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18 items from 2014


Daily | Godard, Pasolini, Resnais

29 December 2014 8:09 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on Jean-Luc Godard, Rossana Rossanda on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Alain Resnais, J. Hoberman on Jacques Tati and Stanley Kubrick, Peter Bogdanovich on Vincent Minnelli, Isla Leaver-Yap on Stan Brakhage, Alexandre Rockwell on John Cassavetes, Christoph Huber on Jean Rollin, Kiva Reardon on Denis Côté, Michael Guarneri on Lav Diaz, Mike D'Angelo on Les Blank, Patton Oswalt on Jerry Lewis, Grantland on Paul Thomas Anderson, Lankester Merrin on Paul Schrader, Nigel Andrews on Hayao Miyazaki, Carson Lund on Walerian Borowczyk, Budd Wilkins on Alain Robbe-Grillet and more. » - David Hudson »

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Little Feet, Big Imprint

12 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

There’s always something a little magical about capturing child spontaneity in a narrative context. Northern California emigre Cory McAbee (of cult favorite The American Astronaut) made his daughter an integral part of 2009’s hilarious sci-fi musical Stingray Sam, then starred by then seven-year-old Willa and two-year-old John in last year’s freewheeling short feature Crazy & Thief. Their unchaperoned adventures on the streets of NYC are echoed by native New Yorker Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet, in which his own son and daughter wander L.A.’s Echo Park over an hour’s whimsical course.>> - Dennis Harvey »

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Factory 25 Acquires Little Feet and Boneshaker

18 November 2014 12:48 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Factory 25 will distribute Alexandre Rockwell’s Little Feet on a double bill with 25 New Face Frances Bodomo’s Boneshaker. The films will open at the IFC Center on December 12 and will be available for streaming on Fandor and Vimeo the same day. Little Feet was previously part of a Vimeo on Demand Tiff deal in which Vimeo gave the filmmakers $10,000 in exchange for 30-day exclusive distribution rights. Rockwell won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1992 with In The Soup, and Little Feet harkens back to the film’s 16mm black and white camerawork. Said Factory 25’s Matt Grady of the paired acquisition, “Both films are very […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet

18 November 2014 12:21 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the Us release of What We Do In The Shadows.

Little Feet director Rockwell’s children Lan and Nico play siblings in Los Angeles on an urban odyssey to see the ocean and liberate their goldfish.

Rockwell won the Sundance dramatic grand jury prize in 1992 for In The Soup.

Little Feet will also open digitally on December 12 via Fandor and Vimeo followed by cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Vudu, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other digital outlets in early spring.

Unison Films in association with Funny Or Die and Paladin will release Flight Of The Conchords’ creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Toronto Midnight Madness audience award-winning vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows in New York and Los Angeles on February 13 followed by expansion. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare

6 September 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.

Content pre-sells The Nightmare

Rodney Ascher (Room 237) has wrapped production in Los Angeles on The Nightmare (first image shown here). Content has already pre-sold the horror documentary to Altitude for the UK and The Jokers for France. Content is working with Preferred Content on the North American deal.

Nabat goes Swiss

Dreamlab Films has sold Elchin Musaoglu’s Venice Orizzonti title Nabat, an Azerbaijan-set family drama, to Swiss Distributor Trigon.

Drive revs up

Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched Los Angeles and Vancouver based Drive Productions, which will focus on elevated genre films. They company has raised an initial $2m.

Directors spin Carousel 

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel. Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments »

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More Toronto deals: Content pre-sells The Nightmare

6 September 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.

Content pre-sells The Nightmare

Rodney Ascher (Room 237) has wrapped production in Los Angeles on The Nightmare (first image shown here). Content has already pre-sold the horror documentary to Altitude for the UK and The Jokers for France. Content is working with Preferred Content on the North American deal.

Nabat goes Swiss

Dreamlab Films has sold Elchin Musaoglu’s Venice Orizzonti title Nabat, an Azerbaijan-set family drama, to Swiss Distributor Trigon.

Drive revs up

Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched Los Angeles and Vancouver based Drive Productions, which will focus on elevated genre films. They company has raised an initial $2m.

Directors spin Carousel 

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel. Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments »

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Directors spin Carousel

6 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Russian omnibus film to shoot in early 2015.

