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Documentary filmmakers take note: Sundance Institute invites you to its inaugural day-long ShortsLab in Los Angeles. The program is slated for September 13 at La's independent rep house Cinefamily, and will focus on short-form documentary films. This intensive seminar will host screenings, discussions and insight into the world of short-form documentary storytelling, production and exhibition. Attendees include acclaimed filmmakers Rodney Ascher ("Room 237"), Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War"), Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles"), Aj Schnack ("Kurt Cobain: About a Son") and Oscar nominee Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel"). Sundance's Documentary Film Program director Tabitha Jackson will be there, as will programmers from the Sundance Film Festival. Among the Sundance Institute alumni documentarians who work in the short form are Lauren Greenfield, Albert Maysles, Ondi Timoner, Monika Treut, Ava DuVernay, Errol Morris, Werner »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
The issue of how society views women and girls is front and center these days. And many folks are stepping up the consciousness-raising that so clearly needs to happen. Geena Davis is on the case. So is Women and Hollywood. And so is documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") who has posted a wonderful spot for Always.com. Check it out. »
- Anne Thompson
Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper it does) I urge you to give it a watch, the dialogue alone is better than most TV shows, “Got your balls on?” is a great line I will repeat ad nauseam henceforth.
In other news Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has criticised internet providers for not providing a good enough service to allow users to use Netflix to its full potential and the costs of maintaining such a connection, mainly what ISPs are expecting streaming companies to pay them. This has also kicked off a debate about net neutrality which I know little about. I believe »
- Chris Holt
Lauren Greenfield has scored the big victory that likely ends David Siegel's attempt to punish the filmmaker over The Queen of Versailles. This week, an arbitrator at the Independent Film and Television Alliance ruled that the documentary about the time-share baron wasn't defamatory. "Having viewed the supposedly egregious portions of the Motion Picture numerous times, [the Arbitrator] simply does not find that any of the content of the Motion Picture was false," rules arbitrator Roy Rifkin. The lawsuit was brought by Siegel's Westgate Resorts on the precipices of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film focuses on Siegel's
- Eriq Gardner
5 items from 2014
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