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Editor's Note

This week on the blog you’ll find all things Tribeca. The annual hard-to-define but also hard-to-ignore festival hits the city this week, with many events happening away from the original neighborhood whose post-9/11 downturn provided the raison d’etre for the festival. Brandon Harris and Jason Guerrasio will be blogging, with Guerrasio also covering for the magazine and Harris contributing a series of Tribeca director interviews. So check back on the site as well as on next week’s newsletter for info and buzz on the event.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor

 

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE
As you may expect from an Errol Morris film, his provocative take on the abuses done at Abu Ghraib, Standard Operating Procedure, isn't anything like the other Iraq war docs of recent years. His look at the war’s biggest scandal is also an interrogation into the medium of photography and the way we hold images accountable for the actions they depict. With the marvelous lensing by Robert Richardson and longtime Morris d.p. Robert Chappell along with music from composer Danny Elfman, Morris bucks the anti-intellectual trend of this year’s election to argue that critical thinking still has a place in our political discourse.

ON DVD THIS WEEK: If you didn't catch it in theaters, pick up Tamara Jenkins's Oscar nominated film The Savages. Click here to read Ray Pride’s interview with Jenkins from the Fall '07 issue (which we highlighted on the Web for our '07 Oscar coverage).

 

SPRING ISSUE ON STANDS


Click here to see the latest issue of the magazine including select stories you can view online.

Viewable online: Peter Bowen chats with Errol Morris about Standard Operating Procedure, Jason Guerrasio has an in-depth discussion with Sangre de Mi Sangre (aka Padre Nuestro) writer-director Christopher Zalla, Lisa Y. Garibay interviews Tom Kalin about Savage Grace, Howard Feinstein explores the making of Tom McCarthy's The Visitor and Travis Crawford talks to Dario Argento about his final chapter in the "Three Mothers" trilogy, Mother of Tears.

Plus, we take a look at the Red One camera, Anthony Kaufman reports on the struggle American filmmakers are having in the international marketplace in his Industry Beat column and Heather Chaplin searches for the indie videogame in our relaunched Gaming column.

 


This week on the blog, Jason Guerrasio posts the Cannes '08 line up, while Scott Macaulay highlights Guatemalan Handshake composer David Wingo and discusses the DVD cover art vs. theatrical poster of Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes The Stairs (parts 1 and 2) (pictured left).

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

 

IFP CONGRATULATES ITS PROGRAM ALUMNI AT TRIBECA


IFP congratulates the twelve IFP-supported films which will screen at this year's Tribeca Film Festival: Dawn Logsdon's Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (IFP Market - Spotlight on Documentaries 2002); Makoto Sasa’s Fire Under the Snow (IFP Fiscal Sponsorship); Dori Berinstein’s Gotta Dance (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2007); Benita Raphan’s Great Genius and Profound Stupidity (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2007); Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers’ Lioness (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2007); Huseyin Karabey’s My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek) (IFP Market – No Borders 2006); John Magary’s The Second Line (IFP Fiscal Sponsorship); Peter Galison and Robb Moss’ Secrecy (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2006); Steve Saporito and Zach Shaffer’s SqueezeBox! (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2002); Adam Kurland and Lucas Jansen’s This Is Not a Robbery (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2006, IFP Fiscal Sponsorship); Andy Abraham Wilson’s Under Our Skin (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2007); and Julie Checkoway’s Waiting for Hockney (IFP Market – Spotlight on Documentaries 2006, Completion Award 2006, IFP Fiscal Sponsorship).

IFP is now accepting submissions for this year’s Independent Film Week.


 

YANG CHANG, UP THE YANGTZE
By Nick Dawson

At a time when the popularity of documentaries is at an all-time high, Canadian director Yung Chang is not only telling stories as compelling as his peers', but doing so with a truly cinematic sensibility that is often lacking in his field. Like Earth to Mouth, Chang's latest film, Up the Yangtze, sees the director drawing on his cultural heritage as a source of inspiration. The documentary takes as its subject the Yangzter river's Three Gorges Dam Project, a symbol of Chinese progress – and the flooding and eradication of whole towns that is a result of this "step forward." read more

 
Festival Deadlines

APRIL
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Submission Deadline: April 25 (Early), May 23 (Final)
Festival Dates: Oct. 17-26

Maine International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: April 30
Festival Dates: July 11-20

Hawaii International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: April 30
Festival Dates: Oct. 23-Nov. 1

MAY
New Hampshire Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 8 (Early), July 28 (Final)
Festival Dates: Oct. 16-19

Hamptons International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 10 (Early)
Festival Dates: Oct. 15-19

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