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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Ms. Bula Banerjee,' 'Ms. Guidance' 'In Jackson Heights' or 'Brides to Be'?

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The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for the June Project of the Month. That winner will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. Ms. Bula Banerjee: A quiet librarian takes a stand when a corporate consultant replaces her Book of the Month recommendation. Ms. Guidance: "Ms. Guidance" is an irreverent and absurd dark comedy about trying to give up the dream that won't give up on you. In Jackson Heights: Frederick Wiseman's 40th documentary "In Jackson Heights" is about the racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Queens, New York City. Brides to Be: The night before their wedding, two women must battle sinister forces in order to save themselves… »


- Indiewire

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Here Are All the Movies Opening 4th of July Weekend; What Will You See?

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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 3. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Faith of Our Fathers Director: Carey Scott Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, with Si Robertson, and Candace Cameron Bure Synopsis: "With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son." Magic Mike Xxl Director: Gregory Jacobs Cast: Channing Tatum, Brandon Cyrus, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Matt Bomer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Manganiello, »


- Steve Greene

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25 Underseen TV Shows to Binge-Watch This Weekend

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"Batman: The Animated Series" What Is It? Those who love the Dark Knight or comics in general would be hard pressed to miss out on the classic "Batman: The Animated Series," a ‘90s cartoon show that brought the caped crusader and his famous exploits to modern times. Its animation, complexity and the remarkable voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill resulted in praise by critics and fans alike, winning numerous Emmy's and affirming Batman's richness. Watch It If You Like: "Daredevil" (Netflix), "The Dark Knight Trilogy," Sophisticated Cartoons Where You Can Watch It: Amazon Prime "The Bletchley Circle"What Is It? Seven years after the end of World War II, four women who worked as codebreakers adjust to lives devoted to domesticity and keeping their past secret. While they find boredom in the repetitiveness, a string of murders bands the women together to find the killer, all while keeping their investigation from their husbands. »


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Review: 'Hannibal' Season 3, Episode 5, 'Contorno': Throw Will From The Train

3 July 2015 1:12 AM, PDT

Previously: Review: 'Hannibal' Season 3, Episode 4, 'Aperitivo': Revenge Society Appetizer Previously, Will teamed up with Chiyoh, Jack teamed up with Inspector Pazzi, and Hannibal waited for everyone to come to him. Much more importantly, Mads Mikkelsen showed up in the new Rihanna video John Woo-ing a pair of money guns, and that's just amazing. Will Graham: Doin' Stuff! Concern set in early this episode, with yet more gratuitous slow-mo and snail close-ups. And things weren't looking much better when Will and Chiyoh settled in their train car with a good old-fashioned mope-off. ("No, Hannibal hurt me more!") Chiyoh offers this gratuitous insight: "If you don't kill him, you are worried you are going to become him." Yeah, we know! We've been watching this whole time! At this point, I was worried we were in for another stretched-out slog of an episode. But all was forgiven when Chiyoh »


- Jeff Stone

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Love is Threatened by the Supernatural in 'Brides to Be'

2 July 2015 3:14 PM, PDT

Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Brides to Be Logline: The night before their wedding, two women must battle sinister forces in order to save themselves… and each other. Elevator Pitch: "Brides to Be" is a paranormal thriller about love and the struggle to conquer hate. On the eve of her wedding, Jenna, an uncertain bride-to-be, Robin, her fiancée and Nate, her best and only friend, travel to a secluded fairy tale venue about to re-open after years of sitting vacant. But it doesn't take long for an unexplained, deeply unsettling phenomena to begin terrorizing Jenna; and when Robin becomes a very real victim of the supernatural, Jenna »


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6 Must-Watch TV Shows and Movies Coming to HBO Now in July 2015, from 'The Drop' to '7 Days in Hell'

2 July 2015 3:03 PM, PDT

Read More: 'Changeling,' 'Serena' and More on Netflix This July (Plus Indiewire's Picks) On June 21, HBO Now released the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective," along with launching their latest original series, "The Brink" and "Ballers." All three series will run through July, but that's not all they're up to this month. Check out the films that will be coming to the new streaming platform, including recent releases like "Horrible Bosses 2" and "The Drop," with Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the late James Gandolfini, classics such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," and Spanish language releases coming from Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and more. In addition, we have a list of films to watch before they are removed from streaming on July 31, as well as our own picks for what you can't miss (in bold).  Available 7/1 Indiewire Pick: "A.I. Artificial »


