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      EDITOR'S NOTE
Film Distribution Degree Zero.

Or, what if you could do it all again? Start from scratch? Build from the ground-up a new distribution apparatus that wouldn't be beholden to any of the old paradigms. You could of course re-embrace those old paradigms — windows, conventions of marketing, assumptions of what audiences want to see and how they want to see it — but only if you wanted to. Like a character in a science fiction film who had all his memories erased, you'd be free to simply imagine what would work and in that imagination could come up with an entirely new way of doing things.

As you might have guessed, I've been talking to some colleagues about distribution ideas recently and have been struck by how many prospective ventures are modeled on a past that may no longer be relevant. There's nothing wrong with succeeding via the traditional model, of course, and I hope many of these folks do. But some of these plans have a certain "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" vibe. With all the changes happening in terms of audience behavior, who is out there completely shaking things up? I posed this question on our Twitter feed and got a few responses: "Go all digital"; "Reward filmmakers for self-promo"; "Pool risk with filmmakers"; "No larger than life egos"; "Embrace single quadrants." (Subscribe to our Twitter feed to read more.)

If you could start a distribution company from scratch, what would you do? And how would you do it? Thoughts are always welcome at editor.filmmakermagazine AT gmail.com.

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor
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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Six years after his last major feature, Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino is back with Inglourious Basterds, a wildly imaginative reenvisioning of WWII history where Jewish fighters take their bloody revenge upon the Nazis. Contrary to the advertising, Brad Pitt is not the star but just one of several plotters scheming to use cinema to end the war. The standouts among the multiple-plot storyline include Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna, the French Jew hiding her true identity, and Christoph Waltz as the sinister "Jew Hunter." With layered dialogue, unexpected moments of near slapstick, and a sense of real emotional commitment, Inglourious Basterds merges a historical wish fulfillment fantasy with a paean to the myth-making properties of cinema itself. Subscribe to our digital issue to read our interview with Tarantino as well as access our back issues up until 2005.

WORLD'S GREATEST DAD
As a comedian, Bobcat Goldthwait had a reputation for being eccentric with a twisted sense of humor, but as a filmmaker, he blends dark comedy with a soft sensitivity, as seen in his previous film Sleeping Dogs Lie. World's Greatest Dad continues on that path, starring Robin Williams as Lance Clayton, a frustrated poetry teacher with unpublished manuscripts, who has unconditional love for his foul-mouthed jerk of a son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara). When Kyle dies through a Darwin Award-worthy death, Lance stages his son's death as a suicide, writing his suicide note to present him to the world as a "lost and misunderstood young soul," indirectly earning himself public sympathy. He even writes his son's journals for media consumption, re-igniting his own writing passion and being more interested in life at the expense of his son's death. Goldthwait balances dark humor with a soft side, and Williams excels in another role where he combines comedic timing with his dramatic talents.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay posts the latest Where The Wild Things Are trailer (pictured left), Melissa Silvestri reports from the opening of the Adrienne Shelly Memorial Garden in NYC and Macaulay finds video of Werner Herzog commenting on his Bad Lieutenant sequel.

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IFP INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER CONFERENCE, SEPT. 19-23, 2009 NYC
IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference is the must-attend event for film and media professionals to learn how today's creative choices and business decisions are impacting tomorrow's artists, industry and audiences - and shaping the future of independent film and media-making.

Newly announced Keynotes! Filmmaker Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, and the highly anticipated Amelia), Big Beach Films' Peter Saraf (Everything Is Illuminated, Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning, Away We Go, and the forthcoming Jack Goes Boating). Industry leaders will include Ted Hope (This is That), Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels), Lynne Kirby (Sundance Channel), Peter Kujawski (Focus Features), Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels), as well as representatives from BMI, HBO, HotDocs, Kodak, SAGIndie, Sundance, SXSW, Withoutabox, and many more! EARLY BIRD PASSES ON SALE NOW! Download the Conference Brochure, get more info, and purchase passes at www.filmmakerconference.com.

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LUCRECIA MARTEL, THE HEADLESS WOMAN
By Nick Dawson

Lucrecia Martel's third feature as writer-director, The Headless Woman, sees her return once again to her native Salta, where her previous two movies have also been set. The film's protagonist is Verónica (María Onetto), a glamorous middle-aged dentist whose comfortable, untroubled existence is disrupted when she runs over something in the road. She initially thinks she just hit a dog, but over time she grows convinced that it was actually a person. read more

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