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Tyler Hubby Introduces His Film "Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present"

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Mubi is exclusively playing Tyler Hubby's Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016) from April 8 - May 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom and United States.Tyler Hubby (left) and Tony Conrad (right)I met Tony Conrad in 1994 just as he was re-emerging as a composer and musician. I was recording with my Hi-8 camera when he played one of his first public shows as a violin soloist and have been recording since.Tony was electrifying in how he could always find ways to confront establishment ideas and personal belief systems. Not only was his sabre rattling at the foundations of western culture inspiring, it was also just, and deeply resonated with my ideas of the role of art in society.Over the years as I worked as an editor on films like The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Double Take and The Great Invisible I kept shooting performances and interviews with Tony,
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‘Shadow World’ Exclusive Clip: Tribeca Documentary Explores The Nefarious Global Arms Trade

‘Shadow World’ Exclusive Clip: Tribeca Documentary Explores The Nefarious Global Arms Trade
The global arms trade makes billions of profit each year off the backs of countless human lives, all while fostering corruption, controlling international policy and creating suffering around the world. Johan Grimonprez’s (“Double Take”) new documentary “Shadow World” examines the shady world of the arms trade in order to shed light on the malfeasance that occurs right under our noses every single day.

Read More: Watch: ‘Shadow World’ Trailer Shines a Light on Hard Truths the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Based on Andrew Feinstein’s book “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and produced by Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films) and Anadil Hossain (Dillywood, Inc), the film unravels some of the world’s largest arms deals via those involved in perpetrating and investigating them, exploring how it operates under the guise of legality and why high-level leaders are never prosecuted for their crimes.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Shadow World’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Shadow World’
Johan Grimonprez doesn’t want audiences to get out their handkerchiefs; he wants them to get out their protest signs, their megaphones and their voting ballots. Whether documentaries have that ability is sadly open for debate, but “Shadow World,” Grimonprez’s superb, gut-punching exploration of the global arms trade is the sort of catalyst to energize politically-minded viewers. Flawlessly juggling an impressive array of talking heads with archival footage, the director (“Double Take”) aims his disgust at politicos, from Reagan to Obama, Blair to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and the billions invested in ensuring militarization and war never get put on ice. Smart, hard-hitting and possibly too intellectual for many, “Shadow World” deserves wide exposure at home and abroad.

Grimonprez bases his research on Andrew Feinstein’s 2011 book “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade,” bringing the South African author in as co-writer and talking head. Bookending the
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2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants: Andrew Dosunmu and Mark Jackson’s Latest Receive Coin

A pair of titles in our Most Anticipated Films for 2012 in #39. Andrew Dosunmu (Ma George) and #30. Mark Jackson (Untitled Sicily Project) are two of the lucky fifteen filmmakers to have received coin in the shape of 2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants. Recipients include a trio of titles that we caught in Park City back in January in Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Ira Sach’s Keep the Lights On, and Destin Daniel Cretton’s I Am Not a Hipster. Here’s the press release.

Post-Production Feature Film Grants

Keep the Lights On

Writer/director: Ira Sachs

The story of a tumultuous, decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue.
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9/11: how did film-makers handle the tragedy?

In the 10 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, film directors have responded in myriad ways. Peter Bradshaw charts the rise and fall of the 9/11 movie

At the Venice film festival last week, George Clooney unveiled his new backstairs political drama, The Ides of March, about a Democratic presidential candidate getting bogged down in compromise, backstabbing and the dark political arts. Clooney said that he could conceivably have completed the film before now, but President Obama had been doing too well, and therefore the time wasn't right.

Perhaps Clooney was being serious and perhaps he wasn't. But the remark typifies the dwindling of the memory of 9/11 in Hollywood cinema. The Obama presidency, ushered in by the catastrophe of the Bush reign, is now perceived to be in trouble, and this enables a prominent Hollywood liberal to make the kind of savvy, ahistorically pessimistic political movie that could have been produced at
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Double Take

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Summary: Although it’s hard to follow in parts, 'Double Take' is terrifically smart and appropriately wry--and elicits more than a few goosebumps.

Johan Grimonprez blends satire, capitalism, and history in Double Take, his examination on society’s dualities and the life and work of Alfred Hitchcock. One man alone cannot properly tell this story—and so it is that Grimonprez tracks down Ron Burrage, a famous Hitchcock lookalike in his twilight years, and voice artist Mark Perry. The film cuts between Burrage’s TV gigs and a fictional account by novelist Tom McCarthy, in which Hitchcock encounters his older self on the set of The Birds in 1962. “If you meet your double,” Hitchcock intones, “you should kill him.” He and his shadowy doppelganger regard each other with a mixture of revulsion and confusion, both knowing how the encounter must end.

