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“Just a Normal Guy with Completely Predictable Middle-Class Morality”: Hal Hartley on Ned Rifle

14 hours ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

When Hal Hartley arrived on the American filmmaking scene in the late 80s and early 90s, “indie film” wasn’t yet hardened into a niche or a brand. Possibilities seemed endless. Hartley’s debut feature The Unbelievable Truth, starring the late Adrienne Shelly, filtered humor and attitude through an unexpected rigor and formal seriousness. Like other early nineties filmmakers who have remained significant over the subsequent quarter-century (Haynes, Van Sant, Solondz), Hartley’s cinema has balanced a sense of specificity of place – many of Hartley’s films are rooted in the five boroughs, Long Island in particular – with international film culture and […] »

- Michael Sicinski

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Watch: Tony Zhou on F For Fake and How to Structure a Film

15 hours ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“‘Therefore’ and ‘but;’ ‘meanwhile’ and ‘back at the ranch.'” Those are two storytelling axioms to keep in mind, suggests Tony Zhou, when structuring both a film and a video essay. Drawing on Orson Welles’ F For Fake, as well as the words of Alfred Hitchcock and Trey Parker, Zhou demonstrates how the juggling of parallel ideas and story lines are essential to any convincing film or argument. »

- Sarah Salovaara

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The Noteworthy: 25 March 2015

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Edited by Adam CookAbove: Adam Nayman interviews Jauja director Lisandro Alonso for Reverse Shot. If like us you're excited to see James Wan's Furious 7, we recommend this piece by Orlando Whitfield from The White Review which surveys the franchise up to now. Filmmaker Robert Greene is not pleased with the HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. For AnOther, Mark Cousins has created a video tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini. Above: Filmmaker Gina Telaroli has a new exhibition opening Friday March 27th (and runs until April 25th) at the 308 at 156 Project Artspace. It features an installation with her new film Silk Tatters and Johann Lurf's Twelve Tales Told, as well as video pieces that appropriate the work of Michael Mann, Tony Scott, John Carpenter. At Toronto Film Review, David Davidson takes a look at Cahiers du Cinéma's writing on Martin Scorsese during the eighties. »

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here's How to Show Online Conversations on Film

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We all communicate online every day, yet most films try to avoid this. After all, it's hard to find interesting visual ways to show people communicating via digital screens. So when I was preparing to shoot my new film "Windscreenwiperman" about a man who makes friends with a teenage boy online, I knew this would be my biggest challenge.  Read More: Forget About Siri. Meet Ava, Your New Personal Assistant The film explores the stigma around online friendships, and presents an alternative perspective on human connection in the digital age, so it was crucial to prioritize naturalistic performances and unbroken takes. But because it features lots of scenes with characters chatting online, I couldn't shoot it like a normal movie. I needed a radical new approach.  As I started researching, I found that there have been several key styles attempted in the past few years… Embracing unusual angles It's hard »

- Sam Baron

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“In a Dream World, I’d Want People to Leave with the Feeling They Could Do Anything”: Verena von Stackelberg on Film Exhibition in Berlin

17 hours ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

I’m walking to a bar after seeing Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin in Berlin’s progressively gentrified neighborhood, Neukölln. Our group of four is unanimously in favor of the sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. But by the time we take our seats in the bar, rumblings of an argument have begun. When my challenger brings up male-gaze, I say that its existence in cinema may be fundamentally problematic, but for me, its presence in Under the Skin is necessary in the experience of the film. He says his issue with male-gaze actually relates to the objectification of the male subjects, not […] »

- Taylor Hess

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Watch: First Trailer For Mining Disaster Movie 'The 33' With Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, And More

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On August 5, 2010, a cave-in at a San José copper mine in Chile trapped 33 workers 2,300 feet below the Earth, and three miles from the entrance. Miraculously, no one was killed, and 69 days later, everyone made it to the surface alive to be reunited with their families and loved ones. The story was an immediate media sensation. So it naturally follows that a star-studded movie version would arrive. The first trailer for "The 33" is here, and it's actually not too bad. Starring Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, Juan Pablo Raba, Kate del Castillo, and more, with Patricia Riggen directing. The film looks to be a heart-swelling account of the real story, showing the fortitude of the trapped workers, and their relatives praying for them to return home safely. Here's the full synopsis:  Based on the real-life event - when a Chilean gold and copper mine collapses, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Full-Length 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer is the Most Insane Thing You'll Watch All Day

17 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Explain How They Pulled 'Locke' Off Last week the 2015 Cannes Film Festival revealed its first official selection: George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" in an out of competition slot. Today Warner Bros. unveiled a glorious new full-trailer for the action extravaganza. It's a totally bonkers delight, sure to amp up anticipation even higher for Miller's long-awaited return to the franchise. Starring Tom Hardy in a role originated by Mel Gibson, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which gas and water have become scarce resources. Usually a loner, Max Rockatansky (Hardy) joins Empress Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she and her all-female band try to escape a savage warlord. Watch above. The film opens nationwide May 15 following its Cannes bow. Read More: Non-Stop Action in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Comic-Con Trailer »


