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2010 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

1 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 11th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival wrapped on Aug. 29 with a secret, illegal screening of Bruce Labruce‘s gay porn zombie epic L.A. Zombie, which would win Labruce the Best Foreign Director Award.

The big winner this year, though was the debut feature film — and the official closing night film of Muff — by Joseph Sims, Bad Behavior. Although Stuart Simpson‘s El Monstro Del Mar! won the Best Film award, Bad Behavior took home six awards total, including Best Director, Best Male Actor, Best Screenplay and more. The film is a splatter movie about a group of teenagers running afoul of psychopaths. Australia’s The Age newspaper also recently profiled Sims.

Other Australian films taking home awards were Dominic Deacon‘s Burlesque winning Best Guerrilla Film, Road Train by Dean Francis taking the Special Jury Prize and Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque by Richard Baron winning Best Documentary.

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- Mike Everleth

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2010 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

16 August 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival returns to terrorize Australia with a selection of outrageous genre films for its 11th annual edition that will be held on Aug. 20-28.

For years now, Muff Festival director Richard Wolstencroft has been bemoaning the state of Australian cinema — and rightfully so — for abandoning its history of popular genre entertainment and settling for a state-sponsored industry of wussy indie fare. Well, looking over this year’s Muff schedule from a distance, it appears that the fest has gathered its most impressive lineup of bold and risky genre fare yet.

There’s the deep sea terror of Stuart Simpson’s El monstro del mar!, the outback nightmare of Road Train by Dean Francis, the Bdsm fantasy world of David King’s Purge, the chaotically violent world of Bad Behavior by Joseph Sims, the sexy and disturbing Burlesque by Dominic Deacon; plus Richard Wolstencroft’s own documentary »

- Mike Everleth

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See Wild and Wonderful Whites This Weekend in La!

2 July 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Calling all Los Angeles residents! Director Julien Nitzberg has a list of irrefutable reasons why it's your patriotic duty to see his film over the long holiday weekend... The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia just finished its super successful run at the Laemmle Sunset 5 and is now moving downtown to the beautiful Downtown Independent at the corner of Main and Second Street (right near the Edison, the Smell, Little Tokyo and St. Vibania) so that you can witness America in all its glory this July 4th weekend! And yes, boozehounds, the do serve wine and beer so you can watch it "plum tore out of the frame!" It will only be playing there for one week, so act fast! I'm doing Q+A this Friday and Saturday nights. And if you are wondering about whether our distributor Robert De Niro or »

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Wwwwv Site Launches

27 May 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Just in time for the holiday weekend, check out the new website for the hit documentary The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, directed by Julien Nitzberg. The film is now available On Demand via Tribeca Film. The film follows the legacy of the White family of Boone County, West Virginia. The juicy new site has all the details about Mamie and Jesco White - reckless, larger-than-life characters notorious for criminal activity. With news about upcoming screenings, a family tree, and a daily blog, the website has everything you need to know about the film, the filmmakers, the Whites, and much, much more. Check it out! Theatrical Screenings: Opens June 25 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles. Denver Film Society, June 8. At Cinemapolis in Ithaca, NY, over the weekend of June 26-27. And in Austin, TX, at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz July 13 and 14. »

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Julien Nitzberg Gives An Update On His Pro-Integration Wrestler Sputnik Monroe Biopic

14 May 2010 1:15 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Late last week I spoke to director Julien Nitzberg about his Johnny Knoxville/Jeff Tremaine-produced documentary, "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." The intimate and often-shocking look at an extended family from Boone County, Wv is a well-crafted piece of film and it left me wanting to see more from the director. It turns out that he's now working on a biopic for HBO Films about 1950s wrestler Sputnik Monroe, a man who took a rather interesting approach to his work.

"Just as wrestling always has this political edge where [for example] there would be a bad Russian wrestler in the '80s [during the Cold War], in the '50s, [Sputnik Monroe] got to the south and was shocked by the racism there," Nitzberg explained. "He took on the persona, strangely enough, of the pro-integration wrestler."

The '50s were a difficult time for Civil Rights in America, with many unwilling to let go »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Summer Indie Film Preview

11 May 2010 12:12 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Yes, we're excited to see "Iron Man 2," "Inception" and God help us, "Predators." But what we're really looking forward to spending a few hours in the company of an undertaking Bill Murray ("Get Low"), an Italian-speaking Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love") and a toga-wearing Rachel Weisz ("Agora") in the comfort of air-conditioned theater over the next three months. (Either that or we'll be enjoying them from the comfort of home online, on demand or on DVD.)

