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BAMcinemaFest 2018 Lineup Includes ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Madeline’s Madeline,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ and More

For the best in new American independent cinema, Brooklyn’s BAMcinémaFest continually curates the finest selection from previous festivals, as well as new premieres.. They’ve now unveiled this year’s slate for the festival running from June 20-July 1, including some of my favorite films of the year thus far as well as highly-anticipated festival favorites and the world premieres of Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman’s Feast of the Epiphany, Lev Kalman & Whitney Horn’s Two Plains & a Fancy, and Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life.

“We are proud to present work that is compelling, defiant, and ultimately thrilling,”says Gina Duncan, Bam’s Associate Vice President of Cinema. “It feels appropriate to celebrate the tenth BAMcinemaFest with a line-up of films and filmmakers whose energy and adventurousness hints at something profound taking root. I can’t wait to see what it bears.” See the lineup below and for more information,
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Tribeca Film Institute to launch works in progress programme

Filmmakers to show footage from six projects.

Tribeca Film Institute (Tfi) announced on Friday (April 13) the launch of its first Works In Progress programme, which aims to connect traditionally underrepresented filmmakers with industry professionals.

On April 21 at Cinepolis Chelsea, six selected fiction and documentary feature projects will showcase up to 20 minutes of excerpts from their works, most of which are in the post-production phase.

Fiction projects selected for the programme are: Crystal Swan directed by Darya Zhuk and co-written by Zhuk and Helga Landauer Olshvang; Jezebel written and directed by Numa Perrier; and Stranger’s Arms directed by Emma Westenberg and written by Valerie Kamen.
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The Current Debate: Character Limits in Spielberg's "The Post"

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The main selling point of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new film about The Washington Post’s involvement in publishing the Pentagon Papers, in 1971, is its topicality: the film was green lit, produced, and released all in 2017, beginning shortly after the Trump presidency. For such a film, it holds up surprisingly well, though contrary to what you might expect, it succeeds least of all as a movie about journalism. Christian Lorentzen elaborates at The New Republic:If the story of a bullying president and an embattled press corps sounds familiar, that’s because Spielberg fast-tracked the script’s production last spring. Casting Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who have both been vocal critics of the Trump administration, in the lead roles is more than a little on the nose. The historical allegory is neat, and obviousness isn’t a flaw in a protest movie. But as a movie about journalism, The Post substitutes righteousness for suspense,
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Inaugural Redford Center Awards Grants to Six Indie Documentaries Focused on Environmental Filmmaking

Inaugural Redford Center Awards Grants to Six Indie Documentaries Focused on Environmental Filmmaking
The Redford Center has announced its inaugural round of grants for six indie documentaries, all focused on “pushing the boundaries of environmental filmmaking.” In addition, the official Selection Committee has also singled out 7 honorees from a robust bunch of applicants that included 282 applications received from 28 countries worldwide (of particular note: 67% of the Grantees are female filmmakers).

“We have been humbled by the global response to our first-ever call to support films with innovative approaches to the challenges of environmental storytelling,” said Jamie Redford, Chair and Co-Founder of The Redford Center, of the announcement and their brand new honorees. “We said we were seeking the weird and the wild, and we got it. The range of creative and intelligent filmmakers working in this space only makes us more determined than ever to support and mentor more of their work in the future. It’s incredibly exciting.”

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Watch: Why Gordon Willis’ Lighting in Interiors is Another Character Element

In conjunction with the Museum of Moving Image’s first ever cinematographer-centric retrospective, Reverse Shot has produced a small tribute to Gordon Willis’ work on Woody Allen’s Interiors. Staging their own recreations of the film’s many portraits, editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert examine how Willis’ lighting contributes to the emotional interiority of Diane Keaton’s character, Renata. By casting her in shadows for the majority of the film, Willis reinforces her isolation. It’s an important consideration of how cinematography can not only set the external tone of a film, but also play a necessary role in the characterization of its inhabitants.
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Watch: Why Gordon Willis’ Lighting in Interiors is Another Character Element

In conjunction with the Museum of Moving Image’s first ever cinematographer-centric retrospective, Reverse Shot has produced a small tribute to Gordon Willis’ work on Woody Allen’s Interiors. Staging their own recreations of the film’s many portraits, editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert examine how Willis’ lighting contributes to the emotional interiority of Diane Keaton’s character, Renata. By casting her in shadows for the majority of the film, Willis reinforces her isolation. It’s an important consideration of how cinematography can not only set the external tone of a film, but also play a necessary role in the characterization of its inhabitants.
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First-Rate Doc Remote Area Medical Reminds You How Bad Things Were Before Obamacare

In 1985, philanthropist Stan Brock founded Remote Area Medical, a charity intended, according to the title card that opens Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman's exceptional documentary, "to bring free medical care to inaccessible regions of the Amazon rainforest." Today the majority of their work is concentrated somewhere rather less secluded: the United States.