- Sara Itkis

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Heartrending Tributes to Indiewire Co-Founder Brian Clark

2 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT

"Indiewire follows me wherever I go," Brian Clark once said. His Facebook page, now a memorial to the digital media producer and longtime member of the film community, indicates that this is a huge part of Brian's legacy — an uplifting spirit who served as both a pioneer and a mentor to filmmakers, friends, media professionals, and the transmedia community alike. Among the many loving tributes is one from Indiewire founder Eugene Hernandez, now Deputy Director at Film Society of Lincoln Center. In Indiewire's early years, Clark circled a memo entitled, "Indiewire is a brand, dammit!" Says Hernandez: "It took me time to fully comprehend what Brian meant, but once I totally got it, we were really on our way. Indiewire will be 19 years old next month!" Read More: Brian Clark, Former Indiewire Publisher and Digital Media Producer, Dies Facebook Tributes »


- Emily Buder

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Brian Clark, Former Indiewire Publisher and Digital Media Producer, Dies

2 July 2015 1:14 PM, PDT

Brian Clark, one of the original figures in the conceptualization of Indiewire and a major player in the transmedia and immersive storytelling communities, died today in New York surrounded by family and friends following a brief battle with cancer. He was 46.  Read More: Heartrending Tributes to Indiewire Co-Founder Brian Clark Clark co-founded the new media production company Gmd Studios in 1995 and continued to run it for nearly 20 years. In 1997, he served as a producer and managing member of Indiewire during its initial iteration as a newsletter. "indieWIRE is a brand, dammit," he wrote in an internal memo to staffers during the late '90s, using the spelling that distinguished the site in its early days. "The independents are there, ready to be led together... and it's my belief that bringing them together will be at times explosive, at other times inspirational." While Gmd Studios sold Indiewire to SnagFilms in 2008, Clark remained an active. »


- Eric Kohn

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Happy 4th of July! Here Are the Best Fireworks Scenes in Indie Film

2 July 2015 1:12 PM, PDT

Read More: 5 Tips for Grassroots Film Distribution from Producers of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' "Adventureland" (Greg Mottola, 2009) Greg Mottola's "Adventureland" is a superb followup to his hilarious and much-beloved "Superbad." The film follows James (Jesse Eisenberg), a recent college grad in the late 1980s who works at a theme park the summer before he's supposed to go to grad school. While there, he meets a series of interesting characters, including "Em," a troubled girl and eventual love interest played by Kristen Stewart. In the "Adventureland" fireworks scene, the two take a break from exploring their awkward, inevitable relationship and get a nice view of the Fourth of July treat. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)In Benh Zeitlin's Oscar-nominated drama, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees the beauty in the world -- even as she confronts her father's ailing health and an »


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Leon Russell Gets Reflective at 'A Poem is a Naked Person' NYC Opening

2 July 2015 11:57 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Bask in the American Glory of the 'A Poem is a Naked Person' Trailer From 1972-1974, documentarian Les Blank spent time with country artist Leon Russell at his studio in Grand Lake, Oklahoma recording hours of video footage for a film project that would later become "A Poem is a Naked Person." However, creative differences and problems with musical copyright stifled the release of the documentary for decades, preventing it from ever receiving theatrical distribution. Following Blank's death in 2013, his son, Harrod, was finally able to complete the film, which debuted earlier this year at South by Southwest. "A Poem is a Naked Person" received its official theatrical opening last night at New York City's Film Forum with Leon Russell in attendance. Afterwards, Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") spoke with Russell, Blank and Maureen Gosling, Les Blank's longtime assistant and editor. »


- Ethan Sapienza

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Watch: 'Jurassic World' Trailer Spoof Takes Fan-Made Content To A New Level

2 July 2015 11:53 AM, PDT

Read More: Here's the Problem with the Success of 'Jurassic World' Many of the fan-made "Jurassic World" trailers are videos with scenes from other films spliced together, others are edited compilations of the film's official trailers, but this latest contribution isn't quite like the rest.  Popular Korean YouTuber Hozzah2 stars in a recently uploaded rendition of the "Jurassic World" trailer, a parody that features some pretty innovative swap-ins for the film's $150 million dinosaurs and more importantly, a very convincing Chris Pratt impression. The remake plays simultaneously with the original trailer and its audio in the split screen video above. Check it out, you'll never notice the difference.  Read More: Listen: 1-Hour Talk With Colin Trevorrow And Chris Pratt About 'Jurassic World,' Subverting Expectations, And More »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Watch: To Be An Auteur or Not To Be An Auteur?

