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Closing Night at the American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland

Artistic Director Urszula Śniegowska has created a family here of great cineastes and cinephiles. Included is the Austin posse with David Gordon Green receiving the double-barreled Indie Star Award and the European debut of his latest film, "Our Brand is Crisis" with the formidable Sandra Bullock in her ballsiest role ever playing the political strategist, James Carville, as she dictates the terms to her candidate for the President of Bolivia played by my new heartthrob, the Portuguese actor, Joaquim de Almeida. David says he may star in the next film he will direct which will be in Portuguese.

I'm betting on David Gordon Green becoming heir to the throne now occupied by Clint Eastwood as Warner Bros. creates its new brand. Warner Bros. also supplied the Clint Eastwood prints and virtual prints for the Eastwood retrospective. His masterpiece "The Unforgiven" was shown in 35mm. The evolution of Dgg since the Sundance debut (and his own first feature) of " George Washington" in 2000 shows his skill directing both indie and major genres.

The family in the Austin posse includes the grand director Berndt Mader ("Winnebago Man") of "Booger Red" (exec produced by Dgg) with his producer, Irish transplant and immigrant Johnny McAllister who co-wrote with Berndt, and Onur Tukel, the "Turkish Woody Allen" whose own directed and produced " Summer of Blood" debuted at Tribeca last year and was a huge hit at the Champs Elysees Film Festival (this year June 7-14), the sister of Aff who share their child Us in Progress. "Booger Red" is a hybrid documentary/narrative about a veteran reporter who searches for the truth behind the largest purported child sex ring in Texas history. On his journey through the bowels of East Texas, he's forced to confront his own history with abuse while he discovers that the allegations at the root of his investigation might have never happened.

At one of the nightly bar gatherings (which last til 4 am!), Dgg credited Onur for keeping the independent film scene in Austin alive.

Second to receive the double-barreled Indie Star Award with Dgg was Hal Hartley whose humble acceptance of the prize touched us all. He thanked the audience, a new generation for its "fresh" questions, a great pleasure for him after 25 years of doing Q&As. And he thanked the festival for putting on the most complete retrospective of his film ever held.

The Audience Award of Us$10,000 went to the Spectrum film "Dope" by Rick Famuyiwa , one of the freshest films to show in Sundance this year; a delightful, sweet romp with young talents De'aundre Bonds, Kiersey Clemons and Tony Revolori as they follow the orders of dope dealer Rakim Mayers, through the streets of Inglewood California.

The Audience Award of Us$5,000 went to the American Doc film "Transfatty Lives" by Patrick O'Brian. The Awards were funded by festival sponsor, Bny Mellon, wealth management and investments banker to the world. Started by Alexander Hamilton in 1784, Bny Mellon is one of the longest-lasting financial institutions in the world.

Festival Director Roman Gutek has created a great and lasting bond between film artists in U.S. and in Poland. He has also created Europe's largest international film festival, New Horizons, held here in Wroclaw July 25-31 which this year will have a special section of America as depicted by European filmmakers. In addition he has created Europe's largest arthouse multiplex, the New Horizons Theater where these two festivals are held.
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Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’

Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’
Between 1979 and 1985, cult director Trent Harris made three different films about a character he dubbed “Groovin’ Gary,” aka “the Beaver Kid,” a small-town Utah dreamer with big Hollywood ambitions. That triptych — which comprises an eccentric TV profile and two short-film re-enactments starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover — eventually found its way to the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as “The Beaver Trilogy,” and now holds a place as one of the oddest footnotes in American cinema, though it’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t already seen it having more than a passing interest in “The Beaver Trilogy Part IV.” While it finally answers so many questions fans have been asking for years, sometimes far more poignantly than devotees would have thought possible, Brad Besser’s obsessive feature-length follow-up documentary ultimately feels like a DVD featurette that spiraled ridiculously out of control.

Like Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man,” which tracked down
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Finders Keepers’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Finders Keepers’
If Flannery O’Connor had ever abandoned writing to try her hand at Southern-fried reality TV, the result would probably look something like Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel’s “Finders Keepers.” At times gleefully indulging in the absurdities of one of the decade’s weirdest man-bites-dog news stories — involving a pitched legal battle over ownership of a severed leg — and at others halting the laughter in its tracks to dig deep into the pain and struggles of the real people involved, this hysterical, insightful and genuinely empathetic documentary could easily prove a specialty hit with the right handling.