There are no less than 114 independently produced movies arriving in theaters this summer to compete with the big studio blockbusters and we've compiled this helpful guide that covers all of them. Yet realizing that the latest arthouse and foreign fare is subject to changing dates, particularly if you don't live in Los Angeles or New York, we've also included links to follow the films on Twitter, Facebook and release schedules where available, so »

- Stephen Saito

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'The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia' Director Julien Nitzberg Exposes The Humanity Of A Troubled Family

10 May 2010 10:35 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

A couple weeks ago I was offered an opportunity to interview Julien Nitzberg, the director of the Johnny Knoxville/Jeff Tremaine-produced documentary "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." I should come right out and say at the outset that I'm not typically a fan of docs; my tastes tend to skew more towards escapist fare like summer blockbusters. Still, "Wild and Wonderful" sounded intriguing and I figured you readers would be interested in the Knoxville/Tremaine connection, so I went for it.

I'm glad I did too. "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia" charts a fascinating year in the life of a massive -- and in many ways, massively dysfunctional -- family based in Boone County. Nitzberg and his crew spent a significant amount of time with them, and the result is a raw, unflinching look at a side of America that is frequently (and willfully) ignored. »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Now Playing: Let the Whites of West Virginia Add Some Depravity to Your Holiday

5 May 2010 10:35 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I have kind of a weird present for you, but it's the thought that counts: The nutso, controversial Tribeca alumnus The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is now in New York theaters and available everywhere on demand. Let Julien Nitzberg's unflinching documentary about the most fume-huffin', pill-snortin', mountain-dancin', face-shootin' family in Boone County augment your holiday mood like never before. Which is to say: You might never party or maybe even drink again. Read on and relive the magic from Tribeca '09, featuring director Nitzberg, producer Johnny Knoxville and those outrageous Whites themselves. »

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Interview: Wild And Wonderful White Of West Virginia Director Julien Nitzberg

4 May 2010 6:06 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

First thing I learned about Julien Nitzberg? He is a very patient guy. When a loud espresso machine foiled our plan to record this interview at the Barnes & Noble Cafe and a disgruntled employee had a serious problem with me stealing her book cart to use as a camera stand, it was off to Union Square Park. It was really no surprise that Nitzberg adapted to each roadblock with ease. After spending a year with the Whites, he must have developed a high tolerance. No, not that kind of tolerance! A tolerance for things not always going to plan. The Whites are not your average family. Some enjoy mountain dancing, others take pride in defying the law and pretty much all of them are ever eager to get high. Nope, not your average family in the least, but what is quite typical about the Whites is the love and devotion »

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Surfing the Web 4/22/2010

22 April 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Last night's jam-packed world premiere of Shrek Forever After had bigwigs, critics, and fans alike donning their 3D glasses for an adventure with lovable Shrek gang, including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas, as well as DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Kaztenberg. There are plenty of exciting photos from the green - yes, green - carpet on PopSugar, the UK's Daily Mail, and Just Jared. Entertainment Tonight was also on the green carpet to talk to the stars; check out the video here. New York magazine has a feature on Please Give's wonderful Catherine Keener, who chats about phrenology, among other things. But there's more! New York also chatted up director Julien Nitzberg, whose doc The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia is a Tribeca Film release. Check out to find out where you can catch it in theaters or how to get it On Demand. »

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2010 Calgary Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

7 April 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 7th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival is ready to start off with a bang this year on April 12 and then continue through to April 18. Opening night will see the results of the festival’s wildly popular 48-hour Movie Making Challenge, where registered teams were given a genre, a prop and a line of dialogue; then sent out to craft perfect cinematic masterpieces in just two short days.

Then, the rest of the fest is dedicated to some of the wildest films made in both the fest’s home country of Canada and from around the world, including Indonesia, Serbia, the UK and the U.S.

If you’re attending the festival, there’s one incredibly fun documentary you need to see: Michael Petersen’s Eddies: The Documentary, about the craziest beer commercial-making competition in the world — that happens to take place right in Calgary every year! Petersen profiled several »

- Mike Everleth

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Tribeca Goes Hollywood

26 March 2010 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Earlier this week, members of the Tribeca team headed west to sunny California! While in Los Angeles, we scheduled meetings around town, interviewed lots of great talent, and threw a fantastic party. Most importantly, we reconnected with old friends and Festival alumni, and made plenty of new friends - namely, the new crop of Tff 2010 filmmakers! Tribeca Senior Programmer Genna Terranova explained, "The best part for me was meeting the people in person behind the films that I have been speaking and writing about and to for months. It was also great to see filmmakers from last year's Festival, like Jac Schaeffer and Julien Nitzberg. You could really feel the Tribeca family expanding." During a busy two days, the crew from the Web and Content teams interviewed 35 filmmakers from over 20 films. The first one has already been published: meet Maggie Kiley, director of Tff 2010 short film some boys don't »

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