Petersburg: Category of Feelings, the Russian omnibus film that has attracted a host of acclaimed directors, has been renamed Petersburg Carousel.

Ralph Fiennes, Cédric Klapisch, Alexandre Rockwell, Feodor Bondarchuk and Timur Bekmambetov are among directors due to direct segments about the city.

An early 2015 shoot is scheduled for the film, which is produced by Ctb Film Company’s CEO Sergey Selyanov and Bondarchuk’s Lenfilm Studios.​ »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Peter Dinklage Discovers Reddit: 7 Things We Learned

11 April 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage isn't portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO hit, he prefers starring in low-budget indie flicks because they're often “infinitely better” than the big-budget spectacles Hollywood is best known for producing. The actor participated in his first-ever Reddit Ama on Friday in support of a Kickstarter campaign for independent filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell's “Little Feet,” a film about childhood that Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, Sam Rockwell, Rosie Perez and Aidan Quinn are also lending a hand in raising money for. Also read: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Director Bryan Singer Hopes to Bring Gambit, »

- Greg Gilman

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Alexandre Rockwell Is the Latest Indie Film Legend To Turn To Kickstarter

24 March 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“I am positive that if my mentor John Cassevetes were around today he would use Kickstarter to make his films.” Whether Alexandre Rockwell‘s statement about Cassavetes is true or not (we’ll never know), it hardly seems implausible as we see yet another indie film legend going the crowdfunding route. It’s been a long time since Rockwell was a significant name in cinema, but he’ll always be remembered as an important member of the Sundance class of ’92, his quirky black and white feature In the Soup winning the grand jury prize that year over strong contenders like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Allison Anders’s Gas, Food Lodging. He then came up with the idea for the anthology feature Four Rooms, on which he collaborated with Tarantino, Anders and Robert Rodriguez. More recently, he directed the Peter Dinklage comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead. His latest project, which »

- Christopher Campbell

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Alexandre Rockwell's New Film Has a Distributor... If It Can Kickstart Enough Money.

21 March 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Usually when filmmakers turn to crowdfunding, they're looking for backing to make a film, but in the case of veteran indie director Alexandre Rockwell ("In The Soup"), he turned to Kickstarter after his latest film "Little Feet" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by Vimeo as part of its deal with the Tff. When it screened at The Museum of the Moving Image's "First Look" screening series, our chief film critic Eric Kohn reviewed the one hour black and white film, dubbing it "the first great movie of 2014." Indie distributor Factory 25 then stepped up to distribute the film theatrically (it's unclear when and if the film will be available on Vimeo). The catch is that the distribution deal is contingent on Rockwell being able to pay for music rights as well as other post-production expenses such as final sound mix, color correction, art work »

- Paula Bernstein

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In the Soup Director Alexandre Rockwell on Kickstarter, Creative Fundraising and the Return of Personal Filmmaking

18 March 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

This guest post by Alexandre Rockwell is published as his Kickstarter campaign to support finishing costs of his latest feature, Little Feet, launches. You can learn more and donate here at the link. “An old dog learning new tricks.” That’s what a pal of mine said to me the other day, and I could not disagree more. I never have seen myself as an old dog and “new tricks” are what I have had to constantly seek out to keep making handmade films over the years. Continuously reinventing oneself and jumping into the fire over and over is either insanity […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Celebrating Roald Dahl's big screen adaptations

1 March 2014 12:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Sep 13, 2016

From James Bond to Willy Wonka, Matilda to The Witches, we chart the big screen work of Roald Dahl...

Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.

Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. His work »

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Looking back at big screen Roald Dahl adaptations

1 March 2014 12:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02

From James Bond to Willy Wonka, Matilda to The Witches, we chart the big screen work of Roald Dahl...

Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.

Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »

- sarahd

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Film Review: ‘Little Feet’

6 February 2014 10:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abandoning the debilitating hunt for Hollywood funding, Alexandre Rockwell gleefully returns to his freeform indie roots in “Little Feet.”  Loading a 16mm camera with black-and-white “short ends,” he casts his two young kids as leads and sends them roaming little-shown byways of Los Angeles in search of a replacement for their goldfish’s dead mate. With nods to the cinematic anarchy of John Cassavetes and Jean Vigo, and a screenplay by Rockwell and his 7-year-old daughter, Lana, “Feet” plunges directly into the wildly unpredictable logic of childhood.  Slated for exclusive Vimeo release in March, this hourlong gem promises to have a long artistic afterlife.

