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1. There are a lot more than 25 people on it. We have an all-time record of 37 people on our "25." Many of the selections are filmmaking couples, and the number was further boosted by one production company/collective.
2. International stories rule. Stories from Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Carribbean are found among the work of this year's filmmakers.
3. There are a lot of U.S.-based international filmmakers on it. American filmmakers often look longingly at the filmmaking infrastructures of other countries. Our "25" list is restricted to American independents and international filmmakers who are making their work largely out of the U.S. system, and this year, there were quite a few of the latter.
4. There's a rich crossover between the film and art worlds. Three selections this year are crossing over from visual art into film.
5. Beauty is good. This year we went more under the radar than usual, with many more of our picks not having finished a first feature yet. But their work -- their shorts or rough cuts -- is super beautiful. The technical expertise of today's young filmmakers is truly astonishing.
Look for our list on Tuesday or Wednesday, and see you next week.
INDUSTRY REGISTRATION OPEN FOR INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK Since 1979, Independent Film Week has been a one-of-a-kind event that has brought the international filmmaking community to New York City to celebrate, advocate, and introduce projects from both established filmmakers and new voices on the independent scene. Independent Film Week is a destination where the community of individuals involved with independent film can annually convene - from the filmmakers selected for their exciting new projects to the individuals from companies, festivals and organizations aimed at helping the work get made and ultimately seen by audiences. Recent industry attendees of IFP's Project Forum met the filmmakers or got their first looks at projects such as Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Queen of Versailles, Pariah, If a Tree Falls, Incendies, Nobody Walks, Una Noche and more. Don't miss out. Industry registration is now open for this year's Independent Film Week. More info here.
Hammer To Nail Review
Christian Marclay's The Clock
Industry Registration Opens for Independent Film Week
FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE By Michael Tully
The mere fact that I'm writing these words about Julia Ivanova's Family Portrait in Black and White means something has gone right. That is to say, on the occasion of its theatrical release, no longer is this film one of those special little treats that bounced around the American festival circuit for over a year, only to drift into oblivion forever. Granted, this release won't be wide, but to know that a film like Family Portrait in Black and White will be playing in a Times Square multiplex alongside franchise blockbusters in the dead heat of summer should give us all a tiny breath of hope.
Read more EASY MONEY In Daniel Espinosa's Easy Money, JW (Joel Kinnaman), a business student eager to climb the social ladder, becomes entangled in upper class society. He discovers that behind the glitz and glamour is a vicious world of crime. Espinosa follows his Hollywood action drama Safe House with this promising Swedish thriller based on Jens Lapidus' novel. TRISHNA Michael Winterbottom's drama Trishna follows a young woman (Freida Pinto) who falls in love with a British businessman (Riz Ahmed) in modern day Rajasthan. The young couple faces great obstacles as their ever-changing society threatens to tear them apart. Based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Trishna is Winterbottom's third adaptation of the novelist's work. You can check out Howard Feinstein's review of the film here. THE IMPOSTER Brit director Bart Layton's documentary The Imposter explores the disappearance of a 14-year old boy from Texas and the man who later claimed to be him. Combining interviews with dramatized footage, The Imposter has been described as a gripping true crime thriller. Judging from the trailer, Layton's film promises to be a riveting, disturbing and very cinematic experience. This week on the blog, Michael Murie discusses Taking Part in a Documentary, Nancy Savoca talks rebel cinema (pictured left), and Student Academy Award winner Mark Raso starts the production diary for his Copenhagen microbudget feature debut.
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CHRISTIAN MARCLAY'S "THE CLOCK" Peter Bowen
Christian Marclay's The Clock video installation is many things. Structurally it is a 24-hour video installation in which film clips from across the history of cinema are meticulously edited together so that the fictional time inside each clip matches exactly the time at which you are watching it. Culturally, The Clock is an art-world sensation. When it ran last year for several 48-hour stretches at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, visitors waited in long lines in the cold weather for the chance to watch part of it. Die-hard fans skipped the lines by coming in the middle of the night, curling up on gallery's viewing sofas in hopes of taking in all 24 hours. Cinematically, The Clock is a tour de force exploration of how time -- or more precisely timepieces (wristwatches, grandfather clocks, pocket watches, alarm clocks, sun dials, TV banners, radio updates, blinking microwave LEDs, and the like) -- structure film narrative. And at the most practical level The Clock is just that -- a clock. If you were to remount the show in your kitchen, you need only glance over to see Susan Hayward being executed in I Want to Live to know that it is 11:36 AM, a warning that you better hurry up or you'll be late for your lunch meeting. Read more
Mississippi International Film Festival
Regular Deadline: July 15
Late Deadline: August 1
WAB Deadline: August 15
Festival Dates: October 26 - 28
Gotham Screen Film Festival and Screenplay Contest
Regular Deadline: July 15
Late Deadline: August 15
WAB Deadline: September 3
Festival Dates: October 4 - 14
Santa Fe Film Festival
Late Deadline: July 13
WAB Deadline: August 31
Festival Dates: December 06 - December 09