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Not Being in the Room Where It Happens: Loving ‘Hamilton’ in the Digital Age (Column)

21 October 2016 12:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Hamilton’s America” is a product of one of those weird cultural moments where multiple different mediums attempt to be the same thing — a documentary film about a work of musical theater, premiering and broadcast on television. The PBS film tracks the production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the Tony-award winning production and cultural phenomenon about the life of Alexander Hamilton, starting the year before the show opened on Broadway. The film was produced by Miranda’s college friend Alex Horowitz, who — like a lot of other people exposed to the early moments of “Hamilton” — sensed that Miranda was on the verge of something huge. As a result, the audience is able to follow the phenomenon of “Hamilton” almost in real-time, as Miranda and his team of collaborators slowly put the pieces together using Ron Chernow’s biography of the founding father as inspiration.

For this particular cultural phenomenon, the »

- Sonia Saraiya

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‘Silence’ First Look: See Adam Driver in Martin Scorsese’s Latest Epic

19 October 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been three years since Martin Scorsese’s last film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but soon his latest epic “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, will be in theaters for all to see. Based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel by the same name, the film follows two 17th century Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) who face violence and persecution as they travel through Japan to spread Christianity and locate their mentor (Liam Neeson). Catch a first look at Driver in the new film below, courtesy of The Playlist.

Read More: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Released on December 23

Considered a passion project for Scorsese, “Silence” has been in development in some form since 1990. Many actors have been in previous negotiations to star, like Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro. Filming finally began in January of last year, and according to Deadline, Scorsese is currently editing the final cut. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Behind the scenes by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 October 2016 5:32 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Gayle King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Horwitz and Ron Chernow Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The RadicalMedia and PBS Great Performances documentary, Hamilton's America, had its world première in the 54th New York Film Festival as a Special Events selection along with Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Lonny Price's The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened on a Stephen Sondheim - Harold Prince Broadway production, and Jim Jarmusch's Iggy Pop and The Stooges doc Gimme Danger.

Lin-Manuel Miranda on President Barack Obama attending Hamilton: "He didn't see me in it. He saw Javier Muñoz …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The premiere of Hamilton's America on Monday at the 3400-seat auditorium of the United Palace in Washington Heights, was introduced by PBS CEO and President Paula Kreger and President and CEO of Wnet New York Public Media, Neal Shapiro.

David Horn, executive producer of Great Performances introduced the post-screening panel, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘The Irishman’: Martin Scorsese’s Production Designer Says Gangster-Movie Return Could Begin Shooting This Winter

18 October 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following the semi-surprise announcement that Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited “Silence” will be released at the end of the year, there’s apparently more to report about the ever-busy director: “The Irishman” could go into production as early as the beginning of 2017.

Read More: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Released on December 23

The news comes from a Variety interview with production designer Dante Ferretti, whose collaborations with Scorsese include “The Aviator,” “Hugo” and “Silence.” “We’ve talked about it; but we still have to see when and how it will be shot,” he said of “The Irishman.” “I never say ‘I’m doing to do this or that’ until it’s signed. Theoretically we’ve talked about shooting this film next year in February or March.”

Read More: ‘No Direction Home’: Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Documentary Finally Coming to Blu-ray at the End of the Month

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Long Live Jacques Rivette! Cohen Media Group To Restore And Release 10 Features By The French New Wave Icon

13 October 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When French New Wave icon Jacques Rivette passed away earlier this year, the outpour of admiration from the film community was deafening, with obituaries flooding the internet and retrospectives quickly taking shape at film centers across the country. It has been almost a year since Rivette’s death, but luckily he’ll continue to thrive on the big screen well into 2017 and beyond. Film distributor Cohen Media Group has acquired 10 features by Rivette for restoration and release under the Cohen Film Collection banner. Variety first reported the news.

