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The National Film Registry Adds The Big Lebowski, Willy Wonka, Ferris Bueller’S Day Off, Rosemary’S Baby, and More

Every year, the members of the National Film Preservation Board (Nfpb) selects 25 films to be added to the Registry, and these films will be preserved in the Library of Congress for all-time due to their significant contribution to American society. After watching the great documentary These Amazing Shadows (which is about the National Film Registry) several years ago, I wondered when The Big Lebowski would get in. A couple years ago I was still wondering the same thing. For a movie that didn't blow up the box office when it was released or rack up tons of awards, it has entered the national consciousness and even created an annual festival that's been going around the country since 2002. Today, The Dude is finally in the registry. The Nfpb have announced their selections, and The Big Lebowski is among them. Other films added to the registry include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,
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Audio Dubbing Doc ‘Being George Clooney’ Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Audio Dubbing Doc ‘Being George Clooney’ Launches Kickstarter Campaign
“Being George Clooney,” a new documentary by “These Amazing Shadows” co-director Paul Mariano, has a launched a Kickstarter campaign.

The doc centers on audio dubbing of Hollywood films featuring George Clooney for foreign markets. Some of the voices hail from a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor and a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and an author of children’s books.

“Being George Clooney” goes behind the scenes at dubbing studios in Rome, Berlin, Madrid and Mumbai, exploring the personal lives of these voice artists and their lives as Clooney’s “alter ego.”

The Kickstarter campaign is looking to reach a goal of $90,000 from Feb. 17- March 17.

The film is in production, with plans ti travel to foreign countries after the campaign to interview other “George Clooneys.”
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Dubbing Doc 'Being George Clooney' Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Dubbing Doc 'Being George Clooney' Launches Kickstarter Campaign
Being George Clooney, a new documentary about the voices around the world who do audio dubbing for Hollywood films, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete its funding. Helmed by Paul Mariano, the co-director of doc These Amazing Shadows, the film explores audio dubbing of Hollywood films for foreign markets by visiting the men who are the international voices of Clooney. AMong them are a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor, a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and an children's book author. "As Hollywood depends more and more on international box office proceeds, voiceover dubbing has

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Fund This Film: ‘Click Here’ Explores the “Minefield” of Going From Script to Screen

Once again, I’m thinking you movie fans out there will be interested in a documentary about filmmaking. It doesn’t have the all-star cast of something like Side by Side or the classic film clips of These Amazing Shadows, but Click Here should still be on your radar if you care about not just cinema but all visual storytelling in the digital age. Its full title is Click Here: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Making Movies, and it’s a project led by Pete Chatmon, who directed the early Zoe Saldana movie Premium and who teaches production at Nyu. He also won the Tribeca Film Institute’s Creative Promise Narrative Award in 2008 for a script that, five years later, has yet to be produced. That frustrating experience is what inspired him and co-writer Candice Sanchez McFarlane to embark on this other endeavor. Their scope appears to be very wide, as
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Dirty Harry, The Matrix, Slacker, Two-lane Blacktop, and More Added to National Film Registry

Every year, The National Film Preservation Board selects 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry. These movies will be housed in the Library of Congress, and will be carefully preserved as part of American history. This year, the Board's selections included Dirty Harry, The Matrix, Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker, The Spook Who Sat By the Door, A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and A League of Their Own. Personally, I'm surprised The Big Lebowski and Die Hard still haven't made it in, especially when a movie like A League of Their Own can make it in. I love A League of Their Own, but it hasn't had anywhere near the cultural impact as Lebowski or Die Hard. Hit the jump for the full list of films. If you want to know more about the National Film Registry, you should check out the documentary These Amazing Shadows. Click here to read my review.
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'The Matrix' and Madonna top this year's National Registry additions

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'The Matrix' and Madonna top this year's National Registry additions
The first film I watched this year was a documentary called "These Amazing Shadows," a look at the work being done by the National Film Registry, and a celebration of the impulse behind the creation of the annual list. For those of you not familiar with it already, each year, the Registry picks films that are "works of enduring importance to American culture, that reflect who we are as a people and as a nation."  This year, anything released between 1897 and 1999 was eligible, and with this year's choices, the registry now stands at 600 titles.  That's since it was...
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Four Films & Composers Selected for Sundance's Composers + Documentary Lab

The Sundance Institute pairs together four documentary projects and composers to participate in the tenth annual Composers + Documentary Lab, which takes place at their Utah resort October 26 - November 1. The Lab, which focuses on the role of music and sound design in docs, is part of the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (Dfp) and Film Music Program. Among this year's advisors are Rob Epstein ("Howl," "Celluloid Closet"), Vivien Hillgrove ("In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee") and Dfp Director Cara Mertes, as well as music editor Adam Smalley and composers Todd Boekelheide ("Blessed is the Match"), Miriam Cutler and Film Music Program Director Peter Golub ("Wordplay," "These Amazing Shadows"). Director of the Film Music Program Peter Golub says: “Composers for documentaries face unique challenges yet there are few opportunities for them to work with documentarians and focus specifically on...
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Nf Podcast Ep. #49: “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Protocol”

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In the latest episode of the Nolan Fans Podcast, Alex and Teddy talk with guest host Jc Blass about the latest news; including the recent The Dark Knight Rises prologue rumor, filming on Wall Street, and the Christopher Nolan outtake from the documentary These Amazing Shadows. They also spend some time at the end of the podcast talking about a couple of films that await us in the remainder of the year, one of which may or may not be a movie titled Paranormal Activity: Ghost Protocol.

