12 items from 2012
Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.
Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.
Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:
U.S. Documentary Jury
Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Jonas Mekas, who will be 90 on Christmas Eve, has an intense memory of sitting on his father's bed, aged six, singing a strange little song about daily life in the village in which he grew up in Lithuania.
"It was late in the evening and suddenly I was recounting everything I had seen on the farm that day. It was a very simple, very realistic recitation of small, everyday events. Nothing was invented. I remember the reception from my mother and father, which was very good. But I also remember the feeling of intensity I experienced just from describing the actual details of what my father did every day. I have been trying to find that intensity in my work ever since."
We are sitting at a table in »
- Sean O'Hagan
Latest Rolling Stones documentary has to tackle the problem of how to retell a story that's been told so many times before
For all the control freakery, the money chasing, the internecine warfare between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones have always been the most open of groups – as Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant told the Guardian recently: "All you knew was that the Stones got all the press, and we sold a shitload of records."
That leaves Crossfire Hurricane, the official documentary celebration of the Stones' 50th anniversary, with two problems. How do you retell a story that's been told so many times before? And how do you compete with the already extant films about the group – Gimme Shelter, the Maysles brothers' account of the 1969 Us tour that ended with the disastrous Altamont concert; Cocksucker Blues, the rarely seen Robert Frank film that captured their 1972 tour, warts, »
- Michael Hann
It's no surprise that the film adaptation of Kerouac's book is rocky: the Beats have rarely fared well on the big screen
The Beat generation was vibrant for just a short cultural moment, proclaiming a loud "no way" to the great American "yes sir" sighed by fat, complacent Eisenhower-era America. The Beats sought escape in jazz, marijuana and heroin; in racial and sexual transgression and spiritual questing; in language still deemed obscene (Ginsberg: "America, go fuck yourself with your atom bomb"); and with a determination to live free of ambitions and schedules. Their exploits unfolded in a world now vanished, where racial segregation was the norm, and jazz was still a living music, not a museum art; before Eisenhower shrank America with the transcontinental highways, and the road was still The Road. They're people in history now, the Beats.
It's taken 55 years for Kerouac's On The Road, the movement's signature novel, »
- John Patterson
The 7th annual Wndx Festival of Moving Image, in addition to the fest’s usually fantastic lineup of new experimental film and video, is presenting a virtual smorgasbord of special events. So, be on the look out for them as they completely take over the city of Winnipeg on Sept. 26-30.
The fun kicks off on Sept. 26 with the debut of “Situated Cinema,” a roving microcinema created by Thomas Evans and Craig Rodmore that will screen at different venues throughout the entire festival. The opening night will take place at Raw Gallery and feature five films curated by Solomon Nagler that will connect viewers with their environment. The filmmakers presenting work at this unique screening experience are Heidi Phillips, Alexandre Larose, Caroline Monnet, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof and Alex MacKenzie.
Another fantastic multi-part special event at Wndx will be hosted by underground film historian Jack Sargeant, the world’s foremost authority on Beat Cinema. »
- Mike Everleth
Film will feature live performance footage, fuelling speculation that the band are preparing shows to mark 50th anniversary
The Rolling Stones have announced details of a new documentary called Crossfire Hurricane to mark their 50th anniversary.
Directed by Brett Morgen, the film features historical footage, much of it widely unseen, and commentary from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Period interviews, extensive live performance material and news archive footage will complete the documentary, which takes its title from the opening lines of Jumpin' Jack Flash.
Morgen, whose previous films include the Robert Evans documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture, said: "Crossfire Hurricane invites the audience to experience first-hand the Stones' nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock'n'roll royalty It's an aural and visual rollercoaster ride."
The film will receive a theatrical release in UK cinemas in October prior to »
- Guardian music
Experimental film-maker who put pleasure and pain at the core of his work
Stephen Dwoskin, who has died of heart failure aged 73, was among those film-makers whose work is recognisable from just a few frames. A trembling, handheld camera, often observing people from an intimate, low angle; studies of women moving, dancing, stripping, making love to Dwoskin himself, or simply looking into the lens with a steely, defiant gaze; a relentless, droning, musical accompaniment. This is the impression left by his best-known films, Dyn Amo (1972), Behindert (1974) and Central Bazaar (1976).
