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“You Might As Well Enjoy the Ride”: 3 1/2 Minutes | Director Marc Silver

26 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? I don’t feel fear, I feel excitement. Beginning a film is like starting an intense relationship that you know is going to take you outside of your comfort zone and into new worlds. The unpredictability of documentary filmmaking is that it can fall apart at any point so you might as well enjoy the ride! [Premiere Screening: Monday January 26 at 6:00 pm — Egyptian Theatre] Sundance 2015 Responses »

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“Inexpensive Garbage and Free, Filthy Snow”: Ten Thousand Saints | Directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman

32 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Ten Thousand Saints is a period film set primarily in New York’s East Village in 1988. Unfortunately for us, that neighborhood today is nearly unrecognizable from the one we sought to dramatize. As New Yorkers, it was important to us that the movie looked authentic, despite our limited, indie film budget. What kept us up at night was figuring out a way to represent a world of tent cities, […] »

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Watch: 'Wild Canaries' Trailer Mixes Old-School Screwball Comedy, Brooklyn and Murder

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"Wild Canaries" follows Barri and Noah, two Brooklynites caught up in a murder mystery for which they are woefully unprepared. One particularly funny moment from the trailer creates comedy from an entirely unfussy, low-tech source: a neck brace and a car seat. The film may be set in the present day, but its tone and music clearly harken back to the hilarious Hollywood who-dunnits of old. Written by, directed by and starring Lawrence Michael Levine ("Gabi On The Roof In July"), the film also features Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Jason Ritter and Kevin Corrigan. "Wild Canaries" opens in limited release on February 25. Watch the trailer below: Read More: Watch: Harmony Korine's Mini-Doc 'The Legend Of Cambo' From Vice »


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“Being Brave Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Scared”: Unexpected | Director Kris Swanberg

37 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? I talk about fear all the time with my son, Jude. He’s little still, and he gets scared a lot. Things are scary for a little guy. Dogs can be the same size as you, for instance, and they can be pretty scary. Or going underwater and, you know, not being able to breathe – also pretty scary. So I comfort him and let him be scared. He’ll grow […] »

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Berlin: Global Screen Picks Up ‘Luis and His Friends From Outer Space’

45 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Munich-based sales company Global Screen has acquired extraterrestrial 3D film project “Luis and His Friends From Outer Space,” and will start preselling the film at the European Film Market in Berlin.

“Luis” tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who makes friends with three loveable little aliens, who crash their UFO into his house. In return for Luis’ help in finding the home-shopping channel stuff they came for, they save Luis from boarding school — and an exciting adventure follows.

Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein wrote and directed the family feature, which promises hair-raising mix-ups and unexpected twists.

The pic is a production of Ulysses Films, Fabrique d’Images and A.Film Production — three big players in the European animation industry.

Currently in pre-production, the movie is planned for delivery in late 2017/early 2018.

Among Global Screen’s current theatrical films are Germany’s Oscar entry “Beloved Sisters,” helmed by Dominik Graf, »


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“Your Vision or Idea Must Have Stamina”: The Visit | Director Michael Madsen

51 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? I suppose that fear, a very strong term, when it comes to filmmaking, is if the film you try to make will turn out to be crap. The problem is to keep fresh your own initial fascination and trust that this will also be interesting for other people – simply because you find it interesting. And your idea or vision must have stamina, as when a film — as […] »

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‘Insurgent’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is the One

52 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Forget Deflategate — Tris (Shailene Woodley) has real problems in the new Insurgent Super Bowl trailer. Like the fact that Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) really wants her dead. And the fact that dystopian Chicago is full of very big windows into which one might crash, and very tall buildings off of which one might […]

The post ‘Insurgent’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Trailer: Shailene Woodley Is the One appeared first on /Film. »


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“I Look Forward to Finding More Fears to Address”: Z For Zachariah | Director Craig Zobel

58 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Trying to name what fear I’ve confronted in making Z For Zachariah is difficult. I am starting to think the entire work of making films is just chock-full of fears to be faced. In my previous film, Compliance, I was honestly afraid of the subject matter; it was a fraught, dark, true story that needed a thought-out approach. But in making that film, I found that those fears created […] »

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“Did I Waste Everyone’s Time?”: Songs My Brothers Taught Me | Director Chloé Zhao

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What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? My biggest fear making Songs was the fact that life doesn’t wait around for us to capture it. We worked with mostly non-actors who are from Pine Ridge. The casting process was endless. However, because it takes time for a narrative film to go into production, we started losing our cast to different life circumstances. That fear forced me to go ahead and make the film without the intended […] »

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“The Worst Four Letter Word that Torments My Favorite Four Letter Word: Hope”: Seoul Searching | Director Benson Lee

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What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Fear. The worst four letter word that torments my favorite four letter word: Hope. I have lots of fears for different stages of my film but I will focus on the primary ones. The biggest fear I had during the entire process of making my film were actually two things. The first is the most common one that most filmmakers have which is the fear that your film doesn’t […] »

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #56: Diego Ongaro Shows Struggles of the Farming Community with 'Bob and the Trees'

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Bob is a 50-something farmer who loves golf, "gangster rap," and his beloved trees; but he dreams of a better life. When a large wood lot goes on sale for a good price, Bob invests, hoping things will start to look up for him. But that night, on a neighboring farm, a skunk bites a pig and gives it rabies. Authorities are forced to quarantine the farm, frightening the entire town. This is only the first in a series of events that begin to disrupt Bob’s peaceful, steady life in rural Massachusetts. "Bob and the Trees" is an unusual, genuine portrait of modern-day rural life. First-time director Diego Ongaro crafts a vivid sense of atmosphere, time, and place as a farming community faces the inevitable challenges of an economy in decline and a swiftly changing climate.What's your film about in 140 characters or less? It is deep winter in rural Massachusetts. »


