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Read More: Filmmaker Charles Burnett to Receive Career Achievement Award at Chicago International Film Festival Next Month Thanks to the support of scholars, film critics and cinephiles, Charles Burnett has long been recognized as one of the great American filmmakers, even distinguished by Jonathan Rosenbaum as America’s most "gifted black American director." However, this critical appreciation has not amounted to much insofar as Burnett’s career, which has traveled along a bumpy road from day one. Known best for his 1978 masterpiece "Killer of Sheep," he hasn’t made a feature in six years, and in 40 years of filmmaking has a limited, inconsistent output that has seen him work in TV, shorts, for Disney, but without ever properly breaking out. It isn’t from lack of trying. Burnett has stories tell, and knows how important it is to share an authentic perspective on the African American experience, even as the »
- Adam Cook
Next month, Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of essential distributor Milestone Film & Video and honor the late, great Irish actress Maureen O'Hara, who died Saturday at 95, with two must-see slates of special programming. Read More: "Maureen O'Hara and the Road to the Academy Governors Awards" First, on Nov. 12, TCM devotes an entire evening to Milestone, founded by the husband-and-wife team of Dennis Doros and Amy Heller in their one-bedroom New York apartment in 1990. In recent years, the company has turned its attention to restoring and releasing "forgotten" films from black, gay, and women filmmakers to both film and digital formats—including such groundbreaking films as Charles Burnett’s "Killer of Sheep," Luchino Visconti’s "Rocco and His Brothers," and Kathleen Collins’ "Losing Ground." Among the highlights of TCM's programming is the television premiere of Shirley Clarke's "The »
- Matt Brennan
The word humanist is described as a “philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings”, and among filmmakers, the great French director Jean Renoir is considered to be one of the great humanist directors in cinema. But there is another one, just as important and as talented as Renoir, and that’s the great African American independent director Charles Burnett, who has made such remarkable and groundbreaking films such as "Killer of Sheep" (which was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film registry for its historical importance), "My Brother’s Wedding," "Nightjohn" and »
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
The first day of June sees a slew of new film journal issues. A roundup of links to essays on Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénega, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, Derek Jarman's War Requiem and more than a few pieces on films by Robert Altman. Plus poems for Montgomery Clift and Claire Danes and considerations of the work of Kevin Jerome Everson, Joan Jonas and Jean Negulesco. » - David Hudson »
RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, wrapped last night with Shawkat Amin Korki’s Memories on Stone winning best narrative feature and Hao Zhou’s The Chinese Mayor winning best documentary feature.
In the audience awards, best of the fest went to honoree Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution; best narrative feature went to Anywhere Else by Ester Amrami; best documentary feature went to Marc Silver’s 3 ½ Minutes and best indie was Proud Citizen by Thomas Southerland.
The festival presented 165 films in total in its 17th annual edition; more filmmakers than ever before attended the event.
“Films showcased at our festival this year reflected diverse stories from around the world, immense talent from directors, many trained in Winston-Salem, and a host of passionate projects that are jewels »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
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