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At the beginning of his latest music documentary, Jim Jarmusch makes explicit his position on the absolute superiority of the legendary proto-punk band The Stooges, with onscreen text dubbing them “the greatest rock and roll band. Ever.” He’s not exaggerating; the movie is the work of someone who’s clearly already made up his mind. What follows that opening is a melange of rock doc conventions and half-hearted attempts to subvert them, a surprisingly tame tribute to a group whose work was never even-keeled.
“Gimme Danger” charts the steady rise and fall of The Stooges, from the high school days of The Iguanas for iconic frontman Iggy Pop (née Jim Osterberg) through The Stooges’ days with the outspoken members of MC5 and Iggy’s eventual recruitment by London hitmakers. »
- Steve Greene
If horror movies have taught us anything, it’s that you probably shouldn’t follow a dude you meet at a strip club to a second location. That important rule appears to have been lost on the characters of “SiREN,” a feature-length adaptation of the “Amateur Night” segment from 2012’s “V/H/S.” Watch its trailer below.
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The trailer begins with four bros loaded into an SUV for a “Hangover”–style bachelor party, which is sure to cause many to cheer on their imminent demise. They eventually make their way to the remote brothel of the title, a luxe mansion with enough weirdness to instantly identify itself as a bad place; once there, they learn that a woman who works there is more than she appears to be.
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- Michael Nordine
On election night, Stephen Colbert will have the freedom to say whatever he wants, bleep-free on his Showtime special, “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?” The cable network released a new “presidential” teaser for the event, as well as a new poster.
Colbert will bring his unique comedic touch, political satire and social commentary to the live event, all while he reacts to the election results as the state by state returns come in. Best yet, fans of “The Colbert Report” host will also get to finally hear him say things he’s never been able to say in this campaign – something we’ve all been waiting for.
“Only one man has the depth of knowledge, the breadth of experience, the intelligence, the insight, the ethics and the professional standards to cover the biggest night in politics, »
- Liz Calvario
It’s been a busy year for Jim Jarmusch. In addition to premiering both “Gimme Danger” and “Paterson” at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the indie stalwart also produced and appears in “Uncle Howard,” an upcoming documentary by Aaron Brookner. Watch its trailer below.
Brookner’s film concerns the life and work of his uncle Howard Brookner, who died in 1989. Here’s its synopsis: “‘Uncle Howard’ is an intertwining tale of past and present — the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner, whose work captured the late 70s and early 80s cultural revolution, and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later to discover his uncle’s films and the legacy of a life cut short by the plague of AIDS.”
Read More: Watch: Trailer For Sundance Bound Documentary ‘Uncle Howard’ Executive »
- Michael Nordine
Not only does Jim Jarmush have Paterson and Gimme Danger this fall, but he also produced — and is featured in — Uncle Howard, a new documentary from director Aaron Brookner, which explores the life and work of his uncle, a New York filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1989. An intimately personal reflection on his life, Howard Brookner directed Burroughs: The Movie, about the beat generation writer, but it looks like the ambitions of the documentary go beyond just his work.
We said in our review, “How many great filmmakers have been lost as a result of disease and human catastrophe? That seems to be the question on the mind of documentary filmmaker Aaron Brookner in his debut film, Uncle Howard, a deeply personal piece of work that offers both an introduction (or re-introduction?) to the director’s uncle — a once-burgeoning independent filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1989 at just 31 years of »
- Leonard Pearce
"I had been searching for my Uncle Howard's first film..." Pinball London has debuted a trailer for a doc called Uncle Howard, which has played at film fests all over the world including Sundance, Berlinale and the New York Film Festival most recently. Uncle Howard is made by Aaron Brookner, nephew of American director Howard Brookner, a little-known but well-regarded filmmaker who died of AIDS in the late 80s. In the film, Aaron goes on a journey to "discover his uncle's films and the legacy" - meeting people like Jim Jarmusch and Tom Dicillo along the way. It's a very fascinating, very personal doc but should be inspiring to other filmmakers. It's not my favorite doc I've seen this year, but it's one of the better ones. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Aaron Brookner's doc Uncle Howard, in high def from Apple: Uncle Howard is »
- Alex Billington
That's a wrap on the New York Film Festival which hosted the world premieres of 20th Century Women, The 13th, and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. But in festival season there's never any downtime. I'm off to Middleburg, Virginia tomorrow to try out a new festival. This one is just a weekend long fest with beautiful scenery -a baby Northeastern Telluride I suppose? Lion, Loving, La La Land, and Land of Mine (Denmark's Oscar submission) as well as some movies that don't begin with the letter "l" are screening.