Read More: Tributes to French New Wave Master Jacques Rivette, Dead at 87

The 10 features included in the deal are all from Rivette’s career from 1984 and after. The titles include: “Love on the Ground” (1984), “Wuthering Heights” (1985), “The Gang of Four” (1989), “The Beautiful Troublemaker” (1991), “Divertimento” (1992), the two-part Joan of Arc biopic “Joan the Maiden: Part 1 – The Battles” (1994) and “Joan the Maiden: Part 2 – The Prisons” (1994), “Up, »

- Zack Sharf

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Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry & More in Conversation About ‘Hamilton’s America’ Documentary

11 October 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Following the world premiere of the documentary “Hamilton’s America” at the 54th New York Film Festival last week, director Alex Horwitz joined Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more on stage for a Q&A. That 30-minute conversation has now been… Continue Reading → »

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‘No Direction Home’: Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Documentary Finally Coming to Blu-ray at the End of the Month

4 October 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s taken 11 years, but Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Bob Dylan is finally coming to Blu-ray: “No Direction Home” is receiving a new deluxe edition at the end of this month in both physical and digital form. Watch a trailer for it below.

Read More: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Will Be Released on December 23

Scorsese’s two-part, 208-minute film first aired on PBS back in 2005. Its main focus is on the period between 1961, when the singer/songwriter first arrived in New York City, and his short-lived retirement prompted by a motorcycle accident five years later. Among the special features (which amount to more than two hours of new footage) are interviews with Scorsese, Dave van Ronk and Liam Clancy; the “Apothecary Scene” from Dylan’s 1996 tour of the UK; a clip of him playing “I Can’t Leave Her Behind” in a Glasgow hotel room that same year; three »

- Michael Nordine

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New York Film Festival Review: ‘Hamilton’s America’

2 October 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A big-spectacle Broadway production is, quite visibly, a collaborative effort — actors, sets, choreography, costumes, lighting, orchestra. On rare occasions, though, beneath the razzle-dazzle, a major Broadway show can also represent the singular expression of an artist’s voice, one that speaks to an audience so directly and powerfully that watching it, you feel as thrillingly enveloped in the soul of that artist as you do when standing in front of a Jackson Pollack painting or reading a novel by Jane Austen. The artists of Broadway who achieve that level of intensely personal yet mythological force come along once or twice in a generation. Michael Bennett did it with “A Chorus Line.” Tony Kushner did it with “Angels in America.” And Lin-Manuel Miranda did it with “Hamilton,” the exhilaratingly brash historical hip-hop musical that has done nothing less than rewrite the way Americans think and feel about the Founding Fathers, getting »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Variety Toasts Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’s America’ at the New York Film Festival

1 October 2016 10:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety raised a glass to “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday night in celebration of the world premiere of “Hamilton’s America,” director Alex Horwitz’s new documentary about Miranda and the creation of his Broadway smash.

After a talkback with a New York Film Festival audience packed with eager young “Hamilfans,” Miranda, Horwitz and “Hamilton” Tony winner Renee Elise Goldsberry (pictured above with Miranda) all retired to an upstairs party space at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall to fete the premiere and Variety‘s Gotham Issue, which features Miranda on the cover. Also in the room were Miranda’s family — parents Luis A. Miranda Jr. and Luz Towns-Miranda, and wife Vanessa Nadal — as well as CNN anchor Don Lemon, BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith, ABC News executive consultant Hilary Estey McLoughlin, Bleecker Street’s Andrew Karpen, UTA agent Mark Subias, CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, NY1’s Jamie Stelter and Pmc vice chairman Gerry Byrne, »

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast (117): Why This Fall Movie Season Is All About Race — Screen Talk

30 September 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The New York Film Festival has started with Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” effectively launching a fall movie season that’s all about issues of race: From “Moonlight” to “The Birth of a Nation,” many of the new releases generating conversations these days are dealing with the problems facing the African American community and its history of struggles. Those films are the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, where Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn debate some of the heavier movies in the conversation at the moment.

Later in the episode, the duo discuss Nate Parker’s recent “60 Minutes” interview and why it might not have squared with the studio’s expectations. Plus: Heated debates about “Deepwater Horizon” and “Queen of Katwe.”

