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Microsoft’s Margaret Price on Partnering with Miao Wang for a Short Film on Inclusive Design

17 hours ago

Filmmaker Miao Wang (Beijing Taxi) partnered with the Microsoft Design team, by way of Cinelan, to create an upcoming video on the practice of inclusive design, which aims to resituate our conception of disability by creating products accessible to the widest audience possible. Filmmaker spoke with Microsoft Design’s Margaret Price about the collaboration and why she’s chosen the medium of film to spread awareness of the role of inclusive design. As Price notes, the desire to simultaneously create for a personal and universal consumer is applicable beyond just the field of engineering, and relatable to filmmaking as well. In August, Filmmaker will run […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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“How Cool Is That, to Have Schwarzenegger in an Arthouse Movie?” Dp Lukas Ettlin on Maggie

19 hours ago

In the late ’90s, a pre-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly headlined a version of Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic classic I Am Legend before budget concerns derailed the project. Almost two decades later, the 67-year-old Schwarzenegger is starring in a decidedly different futuristic plague film. In the indie Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays a farmer who brings his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin) home for the last days of her life. No gunfights, no car chases, no “get to the choppers”: it’s essentially an ephemeral mood piece, photographed in widescreen with an emphasis on tight close-ups and naturalistic lighting. The film’s cinematographer, Lukas Ettlin, spoke to […] »

- Matt Mulcahey

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“I Think That Being Unapologetic Gets You Farther Sometimes”: Anna Weinstein on Comedy and Working with Talent

22 hours ago

I’d heard the rumors about Cannes. About the heels of shoes that are measured if they appear suspiciously low. About some authorized shoe detective (random festival volunteer) who is qualified to deem a heel unfit for a premiere and deny entry. About how this unwelcomed fashion consultation excludes nobody — except men. When I first heard of this supposed Cannes custom — since confirmed by recent celebrity outbursts and Facebook posts from friends in attendance — I lost interest in attending myself. It’s not about whether or not I like getting dolled up, or if I like to wear heels […] »

- Taylor Hess

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Why Every Film Producer Should Own a Publishing Company

23 hours ago

Why does someone who has various film producer credits on over 100 independent features and documentaries own a record label and a music publishing company? And why does this music company give its music away for free to independent films? After two decades of producing independent film and clearing music for movies, I have come to the realization that every producer should own a music publishing company. As a producer, I have paid many record labels and music publishers to license music (I learned quickly one needs licenses for both “sides” — the master recording and the song copyright/publishing) and […] »

- Gill Holland

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Artel Great Launches Project Catalyst at Cinema Research Institute Event

25 May 2015 11:15 PM, PDT

Project Catalyst, an “innovative transmedia initiative that fuses creative community building with cinema, art, music, and technology” and is aimed at multicultural communities was pitched at an Nyu Cinema Research Institute event last month, hosted at AOL Build. In the video above, learn how Great intends this smartphone app to connect audiences with filmmakers in original ways and in order to support diverse content. »

- Scott Macaulay

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