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8 items from 2013

Documenting the Life of George Plimpton: Interview with Luke Poling and Tom Bean Part II

17 September 2013 8:42 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In the second part of the interview with filmmakers Luke Poling and Tom Bean about the documentary, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, they discuss structuring the movie, getting to the final edit, and distribution. Read Part I here: Documenting the Life of George Plimpton: Interview with Luke Poling and Tom Bean Part II   Filmmaker: You said you did 50 or 60 interviews. How did you choose those people? Bean: A lot of them were people who had either written about George or knew George. Whenever you interview someone they go, “Have you talked to such and such a person?” […] »

- Michael Murie

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Documenting the Life of George Plimpton: Interview with Luke Poling and Tom Bean Part I

16 September 2013 6:30 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

George Plimpton led an eclectic life as a journalist, writer, editor, sportsman and actor, though he was perhaps most widely known for his exploits as a participatory journalist. When filmmakers Luke Poling and Tom Bean set out to make their first documentary, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, they were faced with enough material to make several documentaries. A project like this might have daunted some first-time filmmakers, said Poling, “We’d kicked around the idea of doing one, when Plimpton came up we said, ‘Let’s go for this.’” Poling and Bean both studied film in college, but first met at […] »

- Michael Murie

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Long Before Obi-Wan There Were the Eight D'Ascoynes: Guinness Day

2 August 2013 7:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D’Ascoyne family members (photo: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’) (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won’t be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the cable network programmers believe that one four-hour David Lean epic per day should be enough. After all, prior to Lawrence of Arabia TCM will be presenting the three-and-a-half-hour-long Doctor Zhivago (1965), a great-looking but never-ending romantic drama in which Guinness — quite poorly — plays a Kgb official. He’s slightly less miscast as a mere Englishman — one much too young for the then 32-year-old actor — in Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), a movie that fully belongs to boy-loving (in a chaste, fatherly manner) fugitive Finlay Currie. And finally, make sure to watch Robert Hamer’s dark comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets »

- Andre Soares

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Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

22 May 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Perhaps it was disingenuous for George Plimpton to insist for so long that he was above all else an "am-uh-ter." Yes, this tweedy beanpole would lark off from his day job—only editing The Paris Review, the world-champion lit mag, for almost 50 years—so that he could have a go at goaltending for the Boston Bruins, or bomb as a stand-up comic, or pitch to Mickey Mantle. Was this "participatory journalism," as he put it, or maybe proto-performance-art media manipulation—there were those TV specials and, later, endorsement deals that would make Orson Welles blush—or just some kind of make-a-wish dilettantism? Crammed with lit-world walk-ons and delicious anecdotes, the agreeable new doc Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself posits that he was a »

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DVD: The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan

2 May 2013 2:27 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013

Price: DVD $14.98

Studio: BBC Home Entertainment/Warner Home Video

With Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby in theaters, BBC explores the man behind the novel in the documentary film The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan.

The movie was produced as part of BBC’s acclaimed art series Omnibus in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the classic novel, which has continued to gain in popularity since it was first published in 1925.

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan looks at the story’s origins, the roaring 1920s and F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s interest in writing. It looks at the life and dark creative side of Fitzgerald, his disappointing college days at Princeton, his difficult relationship with fellow author Ernest Hemingway and his turbulent last days in Hollywood.

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan is narrated by British actor Tara Fitzgerald (TV’s Waking the Dead), no relation, »

- Sam

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Lilly Pulitzer, Trendsetting Fashion Designer, Dies at 81

7 April 2013 9:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lillian Bostwick Phipps Pulitzer Rousseau - known since 1959, particularly in preppy enclaves, as the designer Lilly Pulitzer - died Sunday morning at her Palm Beach residence, the Palm Beach Post reports. She was 81. She was "surrounded by family and loved ones," it was posted on her company's Facebook page, while the Post listed her survivors as her children Liza, Minnie and Peter Pulitzer, as well as her grandchildren. For a generation of the upper crust, socialite-designer Pulitzer's flower-spattered dresses and pants were as much a wardrobe staple as pearls or mallard-print belts. The bright, big-patterned colors that were her signature »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel – The Review

29 January 2013 9:35 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Barbara Snitzer of Le Movie Snob

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, while not as exacting and elegant as its subject, is still a worthwhile documentary that will hopefully ensure Ms Vreeland’s accomplishments are remembered well into the twenty-first century and beyond any name recognition for Anna Wintour.

