, so congrats to you. I wanted to go back a little bit before working on this film, because I
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Dave Kehr receives the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-06-17 19:47:55

Bénédicte de Montlaur with Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters honoree Dave Kehr Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On a beautiful late spring afternoon in New York, across the street from Central Park and a few blocks down from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, Museum of Modern Art curator in the Film Department Dave Kehr was presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy Bénédicte de Montlaur (dressed in Diane von Furstenberg) at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

For Films on the Green, Isabella Rossellini has chosen Jean Renoir's Elena and Her Men, starring Ingrid Bergman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Past American recipients include Robert Redford, Paul Auster, Uma Thurman, Ornette Coleman, Jim Jarmusch, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, and Meryl Streep.

The 10th anniversary of Films on the Green had guest curators Wes Anderson,
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Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award
Independent film veteran Ira Deutchman has received the first annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the distribution and exhibition of independent films. The award was created by advertising company Spotlight Cinema Networks in partnership with the Art House Convergence.

Read More: Why Indie Producing Veteran Ira Deutchman Is Moving From Films to Broadway

Deutchman has been distributing, marketing and making independent films for more than 40 years, working on some of the most successful and acclaimed indie titles of our time. He received the award Tuesday night at a dinner following Art House Convergence’s annual conference.

Ira Deutchman is a legendary figure in the world of independent film distribution, marketing and production,” Spotlight Cinema Networks chief executive officer Jerry Rakfeldt said in a statement. “His creativity, passion and business acumen have helped shape, nurture and expand the independent film industry.”

Deutchman has worked on more than 150 films,
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Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival
Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.

The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.

Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking
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CrossFit Athlete: We Don't All Have 'Crazy Ripped Abs and Zero Body Fat'

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CrossFit Athlete: We Don't All Have 'Crazy Ripped Abs and Zero Body Fat'
Jamie Hagiya can back squat 315 lbs., clean and jerk 235 lbs. over her head and flip monster truck tires like it's nothing. But the CrossFit games athlete doesn't have the ripped six-pack abs of her competitors - and she's learned to accept it. Hagiya, 31, who is preparing for the grueling CrossFit Games starting on July 19, posted on Instagram about how she overcame her body-image issues. "My body does not look like all the other @crossfitgames female athletes with crazy ripped abs and zero body fat on their stomachs. I wish I could look like that, but I've come to the realization that this is my body,
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Pebbles That Clatter and Spark: Four Films by John Cassavetes

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Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.” — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.” — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get,
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Star Wars Aftermath is like if Time Outs Were The Most Exciting Part of Your Favorite Sport

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That I devoured Star Wars Aftermath in just over a day probably speaks to how much I was anticipating it and my overall interest in where Star Wars is going post-Return of the Jedi in the new canon, stepping on and all over Timothy Zahn’s galaxy and mythos expanding and just plain damn good Heir to the Empire from 1991.

Let’s make the jump to light speed and get to this — did Chuck Wendig fill the shoes?

I’m going to skip a lengthy prologue about Aftermath and personal peripherals that I brought with me into the book and just get into what’s actually in Chuck Wendig’s book. If you want to read a bit about where I’m coming from as a Star Wars fan, in particular in regards to the late expanded universe, you can read some thoughts I had after reading an excerpt
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Film Independent Spirit Awards Hit 30 With Irreverence Intact

In honor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ 30th year, the show will be broadcast live from its Santa Monica tent on IFC. If history is any indication, there are sure to be a few surprising moments — and there’s already been a big one for the show’s co-host, Kristen Bell.

“You might be shocked by this, but no one told me it would be airing live when I was offered the job,” says Bell, who’s been busy taking care of her second daughter, born just two months before the ceremony. “As long as she doesn’t want to breastfeed, it’ll be a nice change of pace.”

Even if Bell ends up breastfeeding next to co-host Fred Armisen, the crowd of 1,350 might not bat an eye. It would be in keeping with the show’s anarchic, irreverent and frequently profane hosts, presenters and winners. (The latter aren’t constrained by time limits,
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31 Great '90s Movies on Netflix Streaming

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You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.

1. "Big Night" (1996) R

A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.

2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R

Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.

3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13

How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!

4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr

The movie
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Pen America First Editions/Second Thoughts Auction at Christie’s New York, Dec. 2

Arts Spotlight: Given the chance, what would Philip Roth change about his classic Portnoy’s Complaint? Is there something more Patti Smith wanted to say in Just Kids? How did Robert Caro feel revisiting The Power Broker for the first time in forty years?Pen America has asked 75 of America’s greatest writers and artists to annotate a first edition of one of their classic works to be auctioned by Christie’s on December 2nd. Proceeds from First Editions/Second Thoughts will benefit the mission of Pen to promote freedom of creative expression worldwide.Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Stephen […]
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Lenny Abrahamson Heads For Neverhome