But meanwhile back in New York City, our hometown festival wrapped this Sunday. Here are all the reviews in case you missed any. Thanks again to Jason, Manuel, Bill, and Murtada for bringing this festival to you!
Manchester by the Sea, 20th Century Women, and Aquarius
13th (Ava DuVernay's documentary on mass incarceration) - Glenn
20th Century Women (Mike »
- NATHANIEL R
Here's Jason reporting from Nyff on two docs that deal with a younger generation being affected and influenced by the art dealings of their elders.
It seems like every other gay person that I meet has a gay aunt or uncle who informed their childhood in some way - I never did; the closest I got was a friend of my mother's who was whispered about as a weird bachelor type, but he was out of her life before I was born. But you remember such things, small weird whispers as they are, when they're your singular life-line to a big world actually existing out there where you can figure your own stuff out.
In Aaron Brookner's search in the making of Uncle Howard, with timely editing by Masahiro Hirakubo (Orlando von Einsiedel's Virunga), we see glimpses of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Philip Glass, John Giorno, Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman, Jim Carroll, Frank Zappa, and Patti Smith at the Entermedia Nova Convention - Andy Warhol having Cities Of The Red Night inscribed by William Burroughs - clips from Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars - and a telling interview with Lindsay Law on Howard Brookner's film Bloodhounds Of Broadway, based on Damon Runyon stories, with Matt Dillon, Rutger Hauer, Randy Quaid, Jennifer Grey, Madonna, Anita Morris, Fisher Stevens, Richard Edson, and Steve Buscemi.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Films by Steve James, Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens (on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), Errol Morris (on Elsa Dorfman), Bill Morrison, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Raoul Peck, Kasper Collin (on Lee Morgan), Sam Pollard, Aaron Brookner (on William Burroughs and Robert Wilson documentarian Howard Brookner), Olatz López Garmendia, Shimon Dotan, Mohamed Siam, Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger (on Wendy Whelan), Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker will shine in the New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary section.
Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th was announced earlier as the Opening Night Gala film, Gimme Danger's Jim Jarmusch appears in Brookner's Uncle Howard and Sacro Gra director Gianfranco Rosi has his latest Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) screening in the Main Slate program.
Chaired by Festival Director Kent Jones, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the complete Spotlight on Documentary lineup for the 54th New York Film Festival, which begins on September 30 and ends on October 16. Among the more prominent selections are “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James’ “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and Errol Morris’ “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” among others; already announced titles for this year’s edition of Nyff, the 54th, include Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.” Find the full list of documentaries below.
Read More: Nyff Reveals Main Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ ‘Paterson’ and ‘Personal Shopper’
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (Steve James)
“Dawson City: Frozen Times” (Bill Morrison)
“Hissen Habré, »
- Michael Nordine
Barcelona — Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” Todd Solondz’s “Wiener Dog,” João Pedro Rodrigues’ “The Ornithologist” and Paz Encina’s “Memory Exercises” are some of the newest titles that will round up San Sebastian’s overhauled Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sidebar.
Winner of a Cannes’ Fipresci Prize with “Paraguayan Hammock,” Paz Encina’s awaited second feature, “Memory Exercises” turns on Agustín Goiburú, who made a valiant attempt to organise opposition to Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner.
Premiered at the 2016 Berlinale, Nichols’ FilmNation-sold fourth feature won glowing reviews – Variety called it “limitlessly imaginative” – for a supernatural thriller mixed with sci-fi and road movie elements.
Portuguese João Pedro Rodrigues’ fifth picture, the playful “The Ornithologist, in which a solitary bird watcher embarks on a journey of self discovery, won best director at early August’s Locarno Festival. Films Boutique sells; Portugal’s Blackmaria produces.
“A wandering short story compendium, bound by deadpan musings on mortality and the presence of one winsome Dachshund, »
- Emilio Mayorga
The festival’s Zabaltegi strand is introducing a competition for the first time.
The 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has completed the line-up for its Zabaltegi-Tabakalera strand, which will be competitive for the first time.
Todd Solondz comedy-drama Wiener-Dog, first seen at Sundance in January, has also been selected for the strand. It marks the third time the Us writer/director has been chosen for Zabaltegi, after presenting Happiness in 1998 and Storytelling in 2001.
As previously announced, Bertrand Tavernier’s Voyage A Travers Le Cinema Francais (A Journey Through French Cinema) will open the strand.
Exclusive: Italian distributor buys docs including Zero Days and Lo And Behold and a number of narrative dramas.
Italian distributor I Wonder Pictures has struck deals for a number of documentaries, confirming its place as a key player in the doc market.
Andrea Romeo, I Wonder managing director, has picked up a number of films that screened at the recent Italian Biografilm festival, of which he is also the artistic director.
