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      EDITOR'S NOTE
A short newsletter this week as I'm on my way to the Toronto International Film Festival. And check out our Toronto section on the Web site, in which we'll have interviews and preview features throughout the fest, including pieces on Jane Campion, Karyn Kusama, Don Argott, Gaspar Noe, and Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein (these last two are posted already). It will also have reports, photos, and hopefully some video from the field. I'm looking forward to the festival this year. The buzz on a lot of the films is very good; I'm especially looking forward to Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime, which got great response at Venice and Telluride, and, of course, Harmony Korine's stealthily produced latest, Trash Humpers, which promises to harken back to Gummo while also incorporating ideas Korine has explored in his visual art over the years. Remember to follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date news and info during the festival, and if you are attending with a movie and would like to submit a short blog post about your experience, you can always email me at editor.filmmakermagazine AT gmail.com.

Two other things. Our Stimulus Package subscription promotion run until September 24 and is a great deal — one year of the magazine for $10 with our digital edition thrown in free. And, as you'll note below, the IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference is coming up September 19 – 23. This is an essential event for filmmakers looking to connect with colleagues and professionals who can help them navigate the changing world of independent production and distribution. Filmmaker will be hosting several of the sessions, so please say hello if you are there.

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor
      NEW IN THEATERS
CRUDE
From the critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost), Crude examines how big business, the environment, and human rights violations converge in a small town in Ecuador, where Texaco had allegedly been dumping their oil in the water for 30 years. The indigenous Cofan Indian community fights back, with the help of local human rights organizations, the media, and celebrity activism, in a legal battle against Texaco — the "$27 billion Amazon Chernobyl case," as it came to be known. The sense of entitlement of corporations in foreign countries is nauseating, and Crude showcases the exploitation and environmental damage by their hands at the expense of the civilians stuck to deal with the aftermath. In this week's Director Interviews, Nick Dawson writes, "Crude has aspects of both the environmental documentary and the David and Goliath tale, but adds up to an even more intriguing film than it might seem on paper." Read our interview with Berlinger below.

WHITE ON RICE
Director Dave Boyle follows up his directorial debut, Big Dreams LittleTokyo, with White on Rice, a coming-of-age comedy about a 40-year old man, Jimmy (Hiroshi Watanabe), who has just got divorced, is unemployed, and is crashing at his sister Aiko's (Nae) home, much to the dismay of her husband Tak (Mio Takada), who can't stand Jimmy's freeloading ways. Jimmy shares a bunk bed with his 10-year old nephew Bob (Justin Kwong), whose youthful maturity bears a striking contrast to Jimmy's childlike demeanor. Jimmy is also determined to get re-married, pursuing his beautiful cousin Ramona (Lynn Chen), which only heeds disastrous results. A winner at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, White on Rice is a spirited comedy full of painful truths about aging and maturity and accepting life's foibles.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Howard Feinstein gives us a preview of the Toronto International Film Festival, Scott Macaulay learns of a DVD release for After Last Season and Jason Guerrasio educates us about The Big Lebowski Achievers (pictured left).

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
IFP INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER CONFERENCE, SEPT. 19-23, 2009 NYC
IFP's five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference, is the event for film and media professionals to learn how today's creative choices and business decisions are impacting tomorrow's artists, industry and audiences. Join 2000 filmmakers, producers, funders, distributors, agents, and buyers to share winning strategies on the art and business of independent filmmaking.

KEYNOTES ANNOUNCED! Featuring conversations with R.J. Cutler - director of this season's hottest documentary, The September Issue; Mira Nair - award winning director of this fall's Amelia; and Peter Saraf - co-founder/producer of Big Beach Films (Away We Go, Little Miss Sunshine). Industry leaders also include Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting), Yance Ford (POV), Ted Hope (This is that), Lynne Kirby (Sundance Channel), Peter Kujawski (Focus Features), Dylan Leiner (Sony Pictures Classics), Andrew Mer (SnagFilms), Craig Parks (IFC), Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), and more!

Panelists will offer key advice on: Making Your First Feature, Building an Audience for Your Film, New Digital & Financial Models, Positioning Your Film for Festivals & Buyers, and Strategizing Your Next Career Move. EARLY BIRD PRICES END SOON! Get more info, and purchase passes at www.filmmakerconference.com.

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
JOE BERLINGER, CRUDE
By Nick Dawson

Joe Berlinger's latest film, Crude, is something of a departure for the director as it presents a story on a much bigger scale than his previous documentaries. The film focuses on the horrific damage done to the Ecuadorian rainforest (and the impact on its indigenous inhabitants), and the efforts of oil worker-turned-lawyer Pablo Fajardo to hold the oil behemoth Chevron accountable. read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

SEPTEMBER
Miami International Film Festival
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Submission Deadline: Sept. 15
Festival Dates: March 28 - April 5

Independent Film Festival of Boston
Submission Deadline: Sept. 30 (early), Dec. 31 (final)
Festival Dates: April 21-28

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