Diana Vreeland was not the first woman to hold the position of fashion editor of a major magazine, but she was, as the photographer Richard Avedon said in her obituary “She was and remains the only genius fashion editor.”

Her relentless pursuit of all things beautiful I believe was motivated by her self-admitted lack of physical beauty. Beauty was her religion, and she wanted to share her knowledge and joy of discovery with everyone. This is why her pictorials were not merely a showcase for designers’ clothes; equally important were the locations and the non-traditional models she promoted. The »

- Movie Geeks

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LatinoBuzz: The Winners of the 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards Are...

23 January 2013 6:30 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The winners of the 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards were announced at a special event at the New York Times headquarters in New York City,celebrating the best of the Latin American film production of the year in five different categories:

- Best Feature Film

- Best Documentary Film

- Best Director, Feature Film

- Best Director, Documentary Film

- Best First Film

The Cinema Tropical Awards are presented in partnership with Voces, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times and 92YTribeca, with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Special thanks to Lucila Moctezuma and Mario Díaz

Best Feature Film

- O Som Ao Redor / Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2012)

Best Director, Feature Film

- MatÍAs Meyer, Los ÚLtimos Cristeros / The Last Christeros (Mexico, 2011)

Best Documentary Film

- El Salvavidas / The Lifeguard (Maite Alberdi, Chile, 2011)

Best Director, Documentary Film

- JosÉ ÁLvarez, CanÍCula (Mexico, 2011)

Best First Film

- El Estudiante / The Student (Santiago Mitre, Argentina, 2011)

The films were selected from a list of Latin American feature films with a minimum of 60 minutes in length that were premiered between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012. The winners and final nominees were selected by a six-member jury panel from a list of fiction and documentary films compiled from the selections of a nominating committee composed of 14 film professionals from Latin America, the U.S. and Europe (see list below).


Fiction Jury

Dennis Lim writes about film and popular culture for various publications including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is the founding editor of Moving Image Source, the online publication and research resource of the Museum of the Moving Image and was formerly the film editor of The Village Voice. His work has also appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, Blender, Spin, Espous, Indiewire, New York Daily News, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, and the film quarterly Cinema Scope, where he is a contributing editor. A member of the National Society of Film Critics and the editor of The Village Voice Film Guide (2006), he has served as a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee and he teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program a New York University.  

Matías Piñeiro is a filmmaker and professor at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first feature-length work, El hombre robado / The Stolen Man (2007), won awards at the Jeonju International Film Festival and at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. In 2009, his second feature, Todos mienten / They All Lie, premiered at Bafici (Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente), where it won two awards. It also won a prize at the Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine. In 2010, he was selected—along with James Benning and Denis Côté—to screen his third film, Rosalinda at the 11th Jeonju Digital Project. Piñeiro recently premiered his most recent film, Viola, at the Toronto Film Festival, and it's slated for a Us release in 2013. He earned a filmmaking degree from Universidad del Cine. His award-winning films have been screened around the world, including at Anthology Film Archives, Festival des 3 Continents, the Festival del film Locarno, the London Film Festival, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, the Museum of Modern Art, Rencontré Cinémas d’Amerique Latine de Toulouse, and the Viennale.