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2010 Revelation Perth International Film Festival: Official Lineup

Is it a revelation or a revolution? It’s both! The Revelation Perth International Film Festival is tackling the theme of “Revolution” when its 13th annual edition begins violating Australia on July 8-18. Get set for 11 days filled French zombies, Belgian cowboys, outer space outlaws, Beat poets, cat ladies, gospel musicians and other revolutionaries.

Actually, one of the main features of the festival this year is a slew of music documentaries, mostly spotlighting both American and Australian music. On the U.S. side of things there’s Wheedle’s Groove, a look at the history of Seattle funk; Rejoice and Shout, which examines gospel music’s impact on African-American culture — and vice versa; Tom Dicillo’s Doors documentary When You’re Strange; plus The Family Jams and 72 Musicians. And, from Australia, there’s Megan Simpson-Hubberman’s classic concert film The Night of the Triffids.

There’s lots more than music docs,
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2010 New Media Film Festival: Official Lineup

Los Angeles may be considered the film capital of the world, but what is “film” these days anyway? A new L.A-based festival has just popped up that addresses and celebrates all of the unique forms that visual storytelling can take in our new media world.

The inaugural New Media Film Festival will run the course of one weekend, June 11-13, at the Downtown Independent theater and show a mix of Internet-based short films, “webisodes,” documentaries that deal with the way media influences and is influenced by real world affairs and feature films in which new media figures as a major story element.

While the festival is strictly concerned with new media, I do want to note that there is a slight “underground” connection. While the fest was founded by Susan Johnston, the event’s Artistic Director is David Kleiler, who founded the Boston Underground Film Festival way back in 1998. Plus,
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Box Office: "Agora" Leads Weak Weekend; Anchor Bay On a Roll With 2 Films

Box Office:
While Hollywood continued to have one its slowest summer box offices in recent memory ("Shrek Forever After" topped the charts for a third weekend in a row with just $25 million), Indiewood didn't fare much better. Of a small batch of openers, only three reported estimates early today - none of which were particularly earth shattering. Johan Grimonprez's Hitchcock/Cold War documentary "Double Take" grossed $5,000 from its exclusive engagement at New ...
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Film: Review: Double Take

Johan Grimonprez’s Double Take is an ambitious essay-film, examining Cold War paranoia through the prism of Alfred Hitchcock’s films and TV shows from the late ’50s to the mid ’60s. With no narration (outside of vintage radio broadcasts and some recitations by a Hitchcock impersonator) and very few on-screen titles, Double Take relies heavily on old news footage and Hitchcock promotional appearances, mixed in with some new day-in-the-life scenes featuring a man who looks a lot like Hitchcock. Grimonprez’s associations are loose, but clear. He’s illustrating how Hitchcock fed on—and fed—the atmosphere of suspicion ...
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"Double Take," "Visionaries," William A Fraker

"Cinema is the art of appropriation — whether taking that which is before the camera or that which has already been filmed." J Hoberman in the Voice: "We'll never know who first discovered the possibility of re-editing existent footage, but, as Jay Leyda noted in his pioneering Films Beget Films, 'We can be sure that the practice is as old as the newsreel itself.' These days, film history is a hall of mirrors in which not just film footage but filmmakers may be incorporated in other filmmakers' work. Johan Grimonprez's Double Take gives Alfred Hitchcock a new role; Chuck Workman's Visionaries popularizes a persona invented by Jonas Mekas."
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Psycho; Double Take | Film review

Hitchcock's Psycho gets a welcome cinematic rerelease, accompanied by the fascinating Double Take, which plays upon the Master's preoccupations to illuminating, often hilarious effect, writes Philip French

Eleven years after the celebration of his centenary, 30 years after his death, 50 years after the appearance of his most sensational movie, Hitchcock remains a subject of inexhaustible interest to critics, artists and fellow film-makers. The latest are Don DeLillo, whose novel, Point Omega, features a man obsessed with Douglas Gordon's art installation, 24 Hour Psycho, and the Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez whose Double Take, a fascinating film about Hitchcock, fear and the Cold War, is going around the country with the rereleased Psycho.

Grimonprez's movie is a riveting montage (and sometimes collage) of clips from Suspicion, Psycho, North by Northwest, The Birds, Topaz and the Master's often wildly funny trailers and introductions to his TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. They're accompanied by unintentionally
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Films out this week

Kick-Ass (15)

(Matthew Vaughn, 2010, Us/UK) Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Moretz. 118 mins

Now that the likes of Batman and Spider-Man are risk-averse, broad-spectrum cash juggernauts, it's refreshing to see a comic-book movie that doesn't play by the rules. Like a spoilt brat, this is foul-mouthed, hyperactive, extremely violent, and all the better for it. And despite dealing with the pitfalls of becoming a real-life vigilante (with no super-powers), it successfully segues from teen loser comedy to full-on action fantasy without losing its stride, just as it straddles the divide between fan-friendly cult material and mainstream crowd-pleaser.

