October 2014 - Posts

Springboard: 'Goodbye to Language' Star Heloise Godet on Loving Godard and Avoiding Blockbusters

When Jean-Luc Godard's peculiar 3-D movie "Goodbye to Language" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the absent director's cryptic persona hogged the spotlight as usual. But the movie has found another spokesperson in the form of newcomer Héloise Godet, one of two main actors who appear in the film. "Goodbye to Language" finds Godet acting alongside Kamel Abdeli as a married couple whose relationship starts to crumble in conjunction with the world around them. Godet spent a year waiting for Godard to shoot the movie and over the past year has promoted it without him. The upshot: a whole lot of publicity for the emerging actress. In New York, where "Goodbye to Language" made its U.S. premiere, Godet spoke to Indiewire about her new ambitions now that she's finally receiving more exposure. I did a lot of research before I met Godard. I read biographies, interviews on the web, retrospectives. So I knew what the guy was like. I was...
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Joan Didion's Story To be Told, Thanks to Blockbuster Kickstarter Campaign

The new documentary about the life and work of Joan Didion, "We Tell Stories About Ourselves In Order to Live," set out to raise $80,000 on Kickstarter and hit its goal within a little over 24 hours. The campaign runs until November 21st and has already raised closed to $178,000. According to the Kickstarter page, the film will trace "the arc of Joan's life through her own writings, and in her own voice." The filmmakers have already shot 60 hours of footage, primarily of Joan. They plan to interview her famous friends, family members and colleagues, including Patti Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Allison Janney, Graydon Carter, Robert Silvers and Bret Easton Ellis. Indiewire recently spoke to Griffin Dunne, the Academy Award-nominated director, actor and producer -- who also happens to be Didion's nephew. Dunne will co-direct the project with award-winning documentary filmmaker Susanne Rostock ("Sing Your Song"). Did you always plan to crowdfund the...
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Paul Schrader on the Future of Film: 'The Multiplex is Dead"

How storytelling is changing:  "The traditional three-act story is going to be in a way like Bruce Springsteen or YouTube – it's going to be a specialized thing." READ MORE: Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn and Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film "Dying of the Light" Film criticism has changed: Schrader, who started out his career as a film critic, said we are in an age of "crowdsourcing criticism." Theaters need to "eventize" cinema: "If you want me to go to a theater, you need a pretty good reason," said Schrader, who praised the Angelika, IFC and Lincoln Center where specialized screenings are "still alive and well.... These places with Q&As and a drink afterwards, it's more of a reason to leave your home...The idea of the multiplex is dead. The multiplexes don't have anything to offer." Technology is the future: "If I were your age, I’d be writing code," said Schrader, who announced his...
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'CITIZENFOUR' Director Laura Poitras to Receive Inaugural DOC NYC Award

Tabitha Jackson, director of the Documentary Program at the Sundance Institute, will presenting the DOC NYC Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence to its first recipient, "CITIZENFOUR" director Laura Poitras.  The award, dedicated to the memory of pioneering documentarian Robert Drew (creator of "cinema verité style) and his wife Anne, celebrates mid-career documentarists who maintain their traditions, and includes a $5,000 prize. "My filmmaking is built upon the groundbreaking legacy and artistry of Robert Drew," said Poitras in a statement. "What he pioneered in the '60s with films like Primary and Crisis, where he documented real world events unfolding in real time in front of his camera, is the foundation of all of my work. Drew understood that human drama exists in everyday life--from the simplest acts of daily life, to life threatening situations. I am honored to receive this award and to continue the...
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Watch: Creepy Short Film 'H7N3' Taps Into Our Worst Ebola Fears

This creepy short film from director Iris Shim taps into not only our growing Ebola epidemic fears, but also hints at a potential supernatural cause just in time for Halloween. "H7N3" focuses on a doctor who struggles with his professional obligations as he attempts to diagnose a little girl's alarming symptoms on the eve of a viral outbreak.  It stars C.S. Lee from the Showtime series "Dexter" and has screened at NBCUniversal Short Cuts, LA Shorts Fest, San Diego Comic-Con, Palm Springs and this year's Savannah Film Festival, among others.  Check it out below: Then wash your hands.  READ MORE: Watch: This Sci-Fi Short Film is 'Blue Valentine' Meets 'Jurassic Park'
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Why 'Happy Valley' May Change Your Mind About the Penn State Scandal

Everyone loves a scandal. But, when a scandal comes to light and media sensationalism intensifies, the public's perception often supersedes the truth. In both his documentaries, "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story," Emmy Award-winning Director Amir Bar-Lev consistently and skillfully deconstructs the perceived truth of a controversy and challenges his viewers to open their minds to the story that hasn't been told publicly. In his latest documentary, "Happy Valley," Bar-Lev reopens the floodgates of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal that broke in 2011. READ MORE: "My Kid Could Paint That" Director Amir Bar-Lev  The film, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is a transfixing examination of the hideous crimes and aftermath that sent a shockwave through the Penn State community. The simplified story is that Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State was convicted...
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Bill Murray to Star in 'Magic City' Movie Based on Starz Series...Why?