The Nolan Fans Podcast is a periodical podcast hosted by Teddy Blass and Alex Haas. It has been running since July 2009. With over 56,000 downloads, the podcast is largest and longest running podcast about director Christopher Nolan and his films. You can stream, download, and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes below. Enjoy.

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Votd: Christopher Nolan Talks ‘Star Wars’ In ‘These Amazing Shadows’

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Votd: Christopher Nolan Talks ‘Star Wars’ In ‘These Amazing Shadows’
As film fans, we sometimes put directors on such a pedestal it's easy to forget they're just like us. They're huge lovers of film who devour all forms of cinema. The main difference is, when they aren't watching movies, they're being handed millions of dollar to make them. But if you went to the hypothetical coolest-bar-ever and saw someone like Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg sitting there, you could buy them a beer and just chat about movies for hours. Another man who loves to talk about movies (as long as they're not his own) is Christopher Nolan. He waxed poetic in a love letter to cinema [1] called These Amazing Shadows, a documentary about the National Film Registry. In a deleted scene from the doc, presented below, Nolan talks about his love of Star Wars. Watch it and read more about the movie after the jump. Thanks to Nolan Fans
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Christopher Nolan Talks 'Star Wars' and Says He Most Identifies with Luke Skywalker

Christopher Nolan appeared in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival documentary These Amazing Shadows, a film that looks at the selections deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and listed on the National Film Registry. To my knowledge the film doesn't have an official release date, but you can get more on it at its official website here. However, before you head out, check out the following video featuring outtakes with Nolan as he discusses Star Wars, which he says he saw for the first time when he was 7-years-old and says he "can't think of any equivalent in cinema history." As for the headline, that's the follow-up question. Check out the 88-second video directly below. Nolan's next film is The Dark Knight Rises, which is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012. For more information on that film click here.
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Christopher Nolan Outtake From These Amazing Shadows

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As some of you may know, Christopher Nolan was one of the many filmmakers to appear in the 2011 documentary These Amazing Shadows. An Official Selection at Sundance, the documentary tells the history and importance of the The National Film Registry, which is a collection of American cinema classics. The filmmakers interviewed Christopher Nolan for the documentary back in 2010 about two weeks before the release of Inception. Amazed at how Nolan somehow had the time and energy to show up for the interview, the filmmakers prompted him with a number of questions about the Registry. He appeared with coffee in hand, and wearing his trademark vest and suit. In the documentary you can see Nolan and other famous filmmakers give their thoughtful answers about the a number of cinema classics. But like most movies, some scraps and pieces were left on the editing room floor.

Kurt Norton, one of the directors of These Amazing Shadows,
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Mike Cahill’s Another Earth Opening the 8th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival

Mike Cahill’s sci-fi/not-really sci-fi movie “Another Earth” has been announced as the opening film of the 8th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival, which will run July 14th through the 24th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Ima), and will feature films from the Us and around the world. The full slate consists of nearly 100 short and feature-length films, with a sneak peek at Fox Searchlight’s “Another Earth” on July 14th, and closes on July 23rd with Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s “These Amazing Shadows”. With more films to select from than ever, this year’s line-up – screened in American Spectrum (domestic), Matter of Fact (documentary) and World Cinema (foreign) programs – promises to be the most compelling yet. Titles range from selections featured at Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes film festivals to newly discovered regional filmmaking. Films will compete for Best Of in their respective categories, as well
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Directors Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton Interview These Amazing Shadows

One of the many documentaries I enjoyed at this year's Sundance Film Festival was Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton's These Amazing Shadows. The movie takes a look at the films that are in the National Film Registry and the work of preservationists to keep film history alive. While at Sundance, I got the chance to sit down with the two directors and talk about the picture. We discussed how they first became interested in the Registry, areas where the National Film Preservation Board could improve, and which films they want to see get into the Registry, among other topics. Hit the jump to check out the interview and click here to read my review of These Amazing Shadows. So how did you all first become interested in the registry? Paul Mariano: I read an article back I think in December of 2007 about the selection school of registry. I
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‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times’ and ‘These Amazing Shadows’ – Great Documentaries With A Similar Flaw [Sundance Review]

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‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times’ and ‘These Amazing Shadows’ – Great Documentaries With A Similar Flaw [Sundance Review]
Monday at the Sundance Film Festival I spent a year at the New York Times and 100 years at the movies. Two documentaries, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and These Amazing Shadows, both impressed with their poignancy and entertainment value. Both, however, are plagued with the same flaw - a penchant to go off on tangents and stay away from a narrative core. In each case these tangents are actually pretty interesting, adding to your enjoyment, but as a whole film, each suffers ever so slightly. Page One is exactly what the title says, "A Year Inside the New York Times." It follows several prominent reporters and stories over the course of a year while simultaneously exploring the role of print media in today's digital age. These Amazing Shadows tells the tale of the National Film Registry and the role they play in preserving and restoring films.
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Sundance 2011: These Amazing Shadows Review