Clash Of The Titans 3D (12A)

(Louis Leterrier, 2010, Us) Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson. 106 mins

So much state-of-the-art technology and A-list talent has been thrown at this sword-and-sandals epic, some of it is bound to stick. And if the 3D looks like a hurried afterthought and the story a bit of a Greek salad, there's always another giant scorpion,
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Hitchcock and Borges revisited

Johan Grimonprez's new film Double Take brings to light a kinship between Alfred Hitchcock and Jorge Luis Borges

Tom McCarthy, who wrote Double Take for director Johan Grimonprez, based his screenplay on a story by Jorge Luis Borges called August 25th, 1983, in which the author encounters and talks with his 83-year-old self on his deathbed as a slightly younger man, on the date specified. Quite apart from the wittily Hitchcockian weirdness that Grimonprez has confected in his movie (the Master Of Suspense as ranting, paranoid cold war commentator developing his end-of-the-world masterpiece, The Birds, hardly begins to convey it), I'm grateful to McCarthy for alerting me to a hitherto unsuspected, but actually quite obvious kinship between the Fat Man and the Blind Man.

Just the title of Borges's story puts one in mind of the opening caption in Psycho: "Friday, December the Eleventh," and the doubling of authors
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Film Forum Sets Summer Schedule

Film Forum Sets Summer Schedule
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, New York's Film Forum has announced its summer 2010 slate, which includes Dover Kosashvili's "Anton Chekov's The Duel," Jessica Oreck's "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo," Emmanuel Laurent's "Two In The Wave," Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take," Kate Davis & David Heilbroner's "Stonewall Uprising," Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's "Alamar," Vikram Jayanti's "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," Tamra Davis's "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," Marco Amenta's "The Sicilian Girl," and ...
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Sundance Review: 'Double Take'

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One of the buzz-words of Sundance 2010 is "rebel," conveniently usable as either a noun or a verb. Of the six movies I saw on Friday (Jan. 22) -- a number I have no intention of equalling in the days to come -- no film fulfilled that edict to be rebellious with as much zeal as Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take," part of Sundance's New Frontiers program. I could write thousands of words trying to explain how "Double Take" is structured and it functions, but at 1 a.m. that might not be a good idea. Suffice to say that almost no simple...
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Sundance 2010 New Frontier: Seeing Hitch in Double, Animal Collective in Oddsac

Something tells me I'll be indulging in the Nf section with a quota of at least three works. Dammit, I'm already breaking out in hives with the monstrous task ahead of me of covering the festival from top to bottom. - This year's New Frontier section, a collection of six works that bend the rules of cinema, and are generally neglected from the press includes Johan Grimonprez's Double Take (another picture that received its North American premiere at the Nouveau Cinema Festival in Montreal, making the Park City screening a U.S. premiere. Something tells me I'll be indulging in the Nf section with a quota of at least three works. Dammit, I'm already breaking out in hives with the monstrous task ahead of me of covering the festival from top to bottom. All My Friends Are Funeral Singers / USA (Director and screenwriter: Tim Rutili)&mdash
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Dogtooth, Still Walking and Yu Irie's 8000 Miles among Fnc's 38th Edition

Canada's most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel's pegged for Oscar - Precious, Lone Scherfig's An Education, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year's edition is filled to the gills with obscure titles and names that even a hardcore connoisseur of world cinema such as myself is unfamiliar with. - I've just completed an exhaustive 35 film slate at Tiff and I've got very little time to recharge the batteries for The Festival du nouveau cinéma. Canada's most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel's pegged for Oscar - Precious, Lone Scherfig's An Education, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year's edition is filled to the
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Sundance Reveals 2010 Non-Competition Slate

On Wednesday the Sundance Film Festival unveiled the films competing in late January 2010. Yesterday they announced the rest of the line-up of independent films vying for attention for industry types and the curious public.

The entire list of 53 films is below, but here are a few that stood out to me from the premieres alone:

Mumblecore directors the Duplass Brothers, have a new, untitled movie starring an unusually high-profile cast compared to their usual improvisational crew. John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. Reilly and Keener are actually in two films at the 2010 festival.

The Company Men, starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt about corporate downsizing.

Rodrigo Cortes’ Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive in a coffin. I’ve read the script and its great. More on that as soon as I can.

The Runaways, the
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Sundance 2010: Alfred Hitchcock stars in Johan Grimonprez's Double Take

And you thought Hitchcock was dead.

Don’t worry, this isn’t some zombie Hitchcock risen from the dead to make more great films (though I wouldn't be against that) but it sure looks like Johan Grimonprez has outdone himself in the found footage department. I’ve now seen four different cuts of the trailer and read the synopsis and I’m still not 100% sure what Double Take is about but I’m definitely kicking myself for having skipped it at Viff.

Here’s the official word:

Alfred Hitchcock is unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. As television hijacks cinema, and Khrushchev debates Nixon, sexual politics quietly take off and Hitchcock himself blackmails housewives with brands they can't refuse.

Though the purpose appears to be very different, Double Take reminds me a little of Koji Masutani’s Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived.
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