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'Citizen Koch' Controversy, 'Leviathan' Director and DJ Spooky To Take Center Stage at Ifp Conference

23 August 2013 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ifp's 2013 Filmmaker Conference, which runs from September 15-19 at the New York Public Library's Bruno Watler Auditorium, will feature keynotes from cinematic non-fiction's posterchild, the famously laconic Lucien Castaing-Taylor ("Leviathan"), "Rebirth of a Nation" multimedia artist DJ Spooky, and "The Hunger Games" producer Jon Kilik. The controversy surrounding public television organization's revoked funding for the documentary "Citizen Koch" will be explored on the panel "Documentaries that Disturb the Power Structure" with "Citizen Koch" filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, as well as "Park Avenue" producer Mette Hoffman Meyer and Itvs's Claire Aguilar. The conference, which focuses on important issues in the independent filmmaking community will also feature case studies on the production and release of "Fruitvale Station," "Our Nixon" and the interactive documentary "Hollow."  The Sundance Institute's Artist Services will also present their tips for direct distribution »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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Review: ‘Room 237’ is ‘The Shining’ According to Fans

27 March 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In 2006, during the initial years of YouTube’s expanding popularity, this mash-up of The Shining went viral. By recasting the tone of Stanley Kubrick’s canonized 1980 horror film as a romantic comedy, complete with a Peter Gabriel song, the video’s act of both subverting and highlighting genre conventions made an incredibly effective case for how audiences can actively rework, rethink, or even contradict some of Hollywood’s most sacred texts. It’s this particular web 2.0-enabled democratic approach – not only to The Shining, but to movies in general – that lays the groundwork for Rodney Asher’s Room 237, a “subjective documentary” that investigates theories around the most notorious adaptation of any of Stephen King’s novels. Room 237 lends a microphone to five select uber-fans of The Shining. We never see these fans, and we only peripherally come to understand a bit about them (one is a history professor, another »

- Landon Palmer

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Napster Documentary 'Downloaded' Debuts At SXSW 2013

11 March 2013 10:25 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"Downloaded," the first film selected by SXSW thanks to its perfect intersection of the festival's three themes of music, film and interactive technology, opens with the squelchy crunch of a dial-up modem, a sonic signifier of just how far we've come since 1998. The film by Alex Winter, formerly of "Bill and Ted" fame, tells of the rapid rise and dramatic fall of pioneer file-sharing tech, Napster.

"It could have been told from one perspective or the other, and so to make a documentary that had historical perspective and also tells both sides of the story in an objective way is difficult to do," noted infamous Napster co-founder Sean Parker after the world premiere screening at the Paramount theatre ended in rapturous applause. "Coming here, I wasn't sure how the audience would react, but it seemed like everyone was pretty into it. The guys in front of me were really into it, »

- Huffington Post Music Canada

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Kino Launches National Screening Campaign of 'King: A Filmed Record: From Montgomery to Memphis'

6 February 2013 10:38 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Mastered in HD from the 35mm preservation negative, the 3-hour, landmark, Academy Award nominated film for Best Documentary (1970), King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis, was released on DVD, on January 15, courtesy of Kino Classics. And now Kino Lorber is launching a national theatrical campaign for the film, partnering with Maysles Cinema to present the film on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 4pm, at the Church of the Intercession, located at 550 W 155th St. in New York City. There is a suggested $10 admission. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:15pm featuring Harry Belafonte, DJ Spooky, and Richard Kaplan. And in »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Davidson: DJ Spooky Spins Into Oblivion at the Met

25 January 2013 12:45 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

What does an august museum do when it feels stodgy? What’s the institutional equivalent of a midlife crisis? To the 6 million visitors who march through its halls each year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art may seem like a sublime and lively place. Even so, the Met has hired itself a relevance guru: Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, the turntable master who careers from topic to topic with the mild inquisitiveness of an intellectual souvenir collector and the sonic adventurousness of customer-service-line hold music. The Met didn’t just decide to present Miller in a five-concert series; it named him the museum’s first artist-in-residence, overhauled the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium to satisfy his technical needs, and tapped various curators and departments to participate in a yearlong festival of interdisciplinary high jinks called “The Met Reframed.” Remind me: Why does the Met need reframing? »

- Justin Davidson

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