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Northwest Film & Video Festival
FALL ISSUE NOW ON STANDS!
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The latest issue of FILMMAKER has just hit stands and now it's your chance to pick up the most comprehensive coverage of independent film. Here's a sneak peak at some of the things inside this issue...

 
STEVEN SODERBERGH'S CHE: This epic 2-part look at the controversial figure Che Guevara directed by Steven Soderbergh is the subject of this issue's cover story. With a powerful portrayal of the guerrilla leader by Benicio Del Toro, the film highlights two pinnacle moments in Che's life his involvement in the Cuban revolution alongside Fidel Castro, followed by his failed revolt in Bolivia leading to his execution. The film has been the talk of the indie world since it premiered to mixed reviews at its marathon, 4 hour-plus screening in Cannes earlier this year. With comments ranging from it being a rush job to Variety's Todd McCarthy stating Soderbergh needed to return to the drawing board, the director forged on, only cutting five minutes from each film and screening it to more favorable reviews at Toronto, where it was acquired by IFC, and the New York Film Festival. Filmmaker's Managing Editor Jason Guerrasio spoke to Soderbergh before the Toronto screening. "Steven was very open to discuss his reasons for making the film," he says. "It wasn't because of political views or even a real initial interest in the subject, and I think his answer may be surprising to some."
 
JONATHAN DEMME'S RACHEL GETTING MARRIED: Examining Jonathan Demme's intimate portrait of a family's inner turmoil on the day of their oldest daughter's wedding, James Ponsoldt took on the task to breakdown the creation of the Rachel character, played exquisitely by Rosemarie DeWitt. He does this by interviewing the key people behind the project, specifically Demme, DeWitt, screenwriter Jenny Lumet, producer Neda Armian and editor Tim Squyres. "For some time I've had a desire to write an article that explored how the 'it takes a village' idea applies to film more than any other art form," Ponsoldt explains. "Directors and actors generally get singled out, but screenwriters, producers, and editors are often overlooked for the tremendous and integral contribution they make to a film. The hope was that through focusing on a single element of the film, some of the nuances of each position would become more clear to the reader."
 

ARI FOLMAN'S WALTZ WITH BASHIR: "When I first saw Waltz with Bashir, I had somehow managed to forget everything I'd read about the film from when it played at Cannes and, as a result, was blown away by its audacious originality and honesty." That's from Nick Dawson who interviewed director Ari Folman for this issue. The film is a reconstruction of the missing memories from the director's time as a solider in the 1982 Lebanon War. But instead of using archival footage and talking heads, Folman makes an animated film, giving him the freedom to take it places a conventional doc could never go. Having already wowed audiences on the festival circuit, it's certainly a must see this fall. And as Dawson states, his time with Folman was certainly entertaining. "Director Ari Folman is someone who has a very distinctive take on the world and never pulls his punches. This is certainly evident in the interview."

 

PLUS: A special section on this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards including interviews with the Tribute recipients: Penélope Cruz, Gus Van Sant, Sheila Nevins and Melvin Van Peebles; Kelly Reichardt talks about her latest film, Wendy and Lucy; we visit John Hillcoat as he puts the final touches on The Road; learn more about the Red camera workflow. And much more...


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