Lenny Abrahamson Heads For Neverhome
While his former leading man Domhnall Gleeson is busy in a galaxy far, far away, Frank director Lenny Abrahamson has lined up a very different project for his next effort: Neverhome. It's an adaptation of a novel by Laird Hunt, published in the Us this year. The story follows the as-yet uncast Ash Thompson, a woman who leaves home to take part in the American Civil War. It was partly inspired by An Uncommon Soldier, a collection of letters from an undercover female soldier in the conflict.Although it won't be published in the UK until February 5, 2015, the novel has already received high praise across the pond, with no less a writer than Paul Auster calling it "magnificent". Abrahamson has been similarly effusive. "Laird has written a truly amazing novel and created in Ash a character so vivid and original," he enthuses. "I could not be more excited about making this film.
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Cannes Check 2014: Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu'

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Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the Competition's only African entry: Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu." The director: Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritanian/French, 52 years old). Another of this year's five newcomers, Sissako has established himself as one of Africa's premier auteurs, though he's been based in France since the early 1990s -- a background that complements his favored themes of globalization and outsider identity. Born in Mauritania, he moved with his family at an early age to Mali, where he completed his schooling, before studying film at Russia's Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow -- an institution that also boasts Aleksandr Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky among its alumni.
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Lou Reed Remembered documentary for BBC Four this Sunday

BBC Four has announced an hour-long documentary about the late Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died in October at the age of 71.

Produced and directed by Chris Rodley, Lou Reed Remembered will be broadcast on the channel this Sunday, December 15 at 9pm. It will be repeated the following day at 3am.

Lou Reed 1942-2013: Obituary of Velvet Underground co-founder

"With the help of friends, fellow musicians, critics and those who have been inspired not only by his music but also by his famously contrary approach to almost everything, the documentary looks at how Reed not only helped to shape a generation but also helped to create a truly alternative, independent rock scene, while also providing New York with its most provocative and potent soundtrack," the BBC said.

Contributors to the film include Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmates Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule, Berlin guitarist Steve Hunter, novelist Paul Auster
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Spike Lee on Oldboy, America's violent history and the fine art of mouthing off

The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?

With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.

Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."

"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.

Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers,
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Interview with Felix Van Groeningen about The Broken Circle Breakdown

Johan Heldenbergh as Didier with Veerle Baetens as Elise in The Broken Circle Breakdown

Paper Magazine with Sarah Sophie Flicker, Arden Wohl, Dustin Yellin, Alexander Gilkes, and Misha Nonoo hosted an advance screening earlier this week at the Tribeca Film Center for Felix Van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium's submission for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards.

I met with Felix Van Groeningen at the Tribeca Grill Loft after party to discuss the evolution from stage play by Kris Kristofferson look-alike Johan Heldenbergh to film and how Anton Corbijn's Control on Joy Division and James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line with Joaquin Phoenix were inspiration but not influence.

Singer / songwriter Sophie Auster, daughter of Siri Hustvedt and Paul Auster. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Broken Circle Breakdown won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Best Screenplay for a narrative feature
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In Memory of Lou Reed, Watch His Short Film 'Red Shirley'

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In Memory of Lou Reed, Watch His Short Film 'Red Shirley'
The music world lost a legend today with the death of Lou Reed. But the film world is mourning as well. Reed provided music for the soundtracks to many television shows and films, including "Berlin Alexanderplatz," "Natural Born Killers," "Velvet Goldmine," "High Fidelity," "Trainspotting," "Prozac Nation," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Brick," "Juno" and many more. Reed also appeared in many films, including Wim Wenders' "Faraway, So Close!," Wayne Wang's "Blue in the Face" and Paul Auster's "Lulu On The Bridge." Reed had his directorial debut in 2010 with the short film, "Red Shirley" co-directed by Ralph Gibson. The film is a portrait of Shirley Novick, a 99-year-old woman who lived through the Wwi and fled Poland for Canada during WWII. She eventually illegally immigrated to the U.S. where she worked in a textile factory. She engaged in union struggles and participated in the Civil Rights March on Washington,
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This is the End: why actors love to play themselves

From Being John Malkovich to Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Trip, actors increasingly find it liberating, even therapeutic, to play a version of themselves. This is the End is the latest film to mess around with movie star personas

The new comedy This is the End is less notable for its vision of Hollywood hit by the apocalypse than for the conceit of having its entire cast play themselves. It turns out that Jonah Hill is a prissy buffoon given to harping on about his Oscar nomination. Sweet, gentle Michael Cera is in fact a leering, cocaine-snorting lout who has toilet-stall threesomes with anyone who will oblige. Seth Rogen likes weed. And who on earth would have suspected that James Franco is gay?

Only the most credulous audience members will believe that the cast of This is the End are doing anything except performing, but there is still the tantalising
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This is the End: why actors love to play themselves

From Being John Malkovich to Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Trip, actors increasingly find it liberating, even therapeutic, to play a version of themselves. This is the End is the latest film to mess around with movie star personas

The new comedy This is the End is less notable for its vision of Hollywood hit by the apocalypse than for the conceit of having its entire cast play themselves. It turns out that Jonah Hill is a prissy buffoon given to harping on about his Oscar nomination. Sweet, gentle Michael Cera is in fact a leering, cocaine-snorting lout who has toilet-stall threesomes with anyone who will oblige. Seth Rogen likes weed. And who on earth would have suspected that James Franco is gay?

Only the most credulous audience members will believe that the cast of This is the End are doing anything except performing, but there is still the tantalising
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »
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