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“I Want to Direct Films, But Can I Actually Do It?”: Christmas, Again | Director Charles Poekel

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? The biggest fear I had to confront, which I suppose is every first-time director’s fear, was the issue of confidence–simply, “Can I do this?” Can I follow my instincts and make something that actually makes sense, and people find engaging? I’ve wanted to direct films since I was in middle school, and I’ve directed plenty of weird mediocre low-budget films that I was never really proud of. So in […] »

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Reality Checks: Here's the Problem With Sundance's Documentary Programming

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When it comes to documentaries, the Sundance Film Festival is very good — and perhaps no institution is better — at providing a platform for important social issue films. But while many of this year's TV-ready docs are effective and affecting portraits of real people and their problems (i.e. "What Happened, Miss Simone?," "The Hunting Ground"), Sundance lacks a significant presence of nonfiction films that push the form forward stylistically or that dare to be different.     Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Sundance Bible That's not to say there isn't an art to crafting impactful and compelling movies made from traditional documentary storytelling techniques, whether direct cinema or mixing archival footage with interviews. Indeed, a film like British documentary veteran Kim Longinotto's "Dreamcatcher" is a bravura piece of pure observational cinema that would make Albert Maysles proud. The film follows a former Chicago prostitute who »


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Göteborg Review: Danis Tanovic's 'Tigers' Gets Claws Out For Tale Of Multinational Greed

1 hour ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you consider this new film along with his last, the Berlin Silver Bear-winning "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," as well as the approach of previous outings like "Triage" and the Oscar-winning "No Man's Land," there can be no denying Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's powerful sense of social injustice and laudable desire to give earnest voice to the marginalized, the oppressed, and the exploited, especially in conflict-riven or economically depressed situations. But it's an approach that requires a certain sacrifice too, especially if it takes a reportedly true story as its basis -- a sacrifice, perhaps, of the easier and more satisfying grand arcs of traditional narrative fiction: the fall-and-rise hero story, the David-and-Goliath narrative, or the familiar inspirational triumph-over-adversity theme. Real life, real people and real problems tend not to fit into such tidy patterns, and if you wish to honor their reality, and acknowledge the. »

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Cool Stuff: Tracie Ching’s Tarantino Tintypes Art Prints

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hero Complex Gallery is holding the Young Guns Invitational, a show featuring emerging artists, opening on Friday, January 30th at 7:00pm (unsold prints will be sold online the following week, Tbd). Tracie Ching sent me a preview of her Quentin Tarantino inspired series of prints which will debut at the show. See a ton of […]

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“In Dreams I am Completely Helpless as a Director”: A Walk in the Woods | Director Ken Kwapis

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Like many directors, writers, and actors, I have a persistent fear of being “found out,” of being exposed as a faker, a phony. The logical side of my brain knows differently: I’m well aware that I have certain skills — a modicum of talent, even! But in my dreams, I often find myself directing a film or television show with absolutely no clue what I’m doing. A recurrent nightmare […] »

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Watch: ‘Ted 2′ Trailer Sees the Trash-Talking Teddy Trying to Prove His Humanity

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal has released the first trailer for “Ted 2,” which sees Seth MacFarlane’s foul-mouthed teddy bear trying to start a family with his new bride, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). But after a mishap at the sperm bank courtesy of Ted’s Bff John (Mark Wahlberg), Ted must take on the courts to prove he’s human and eligible to adopt.

The trailer also features Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and another memorable cameo from “Flash Gordon” star Sam Jones.

Ted 2″ hits theaters on June 26.

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American Sniper: an old-fashioned western in military uniform

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Clint Eastwood’s film about navy Seal Chris Kyle is on target to become the biggest-grossing war movie in history. How did it win the nation’s hearts and minds?

At some point this weekend, a small but important record will be broken. Since its release in the Us two weeks ago, Clint Eastwood’s new film, American Sniper, has made a little over $209m. Between now and Sunday night, it will (if you ignore inflation) almost certainly become the highest grossing war movie ever, outstripping the $216m of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. This was nothing that anyone saw coming. There was no turbo-charged marketing campaign. Its leading man, Bradley Cooper, is a star – but stars don’t guarantee box office any more.

Related: American Sniper to be highest-earning war movie ever, but Mortdecai dead in the water

Related: Is American Sniper historically accurate?

Related: American Sniper feeds America's hero complex, »

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UTA Signs ‘Imitation Game’s Matthew Beard

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Exclusive:  He helped crack the almost uncrackable Enigma Code in the Morten Tyldum directed Oscar nominee and now he’s taking a big crack at Hollywood with some heavyweight help. Having signed with agency, Matthew Beard will now be joining fellow The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch at UTA. Having also recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, the BAFTA and recent SAG Awards nominee will continue to repped by Troika in the UK.

It’s been a busy year for Beard with the acclaim being heaped upon the drama based on Alan Turning and the great minds of Bletchley Park in the forefront of the Oscar race. Beard plays real life mathematician and codebreaker Peter Hilton in the Weinstein Company distributed film. The actor also saw Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year. His various other credits over the »


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“Everyone was Armed in a Nearly Ghost-Town”: Welcome to Leith | Directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? I’m not sure that fear is ever completely absent from documentary filmmaking, but I think that’s part of what makes it so appealing to those who pursue it. Fear of not finding a story, fear of shuttered access, fear of not finding an audience, fear of not being able to pay rent, and on and on – it’s an emotionally bumpy ride where overcoming all your fears can lead […] »

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