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Trailer Debut For ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’

I was fortunate enough to catch a very early screening of this bizarre and unique debut film from first time feature writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour and thought it was excellent. When I say bizarre and unique, I mean it’s similar to the way I felt first seeing the original version of Let The Right One In. Not to compare this to that, they’re two different entities, even though they both share the vampire angle. But ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night‘ is one to keep your eyes out for. And now we have the first official trailer to the film. If you’re in La or NY, you’ll get your first chance to catch this on the big screen on November 21st. A bigger theatrical roll out is expected shortly thereafter.

Synopsis: Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes,
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Sundance Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

A stylish and soulful film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a film of bad men, dangerous women, love and beautiful images. More than just a vampire film, Ana Lily Amirpour crafts an eerie, moody tone poem that’s a fantastic film to watch.

Bad City an industrial town, filled by all matter of folks from the scrupulous to the shady. Arash (Arash Marandi), one such citizen, longs to just get in his nice car and go. Working as a landscaper and living with his junkie father is proving more difficult, when his father runs afoul of a local drug dealer. A local prostitute (Mozhan Marnò) has just turned 30 and wants to escape as well. They all long for better lives, but are unable to move from their station. This relatively tranquil, yet unfulfilling existence, is slowly shattered as a vampire (Sheila Vand) begins stalking the streets,
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The Art of Movie and TV Title Design

I don't know about you, but I enjoy the hell out of a great title sequence! If they're good, they suck you right in to the movie or TV show you're about to watch. They're the first thing we see when the movie starts, and they basically set the mood and the tone for the rest of the film.

When I think of great movie title sequences, the first one that pops into my head is David Fincher's Se7en. That was the first title sequence I ever saw that just completely blew me away. There have been many other awesome title sequences since then, both old and new. But Se7en is burned into my brain. Here's a link to a few other aticles we've posted on title sequences.

Here's a great video from PBS’ Off Book that focuses on the art of the title sequence. It includes interviews with
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DC Rally Car Racing in the Universal Studios Backlot

The following video features Rally Car driver Ken Block drifting throughout the alleyways and backlots of the famed Universal Studios. The video was filmed by director Ben Conrad (Zombieland, 30 Seconds or Less) and features amazing precision driving by driver Ken Block.

Official Press Release –

DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial. GYM4 surpasses the high-production style of Gymkhana Two with even more spectacular effects shot in the backlots of Universal Studios, California. Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Seconds or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks. Featuring robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and a hilarious cameo by the Epic Meal Time guys, Ken Block and his Hybrid FunctionHoon Vehicle (H.F.H.V.) bring the magic of Hollywood and gymkhana together.
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Rally Car Driver Awesomely takes on the Universal Studio Backlot

Here's an awesome video where Rally Car driver Ken Block gloriously takes on the Universal Studios Backlot speeding through some of the backlots most famous landmarks with amazing prcision. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone, and it turned out to be a seriously badass rally run. This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time.

Here's the official rundown...

DC and Ken Block present Gymkhana Four: The Hollywood Megamercial. GYM4 surpasses the high-production style of Gymkhana Two with even more spectacular effects shot in the backlots of Universal Studios, California. Filmed over the course of five days, director Ben Conrad (Zombieland and 30 Seconds or Less) and his team at Logan deliver a Hollywood caliber production complete with pyrotechnics, massive stunts and a series of unbelievable tricks. Featuring robotic sharks, deranged zombies, and a hilarious cameo by the Epic Meal Time guys, Ken Block
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'Castle' recap: Richard to the rescue!

'Castle' recap: Richard to the rescue!
Who cares if the kind of massive blaze we saw at the end of Part 1 makes us sure that Beckett's apartment would've been impenetrably engulfed in flames and that there'd be no wayshe would've survived the blast by running into her bathroom, closing the door, and jumping into her tub. We're suckers for serial killer storylines, for Castle breaking down doors (I may actually have yelled "Castle!" at that moment), and for all the banter that followed. "It's killing you, isn't it?.... Having to wait this long to tell me how you banged down the door?" "You want me to start from the beginning?
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Guy Maddin Wins Best Experimental Short Award At 2010 SXSW

Acclaimed Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin has won the Best Experimental Short award at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival for Night Mayor. The film is a fictional documentary about Bosnian inventor Nihad Ademi who, in 1939, built a machine that harnessed the power of the Aurora Borealis to transmit images of Canadians to themselves.

Created as a tribute to the National Film Board of Canada’s 70th anniversary, Night Mayor playfully twists concepts of fact and fiction. Maddin describes the film as a documentary, even though his subject never actually existed, since it was shot documentary style with no planned action or script. Maddin assembled his cast and crew to document Ademi’s story as it may have happened and captured the action in his uncanny style of recreating time periods.

To see the director at work and to hear him describe his process, embedded below is a making-of clip posted on the Nfb’s website.
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SXSW 2010 Film Festival Winners

SXSW Film Announces 2010 Award Winners

Complete Coverage of SXSW 2010

Austin, Texas – March 16, 2010 – The Jury and Audience Award-winners of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman in Austin, Texas. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories. Films in these categories, as well as the Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, Lone Star States and 24 Beats Per Second categories were also eligible for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. Only Narrative and Documentary Feature Audience Awards were announced tonight. Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Lone Star States, 24 Beats Per Second and Midnighters Audience Awards will be announced separately on Monday, March 22.

SXSW also announced the Jury Award-winners in Shorts Filmmaking, and Film Design Awards, and Special Awards, including the SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award and the SXSW Wholphin Award.
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SXSW Film Announces 2010 Award Winners - SXSW Film Press Release

Austin, Texas – March 16, 2010 – The Jury and Audience Award-winners of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman in Austin, Texas. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories. Films in these categories, as well as the Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, Lone Star States and 24 Beats Per Second categories were also eligible for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. Only Narrative and Documentary Feature Audience Awards were announced tonight. Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Lone Star States, 24 Beats Per Second and Midnighters Audience Awards will be announced separately on Monday, March 22. SXSW also announced the Jury Award-winners in Shorts Filmmaking, and Film Design Awards, and Special Awards, including the SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award and the SXSW Wholphin Award. Details can be found at www.
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SXSW Film Announces 2010 Award Winners

The Jury and Audience Award-winners of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced last night at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman in Austin, Texas. Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories.

Films in these categories, as well as the Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Midnighters, Lone Star States and 24 Beats Per Second categories were also eligible for the 2010 SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards. Only Narrative and Documentary Feature Audience Awards were announced tonight.

Spotlight Premieres, Emerging Visions, Lone Star States, 24 Beats Per Second and Midnighters Audience Awards will be announced separately on Monday, March 22.

SXSW also announced the Jury Award-winners in Shorts Filmmaking, and Film Design Awards, and Special Awards, including the SXSW Chicken & Egg Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award and the SXSW Wholphin Award.

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SXSW 2010: Awards for Marwencol, Tiny Furniture

Though SXSW 2010 is only at the halfway point, the music portion is about to kick into high gear and many film folks are leaving town. The awards ceremony was held last night, and Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol and Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture won jury awards for best feature-length documentary and narrative, respectively.

Audience awards went to For Once in My Life (documentary) and Brotherhood (narrative). As if often the case, I haven't seen any of the winners, so can't comment further on them, but we do have a review for Marwencol up on the site, which is linked below.

Here's the announcement provided by the festival:

Austin, Texas - March 16, 2010 - The Jury and Audience Award-winners of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival were announced tonight at the Festival's closing Awards Ceremony hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman in Austin, Texas.  Feature Films receiving Jury Awards were
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