- Nigel M Smith

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Listen: Full Soundtrack To Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River' By Johnny Jewel, With Vocals By Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, More

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Brimming with evocative visuals and a bold storytelling style, there is no doubt that Ryan Gosling's "Lost River" is distinctly his own vision. And as flawed as the movie may be, there's no doubt his taste is impeccable, working with a great roster of talent in front of camera — Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Matt Smith — and behind it (Dp Benoit Debie, who has lensed films like "Spring Breakers" and "Enter The Void"). Perhaps the smartest choice was in the soundtrack, enlisting Johnny Jewel to score the film. And today you can hear the full soundtrack. Jewel's label, Italians Do It Better, has dropped the monstrous 37-track opus on YouTube, and the shimmering score is one you'll want to hear. Featuring some vocals by Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, and Matt Smith, Jewel delivers the synth fueled romanticism he's known for, alongside the pulsating thrum »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Look Flawless in 'Grace and Frankie' First-Look Photos

18 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The dream pairing has finally come to life: Netflix has unveiled the first batch of photos for its upcoming sitcom "Grace and Frankie," which stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Tomlin and Fonda play bitter rivals who are forced to come together when their husbands (played by Emmy winners Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) reveal that they are gay and in love with each other. The sitcom comes from TV veteran Marta Kauffman, best known for her work on "Friends." Included below are a dozen first-look photos of "Grace and Frankie." The first season will debut in its 13-episode entirety on the streaming platform on March 8. Read More: Netflix Gives Series Order to 'Grace and Frankie,' Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Read More: Lily Tomlin on Reuniting With Jane Fonda for Netlix »


- David Canfield

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Watch: Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy Are Bad-Ass In The New Trailer For ‘Mad Max Fury Road’

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Hollywood has mastered the art of the remake, the reboot, the reimagining, the do-over, sequel, prequel —leveraging an existing property and slicing it every which way you can to milk it for all it’s worth. The new black however, or at least flavor of recent months, is the midstream rebuild: taking your favorite franchise and basically disregarding the lesser chapters of the story to create a kind of parallel universe that cleaves itself in between existing movies. Case in point, you’ve got an upcoming “Alien” movie from director Neill Blomkamp, and while the plot is unclear and he’s been overly polite to “Alien” installments three and four, it’s apparent that he’s picking up the continuity of the story right where it left off at the end of James Cameron’s “Aliens.” The new "Terminator: Genisys" essentially ignores the "bad" pictures in that franchise.  Another movie »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: Ride 'The D Train' With Jack Black in Trailer for the Sundance Comedy

18 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: IFC Films Boards Jack Black's 'The D Train' At Sundance Are you ready to take "The D Train?" The official trailer for the hit Sundance comedy is here, and it asks you to reunite with Jack Black and James Marsden. "The D Train" focuses on Dan Landsman, played by Black, who is in charge of planning his high school reunion. The only problem is that Landsman was never exactly popular, making the planning stages somewhat difficult. In comes Oliver Lawless, played by Marsden, who was the most popular kid in high school and is now a hotshot commercial actor. Landsman is convinced that if he can get the unpredictable Lawless to the reunion, then it will be a success. But what starts as an innocent turn to be popular turns into a web of lies and a disturbing obsession.  "The D Train" comes to theaters »


- Travis Clark

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Watch: Jack Black And James Marsden Ride 'The D Train' In First Trailer For The Indie Comedy

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Going back to face the people you went to high school with can often serve as a moment to reckon with your life's accomplishments, and for Dan Landsman (Jack Black), he's ready to prove he's more than just the butt of the joke. But will people ride "The D Train" and will his grand scheme to make his school reunion memorable work? We'll find out soon with the first trailer for the film landing today. James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, and Kyle Bornheimer co-star in the Jarrad Paul- and Andrew Mogel-written-and-directed comedy, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance (but missed making our schedule). Here's the official synopsis:  All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Would You Let Your Kids Watch Funny or Die's Version of Netflix Kids?

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) Ever wonder what your favorite Netflix programs would be like if kids ran the show? You don't have to wonder anymore. Funny Or Die has unleashed a new video showing exactly what it would be like, and the results are just as you'd expect, and then some.  It's hard to imagine what Frank Underwood would be like as a toddler president, but "House of Kids" would probably be just as ruthless, if not more so, than its original counterpart. And "Orange is a Color" teaches our children a very valuable lesson...that violence solves everything? It's not exactly foolproof, but something tells us that if these shows existed, there would definitely be plenty of binging to do. Though something tells us that "The Killing Kids" wouldn't exactly go over well... Are you ready to subscribe to Netflix Kids? »

- Travis Clark

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Kyle Chandler Reveals the Secret of 'Friday Night Lights' Brilliance