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn »

- Indiewire Staff

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Nyff 2016: Convergence Program Highlights How Technology is Changing Cinematic Storytelling

30 September 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Convergence section of the New York Film Festival is described as “immersive experiences that redefine the idea of cinematic storytelling.” For many festivals, this would simply be a catch all for the latest Vr experiences. And while Vr is definitely a key part, this year’s Convergence offers a much broader survey of the myriad ways storytelling is adapting to advances in technology and new media. Included are talks, screenings and scheduled interactive experiences, with free events throughout the weekend of October 1 in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center.

Read More: The 2016 IndieWire Nyff Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

The programming truly does vary; everything from adding augmented reality to a comic book, an interactive digital local newspaper co-created by Daniel Scheinert (“Swiss Army Man”), to a multi-panel presentation of a series of 24 hour documentaries about the lives of transit workers around the globe. »

- Jude Dry and Chris O'Falt

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Nyff 2016: 9 New Films From Cinema’s Brightest Auteurs And Beloved Masters

30 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The New York Film Festival kicks off this week, sending us straight into the second half of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the festival, we’re rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Today, some new offerings from cinema’s greatest master and auteurs — new, emerging and beloved.

Manchester By The Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

Over the course of just three feature films, multi-hyphenate Kenneth Lonergan has proven himself to be one of America’s most exciting rising auteurs. Uniquely capable of capturing great emotion without even a hint of melodrama or a single false note, his long-awaited follow-up to the grievously mistreated “Margaret” — perhaps this decade’s cinematic endeavor most deserving of critical reappraisal after critical reappraisal — again returns him »

- Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Chris O'Falt and Graham Winfrey

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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Looking For ‘Hamilton’ With Filmmaker Alex Horwitz (Episode 7)

30 September 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We are kicking off the 54th edition of the New York Film Festival with a behind the scenes look of three big premieres.

Director Alex Horwitz had no clue “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomena when he started filming his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda writing hip hop tracks (originally for a concept album, not a musical) for the founding fathers. Horwitz came by the podcast to explain how he was inspired by Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard” and became fascinated by Miranda’s search for the man Alexander Hamilton. Following him around as he wrote in Aaron Burr’s real life bedroom and did research at Valley Forge, Horwitz explained that his goal was to capture history through Miranda’s perspective.

Read More: Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Andrea Arnold on Capturing the Poetic Realism of ‘American Honey’ (Episode 6)

Head Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, also dropped »

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8 Movies for Theater Fans at the 2016 New York Film Festival

30 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 New York Film Festival is a big draw for the city’s movie lovers — and this year, it may attract a crowd of theater fans, too. From the premiere of a “Hamilton” documentary to an immersive, multiplatform storytelling experiment with live actors, here’s what theater lovers and performing-arts avids should check out at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual fest, which runs through Oct. 16.

1. Hamilton’s America

Oct. 1, 2, 15, 16

Can’t wait until this documentary, about Lin-Manuel Miranda and the road to “Hamilton,” debuts on PBS Great Performances Oct. 21? Festivalgoers will get a sneak peak of Alex Horwitz’s film in world premiere screenings at Nyff. Expect special guests Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

2. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

Oct. 9, 10, 16

This one’s catnip for stage diehards. A new documentary about “Merrily We Roll Along,” the ambitious Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical that flopped on »

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’13th’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Documentary Is the Most Relevant Movie of the Year — Nyff

30 September 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” has the precision of a foolproof argument underscored by decades of frustration. The movie tracks the criminalization of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the present day, assailing a broken prison system and other examples of institutionalized racial bias with a measured gaze. It combines the rage of Black Lives Matter and the cool intelligence of a focused dissertation. DuVernay folds many historical details into an infuriating arrangement of statistics and cogent explanations for the evolution of racial bias in the United States, folding in everything from D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” to the war on drugs. The broad scope is made palatable by the consistency of its focus, and the collective anger it represents.

