Sundance Film Festival 2010
      EDITOR'S NOTE
What's the best independent or specialty movie of the decade? Brokeback Mountain or Half Nelson? There Will be Blood or Funny Ha Ha? Syndromes and a Century or In the Mood for Love? As we work on the new issue of Filmmaker, we've launched a reader's poll on our website in which you can weigh in on not only the Best Film of the Decade but Best Director, Best Script, Best Independent Innovation and more. Look for our Editor's Picks in the coming days but please let your voice be heard by taking part in our survey, the results will be printed in the Winter issue. You have until December 18, and by participating you'll also receive a half-off coupon for a subscription to Filmmaker. Oh, and if you don't like the sample nominees we've chose, you are free - and encouraged - to write in your own.

See you next week.

Best,

Scott Macaulay
Editor

      NEW IN THEATERS
A SINGLE MAN
Based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (out in limited release and expanding wider towards Christmas), the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, is a stylish 1960s drama about a British professor (Colin Firth) who, after the accidental death of his longtime boyfriend (Matthew Goode), tries to carry on while living in Los Angeles and taking trips next door to visit his good friend Charley (Julianne Moore). A stunning and gorgeous film that was a major winner at the Venice Film Festival, A Single Man is glamorous and tragic at the same time.

THE SLAMMIN' SALMON
In the latest from the Broken Lizard troupe (Super Troopers, Beerfest), the gang are waiters at The Slammin' Salmon, a Miami seafood restaurant owned by a former Heavyweight champ (Michael Clake Duncan). In trouble with paying a debt to the Yakuza, he sets up a contest for his wait staff to sell the most food in one night, the winner getting $10,000, the loser getting a "broken rib sandwich." What ensues is a crazy competition to be the winner, at all costs. Featuring cameos from Lance Henriksen and Morgan Fairchild and directed by Lizard member Kevin Heffernan, The Slammin' Salmon brings Broken Lizard's motley insanity to a whole new level.

THE VICIOUS KIND
Nominated for two awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Lee Toland Krieger's introspective The Vicious Kind centers on a young woman caught between two very different brothers. Emma (Brittany Snow) just started dating Peter (Alex Frost), and when she meets his brother Caleb (Adam Scott) it's evident that he is suffering from some major emotional issues. Caleb becomes infatuated with Emma, and things only get much deeper and more sad from there. Considered a darker version of Dan in Real Life, The Vicious Kind features Snow breaking from her child-star TV roots into more character-driven dramas and contains a lead performance from Scott that is a finely calibrated portrait of a rage-filled and misogynist lost sould. Cinematographer Bradley Stonesifer catches starkly beautiful shots of working-class Connecticut. Interviewing Krieger for this week's Director Interviews, Brandon Harris writes, "This Sundance '09 laureate is a throwback of sorts; shot in cinemascope 35mm, it has a widescreen expressiveness that is rare in low budget work, yet tells an intimate, four character story that is the stuff of Kammerspiel." Read our interview with Krieger below.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay highlights the DIY strategy of one Sundance filmmaker, writes an open letter to those who didn't get in and Jason Guerrasio invites everyone to Filmmaker's survey on the Best Of The Decade: Readers' Choice (one of the nominees, Lost In Translation, pictured left).

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
CHRISTINA BECK'S PERFECTION WINS THE IFP/ADRIENNE SHELLY DIRECTOR'S GRANT
IFP is delighted to announce that this year's Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant went to Christina Beck's Perfection, the story of Kristabelle, a woman in her thirties still living at home, who cuts herself to feel alive. She lives with her mother, who is also addicted to cutting through plastic surgery to maintain her youth. Through the help of a pot smoking young lover, a newly sober British comic and a little Chinese medicine, both women soon find that love can be more than skin deep.

The unrestricted $5,000 grant, created three years ago by the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, supports the work of female directorial alumni from the IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs. Launched in 2005, IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs is a national program connecting mentors and projects before they are submitted to festivals. Congratulations to Christina (pictured left) and her unique, wonderful film. Read more about the film and the grant here and on Christina Beck's blog.

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
LEE TOLAND KRIEGER, THE VICIOUS KIND
By Brandon Harris

Opening with a blistering, misogynistic monologue by Caleb (a terrific Adam Scott), a newly unemployed construction worker who's recent breakup has left him with an unquenchable hate for all things feminine, The Vicious Kind seems to announce its intentions very quickly: dramatizing the bitterness of a young, damaged man and the toll his misanthropy exacts on his small, middle class New England family over one long holiday weekend as his virginal brother (Peter Frost) and his gothy, bright eyed girlfriend (Brittany Snow) also return for Thanksgiving. However, as it slowly unwinds, The Vicious Kind reveals a family torn apart by long buried secrets and recriminations that can only be papered over with more deceit and subterfuge in ways that resonate long after its surprising final passages. read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

DECEMBER
Tribeca All Access
Submission Deadline: Dec. 14
Festival Dates: April 21 - May 2

Charleston International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Dec. 16 (early), Jan. 21st (final)
Festival Dates: April 8 -11

San Francisco International Film Festival
Submission Deadline: Dec. 21
Festival Dates: April 22 - May 6

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