Finders Keepers” is not the first doc to attempt to restore three-dimensional humanity to someone who had essentially become a human meme — Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man” is a worthy predecessor — but it’s unusually skillful in balancing its rubberneck entertainment value with warm, wise perspective. As one interviewee notes, “It’s a funny story,
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Variety’s Mentor of the Year: Paul Stekler Champions Cinematic Risk-Taking

Variety’s Mentor of the Year: Paul Stekler Champions Cinematic Risk-Taking
Forget “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Paul Stekler, Variety’s 2014 Mentor of the Year, can, does and teaches. While chairing University of Texas at Austin’s Rtf (radio-television-film) department, the Emmy and Peabody winner continues to expand his own politically oriented nonfiction oeuvre and serve as a guiding light to Austin at large.

Local mainstay Richard Linklater says, “Paul’s standing in the documentary community brought up everybody’s game, in and around Ut.”

While the chairman’s rep attracts aspiring documentarians, Ut caters to narrative enthusiasms of all types.

“Students don’t make cookie-cutter work, but develop their own unique voice as filmmakers,” says graduate Kyle Henry.

“It’s all about what do you want to do?,” Stekler says. “We set out to have really excellent teachers, expand our offerings in editing and screenwriting, and now animation and f/x and a new videogame program that’s starting up.
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JoBlo Podcast: Joe Carnahan talks The Grey & his Death Wish Remake

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Joe Carnahan! Click above to Listen Now! Director Joe Carnahan joins Moreno and Law for a great discussion about The Grey Blu-ray and DVD release last week (May 15th), his plans for the Death Wish remake, and douchebag animal activists. From there we try to comprehend the ending of last week's 'Game of Thrones', review Get The Gringo, Shut Up Little Man, & Winnebago Man. New releases let's Law vent about This Means War while Moreno surprisingly looks...
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Streaming for Your Pleasure: Documentaries

Article by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

Welcome to the first installment of Streaming for Your Pleasure where I highlight interesting and unique films now available on Netflix streaming. In each segment I will focus on one major overall category – this first time round I am looking at some intriguing documentaries that are worth checking out.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade

Directed By Lincoln Ruchti

Synopsis: At the unassuming Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, early gamers fought for bragging rights at the 1982 Video Game World Championships. See how competitive gaming started, and meet arcade owner Walter Day, who still oversees scoring.

Why You Should Check It Out: There is just something about that arcade experience that I really miss. Today’s online gaming world is full of foul mouth preteen kids mocking you in almost every turn. Back in the day those kids were standing right next to you
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Reminder: SXSW For Beginners

Just a quick reminder -- okay, I guess it's a shameless self-promotion, really. But SXSW Film starts tomorrow (Friday, March 9) and one of the first panels is "Beginners Guide to SXSW Film," which is a lot of fun even if you have been to the fest before. The panel starts at 2 pm in Austin Convention Center, Room 16Ab.

As in past years, the panel will be skillfully moderated by Agnes Varnum, Austin Film Society Director of Marketing. I'll be on the panel too -- it's my second year, as will Austin film producer Joel Heller (Winnebago Man), film writer/programmer/consultant Basil Tsiokos, and attorney George Rush.

We all have our standard tips and tricks for people who haven't been to the fest before, and in addition, we'll take questions from the audience. It's a lot of fun. So I hope you'll be there and ask us about any area
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SXSW 2012: Shorts Preview, Part One

SXSW starts tomorrow, and one of the best parts of the festival is the shorts program, a perennial favorite. I've pre-screened a number of this year's excellent entries, and here is part one of my pre-fest short film coverage.

Tumbleweed! (Texas Shorts)

Wow! Offbeat, whimsical, and completely delightful. Tumbleweed! is an inspirational story of a tumbleweed that refuses to tumble. This seven-minute short is the kind of little nugget that makes the shorts program a must-see. Very loosely set in Texas.

Heimkommen (Narrative Shorts)

A poignant and touching look at sibling tensions in the wake of a tragic accident, Heimkommen (Come Home) tells a story that is simple yet deep. Director Micah Magee is a San Antonio native and Ut Austin grad, and she's also a former Cinematexas co-director.

In the Pines (Narrative Shorts)

In nine minutes, In the Pines managed to re-create the mood I felt after two hours watching Tree of Life.
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Austin at SXSW 2012: Ben Steinbauer, 'Brute Force'

Say what? You don't recognize the name Ben Steinbauer? Perhaps you remember the hit documentary Winnebago Man, which wowed crowds at film festivals everywhere it played, including SXSW 2009. In 2010, the Austin Film Critics Association awarded it Best Austin Film. This time around, Steinbauer brings a documentary short about Stephen Friedland called Brute Force to SXSW 2012.

Slackerwood: Describe your film for us in a couple of sentences.

Steinbauer: Brute Force is the story of Apple Records recording artist Stephen Friedland, who in 1969 released the song "King of Fuh" that became the most controversial single Apple ever recorded.

What's one thing about the film that is going to make it impossible for people to resist seeing it?

