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Upticks in the volume or quality of movies about American politics aren’t particularly good news; historically, it’s a pretty reliable warning sign that things in the real world aren’t going so well. And so, in the 20 years since IndieWire launched, we’ve seen a barrage of great movies about American politics. Yay?
Watch enough of them, and it’s hard to imagine how this country actually functions (or endures). These films can form a grim echo chamber that might seem it leaves us with little to celebrate.
And yet, there’s real joy to be found if you know where to look. Many of these movies are comedies — our increasingly absurd times inspire increasingly absurd movies. “Wag the Dog” seemed like outlandish satire when it premiered in 1997, but 19 years later it feels like a stone’s throw away from the truth. On the other hand, if 1997 audiences »
- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Eric Kohn, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Kate Halliwell, Sarah Colvin, Russell Goldman and Anne Thompson
The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series has set a 2016 lineup that includes “Author: The Jt Leroy Story,” “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series will also feature co-chairman Alec Baldwin and the festival’s artistic director, David Nugent, leading conversations with filmmakers and guests. Screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Amazon Studios picked up A&E IndieFilm’s literary scandal documentary “Author” out of Sundance earlier this year. “Betting on Zero,” about a crusade against alleged pyramid scheme Herbalife, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, while R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s look at Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate,” was first released in 1996.
“The SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York and Hamptons summer calendar,” said Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”
The festival’s Student Summer Filmmaking workshops are also open for enrollment and will also be held at Guild Hall July 18-22 and July 25-29. The festival is also partnering with Southampton Arts Center and offering free movie screenings through the summer, which include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Surf’s Up,” Rocky,” “The Candidate,” “The Shining,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Tootsie” and “Jaws.”
The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 6-10.
- Maria Cavassuto
Cabin Fever review
Eli Roth is a name now synonymous with the horror genre. His dark mind has brought to life Hostel, The Green Inferno and Cabin Fever. It was the latter that made the studios take notice and now fourteen years later Roth has returned to the series. Acting as producer, Roth gave the green light for Travis Zariwny (credited simply as Travis Z for the title) to remake Cabin Fever. That’s right – remake, not create a sequel or prequel. The horror genre already has more than its fair share of remakes, all the slasher classics (Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street) have come back around, »
- Kat Hughes
3 items from 2016
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