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Final Draft
      EDITOR'S NOTE

Scott is out of town and will return next week with his Editor's Note.

      NEW IN THEATERS
ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
With the recent string of Judd Apatow successes — using the formula of crass dialogue mixed with lazy protagonists forced to act their age — you'd think Kevin Smith would be bitter as for the last decade he's only found moderate box office success using this model. But instead Smith sees the moment as a way to capitalize on his patented brand of potty humor (and in the process borrow Apatow regulars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks to sweeten the pot). In Smith's latest film Rogen and Banks play Zack and Miri, and I guess the title explains the rest. But as most Kevin Smith fans know there's more to his films than what's on the surface. And at its core Zack and Miri is a sweet story about finding love, friendship and the magic of filmmaking. Read our interview with Smith in the latest issue.

DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
After having an impressive run on the festival circuit and a slew of praise from critics across the country, Kurt Kuenne's haunting documentary has a lot of momentum going into its theatrical run. Set around the murder of his childhood friend, Andrew, Kuenne sets out on a mission to find justice after the prime suspect of the murder, Andrew's ex-girlfriend, flees to Canada. The plot thickens when we learn she also was pregnant with Andrew's child at the time of the murder leading to the film becoming not only a celebration of Andrew's life but a letter to his son, Zachary, who will never know who his father is unless the film is made. Read our interview with Kuenne at the bottom of this page.

      FALL ISSUE ONLINE + NEW WAY TO READ MAG

Select stories from the Fall '08 issue is now available on the website.

They include great interviews with Charlie Kaufman on his debut feature Synecdoche, New York; Bruce LaBruce about his latest zombie thriller Otto; or Up with Dead People; and just in time for its release this weekend, Zack and Miri Make a Prono's Kevin Smith discusses his new raunchy comedy.

There's also a piece on the Red camera workflow; director Jon Reiss writes how he pulled off the two-month theatrical window with Bomb It; Scott Kirsner talks about his new book and the future of indie filmmaking and there's an excerpt of Scott Macaulay's roundtable discussion on the current state of indie film. We also visited The Road's John Hillcoat in the edit room.

And lastly, Filmmaker is now available as a digital issue. You can see everything on your computer as you would holding the mag, but with more features. Here's a sample. Learn more about it and how to subscribe at our FAQ page.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, we give some of our favorite horror titles, Scott Macaulay tunes into this week's "The Business" podcast where Mark Gill comments on the state of the specialty theatrical biz and learns more about Celia Maysles's debut doc, Wild Blue Yonder (pictured left), and the controversy surrounding the film.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.
      UPCOMING AT IFP
GOTHAM AWARD TICKETS NOW ON SALE
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be held December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street. Individual tickets, in addition to table sales, are now available for this annual celebration of acclaimed independent films and talent that also facilitates the not-for-profit mission of IFP’s year-round programs. This year’s Featured Tributes to Penélope Cruz, Sheila Nevins, Melvin Van Peebles, and Gus Van Sant (all profiled in the Fall issue of Filmmaker) will accompany the presentation of awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Director, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You during the gala evening.

For more on the awards and how to attend, click here.

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
KURT KUENNE, DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
Kurt Kuenne's latest movie, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, centers on the tragic story of Dr. Andrew Bagby, a lifelong friend of Kuenne's who was killed in 2001, and follows the Bagby family's quest for justice after the prime suspect – Bagby's ex-girlfriend, Dr. Shirley Turner – fled to Canada to escape prosecution. The film loosely takes the form of a letter addressed to Zachary, Bagby's son who Turner was carrying when he was murdered, as Kuenne interviews all of the dead man's friends and relations in order to let Zachary know about his father. The film is essentially all Kuenne's work – he wrote, directed, shot, narrated, produced, edited, recorded the sound and wrote the score – and because of his closeness to the subject he presents a highly subjective take on the story. This, along with the dramatic nature of the events depicted, gives Dear Zachary an incredible emotional power which is sustained over the course of this deeply memorable film. read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

OCTOBER
Cinequest Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Oct. 31, Nov. 9 (Final)
Festival Dates: Feb. 25-March 8

NOVEMBER
Aspen Shortsfest
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early), Dec. 15 (Final)
Festival Dates: April 1-5

San Louis Obispo International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1 (Early), Dec. 15 (Final)
Festival Dates: March 6-15

RiverRun International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Nov. 3 (Final)
Festival Dates: April 22-27

Find more festival deadlines, click here.

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