The film makes clear why. In April 2012, Ram volunteers descended upon Bristol, Tennessee, to orchestrate an elaborate three-day clinic at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the city's gargantuan Nascar stadium. Many hundreds of Bristol's ill and injured attended, eager to enjoy the urgent treatment they'd been otherwise unable to afford. This is an irreproachable work of philanthropy, and it isn't difficult for Remote Area Med...
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‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview

‘The Imitation Game’ Will Stuff Theaters This Holiday Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game is the big kid on the block among this holiday weekend’s batch of newcomers. The title is following in the footsteps of past TWC heavyweights The King’s Speech and The Artist, both of which opened to solid box office numbers and eventually scored Oscars for Best Picture. The distributor is expecting good numbers for Imitation Game over the Thanksgiving frame. IFC Films’ horror pic The Babadook has some good buzz heading into the weekend, though it might show its biggest heft via VOD with its day-and-date rollout. Remote Area Medical is one of those films one hopes everyone will see. Timed perfectly for this time of the year’s focus on thanks and giving, the documentary shows the underbelly of America’s healthcare crisis by way of people who provide free medical services to needy people in pop-up clinics around the country.
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Daily | Film Quarterly, Antonioni, Christie

The new issue of Film Quarterly tops today's round of news and views. Also: Brad Stevens on novelizations, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Michelangelo Antonioni, Jeff Reichert on Martin Scorsese, Michael Koresky on Terence Davies, Nick Pinkerton on Pee-wee's Playhouse, David Schmader on Drew Christie, plus news of forthcoming work from Philippe Grandrieux, Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell, Robert Budreau and Ethan Hawke, and Jonathan Demme and Justin Timberlake. And the lineup for this year's AFI Fest is set. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Film Quarterly, Antonioni, Christie

The new issue of Film Quarterly tops today's round of news and views. Also: Brad Stevens on novelizations, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Michelangelo Antonioni, Jeff Reichert on Martin Scorsese, Michael Koresky on Terence Davies, Nick Pinkerton on Pee-wee's Playhouse, David Schmader on Drew Christie, plus news of forthcoming work from Philippe Grandrieux, Charlie Kaufman and Steve Carell, Robert Budreau and Ethan Hawke, and Jonathan Demme and Justin Timberlake. And the lineup for this year's AFI Fest is set. » - David Hudson
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Daily | kogonada, Rohmer, Glazer

Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay interviews kogonada, "the somewhat mysterious, Nashville-based film essayist whose works have scored hundreds of thousands of views on Vimeo and other platforms." Among his subjects: Robert Bresson and Stanley Kubrick. Tonight, he'll be presenting work on Steven Soderbergh and Yasujiro Ozu. Also in today's news roundup: James Lattimer on Eric Rohmer's Love in the Afternoon and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Jeff Reichert on Martin Scorsese's Italianamerican, Ron Rosenbaum on Al Pacino and more. Plus remembering George Sluizer (The Vanishing) and German screenwriter Wolfgang Held. » - David Hudson
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Daily | kogonada, Rohmer, Glazer

Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay interviews kogonada, "the somewhat mysterious, Nashville-based film essayist whose works have scored hundreds of thousands of views on Vimeo and other platforms." Among his subjects: Robert Bresson and Stanley Kubrick. Tonight, he'll be presenting work on Steven Soderbergh and Yasujiro Ozu. Also in today's news roundup: James Lattimer on Eric Rohmer's Love in the Afternoon and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Jeff Reichert on Martin Scorsese's Italianamerican, Ron Rosenbaum on Al Pacino and more. Plus remembering George Sluizer (The Vanishing) and German screenwriter Wolfgang Held. » - David Hudson
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Tribeca launches community platform

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Tribeca launches community platform
In collaboration with web platform Tugg Inc, Tfi plans to give community screening venues easy access to an exclusive collection.

Tribeca Film Institute (Tfi) has announced a community film screening platform.

In collaboration with web platform Tugg Inc, Tfi will give screening venues across the country easy and affordable access to an exclusive collection of its grant-supported films.

Films will include Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman’s This Time Next Year, which chronicles the unified efforts of a community to rebuild in the first full year after Hurricane Sandy.

“Tfi is pleased to support media artists to be catalysts of change in local communities by giving some our most outstanding funded films a new avenue for distribution through the Tugg platform,” commented Beth Janson, executive director of Tfi.

“It is our hope that this online film library will enable communities across the country to view some of Tribeca Film Institute’s most compelling filmmakers’ stories and then begin
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Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres

Tribeca 2014: Katie Holmes, Robin Williams, and Patrick Stewart headline world premieres
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we
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Tribeca announces Spotlight, Midnight

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Tribeca announces Spotlight, Midnight
Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.

Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.

Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.

“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”

“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the
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Tff announces Spotlight, Midnight

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Tff announces Spotlight, Midnight
Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.

Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.

Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.