2 July 2015 11:38 AM, PDT

"If you're going to make a point of being on this earth for any reason, by all means be an auteur," says celebrated comic artist and writer Ty Templeton -- a statement that would most certainly make Jean-Luc Godard proud, but inevitably make you poor. Very very poor. This is the much bantered about crux of filmmaking.  Do you fight to create a vision for your films that is unique to you and perhaps unconventional, or do you succumb to status quo, market trends and your love of food and housing? Above you can watch the Episode 1 bonus feature of Raindance Step & Repeat, a video series for independent filmmakers who want to make a living telling stories. In this episode, Templeton discusses when it's the right and wrong time to be the auteur of your own destiny. Find out more about Templeton here and visit Raindance here. Read More: What »


- Dale Sood

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Exclusive: Impact Partners to Launch Emerging Documentary Producers Fellowship at Doc NYC 2015

2 July 2015 10:46 AM, PDT

Impact Partners, the leading financier and executive producer of documentary film, will launch a new annual Emerging Documentary Producers Fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to some of the industry’s most promising new producers at an inaugural ceremony at Doc NYC this fall. The goal of the new fellowship is to foster emerging producing talent by launching a program that consists of a yearlong series of workshops with some of the most prominent luminaries in the field of documentary film. Guest documentary experts confirmed to participate in the 2015-2016 fellowship workshops include: Victoria Cook ("Page One: Inside the New York Times,"), Geralyn Dreyfous ("The Square"), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp"), Liz Garbus ("What Happened, Miss Simone?"), Howard Gertler ("Do I Sound Gay?"), Julie Goldman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), Amy Hobby ("What Happened, Miss Simone?"), Tabitha Jackson ( »


- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: Badass Porn Stars With Master's Degrees Will Literally School You in Sassy New YouTube Series 'Boss Bitches of History'

2 July 2015 10:05 AM, PDT

Read More: 15 Women-Driven Web Series That Could Be the Next 'Broad City' Co-created, written and hosted by Darling and Syre, "Boss Bitches of History" debuted its first two episodes earlier this week on Wisecrack, a Los Angeles-based media collective and YouTube channel dedicated to producing funny educational videos. The new series is the fourth addition to Wisecrack's current slate, which includes the wildly popular classic literature-themed "Thug Notes," hosted by Sparky Sweets. The goal of "Boss Bitches of History" is to look back on history and highlight the accomplishments of women who have vigorously flouted the patriarchy. Though the premise may sound abstract and academic, Darling and Syre are careful to wrap the ideological underpinnings of the show into precise, cheeky narration, which is a characteristic that speaks directly to their educational backgrounds. Darling earned a Bachelor's Degree in Forensic Psychology from the »


- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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Watch: Amy Schumer Dares You to Disrupt A Movie in Alamo Drafthouse PSA

2 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Read More: Review: 'Inside Amy Schumer' Season 3 Knows What It Looks Like, Doesn't Care What You Think In a new PSA courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse, Amy Schumer outlines some "pro tips" for the best moviegoing experience. The short promo features instructions ranging from the usual "don't talk or text during the movie" to more Schumer-specific advice like how to order drinks and treat women in the audience with the upmost respect.  Alamo Drafthouse is known for its strict no talking or texting policy, so Amy's funny, expletive-filled threat reinforces its mantra appropriately.  Watch the PSA above. Schumer's "Trainwreck" opens nationwide July 17.  Read More: Watch: Amy Schumer and Vanessa Bayer Freak Out in Hilarious New 'Trainwreck' Clip »


- Meredith Mattlin

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9 Documentary Festival Favorites Streaming on Netflix