No grownups intrude upon the children’s self-contained universe. Their father (played by Alexandre Rockwell himself) comes home at night, still clad in the panda costume he wears at work, only to fall into an exhausted drunken sleep, whereupon 7-year-old Lana (Lana Rockwell) solemnly tucks him in with a kiss. »

- Ronnie Scheib

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Vimeo on Demand to Debut 13 Toronto Film Festival Movies

13 January 2014 7:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Vimeo last September offered producers of 150 world premiere movies at the Toronto Film Festival a $10,000 advance to digitally launch their titles on its Vimeo on Demand platform. It turns out, the filmmakers behind 13 movies took the site up on its offer, and their titles will debut on the streaming site. The first film to launch via Vimeo on Demand is U.S. indie director's Alexandre Rockwell's Little Feet, starring Lana Rockwell and Nico Rockwell, which is now available for pre-order on Vimeo and will debut on March 21. Other films that will be available

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- Etan Vlessing

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Vimeo Inks Exclusive Digital Deals for 13 Films from Toronto International Film Festival

13 January 2014 7:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vimeo starting next month will offer online rentals of a baker’s dozen of films that premiered at last fall’s 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Under the deals, Vimeo is giving each of the 13 filmmakers $10,000 up front. In return, Vimeo has an exclusive window for digital distribution — either 30 days or until Vimeo recoups the $10,000. After that, the website will provide its standard 90/10 revenue split, with 90% going to the content owners. Filmmakers have the option able to pursue traditional distribution vehicles as well as other online platforms after the exclusivity window.

See Also: Vimeo’s Greg Clayman: Big Media Net Vet Joins Up With the Little Guy

The 13 movies cover a range of topics, from filmmakers around the globe. The pics are: “Asphalt Watches,” directed by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver; “Cinemanovels,” directed by Terry Miles; “Empire of Dirt,” directed by Peter Stebbings; “Faroeste Caboclo (Brazilian Western),” directed by René Sampaio; “Gente en Sitios, »

- Todd Spangler

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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: YouTube Nation, Crazy CES Gadgets and More

10 January 2014 1:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

1. YouTube Nation:  YouTube and DreamWorks Animation are co-producing "YouTube Nation," an original program to air daily on YouTube, Variety reports. The show looks to be a daily highlight reel of what's trending on YouTube and could launch as early as the end of January. 2. "Little Feet:" Eric Kohn reviewed Alexandre Rockwell's film "Little Feet," calling it "the first great movie of 2014." While the film is playing at The Museum of the Moving Image’s “First Look” series, which runs from January 10 - 19, it will otherwise be available on Vimeo beginning in March. As Kohn writes, since Vimeo offered a special revenue-sharing deal involving a $10,000 advance for filmmakers who distribute their work on the platform, we have yet to see an effective case study of the approach working wonders. This could be the example we've been waiting for, as Kohn says the film "might not generate millions of dollars, but in the context of online-only. »

- Paula Bernstein

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Review: Alexandre Rockwell’s 'Little Feet' Is the First Great Movie of 2014

10 January 2014 10:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Barely an hour long and blatantly made on the cheap, Alexandre Rockwell's "Little Feet" conveys greater emotion and poignancy than most movies released last year; it's also a terrific start to this one. Opening the Museum of the Moving Image’s "First Look" screening series today ahead of its exclusive release on Vimeo in March (you can pre-order it online starting tomorrow), Rockwell's tender black-and-white portrait of a young sibling pair (played the filmmaker’s kids) evading their bleak home life with a freewheeling outdoor adventure plays like Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson teamed up to adapt "Peanuts" into a live action feature. It's a soulful look at the innocence of childhood as a safety net from life's harsher truths. Rockwell's project, which features his adolescent daughter Lana and preschool-aged son Nico, bears a marked similarity to like-minded Diy filmmaker-musician Cory McAbee’s 2012 feature "Crazy and Thief," a magical realist street-based musical adventure also. »

- Eric Kohn

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