The relationship between Stephen, aka "Brute Force," who is now in his seventies, and his daughter Lilah, aka "Daughter of Force," is funny, charming and endlessly relatable. It will appeal to anyone who has a
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Kino Lorber Takes US Rights to Comedic Spirituality Doc "Kumare"

Kino Lorber has just announced that it will be releasing SXSW hit "Kumare" in the Us.  The controversial comedic doc takes on people's devotion to spiritual gurus, with filmmaker Vikram Gandhi developing a guru character, Kumare, for himself.  The film took home the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at SXSW earlier this year.  Indiewire reviewed the film at SXSW and interviewed the film's team there too. Though Kino Lorber is often known for taking on more serious fare, the company did make a hit out of "Winnebago Man" last year. The film will be released in May or June of 2012 and will roll out on VOD during the summer and early fall. Kino Lorber Acquires KUMARÉ (2011), A Documentary By Vikram Gandhi New York, NY - December 22, 2011 - Kino Lorber, Inc. (www.kinolorber.com) is proud to announce the acquisition of all Us rights to the acclaimed and controversial doc Kumaré (2011), by.
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Netflix Instant Watch Weekly Roundup

Here’s the Movies That Became Available to Stream on Netflix Over the Past Week: Red State (R | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #2340

Times Ranked: 2096

Win Percentage: 53%

How Many Top-20′s: 13 Users

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I was pleasantly suprised by how much I liked Red State. It’s a tight little 90 mimute thriller with fantastic performances and it mixes genres quite effectively. The HD version on Netflix looks pretty nice too.

Directed By: Kevin Smith

Starring: Michael ParksJohn GoodmanMelissa LeoKevin PollakMichael Angarano

Genres :Drama • Horror • Religious Drama • Thriller

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The Next Three Days (PG13 | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #2302

Times Ranked: 3616

Win Percentage: 48%

How Many Top-20′s: 3 Users

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Directed By: Paul Haggis

Starring: Russell CroweElizabeth BanksOlivia Wilde

Genres: Crime • Crime Drama • Crime Thriller • Drama • Romance • Romantic Drama • Thriller

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Winnebago Man (Nr | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #3403

Times Ranked: 2363

Win Percentage: 54%

How Many Top-20′s: 5 Users

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Directed By: Ben Steinbauer

Genres: Biography • Documentary

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F/X (R | 1986)

Flickchart Ranking:
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"Shut Up Little Man!" reviewed

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Everyone can relate to horror stories about bad neighbors. But in 1987, two kids from the Midwest with the punk rock nicknames Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell D. did something not everyone would do. Their next door neighbors in a San Francisco apartment complex with paper thin walls were two aging alcoholics named Peter J. Haskett and Raymond Huffman. Peter and Ray liked to stay up all night chugging vodka and beating the crap out of one another, both physically and verbally. After enduring weeks of fights, and trying in vain to beg the men to quiet down, Eddie and Mitchell decided to start recording Peter and Ray surreptitiously, with a microphone they hung on a ski pole and held out their window. Why? They were young, they were bored, and they were curious. Plus, they were compiling useful evidence in case one of these drunks tried to murder one of them or each other.
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VOD Obsession Grows With Deal To Exploit Kino Lorber Film Library

Preferred Ventures and Might Entertainment have acquired the ancillary rights to the Kino Lorber film library. The fund will exploit the rights of more than 700 past titles plus another 36 titles over the next three years on cable VOD, Iptv, Satellite and broadband outlets that will include iTunes, Xbox and Playstation. Preferred Ventures, a newly established digital investment fund formed by Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein’s Preferred Content, Freecreditreport.com founder Ed Ojdana and ex-Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly, paid in the six figures for those ancillary rights. Kino Lorber has separate deals with digital vendors that include Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, Fandor and Epix. Preferred Ventures’ Iwashina made the deal with Might Entertainment president Andy Bohn and Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. Might and Kino Lorber partnered on the VOD releases Winnebago Man and Mademoiselle Chambon, and they have six films scheduled for release over the next few months.
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Slacker 2011 | Review

Directors: Bob Ray, Spencer Parsons, Rusty Kelley, Berndt Mader, Amy Grappell, Karen Skloss, Duane Graves, Justin Meeks, Paul Gordon, Johnny Stranger, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Jay Duplass, John Bryant, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Ben Steinbauer, Elisabeth Sikes, Mike Dolan, Geoff Marslett, Bradley Beesley, Bob Byington, Clay Liford, Carlyn Hudson, Miguel Alvarez, Scott Meyers, Pj Raval, Chris Eska Writers: Bob Ray, Spencer Parsons, Rusty Kelley, Berndt Mader, Amy Grappell, Karen Skloss, Duane Graves, Justin Meeks, Paul Gordon, Johnny Stranger, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Jay Duplass, John Bryant, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Ben Steinbauer, Elisabeth Sikes, Mike Dolan, Geoff Marslett, Bradley Beesley, Bob Byington, Clay Liford, Carlyn Hudson, Miguel Alvarez, Scott Meyers, Pj Raval, Chris Eska Starring: Bob Ray, Chris Doubek, Maggie Lea, Hilah Johnson, Robert Lambert, Leslie Naugle, John Wesley Coleman, Kelli Bland, Justin Meeks, Jonny Mars, Ashley Spillers, Jen Tracy Duplass, Jay Duplass, Chris Trew, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Luke Savisky,
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The docs that YouTube made

