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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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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”

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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Christopher Nolan Discusses Star Wars

Check out this great video interview where Dark Knight and Inception director Christopher Nolan takes time to geek out and talk about Star Wars and discusses what character he identifies with the film - Han Solo or Luke Skywalker. I love seeing interviews like this because it shows us that even though directors like this have big names and make a lot of money they are still movie geeks just like the rest of us. The video is a deleted scene from a documentary called These Amazing Shadows, watch it below and tell us what you think!

Here's a synopsis of the documentary:

Basically what you take out of These Amazing Shadows is that our films are the “family album” of the world. Due of the National Film Registry, people who live generations from now will know about our society because of the films that were made. It’s a
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Votd: Christopher Nolan Talks ‘Star Wars’ In ‘These Amazing Shadows’

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

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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‘These Amazing Shadows’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Jeremy Mathews

(from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival)

Directed by: Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton

Featuring: Jay Carr, Peter Coyote, Julie Dash, Caleb Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Robert A. Harris, Amy Heckerling, Jennifer Horne, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Mick Lasalle, John Lasseter, Leonard Maltin, Christopher Nolan, Rob Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Tim Roth, James Schamus, Paul Schrader, John Singleton, George Takei, Wayne Wang and John Waters

The only requirement for a film to be put on the National Film Registry of the United States is that it be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The great thing about these requirements, according to one board member interviewed in the documentary “These Amazing Shadows,” is that they make it possible for anything to qualify. The registry is an eclectic bunch of films selected to be preserved in the Library of Congress and includes everything from obvious classics like “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane” and “The Godfather
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‘These Amazing Shadows’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Jeremy Mathews

(from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival)

Directed by: Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton

Featuring: Jay Carr, Peter Coyote, Julie Dash, Caleb Deschanel, Zooey Deschanel, Robert A. Harris, Amy Heckerling, Jennifer Horne, Steve James, Barbara Kopple, Mick Lasalle, John Lasseter, Leonard Maltin, Christopher Nolan, Rob Reiner, Debbie Reynolds, Tim Roth, James Schamus, Paul Schrader, John Singleton, George Takei, Wayne Wang and John Waters

The only requirement for a film to be put on the National Film Registry of the United States is that it be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The great thing about these requirements, according to one board member interviewed in the documentary “These Amazing Shadows,” is that they make it possible for anything to qualify. The registry is an eclectic bunch of films selected to be preserved in the Library of Congress and includes everything from obvious classics like “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane” and “The Godfather
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Moving Pictures Has Got Sundance Covered

Check out the links below — and check back often — for all the latest blogs, reviews, video interviews and filmmaker features from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Actors scheduled to appear in the Moving Pictures Media Studio on Park City’s Main Street during the fest include Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, Steve Buscemi, Patrick Dempsey, Zooey Deschanel, Paul Giamatti, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Emma Roberts, Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone, Liv Tyler and Rita Wilson (talent subject to change). Do you have a question for one of our guests? Leave it in the comment box below for the chance to connect with a Sundance star!

Preview

‘Be There’ or Be Square: Festival director John Cooper and programming director Trevor Groth are making Sundance the gem of indie fests. Read our interview with the duo for insider tips on how to Sundance, from in-depth programming notes to what to pack
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Moving Pictures Has Got Sundance Covered

Check out the links below — and check back often — for all the latest blogs, reviews, video interviews and filmmaker features from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Actors scheduled to appear in the Moving Pictures Media Studio on Park City’s Main Street during the fest include Elizabeth Banks, Kate Bosworth, Steve Buscemi, Patrick Dempsey, Zooey Deschanel, Paul Giamatti, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Emma Roberts, Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone, Liv Tyler and Rita Wilson (talent subject to change). Do you have a question for one of our guests? Leave it in the comment box below for the chance to connect with a Sundance star!

Preview

‘Be There’ or Be Square: Festival director John Cooper and programming director Trevor Groth are making Sundance the gem of indie fests. Read our interview with the duo for insider tips on how to Sundance, from in-depth programming notes to what to pack
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

‘Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times’ and ‘These Amazing Shadows’ – Great Documentaries With A Similar Flaw [Sundance Review]

‘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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