This way of looking and filming came directly from Dwoskin's physical circumstances. Born and raised in New York, he contracted polio at the age of nine during the 1948 epidemic. "They didn't expect me to live," he recalled in 2009. "I was a whole history of polio in one person." He spent much of his life on crutches, and later used a wheelchair. »
- Adrian Martin
“He had offered me The River Wild  and I couldn’t take it because I was doing something with Michael Mann [The Insider] at the same time,” recalls Dante Spinotti [Tower Heist] who received a second opportunity to lens a picture for writer-director Curtis Hanson; the project involved a cinematic adaption of L.A. Confidential , a sprawling 1950s tale which deals with prostitutes made to look like movie stars, blackmail, rape, murder, missing heroin, and police corruption. “I had the screenplay sent to me in Italy by my agent. I read it and thought, ‘Boy, what a beautifully written script.’ The plot was great and everything was fitting into the next bit; it was so well made. I didn’t hear about it for a month or so. I discovered why later because Curtis Hanson »
The great photographer, film-maker and iconoclast reflects on a life spent in pursuit of his personal vision
'People were terrified of him, as though it was the lion's den," the Vogue model, Dorothy McGowan, said of working with William Klein back in the 60s. At 84, Klein has mellowed somewhat, though he still tells it like it is. "People ask me why I never went back home to America," he says, when I meet him in his apartment overlooking the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. "Have you seen those crazy right-wing assholes who want to be president? The place is so reactionary it just makes me angry. If I lived there, you wouldn't be interviewing me, I'd be dead from a heart attack by now."
Wearing patched, faded denim jeans and a baggy jumper, his mane of white hair thinner now, Klein moves slowly and unsteadily around his spacious but cluttered living room, »
- Sean O'Hagan
While the making of The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street (which many consider to be one of their best, if not greatest album) has been chronicled numerous times both in print and film (most recently in Stephen Kijak's documentary "Stones In Exile"), the entire story of those rocky sessions and the background that led to the album has a feature film scope. Certainly, Richard Branson sees things that way as he's throwing his producing powers behind a narrative movie that will bring the tale of Exile On Main Street to the big screen.
Virgin Produced has snapped up the rights to Robert Greenfield’s "Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones" with plans to turn it into a drama about the band. As The Rolling Stones headed into the making of the album, they were a group in disarray. They had recently »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Who are the great American film directors? More to the point, who do we think are the great American film directors? Well, there’s Ford, of course, the Zeus of the American pantheon, by turns comic, epic, maudlin and humane. Then there’s Welles, the ill-fated genius, abused by producers but beloved of critics. Spielberg, even in his seventh decade, is still the boy wonder; Scorsese the mad scientist. Griffith is the wise forefather, deeply flawed but idolized nonetheless, while Hawks is ageless, just as sly and self-assured as he was at the time of “The Big Sleep” (1946).
Kubrick, however, beats them all.
Is there anyone more respected or, with the possible exception of Hitchcock, recognizable? Turn on any Stanley Kubrick movie and you should know instantly, whether you’ve seen it before or not, who the film’s director is. The peerless, pristine images; the long, empty corridors; the upturned, »
- Graham Daseler
As long as Mick Jagger can keep wiggling his hips, and Keith Richards stays alive, The Rolling Stones won't be retiring anytime soon. But even then, it's hard to believe the band's 50th anniversary is right around the corner. To help in what will probably be a blitzkrieg of marketing and merchandise, a career-spanning documentary is on the way.
Brett Morgen, the director behind "The Kid Stays In The Picture" and "Chicago 10," will take the helm on a film that will trace the band from their origins in the early '60s, and visit them on the road, behind the scenes and in the studio. The untitled picture already has a September release date being lined up, and given that it's not too far away, we're guessing this will be a pretty glossy, perhaps not quite substantive piece. The band have been subject to many films over the years »
- Kevin Jagernauth
12 items from 2012
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