Internet hits are the subjects of new documentaries, giving fans a chance to uncover some mysteries. Like, what is 'accoutrema'?

First posted on YouTube in 2007, the viral clip known as Iron Mic: Eli Porter vs Envy is, at first glance, a rap battle between two teenage MCs of questionable talent. But it's also much, much more. Imagine a hip-hop special of Britain's Got Talent – if Britain's Got Talent had a production budget of £4.50 and was crewed entirely by high 16-year-olds – and you're starting to understand why the clip has won 3.4m views. It's also a treasure trove of amateurish camera angles, mic feedback and inexplicable editing choices. For hip-hop fans, it's either the worst rap battle ever or the greatest, depending on your point of view, and a source of endless online musings. The idiosyncratic delivery style of the clip's star, Eli Porter, led some viewers to assume he has
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Summerfest: Ben Steinbauer On "Winnebago Man;" Watch Now for Free!

SnagFilms’ 3nd annual SummerFest, an online festival with free on-demand streaming, features exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries. "Winnebago Man" became available on Friday and will remain on the site until the 25th. [Editor's Note: SnagFilms is the parent company of indieWIRE.] Jack Rebney, a.k.a. “The Winnebago Man” – an ‘80s Rv salesman’s hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding ...
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Summerfest: Ben Steinbauer On "Winnebago Man;" Watch Now for Free!

SnagFilms’ 3nd annual SummerFest, an online festival with free on-demand streaming, features exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries. "Winnebago Man" became available on Friday and will remain on the site until the 25th. [Editor's Note: SnagFilms is the parent company of indieWIRE.] Jack Rebney, a.k.a. “The Winnebago Man” – an ‘80s Rv salesman’s hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding ...
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Summerfest: Ben Steinbauer On "Winnebago Man;" Watch Now for Free!

Summerfest: Ben Steinbauer On
SnagFilms’ 3nd annual SummerFest, an online festival with free on-demand streaming, features exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries. "Winnebago Man" became available on Friday and will remain on the site until the 25th. [Editor's Note: SnagFilms is the parent company of indieWIRE.] Jack Rebney, a.k.a. “The Winnebago Man” – an ‘80s Rv salesman’s hilarious, profanity-strewn, on-the-job meltdown was captured on video and passed around on VHS tapes, before exploding ...
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Slacker 2011: Stuck On On Puts It All Together

In celebration of Slacker's 20th anniversary, local filmmakers are re-creating scenes from the Richard Linklater movie for Slacker 2011, a fundraising project benefitting the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund (Tfpf). As we await the August 31 premiere, we're chatting with some of the filmmakers participating in one or more of the short films that will comprise the project -- check out our interviews so far.

Today's interview is with Allison Turrell of Stuck On On. Stuck On On is an Austin company that specializes in post-production/finishing work for films, such as color correction, music composition, voiceovers, sound design, and digital mixing. Stuck On On worked with Austin Film Society and Alamo Drafthouse to help make a finished feature out of the Slacker 2011 segments from individual filmmakers. They've also worked on local movies such as Winnebago Man, Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, blacktino and Dmt: The Spirit Molecule.

Slackerwood: What got
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Watch 'Winnebago Man' Here, Now, Free

In the days before YouTube or viral Internet videos, people were passing around third-rate copies on videotape of the outtakes of a Winnebago commercial featuring one Jack Rebney, whose gift for colorful profanity under pressure was immense. Hearing his outbursts can be oddly uplifting if you're having a bad day yourself. Local filmmaker Ben Steinbauer, intrigued by the lasting popularity of the "Winnebago Man" video, set out to find Rebney and get the whole story behind the videotape in the documentary Winnebago Man.

Winnebago Man premiered at SXSW in 2009 and has enjoyed a fair amount of popularity since then. Don Clinchy calls it "funny and sometimes poignant" in his review. The movie won several prizes on the film-fest circuit, as well as the Austin Film Critics Association award for Best Austin Film in 2010. One of Rebney's catch phrases from the video, "Will you do me a kindness?" turns up frequently
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