September 2011 - Posts

Christine Vachon and Ted Hope Want To Tell You Everything They Know, and We're Giving Away Tickets

It's hard to believe this hasn't happened before, but veteran indie producers Christine Vachon and Ted Hope are holding their first-ever stateside master class (sponsored by IFP and indieWIRE) November 5 at the Cantor Film Center. The title's pretty self explanatory: "Killer/Hope Masterclass: Get Your Movie Made, Make It Well, Make It Great, Get It Seen & Survive to Do It All Over Again." The UK and Scandinavia got the ...
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iW's Snag Pick of the Weekend: Charlotte

"Charlotte" is a film about an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, and maintaining traditionally built wooden boats, and in the process they transformed Vineyard Haven harbor into a mecca for wooden boat owners and enthusiasts. [Synopsis courtesy of SnagFilms] Responses courtesy of "Charlotte: ...
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iPOP | This Week on the Scene: Iceland, Woodstock, LA and NYC

This week iPOP was all over the scene, dropping down in Iceland, Woodstock, Los Angeles and New York City. Among the highlights: Abel Ferrara taking to the stage at the New York Film Festival, Ellen Barkin accepting an award in Woodstock, "Human Centipede II" grossing out audiences at the IFC Center and the "Bunraku" cast reuniting in Los Angeles. Below find pictures from this week on iPOP:
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You’re Invited: Pedro Almodovar, Willem Dafoe, John Landis & More Talking at NYFF

Connect with filmmakers at the 49th New York Film Festival by checking out the NYFF Forums, a series of free conversations and panels with participants from this year's event. indieWIRE will be hosting a slew, including chats with Pedro Almodovar (“The Skin I Live In”), directors Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (“The Kid With a Bike”), actress Stephanie Sigman (“Miss Bala”), Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond of Borderline Films and ...
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Samurais, Cyborgs and Blood: Why Fantastic Fest Had a Great Seventh Year

Forget about the boxing, the beer, "Human Centipede II" and Elijah Wood. Fantastic Fest, which wrapped its seventh year with a screening of Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Comic Con: Episode IV--A Fan's Hope," had a lot of great movies to go accompany the fun (a fan's hope, indeed). While my personal favorites included French action vehicle "Sleepless Night," uber-raunchy Danish sex comedy "Clown" and the alien invasion romance "Extraterrestrial" (see links ...
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"Miss Bala" Crown New York Film Festival This Weekend

One of the best films screening this weekend at New York Film Festival is Mexico's entry for Oscar Best Foreign Language contender, "Miss Bala," by director Gerardo Naranjo. The film, which is having its U.S. premiere at NYFF (it debuted in Cannes) is the story of a young woman (played amazingly by Stephanie Sigman) who aspires to be crowned Miss Baja California, but unfortunately becomes mixed up with a criminal ...
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Centipede II Slithers Over to IFC Center

IFC Midnight hosted a special screening this week of their upcoming thriller/errr... disturbing, "Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)." Star Laurence R. Harvey (center) said that his agent first brought the project's attention to him after the filmmakers reached out to him. "He said he looked it up on the web and said, 'I think this is a porno film,'" noted Harvey. "I'm a little fat character actor, I'm not really ...
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Will You See This Movie? | Sundance Vet Michael Mohan Returns with Realist Romance "Save the Date"

Michael Mohan (Sundance 2010, "One Too Many Mornings") and his wife have a very peculiar--one might even say psychic--connection with graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown ("Clumsy"). "Before I was going to get married to my wife, I really wanted to get her an incredibly special wedding present," said Mohan. "So I wrote to our favorite graphic novelist, Jeffrey Brown, to see if he would draw something of my wife and I. ...
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Here's the Project of the Week Winner: "Roots and Webs;" Vote Again!

Thanks to your votes, fungus-hunting film "Roots and Webs" won this weekend's Project of the Week contest for last week! Congratulations to "Roots and Webs" director Sara Dosa. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute. Go here to vote for Project of the Week ...
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Watch: The IFP Master Class on How to Finance Your Film

One of the key panels during IFP's Independent Film Week was the hour-long "Masterclass: How to Finance Your Film," moderated by Emerging Pictures' Ira Deutchman. Presented by HSBC and indieWIRE, the participants represented all aspects of the financing process including banking, law, government and producing, with a particular focus on upcoming Focus Features release "Pariah." [Video from the entire conversation is below.] For those who want to watch the full ...
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Béla Tarr Chats with Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Two nights ago Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr honored with the Reykjavik Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award at the home of the President of Iceland. Here the filmmaker converses with Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Icelandic filmmaker Ragnar Bragason introduced Béla Tarr and spoke of the distinctive style of Tarr's inspirational works. "It is a privilege to see the world through the eyes of Béla ...
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"Hell and Back Again" Premieres in NYC

The harrowing Sundance award-winning war documentary "Hell and Back Again," premiered earlier this week in New York at the Paley Center for Media. Above from left to right: director Danfung Dennis, two of his subjects Ashley Harris and Sgt. Nathan Harris, along with guest Ted Hope. The film opens theatrically in New York at Film Forum on October 5. [Photo:Docurama Films / Michael Priest Photography]
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Here's The Top Grossing New York Film Festival Opening Night Films

indieWIRE is offering a weekly retrospective box office chart, based on a debuting indie release or a current event on the international film scene. Today, iW is taking a look at the track record of New York Film Festival's opening night film, in honor of the fest's 49th edition kicking off tonight (Friday September 30) with Roman Polanski's "Carnage." Listed below are the top 10 grossing festival openers. Seventeen year ...
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MoMA Bringing Their Arab Cinema Festival Back for a Second Year

New York's The Museum of Modern Art will be holding the second annual installment of "Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now" from October 5-23 in association with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The festival opens with "Chronicle of the Years of Embers," Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina's colonial epic, which won the Palme D'Or and will have its U.S. premiere in a new cut. Other highlights include the ...
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MoMA Bringing 35 Restored Classics to NYC

The Museum of Modern Art will present To Save and Project, its ninth annual film preservation festival with 35 restorations, all of which are having their New York premieres. To Save and Project will open on October 14 with "The Movie Orgy," Joe Dante's anthology film, a montage of over four hours of filmic artifacts edited together to form a political narrative. Dante will introduce the film. Other films from ...
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