Frida Torresblanco served as a producer in Spain working on film including The Dancer Upstairs, directed by John Malkovich and starring Javier Bardem, as well as Susan Seidelman’s Gaudi Afternoon. She moved to New York City in 2002 to launch and lead Alfonso Cuaron’s film production company, Esperanto, where she served as Executive Producer and Creative On-Set Producer for The Assassination of Richard Nixon (directed by Niels Mueller, starring Sean Penn), among others. In 2006, Frida joined Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro to produce El laberinto del Fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth (Three Oscars & another three Oscar nominations; three wins & five BAFTA nominations; a nomination for the Palm d’Or and a Golden Globe). The Hollywood Reporter named Frida one of the 50 most powerful Latinos in Hollywood. She also produced Rudo y Cursi (directed by Carlos Cuarón, starring Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna). In 2010, Frida launched her new film production company, Braven Films, with partners Eric Laufer and Giovanna Randall. Her next project, Magic Magic, produced through Braven Films, will star Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning.

DocuMentary Jury

Ryan Harrington is the Director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute where he oversees the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, the Tfi Documentary Fund, Tribeca All Access documentary program and the Latin America Media Arts Fund while developing other initiatives and programs that support non-fiction filmmaking. Recent Tfi successes include Give Up Tomorrow, If a Tree Falls, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, The Oath, Enemies of the People, Marathon Boy and Donor Unknown. Independently he is currently working on the feature doc Hungry in America, with filmmakers Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush and Participant Media, that explores why so many people in the USA go without food, and what can be done about it. Harrington managed production for A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of the A&E Network, for four years. Throughout his time there he championed the Oscar-nominated films Murderball and Jesus Camp, and the Sundance hits My Kid Could Paint That and American Teen.  

Paula Heredia is a director and editor based in New York. She was awarded an Emmy for the HBO documentary In Memoriam, NYC 9/11/01, and an Ace Eddie Award for the acclaimed documentary Unzipped. Her directorial work includes the documentaries George Plimpton and the Paris Review, Ralph Gibson, and The Couple in the Cage. Her dramatic work includes Having a Baby, Tras La Ventana, Slings and Arrows, and La Cena de Matrimonio. Her short film La Pájara Pinta premiered at the Lincoln Center Film Society LatinBeat Film Festival. Heredia’s editorial work can be seen in the HBO feature-length documentary Addiction, which received the 2007 Emmy Governors Award, and Alive Day Memories—Home from Iraq, executive produced by James Gandolfini for HBO. Her new edit, The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale and Jacques D'Ambois in China, will air on HBO this summer. Other editorial credits include: Modulations Cinema for the Ear, The Vagina Monologues, Finding Christa and Free Tibet. Paula’s work and creative process is featured in the book: The Art of the Documentary by Megan Cunningham. With partner Larry Garvin, she co-founded Heredia Pictures, heads the international committee of New York Women in Film and Television and serves on the board of advisors of Tribeca All Access and Clementina, Inc. 


Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. As a guest curator, Yang has presented film and video series at film festivals and events internationally, including MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (“The Age of Migration”), Seattle International Film Festival, Washington D.C. International Film Festival and Barcelona Asian Film Festival. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the Us.  Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” a new On-Demand service offered by Comcast and currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute.

 Nominating Committee

- Isabel Arrate Fernandez, Idfa, The Netherlands   

- Hugo Chaparro, film critic, Colombia

- Lucile De Calan, programmer, Biarritz Latin American Film Festival, France

- Denis de la Roca, programmer, Abu Dhabi Film Festival

- Mara Fortes, programmer, Morelia Film Festival   

- Erick Gonzalez, programmer, Valdivia Film Festival, Chile

- Elías Jiménez, director, Festival Ícaro, Guatemala

- Roger Alan Koza, film critic and programmer, Filmfest Hamburg, Ficunam, Mexico

- Janneke Langelaan, Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands

- Diego Lerer, film critic, Argentina

- Rosa Martinez Rivero, film producer, Argentina

- Christian Sida-Valenzuela, director, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

- Hebe Tabachnik, programmer, Los Angeles and Palm Springs Film Festivals

- Sergio Wolf, film programmer, Argentina


- Sydney Levine

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