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Films For Labor Day Weekend

3 September 2016 5:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Labor Day celebrates working people and the labor unions that brought working people the 40-hour work week, the 8-hour day, overtime pay, work-place safety, paid holidays and vacations, and a host of other protections and benefits. To honor those hard-working people and organized labor, here is a list (in no particular order) of a dozen worthy narrative films for Labor Day.

Norma Rae (1979)

For many people, the words “labor union” bring to mind the image of Sally Field standing up in defiance in “Norma Rae.” Field won an Oscar for her unforgettable, inspiring character, a worker in a Southern textile factory who becomes involved in labor organizing and stands up to management after the factory workers’ health is threatened in the workplace. This stirring drama, based on a true story, also stars Beau Bridges as Norma Rae’s husband Sonny and Ron Leibman as an union organizer from the Northeast. »

- Movie Geeks

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten White People Doing The Right Thing

30 August 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I think everyone in this country should be aware by now that our race relations are at an all time low.  It seems every time we hear the news another black citizen has been shot by the police or police have been shot by someone angry about these shootings.  It cannot continue.  We as a nation cannot keep going down this road.

I have always sympathized with Black Americans.  In fact as a Scot and Irish American I have always sympathized with anyone who ever got pushed around, starting with Native Americans, Asians, Jewish immigrants, women of any ethnic group, Hispanics from any country.

I also sympathize with the people who are tasked with law enforcement.  It’s a tough job.  I had some training in that area.  A couple of years ago I was hired by a Security company and was trained in unarmed, and armed, uniformed security.   I »

- Sam Moffitt

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3 Solutions to Indie Cinema’s Digital-Age Funk

7 August 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — The challenges facing the world’s independent movie industry roll off the tongue like a well-known litany.

“While structurally things are at very different stages in various parts of the world, the bottom line is that it seems everybody across territories everywhere shares the same fears and issue,” said producer Ira Deutchman (“Matewan,” “Short Cuts”) about work sessions at Locarno think tank Step-In, which this year broadly focused on the U.S. and Canada, while addressing huge indie industry big-picture concerns.

He added: “If there was any frustration expressed by people taking notes it was not for a lack of conversation but lack of solutions.”

On Friday an initial Step-In panel at Locarno featured comments on North American market realities from the Toronto Fest’s Cameron Bailey, Telefilm Canada’s Carolle Brabant, Mongrel Media CEO Hussain Amarshi, and Emerging PicturesIra Deutchman.

Moderated by Deutchman, a two-hour presentation of »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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"It's Just Movie-making": John Sayles Interviewed By Cinema Retro's Mark Cerulli

17 February 2016 7:44 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Still doing it his way: Sayles today.

By Mark Cerulli

The interview was set for 10:30 Am.  Usually they run a few minutes late as the celebrity works his way through a call list. When the moment arrives an assistant handles the intros. Not this time. At precisely 10:30:00, the phone rang and iconic Indie filmmaker John Sayles introduced himself. And why not? A no-nonsense, get- it -done type of auteur, Sayles handles his own publicity calls and was keen to discuss his remarkable and varied career in advance of a weekend retrospective at La’s Cinefamily February 18 - 20.

Sayles broke into the business, like so many before him, by working with genre legend Roger Corman who figuratively and literally wrote the book on low budget filmmaking. “I got very lucky, didn’t realize it at the time, “Sayles recalls. “I wrote three screenplays (Piranha, The Lady in Red »

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As we lose two titans of cinematography, we wonder how cinema's future looks

4 January 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

While the holidays unfolded, we lost two of the greatest photographers to ever work in cinema, and it's only when you look back at the filmography they leave behind and the legacy they passed on to all the cameramen who worked under them and then went on to shoot films of their own that you understand the magnitude of what we've lost. There was a point in my own film education when I stopped going from actor to actor or from director to director in the way I was watching movies and spent a summer going from cinematographer to cinematographer, and doing that proved to be an education in the tricky definition of what we call "authorial voice" in film. I think it is only in collaboration that magic happens, and one of the people who has to be absolutely killing it for that to work is the cinematographer. The »

- Drew McWeeny

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