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed at Sundance is talking with strangers about movies. Whether I’m on the bus, waiting in line, or sitting in a theater before the film starts, I’ve found friendly people who are willing to just geek out about movies. These Amazing Shadows is the cinematic equivalent of talking movies with your fellow film-lovers. Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s documentary jumps around excitedly as it points out great films that are in the National Film Registry, but it goes far beyond the popular stuff like Star Wars and Blazing Saddles. They look at experimental films, culturally significant movies regarding sex and race, and even popular bumpers. Mariano and Norton also examine the art of film preservation and the discovery of uncensored versions of movies that were edited under the Production Code. These Amazing Shadows lacks clarity and cohesion on certain points,
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These Amazing Shadows | Review - Sundance Film Festival 2011

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton Writers: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton Starring: Christopher Nolan, Tim Roth, John Waters, Barbara Kopple, Rob Reiner, Julie Dash, Wayne Wang, Robert Rosen, Zooey Deschanel, Caleb Deschanel, John Lasseter, George Takei and Dr. James Billington (Librarian of Congress) As a direct result of Ted Turner’s push to colorize black and white films from the MGM archives, President Ronald Reagan signed the National Film Preservation Act on September 27, 1988. This law established the United States National Film Preservation Board. The National Film Registry is the National Film Preservation Board’s list of films slated for preservation in the Library of Congress. Ever since 1989, a maximum of 25 films per year have been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and added to the Registry. Films must be at least 10 years old in order to qualify. (I often wish that I could wait 10 years before creating my year-end list of favorite films.
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“These Amazing Shadows” Directors Paul Mariano & Kurt Norton

Although any cinephile worth his salt knows that movie watching is but a fleeting experience, few comprehend that it may be one they won’t be able to repeat. The studios who produce films aren’t museums — they’re in the business of protecting their own assets, not our cinematic history. Without intervention, scenes, moments and entire back catalogues might be lost to the inevitabilities of decay.

Sundance newcomers Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s These Amazing Shadows tells the story of the National Film Registry, a government-appointed body that each year adds another 25 films it deems “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” to the Library of Congress. Through interviews with board members and notable filmmakers, they explore not only the films we love but how they shaped us.

For those who don’t have the good fortune to be at the festival, it’s available on IFC On Demand starting
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Your Winter Indie Film Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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If it's too cold to leave the house for your local theater, there's plenty of options if you stay inside online, on demand and on DVD. What follows is your guide to all the new releases coming your way between now and April.

Online and On Demand

My French Film Festival

Thanks to bids for Oscar consideration, the winter is traditionally one of the rare times foreign films get plenty of attention in the States, particularly at West Coast festivals such as Palm Springs and Santa Barbara. However, Francophiles in particular will be excited to know you won't have to go to California or New York -- or even Paris for that matter -- to be able to catch some of the most recent cinema from France since uniFrance is unveiling My French Film Festival, which is being billed as the "first exclusively online film festival celebrating French talent" that
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Sundance screening five festival films via on-demand

By Sean O’Connell Can’t make it to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this month? Have no fear. Sundance is bringing a portion of the festival to us.

Sundance Selects, the theatrical and video-on-demand film label, recently announced a partnership with the Sundance Institute to once again sponsor the “Direct from the Sundance Film Festival.” Running concurrently with the 2011 Sundance Film Festival – scheduled for Jan. 20-30 — the initiative will air five films being screened at the fest through on-demand technology.

From the release:

The films include four world premieres recently acquired by Sundance Selects (Brendan Fletcher’s Mad Bastards, Michael Tully’s Septien, Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s These Amazing Shadows, and Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent) and one U.S. premiere (Gregg Araki’s Kaboom).

The films featured through the Sundance Institute and Sundance Selects partnership will begin screening on video-on-demand at
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Sundance Selects VOD Offering

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Sundance Selects, the theatrical and streaming media label, today announced the second partnership with the not-for-profit Sundance Institute for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (January 20th – 30th, Park City, Ut). It presents initiative under which traditional film fests (including TriBeCa, established in 2002, NY) expand their brands by offering a few current selections for a limited time via VOD platforms. The films will be available in approximately 40 million homes on most major cable systems including Bright House, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, and Time Warner Cable.

Photos, all recently procured by Sundance Selects, are Brendan Fletcher’s “Mad Bastards,” (Drama, 2010) Michael Tully’s “Septien,”(Comedy/Drama, 2010) Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton’s “These Amazing Shadows,” (Documentary, 2011) Joe Swanberg’s “Uncle Kent” (Drama, 2011) and Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom.” (Comedy/Sci-Fi, 2010)

John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival quoted, “As part of the Sundance family, we have always been excited about discovering innovative ways to help our filmmakers find their audience.
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