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Final Draft
      EDITOR'S NOTE

The PDFs are pinging through cyberspace and the printing presses are gearing up at an undisclosed location somewhere in the continental United States. My eyes are bleary from proofreading and while I’d swear that this next issue of Filmmaker is pretty clean, I’m sure you will find something errant that has slipped through. And, as you may be able to tell, after reading and rereading 128 pages of copy my ability to pontificate about the indie film scene is severely compromised at the moment.

So, look forward to our next issue – there’s a lot in it. The director interviews are especially meaty, and we have a number of articles dealing with DIY distribution and new distribution paradigms. Plus, there’s a piece about posting the Red camera that was all news to me. It should be on the stands in about three weeks.

In the meantime, if you haven’t been checking out Jamie Stuart’s NYFF46 series, you can catch up now. Episode three (see link to episode below) ended with something of a cliffhanger as someone – Jamie, and if so, which one? – tumbled off the 59th Street Bridge. All should – or may – be resolved in the final episode, which will go live on our site Monday morning. Be there.

See you next week.

      NEW IN THEATERS
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Mike Leigh's newest feature might at first seem to be a departure from earlier work, following the adventures of a relentlessly upbeat young woman, Poppy (Sally Hawkins). However, what at first seems like a light-hearted comedy becomes more of a free-form study of his protaganist's different relationships, as teacher and as student, as friend and as confessor. Happy-Go-Lucky is ultimately about a human being's desperate clutch on hope, even as chances for happiness flutter out of reach.

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS
Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig offer NIghts and Weekends, a somber meditation on long-distance relationships that follow two young people who are feeling the strain on their love affair. With nary a bit of narrative, and a lot of painfully sincere dialogue, it treads familiar mumblecore ground, but without the self-aware artifice.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay updates us on the upcoming release of Marianna Palka's Good Dick (pictured left), links us to a podcast with filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, and looks at what our presidential candidates think about media ownership/consolidation and network neutrality.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.
      UPCOMING AT IFP
GOTHAM AWARD SEASON HEATS UP
The Gothams, the first honors of the film awards season, honor the filmmaking community, expand the audience for independent films, and support the work that IFP does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition. Nominations will be announced October 20, and this year’s already announced featured tributes will recognize the tremendous contributions of Penélope Cruz, Sheila Nevins, Gus Van Sant and Melvin Van Peebles. Collectively, they embody the immense diversity of independent filmmaking – from the increasingly international influence of independent cinema to the importance of non-fiction storytelling to the trailblazing independents that came of age in the late ‘80s and finally to those who came before “independent” had even entered our common vernacular. The Gotham Awards will be held December 2 at Cipriani Wall St.

To learn more click here.
      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
NYFF 46 PART 3
Jamie Stuart drops a bomb in this episode from his New York Film Festival series. With special appearances by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood and many more. see short
      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

OCTOBER
Cinequest Screenwriting Competition
Submission Deadline: Oct. 10
Festival Dates: Feb. 25-March 9

Ann Arbor Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Oct. 15, Nov. 15 (Late)
Festival Dates: March 24-29

San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Oct. 20
Festival Dates: Oct. 17-Nov. 6

Find more festival deadlines, click here.

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