“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”

“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the
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Reverse Shot and Museum of the Moving Image Expand Partnership

Reverse Shot and Museum of the Moving Image Expand Partnership
Reverse Shot, a quarterly, independently published film journal which previously published a blog on Indiewire, has now taken its collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image one step further. Beginning in April, the two organizations will create a partnership that will turn Reverse Shot into an official publication of the Museum. The collaboration first began with the screening series "See It Big!" which is now in its third year and proving to be a very popular series. Now Reverse Shot plans to delve deep into contemporary cinema with interviews and reviews while producing more exclusive video content and hosting symposiums and other special features to discuss matters of film history. Reverse Shot will continue under editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, who will be working closely with the Museum's Chief Curator David Schwartz throughout their expansion.
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Ritesh Batra’s short screened at Sundance Short Film Challenge launch

Ritesh Batra’s short screened at Sundance Short Film Challenge launch
Ritesh Batra

Ritesh Batra’s The Masterchef was among the 5 short films that were screened at a private screening co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival . The screening was organised to launch the ‘Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge’ project.

All the 5 short films were made with production grants from the Sundance Institute and will become available to audiences online throughout the year via digital media platforms.

‘Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge’ is a short film competition that aims to harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. Its first edition will take place in 2015.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said in a statement, “With the support of the Gates Foundation, we are proud to launch this short film challenge and support filmmakers around the world in telling stories that inform and engage audiences in
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Sundance, Gates Foundation team up for short film projects

Sundance, Gates Foundation team up for short film projects
A small garden in an impoverished corner of Haiti is bringing a community together, as neighbors learn to garden, feed their families, and slowly change a dangerous neighborhood into a place where people are proud to live. Brooklyn-based filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman traveled to the area, called Cite Soleil, to create a short film called Kombit about the garden movement in Haiti through a new grant program from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Sundance Institute, challenging filmmakers to make short projects focusing on hunger and extreme poverty.

“It’s answering this question – about hunger and poverty – in a simple way,
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Short Film Challenge by Sundance Who Invites Global Storytellers To Put A Human Face On Extreme Poverty

Sundance Institute, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a new project that will harness the power of independent film to create a global conversation about extreme hunger and poverty. The Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge will spur the production of documentary and narrative films – through a global open call for three-to-eight-minute submissions – that will celebrate imaginative solutions real people are creating to overcome the challenges of extreme hunger and poverty. The project supports Sundance Institute’s mission to empower independent storytellers and connect their work to communities around the world.

The Institute is working with Tongal.com to manage the online call for entries. Winning films will receive a $10,000 grant and travel to a premiere at a private event at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Users can submit through July 1, 2014. There is no fee to apply. More information can be found at www.sundance.org/anotheryou.

Five new films made with production grants to launch the project premiered earlier today at a private screening co-hosted with the Gates Foundation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. These five films will become available to audiences online throughout the year via digital media platforms.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “With the support of the Gates Foundation, we are proud to launch this short film challenge and support filmmakers around the world in telling stories that inform and engage audiences in ways that are as innovative and imaginative as the solutions people are putting into action every day. ”

The first five films for the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge are:

After My Garden Grows

Director: Megan Mylan

India / Documentary

A young girl in rural India tills a small plot of land to feed her family and plant seeds of independence and financial freedom in her male dominated community.

Director Megan Mylan directed and produced the Oscar-winning film Smile Pinki, which broadcast on HBO and the Sundance Channel. Her film, Lost Boys of Sudan, had a 70-city theatrical release and a national television broadcast on PBS's Pov.

Am I Going Too Fast?

Directors: Hank Willis Thomas, Christopher Myers

Kenya / Experimental Doc

Am I Going Too Fast? is a digital tapestry of the intersecting worlds and interactions of craftspeople, shopkeepers, and ordinary folks whose lives have been transformed by new technologies, cell phone banking, and micro-finance; threads that weave together to form a web of connection and possibility in contemporary Nairobi.

Hank Willis Thomas is the creator of Question Bridge: Black Male, a non-fiction new media project and recipient of a New Media Fellowship, New Media Fund grant from the Tribeca Film Institute and Aperture West Book Prize.

Co-Director Christopher Myers is an artist and writer best known for his books for young people, which have garnered Caldecott Honors and been shortlisted for the National Book Award.

Kombit

Directors: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman

Haiti / Documentary

Haiti's internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.

Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman produced and directed the feature documentary Remote Area Medical, which premiered at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

The Masterchef

Director: Ritesh Batra

India / Narrative

Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India's most popular TV cuisiner.

Director Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox will screen at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Rail d'Or at Cannes 2013 and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for North America. Batra also won the Best Director prize at the Odessa International Film Festival.

Vezo

Director: Tod Lending

Africa, Madagascar / Documentary

A 9-year-old girl tells a tale about how her family and village came back from near starvation after their fishing village adopted sustainable fishing practices.

Director Tod Lending is an Academy Award-nominated and national Emmy-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO, Al Jazeera.

While on the subject of shorts, you can watch and vote for 15 Sundance shorts on You Tube right Here.
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