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SUNSHINE
Incredibly intense, highly ambitious film by Danny Boyle which borrows from many outer-space classics (namely Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Solaris) but manages to create its own unique twists. 50 years from now a group of scientists are humanity's last hope in saving our dying sun, which they plan to travel to and reignite by releasing a nuclear bomb with "a payload the size of Manhattan". The small but recognizable cast (including Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans and Rose Byrne) gel together surprising well and give credibility to their character's actions. Sunshine feels like a creepy, indie space-epic that not only has a CGI-packed $50 million dollar budget backing it up but also the master craftsmanship of a pro like Boyle.

GOYA'S GHOSTS
This partly fictional film spans 15 years in the life of 18th-century Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard) and his teenage muse, Ines (Natalie Portman). Things get complicated when his friend Lorenzo (Javier Bardem), a power-hungry priest and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, arrests and tortures Ines for heresy. Almost two decades later, Ines reencounters Lorenzo and a now dark, deaf, and manic Goya. Academy award winner Milos Forman produces and directs Goya’s Ghosts, an exploration of religious hypocrisy and a shocking but impressive
historical drama.

SUMMER ISSUE IS UP!
Check out the main page to read some of the stories we have in our Summer issue, which hits stands this week. Some highlights include the 25 New Faces of Independent Film, a Q&A with Rescue Dawn's Werner Herzog, a pair of great docs, Charles Ferguson's No End In Sight and Jason Kohn's Manda Bala, and Jamie Stuart takes a look at Final Cut Studio 2. Also, check out the short he made with the help of FCS2, 12.5 Seconds Later. Another added feature we've begun is our Load & Play section where the editors and writers of Filmmaker give there take on some of the latest DVD releases. New titles will be updated often on the website along with a page dedicated to dics in the magazine.

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SPOTLIGHT AWARD DEADLINE EXTENDED
Applications for the annual IFP/Seattle Spotlight Awards are now being accepted until July 30, 2007. The Spotlight Award is given to one Northwest filmmaker based on a scrip and production plan. IFP/Seattle will provide the winner with full funding and services for the production of one short film. For details, visit the IFP/Seattle web site; e-mail questions to spotlight@ifpseattle.org

 
     

PARTICIPATE IN THE LATEST MULTIMEDIA THRILL
If you're looking for a thrill this weekend that doesn't involve standing in long lines and paying exorbitant ticket prices for a 3 minute ride, then head over to the Museum of the Moving Image for an experience you won't soon forget. MOMI is showcasing the best in horror throughout July and this Saturday they're adding an interesting twist. The multimedia project Head Trauma will screen complete with characters emerging from the audience and people's cell phones (yes, leave them on this time) will also play an integral role...

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THE DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS - GERARDO NARANJO, DRAMA/MEX
Not many people can genuinely claim that cinema is their savior, but Gerardo Naranjo is probably one of the few. Growing up in the small Mexican town of Salamanca, he frequently got into trouble and was forced to move from school to school as a result of his problems with authority, but managed to escape his difficulties while watching movies. He ended up studying at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he founded a cinema club called Zero for Conduct, — named after the Jean Vigo movie, a favorite which appealed to his sense of rebellion — in order to screen classic films he loved. While in Mexico City, he wrote film criticism and directed his first short, Perro Negro (1997), which ultimately led to him taking a Masters in Directing at American Film Institute in L.A. There he became best friends with fellow students Goran Dukic (whose Wristcutters: A Love Story is released next month) and Azazel Jacobs, the son of Ken Jacobs, who shared his anarchic spirit. After another acclaimed short, The Last Attack of the Beast (2002), Naranjo made his feature debut with the Scorsese-esque Malachance (2004) before co-writing and co-starring in Azazel Jacobs' The GoodTimesKid (2005).

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