Visually, the movie offers little more than the standard arrangement of talking heads, archival footage and animated visual aids, but that’s all »

- Eric Kohn

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Hong Sang-Soo’s ‘Yourself And Yours’ Is A Delightfully Druken Riff On Abbas Kiarostami — Nyff Review

30 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For those familiar with the films of Hong Sang-soo, there’s really only one thing you need to know: The new one is pretty major, and not just because they drink beer this time instead of the usual soju. For those who haven’t yet been introduced to this singularly idiosyncratic Korean auteur, “Yourself and Yours” is as good a place to start as any.

But first, a quick primer: Hong Sang-soo movies have never been about what happens. Some of them are about what happened, some of them are about what could have happened, and — increasingly — some of them are about the difference between the two. Of course, the joke with Hong is that his movies are pretty much indistinguishable, these rueful, belligerently drunken comedies so similar that watching any two of them in succession is like doing one of those cartoon puzzles where you have to spot the »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Timeless’ Creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan on Their Unique Partnership – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

29 September 2016 8:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’s Episode: Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Mike Schur and Drew Goddard on Creating ‘The Good Place’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

NBC’s new time-travel drama “Timeless” is in good hands.

Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), successful showrunners in their own right, have teamed together to produce the new series, which launches on Monday in the plum 10 p.m. timeslot behind “The Voice.”

Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett play the history professor, soldier and scientist who are tasked to go back in time in order to chase a fugitive (Goran Visnjic) bent on changing history. For this edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On,” we sat down with Kripke and Ryan to learn more about their powerful partnership, and the rules of the show. Also in this edition: Liz Shannon Miller on Comedy Central’s 2011 Roast of Donald Trump, and Ben Travers »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Timeless’ Creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan on Their Unique Partnership – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

29 September 2016 8:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’s Episode: Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Mike Schur and Drew Goddard on Creating ‘The Good Place’ – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

NBC’s new time-travel drama “Timeless” is in good hands.

Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), successful showrunners in their own right, have teamed together to produce the new series, which launches on Monday in the plum 10 p.m. timeslot behind “The Voice.”

Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett play the history professor, soldier and scientist who are tasked to go back in time in order to chase a fugitive (Goran Visnjic) bent on changing history. For this edition of IndieWire’s “Turn It On,” we sat down with Kripke and Ryan to learn more about their powerful partnership, and the rules of the show. Also in this edition: Liz Shannon Miller on Comedy Central’s 2011 Roast of Donald Trump, and Ben Travers »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Hamilton’s America’: Behind the Scenes of Documenting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hit Musical

20 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s Note: Alex Horwitz had no way of knowing “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomenon that would change Broadway and launch his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda into super-stardom. Early on, however, the genre filmmaker (“Alice Jacobs is Dead”) and documentary film editor (“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”) could tell Miranda was onto something special. Specifically drawn to the way Miranda was bringing history to life through hip-hop in his early tracks, Horwitz picked up a camera and started capturing the creation of the musical, while joining Miranda on his research and exploration of the Founding Fathers.

In anticipation of the “Hamilton’s America” premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 1 and its television premiere on PBS’s “Great Performances” on October 21, IndieWire reached out to Horwitz to find out more about his new film, backed by RadicalMedia. What we got was this detailed »

- Chris O'Falt

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New York Film Festival Special Events announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-08-24 10:48:42

24 August 2016 2:48 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jim Jarmusch with his Only Lovers Left Alive star Tilda Swinton at the 51st New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The 54th New York Film Festival announced two “An Evening with...” celebrations: Olivier Assayas’s latest muse Kristen Stewart, who is also in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, will be honoured, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson star Adam Driver in a separate dinner and conversation with Kent Jones.

Jarmusch's salute to Iggy Pop and The Stooges in Gimme Danger; Lonny Price's Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened on Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince's journey with their musical Merrily We Roll Along, and Lin-Manuel Miranda and company in Hamilton’s America by Alex Horwitz are three more of the Special Events to look forward to.

Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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