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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...

 
25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM: This marks the 11th year of our "25 New Faces" survey. Of the now 290 people we've selected they have included directors like Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Barry Jenkins, Craig Brewer and Miranda July as well as actors Ryan Gosling, Hilary Swank, Peter Sarsgaard, Ellen Page, Olivia Thirlby and Jess Weixler. Who are the 25 people this year we believe have the talent to become notable figures in the film community for decades to come? Click here to find out.
 
QUENTIN TARANTINO'S INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: In our cover story this issue Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay chats with Quentin Tarantino about his latest film, Inglourious Basterds. After years filled with curiosity and rumors, Tarantino finally put his nod to Italian director Enzo G. Castellari's The Inglorious Bastards on the front burner when Brad Pitt signed on to play the leader of a group of Jewish solders out for Nazi blood. But this is no remake. Perhaps Tarantino's most movie-obsessed project, the references in Basterds are less signifiers of cool and more matters of life and death. "Quentin Tarantino's a great interview because, as he himself brought up in our conversation, he's the ultimate cinephile, and that means that his interviewers get to indulge all their own cinephilic obsessions," Macaulay says. "For me, I loved hearing about how he pecks his scripts out on a 20-year-old Smith Corona, what prompted him to take his "guys on a mission" tale, into the realm of alternate history, and just why he stuck a David Bowie song in the middle of a World War II movie."
 

SOPHIE BARTHES'S COLD SOULS: 25 New Faces alum writer-director Sophie Barthes releases her debut feature later this summer with Cold Souls. A philosophical sci-fi, Paul Giamatti plays an actor (named Paul) who depleted by the emotional demands of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya arranges to have his soul removed. When things don't turn out how he plans, Paul goes in search of his soul, which he learns has been sold on the black market. To interview Barthes (and producer-cinematographer Andrij Parekh), we enlisted fellow director Astra Taylor (also a 25 Faces alumni), whose documentaries like Zizek! and Examined Life are themselves spirited inquiries into the life of the mind. "Sophie Barthes calls her film a work of 'cardboard science fiction,' meaning that on an independent budget and without special effects she was able to conjure up an alternative world — one eerily similar to our own, humorously highlighting many of our current social and psychological predicaments," Taylor says. "Seeing Cold Souls and talking to Sophie was a great reminder that naturalism isn't always the best way to reflect reality, and that sometimes it takes a bizarre leap of imagination to convey something truthful."

 

PLUS: A look at the making of Lynn Shelton's Sundance sensation, Humpday, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte talks about his doc Soul Power, Esther B. Robinson learns which of today's working directors juggle day jobs to support their filmmaking, Roberto Quezada-Dardon highlights the accessories for DSLR cameras, we look back on Strand Releasing's 20 years in the industry, and what to look out for when selling the digital rights to your film. And much more...


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