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      EDITOR'S NOTE
A few people retweeted when I posted on our Twitter feed about a few phone calls I received in one week that I dubbed "recession reach-outs." You"ve all had them – the sudden reconnects from people you haven"t spoken with in a while, all of whom want to learn about what you are up to and see if there"s a way to do business. With me, I"d say about 80% of these calls are from people who want to do the business the same way it"s been done for years, who are waiting for things to return to normal. The other 20% are from people who want to talk about what will be the "new normal," and they"re interested in brainstorming together ways to figure out what that next paradigm will be. I"m more interested in those latter set of calls because just as our broader economy is being transformed at the moment, so is the independent film business. So, in this short note I simply urge you to make the most of your recession reach-outs. Don"t exchange piles of make-work that will sap your time and energy but instead talk about what can be done in new and different ways.

On another note, I"ll be in Cannes for the second half of this year"s festival, from the 19th to the 24th. If you"ll be there or have a film, drop me a line at editor.filmmakermagazine AT gmail.com.

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor
      NEW IN THEATERS
RUDO Y CURSI
Already a huge hit in Mexico, in Rudo y Cursi Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reunite for the first time since Y tu mamá también in playing stepbrothers rising through the ranks of the Mexican soccer world. Produced by Cha Cha Cha"s Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón with Cuarón"s brother Carlos directing, the film focuses less on the actual game and more on the complex subtleties of class, rivalries in the sport and the comical temptations the brothers experience during their ascent.

SUMMER HOURS
After three international films that explore the sprawling theme of globalization (Demonlover, Clean, and Boarding Gate) Olivier Assayas is back on home territory with this film about three middle-aged siblings forced back together to divide up their late mother's estate. Starring Julliete Binoche as one of the sisters, the film is infused with Chekovian undertones and inspired in part by Assayas's own mother's death. Interviewed for the Spring issue, Assayas says the film focuses on not only family values but those of society as well. "Ultimately I wanted to show how those characters are defined in ways we are not so aware of, defined by the way global economics are changing," he says. "So it allows me to view those themes in smaller ways, but ultimately that"s what it"s all about. These bigger trends are about the intimate daily lives of individuals."

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay keys in on Trent Reznor's forward-thinking business model, chimes in on the second trailer for Lars Von Trier's Anti-Christ and highlights Megan Fox's Esquire shoot with the Red One (pictured left).

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
ENVISION: ADDRESSING GLOBAL ISSUES THROUGH DOCUMENTARIES, MAY 14-15
IFP is collaborating with the United Nation's Department of Public Information to create an annual destination in NYC that unites the international filmmaking community, civil society organizations, entrepreneurs, activists, journalists, economists, public policy makers, NGOs, and the general public with representatives from the UN in the shared goal of envisioning a better world for all. Through this jointly produced forum, IFP and the UN seek to combine film presentations with substantive, live-audience discussions on pressing global issues. The Spotlight Focus in 2009 is the UN Millennium Development Goals as they relate to women. The two-day forum at the DGA Theater begins on May 14 with opening remarks by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon followed by 12 Keynotes, discussions, panels and screenings over the two days - including screenings of The Glass House and Rough Aunties and panels such as The Reality of Being the Subject, Establishing The Safety Net for Girls in Traditional Societies, and a case study of the outreach and impact of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Click here for program schedule and ticket information.

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
KIRBY DICK, OUTRAGE
By Nick Dawson

Audiences who liked Kirby Dick's irreverent attack on the MPAA will definitely appreciate his new film, in which the director takes aim at another sacred cow: closeted politicians. Outrage specifically puts the spotlight on secretly gay political figures whose homophobic stances have had a detrimental effect on the homosexual community which, as the film points out, they are a part of and expect to protect them. read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

MAY
Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival
Submission Deadline: May 15
Festival Dates: Sept. 20-23

Mill Valley Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 15, June 15 (Final)
Festival Dates: Oct. 8-18

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 22
Festival Dates: Oct. 16-25

Woodstock Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 25, June 22 (Final)
Festival Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

Find more festival deadlines, click here. And get the latest news and notes on the fest circuit at Festival Ambassador.

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