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Read More: 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Parenthood' Creator Jason Katims on When It’s Time to Say Goodbye Despite ratings low enough to keep season renewals in suspense every year, "Friday Night Lights" became a star-maker for an impressive number of actors over the years. Taylor Kitsch landed roles in high profile blockbusters like "John Carter," "Battleship" and "Lone Survivor." Adrianne Palicki has co-starred in everything from "John Wick" to "Agents of Shield." Michael B. Jordan snagged roles in breakout hits like "Chronicle," "Fruitvale Station," plus the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Rocky" spinoff. Yet Kyle Chandler may have benefitted the most from his time in Dillon, TX. The show's star was the only actor to win an Emmy for his work on the show, and he capitalized on that accolade — as well as a newfound and well-defined fandom — in a big way. After "Friday »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis are Comedy Gold in First 'Masterminds' Trailer

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: All the Sundance 2015 Acquisitions as They Come In If you're a fan of comedy, you'll probably want to give "Masterminds" a look. The film comes from Jared Hess, director of the indie sensation "Napoleon Dynamite," and centers on a group of double-crossers who pull off an impressive heist. Owen Wilson leads a gang of rag-tag criminals who actually manage to steal $17 million in cash. But the film is focused on Dave, played by Zach Galifianakis, the team member who's been set-up to take the fall. Co-starring in the film are Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, among others. In the newly-released debut trailer, Hess appears to have taken full advantage of the bounty of on-screen talent assembled for "Masterminds." From Wiig's committed performance as the flirty work crush to Wilson's hilarious embodiment of the ring leader, this one might be too good -- or, at least, too funny -- to pass up on. »


- David Canfield

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Netflix Neo-Noir 'Bloodline' Gives Viewers The Tragic Anti-Hero Television Has Been Waiting For Since Walter White

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What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water. - “Waste Land – The Burial Of The Dead” It's strange, I admit it, but T.S. Eliot's poetic lines on cultural decline and the fragile human spirit are making me think of the Rayburns. They're the pillars of the Florida Keys community at the center of “Bloodline,” the new original Netflix series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. In case you didn't know that, or haven't caught up with the entire season yet and wish to have nothing spoiled, this article will be waiting for you when you return. Otherwise, consider yourselves warned! »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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IFC Looks to Score with Hockey Comedy 'Benders'

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Read More: IFC Responds to Abel Ferrara About the Unapproved Cut of 'Welcome to New York' IFC hopes to find the back of the net with "Benders," whether it be with hockey fans or not. The company has acquired the new half-hour comedy for their original programming lineup later this year. The show follows a group of friends so obsessed with their amateur hockey league that it starts interfering in their everyday lives. even though... well, they're not that good.  Production on the first eight episodes begins later this spring under Apostle. Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti are executive producers. Serpico and Sellitti created the series. "We cherish our relationship with IFC," Serpico said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to be bringing our dysfunctional band of characters to life on their network." "Benders" is only the latest in IFC's expanding list of comedies premiering this year, »


- Travis Clark

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Vote for March Project of the Month: Will It Be 'Superpowerless,' 'Here We Are,' 'Almost Adults' or 'Gabe'?

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute, and will be in the running for 2015 Project of the Year. Below are the four projects up for the prize. Click on the film title to learn more about each project (descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers): Superpowerless: "Superpowerless" is a coming-of-middle-age story about a superhero who loses his powers after turning 40 and who must adjust to a new life. Why should teenagers have all the angst? Here We Are: An unambitious young writer attempts to escape his slacker surroundings for the great American unknown in this Austin independent film. Almost Adults: A comedic, platonic love story between two best friends as their lives head in different directions. Gabe: A recent college graduate with muscular dystrophy discovers overnight that his life expectancy has doubled. »

- Indiewire Staff

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Watch: Wacky Teaser for Don Herztfedlt's SXSW and Sundance-Winning 'World of Tomorrow'

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Winners Many fans of Don Hertzfeld know him because of his epically weird short film "Rejected," or may have been introduced to him after a couch gag on "The Simpsons." Now, his signature stick figure style is back in the Sundance-winning  "World of Tomorrow, " which just became available for rent on Vimeo today. As Hertzfeld detailed in a director's note, this was is first foray into digital animation. The note reads (punctuation his), "hi everyone! in early 2014 i started work on a secret project called "world of tomorrow." it was originally just an exercise to teach myself the basics of digital animation: after nearly 20 years of working with paper, pencils, 35mm film, rocks, and fire, i'd never actually drawn anything on a tablet before. animating this way at first seemed a bit like trying to read a children's book in a foreign language. »


- Casey Cipriani

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The Stanley Film Festival Announces Chilling Special Events

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Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Horror Screenplay Contest If you're a fan of the horror genre, pay close attention to what the 2015 Stanley Film Festival has in store. Sff, sponsored by NBC Universal horror network Chiller, is a showcase of classic horror films and a celebration of the genre taking place at the historic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for "The Shining." The full line up is to be announced on April 2, but the fest has announced its special, interactive events, which are sure to entice any horror aficionado.  The festival takes place April 30-May 3. Tickets are on sale now and include all access packages to stay at the hotel for all three nights of the festival. For more information regarding tickets and the festival, go here. All events, which descriptions provided by the festival, are listed below. 2015 Special EVENTSImmersive Horror Game, bleeding seamlessly into the atmosphere of fear »


- Travis Clark

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