In a recent column for Vulture, writer Jesse David Fox argued that Bill Murray, famous for using an exclusive 800 number to field movie pitches, should hire an agent. Four days after the story ran, Fox's "exhibit A" has just been announced.  READ MORE: Review: Bill Murray Salvages Sappy 'St. Vincent' Murray has agreed to star in a film version of the former Starz series, "Magic City." Lasting only two seasons and disappearing without many complaints, the Miami mobster saga was aiming to be the Starz version of "The Sopranos" but couldn't reach those lofty goals. The show's first season pulled in a lowly 53 percent on RottenTomatoes.com, with the "consensus" being it looked great but lacked strong writing. In total, "Magic City" only ran 16 episodes and left little to no cultural dent on the landscape of TV during its golden age. So why is it being revived? For one thing, its creator is Mitch Glazer. A Hollywood veteran, Glazer...
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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Gillian Greene's Directorial Debut 'Murder of a Cat'

Gravitas Ventures has announced the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian rights to newcomer Gillian Greene's crime comedy "The Murder of a Cat." The film was produced by Sam Raimi, Molly Hassell and Ivan Orlic. Bob Snow and Christian Magalhaes, writers on Fox's hit series "New Girl," penned the screenplay. The film follows Clinton Moisey, your textbook 20-something "loser" still living in his mom's basement. After he discovers that his best friend, Mouser the cat, has been impaled by a crossbow, he makes it his mission to solve the murder himself. Starring Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, J.K. Simmons, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear, "Murder of a Cat" offers a hilarious twist on film noir set in the quiet world of suburbia. "Murder of a Cat" will be available in theaters, on demand, on Amazon and on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada on December 5. READ MORE: Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Gillian Greene (Murder of a Cat)
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Watch: 'V/H/S: Viral' Clip Will Shower You in Blood

2012's "V/H/S" stitched together ten short films disguised as VHS tapes, upping the ante for the horror mockumentary genre.  The sequel, "V/H/S/2," threw down seven more short films, cluing us in to that larger story: a student had been studying the tapes. The result of anyone who found the tapes remained the same: sudden death. "V/H/S: Viral" follows obsessive LA teens searching to make the next viral internet video after an out of control ice-cream truck police chase. Little do they know, they are the stars of their own sinister video where they might meet their maker.  Check out a clip of director Gregg Bishop's segment "Dante the Great," though be warned, its a shower scene, it doesn't end well and there are crunching noises.  "V/H/S: Viral" hits limited theaters November 21. Check out the clip below: <video...
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Guillermo del Toro and YouTube Use Halloween to Bring In Young Filmmakers

As the original content production landscape continues to grow more and more competitive, the DIY online video giant YouTube has managed to stay relevant through its unique event partnerships with various brands and creative professionals interested in engaging with up-and-coming filmmakers. This year, YouTube, in partnership with Legendary Entertainment and Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, launched a unique new production opportunity at YouTube spaces around the world, in which YouTube filmmakers were given access to production sets and tasked with making a short horror film. Del Toro, whose work serves as the inspiration for the sets, selected winners from each region and provided each filmmaking team with a consultation on their rough cut. One YouTube creator, selected by Legendary and Del Toro, will receive a development deal to turn their short into a feature film. READ MORE: 'I Ship It': Why Short Film and YouTube Make Such a Good Match During a recent visit to...
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Watch: George R.R. Martin Judges 'Game of Thrones' Halloween Costumes

Since the show's premiere in 2011, "Game of Thrones" Halloween costumes have been a hot item among fans, and last night on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," George R.R. Martin was lured into judging (albeit via photos only) some of his fans' creations. As it turns out, Martin is quite critical of people dressing up as his characters. Of a couple dressed as Melisandre and Stannis, Martin said, "That’s pretty cool. Though they probably could have set the background on fire or something."  Check out the video below and hope that he doesn't sacrifice the weaker ones: READ MORE: Watch: An Adorable 'Game of Thrones' Halloween from Funny or Die
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Indiewire Podcast: Your Oscar Season Questions, Answered

Screen Talk, Indiewire's weekly podcast co-hosted by Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn, is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. For the 20th episode, Kohn and Thompson sift through the mailbox to address listener questions about the Oscar race. But first, they debate a bunch of new movies, including "Interstellar" — which Kohn liked more than Thompson — and "The Theory of Everything," which Thompson liked more than Kohn. They also discuss "Nightcrawler" and the impact of the recent IDA Documentary Award nominations. READ MORE: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' is Smart Sentimentalism as We've Never Seen It Before Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on iTunes and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. READ MORE: Six...
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Can't Wait for a 'Dredd' Sequel? That's Why the Producer Went Bootleg

So while it could end up taking years for a "Dredd" sequel to happen, Adi Shankar -- who was also a producer on the 2012 "Dredd" film -- has taken matters into his own hands with his animated bootleg "Dredd" series, "Superfiend," which debuted yesterday. The "Superfiend" series is six episodes long, with each installment being about ten minutes in length, and it features Dredd battling his ultimate enemies, the Dark Judges, four apparitions who could easily destroy the world if Dredd doesn't stop them. If it were to become a big screen feature, it could make an even more insane battle than Christopher Reeve going up against General Zod and the space villains in "Superman II," (for one thing, the Dark Judges are a much more morbid, ghastly, and lethal bunch than your usual super villains, and a knock down drag out brawl through a major metropolitan area could really get messy).  But as it turns out,...
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 31. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 31. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.) READ MORE: Daniel Radcliffe on Ebola, 'Horns' and Being Propositioned for Sex By a Fan The ABCs of Death 2 Director: Various Cast: Various Synopsis: "'ABCs of Death 2' is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter A and ending with the letter Z. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, 'ABCs of Death 2' is another global celebration of next generation genre...
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Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Bloodsworth,' 'Intersection,' ''The Space Between' or 'Bulbul'?

The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize: Bloodsworth - An Innocent Man Intersection The Space Between Bulbul: Song of the Nightingale <a href="<a href="<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8412920/&quot">http://polldaddy.com/poll/8412920/&quot</a>;...
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