Also picked up were the Paula Vaccaro and Jim Jarmusch-produced celebration of Howard Bookner, Uncle Howard; refugee story Those Who Jump; doc thriller The Lovers And The Despot; and Ester Gould’s Strike A Pose, the what-happened-next chronicle about the dancers of Madonna’s 1990 music tour.
I Wonder, which has previously released documentaries Citizenfour, The Look Of Silence and [link »
The book is about a young black man from an affluent background in Chicago who heads to Germany after coming out of rehab. A troubled college dropout struggling to come to terms with his sexuality (he is gay), he hopes to build a new life in Berlin, a city he is drawn to by its decadent and bohemian reputation.
The film will be produced by Paula Vaccaro. It is being put together as a UK-Germany-us co-production.
Brookner’s previous feature Uncle Howard - sold internationally by Upside Distribution - is screening at the Cannes Marché following its selections in Sundance and Berlin.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Before you go any further, this article contains multiple spoilers for 10 Cloverfield Lane. It’s a film best seen with as little prior knowledge as possible. So, in the spirit of the movie, hole yourself up in a bunker until you’ve seen it.
Here comes the spoilers.
In Defence of Howard’s Actions in 10 Cloverfield Lane
John Goodman’s Howard is the violent, unpredictable core of 10 Cloverfield Lane. He’s the inciting incident (running Michelle’s car off the road), the source of all conflict, and the dominator of every scene (a credit to Goodman’s performance). He’s a man of grunts, sighs and exhales, and is, arguably, the physical embodiment of the bunker itself, with its mechanical whirs, bubbling fish tank and compartmentalised chambers.
He’s the film’s antagonist. He bears uncomfortably over Michelle as though she’s his estranged daughter; and bullies Emmett, the builder »
- Oli Davis
With the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival wrapping up this week, we’ve highlighted our five favorite films from the slate. Make sure to stay tuned in the coming months as we learn about distribution news for the titles. Check out our favorites below, followed by our complete coverage, and one can see the winners here.
Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
One has to appreciate Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s winking self-awareness in calling his new feature Creepy. It’s as if the Coen brothers released a film entitled Snarky, or Eli Roth named his next stomach-churner Gory. Kurosawa, who’s still best known for Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001), two rare outstanding examples of the highly variable J-Horror genre, instills a sense of creepiness into virtually anything he does, regardless of subject matter. His latest, which sees him return to the realm of horror after excursions into more arthouse territory, certainly lives up to its name »
- TFS Staff
Documentary about Us filmmaker whose life was cut short by AIDS scores international sales deal.
New Paris-based sales and production company Upside Distribution has secured international sales rights to documentary Uncle Howard.
Pinball London, the production company behind the Sundance and Berlinale documentary, closed the deal.
“We are proud and excited to represent this strong and touching film, which moved us all at the Berlinale,” said Pauline Saint Hilaire and Johan de Faria from Upside Distribution.
Uncle Howard follows his nephew’s personal journey to discover his uncle’s film legacy which captured »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The pack of documentaries in this year’s Panorama selection has thrown up an interesting pair on the Berlinale’s opening weekend. Moving from filmmaking to photography, just one day after Aaron Brookner’s Uncle Howard opened in the Panorama Dokumente section, we find another non-fiction feature immersed in the creative explosion and ultimate tragedy of the gay scene in ’80s New York. Directed for HBO by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato — the subversive television production couple behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, Deeper Throat, and Sex Change Hospital — Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures provides a snappy, confidently explicit overview of the photographer’s work and life that chooses not to sugarcoat the man’s ruthless ambition or seemingly exasperating personality.
Born to English and Irish parents in Queens, New York, Robert Mapplethorpe would take the ritual and symbolism of his Catholic upbringing and use it to create some of the »
- Rory O'Connor
How many great filmmakers have been lost as a result of disease and human catastrophe? That seems to be the question on the mind of documentary filmmaker Aaron Brookner in his debut film, Uncle Howard, a deeply personal piece of work that offers both an introduction (or re-introduction?) to the director’s uncle — a once-burgeoning independent filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1989 at just 31 years of age — and a somber meditation on talent lost.
Howard Brookner was born in New York, raised on Long Island, and graduated with an M.A. in Art History and Film from Nyu. His first feature would be Burroughs: The Movie, an acclaimed documentary on Beat poet William S. Burroughs. He got his college buddies Tom Dicillo and Jim Jarmusch to respectively serve as cinematographer and boom guy. The New York Times would later attribute its “comprehensiveness” to Brookner’s “unusual degree of liveliness and curiosity. »
- Rory O'Connor
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