2 July 2015 9:54 AM, PDT

Read More: 9 Essential Summer Movies Now Streaming on Netflix After winning the Best Director Award and the Special Jury Award for Cinematography (U.S. Documentary Competition) at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Matthew Heineman's "Cartel Land" begins rolling out in select theaters this weekend. The Mexican Drug War documentary is one of many non-fiction features that has used the festival circuit to its advantage. Lucky for doc fans, many of last year's biggest festival hits can now be streamed entirely on Netflix. Below are 9 of our favorite 2014 docs now available on the streaming platform. Synopses provided by Netflix.  "Fed Up" (Stephanie Soechtig)This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes of childhood obesity, which has become an ever-more serious medical issue in America. Katie Couric narrates the film, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Documentary) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. "The Green »


- Zack Sharf

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Here's What We Learned About the Movies From This Week's Trailers

2 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT

This week's episode of Screen Talk is presented by Vimeo. Head here to check out movies you can rent on Vimeo selected by Indiewire's Eric Kohn. This week, the first 100 people who use the promo code "eric10" can rent "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" (above), one of Kohn's favorite films of the year, with a 10% discount. The summer movie season is swarming with sequels, but it's hard to imagine any of them delivering as much fun as "Magic Mike Xxl." Its crowdpleasing potential was obvious from the trailer, but as we all know, trailers never guarantee quality. Read More: Why is Hollywood Still So Sexist? But marketers certainly try to convince us otherwise. This week saw the arrival of three major trailers, and they all invite plenty of scrutiny. While Oliver Stone's biopic "Snowden" includes no actual footage from the film, it hints at the kind of project one might »


- Eric Kohn

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Exclusive: Martin Scorsese on the Pros and Cons of Digital Filmmaking

2 July 2015 9:04 AM, PDT

We can always count on Martin Scorsese to support film stock. He was among the big-name directors to rally Kodak to keep film stock alive. At the time, he said, "Would anyone dream of telling young artists to throw away their paints and canvases because iPads are so much easier to carry? Of course not. In the history of motion pictures, only a minuscule percentage of the works comprising our art form was not shot on film. Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film." In the exclusive clip from "Side by Side Extra" above, Scorsese talks about the pros and cons of shifting to digital -- what is lost and what is gained. Read More: Keanu Reeves on Why Film Should Stick Around in the Digital Age Scorsese is just one of the many luminaries featured in "Side by Side Extra," a comprehensive »


- Paula Bernstein

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'For the Love of Spock' Becomes Most Successful Crowdfunded Documentary in Kickstarter History

2 July 2015 8:55 AM, PDT

Read More: 'For The Love of Spock' Documentary Will Kick Off 'Star Trek' 50th Anniversary Celebrations In just four short weeks, Adam, son of legendary actor Leonard Nimoy a.k.a. Mr. Spock, managed to rally more than 9,000 Trekkies to contribute $662,640 toward the production of "For The Love of Spock," a documentary that will examine the origins of the iconic character originated by his late father. The final amount raised surpasses the original fundraising target of $600,000. Following the conclusion of the fundraising campaign (yesterday, July 1, was the last day), the younger Nimoy thanked the film's supporters in a heartfelt note posted to the Kickstarter page, which you can read in its entirety below. "For The Love of Spock" is slated to debut in 2016, timed to coincidence with the 50th anniversary of the original "Star Trek" series. Read More: Remembering Leonard Nimoy, Who Was More Than Spock »


- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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Watch: #Tbt - 'The Social Network' Trailer Is Much Better Than 'Steve Jobs' Trailer

2 July 2015 8:01 AM, PDT

Read More: Sony Leaks Reveal Bickering Over 'Jobs,' 'Cleopatra'; Clooney Predicted Hack Macheads around America adjusted their horn-rimmed glasses and inched closer to their computer screens yesterday as the 'Steve Jobs' trailer finally hit the web. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, and with David Fincher long attached to direct, it seemed that the only thing separating this cybermensch biopic from 'The Social Network' was the absence of Jesse Eisenberg's trademark sneer. It wasn't until December's infamous Sony leaks, however, that we learned Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin "thought differently" to such an extent that the project was almost lost forever. Now directed by Danny Boyle, 'Steve Jobs' still looks like it's got a shot to be great (you can't find a much better replacement for Bale than Fassbender -- ditto for Fincher and Boyle) but it won't be as good as 'The Social Network. »


- Jon Fusco

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