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25 New Faces," we experienced a mass of server problems that slowed and even took down the site for some time. We're really proud of this annual feature, which enthusiastically profiles an inspiring new crop of emerging directors, writers, actors, producer and cinematographers, so the outage was especially frustrating. If you had problems reading the list yesterday, it's all good now, so please check it out. Assembling this feature always inspires and rejuvenates us, and we hope that reading about the creativity of this new group of "25" does the same for you.Our newsletter normally goes out on Thursdays, but yesterday, just after we launched our 2012 "
I had written more for this newsletter, but it seems irrelevant this morning. It's impossible to do anything other than reflect on last night's tragedy in Colorado. There's already a mass of commentary online, much of it very smart, about the event's relationship to the movies and moviegoing, but for now I'm simply going to extend our thoughts at Filmmaker to the friends and families of the victims. I'll see you next week.
MOMENTUM BUILDS AS INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK APPROACHES With the selected Project Forum titles for the 2012 edition of Independent Film Week due to be announced in a few weeks, and the Filmmaker Conference schedule to be announced at the beginning of August, heat is building as we move toward September. Industry registration continues currently for those broadcasters, distributors, festivals, sales agents, financing and production companies that want a first look at the projects beginning in early August as industry meetings begin to take shape. Independent Film Week takes place from September 16-20 at Lincoln Center in NYC. More registration info here.
Hammer To Nail Review
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
The Queen of Versailles
The Well Digger's Daughter
25 New Faces of Independent Film
Momentum Builds as Independent Film Week Approaches
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES By Susanna Locascio
As I left the screening of the documentary The Queen of Versailles, my immediate thought was, "This is why we can't have nice things." Director Lauren Greenfield has created a complicated, fascinating, and humbling film, perfectly calibrated to the zeitgeist. Election-year rhetoric aside, we remain in the ever-widening wake of the Great Recession, and Greenfield's riches-to-rags story releases waves of conflicting emotion: pity, schadenfreude, guilt, empathy, disgust. With fortuitous--and perhaps shrewd--timing, her film captures an America in flux.
Read more HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI In Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, a disenfranchised ronin (Eita) arrives at the house of a lord claiming that he wishes to perform hara-kiri (ritual suicide.) However, the ronin has a much more elaborate, blood-splattered motive in mind. Following the hugely successful 13 Assassins, the prolific Miike pays tribute to yet another samurai classic, Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 masterpiece Hara-Kiri - this time in 3D (the film was the first of its format to premiere at Cannes Film Festival.) THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES Viewing the economic crisis through the lens of the incredibly wealthy, Lauren Greenfield's documentary The Queen of Versailles follows the story of David and Jackie Siegel, a couple designing their dream house based on the titular French palace. When the economy crashes, their ambition of building the largest residential house in America is rerouted, and a once opulent lifestyle propped up by David's timeshare empire must give way to something more moderate. THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER In Daniel Auteuil's The Well Digger's Daughter, Pascale (Auteuil), a widowed well digger lives with his six daughters in the French countryside during World War I. After his eldest Patricia (newcomer Astrid Berges-Frisbey) is impregnated and abandoned by a war pilot, Pascale's strength as a father is put to the ultimate test. After previously starring in Claude Berri's adaptations of Marcel Pagnol's Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, Auteuil makes his directorial debut with a remake of the author-filmmaker's 1940 film. This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay discusses the beauty of Welcome to Pine Point, and shares the music video for Icky Blossoms' "Perfect Vision" (pictured left), and Alexandra Byer interviews The Imposter director Bart Layton.
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25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM
Welcome to the 15th edition of Filmmaker magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film." As Filmmaker is poised to enter its 20th year covering the art, business and practice of independent film, we remain excited and rejuvenated by the creative achievements and career potential of today's emerging filmmakers. Amidst talk of collapsing business models, it's downright inspiring to profile filmmakers whose proactivity knows no bounds. The explorations of the filmmakers on this list span their communities, the globe and the web as they find new ways to make great work as well as names for themselves. As always when compiling the "25," we've tried to resist the temptation to simply recount a list of those whose achievements are already well celebrated elsewhere. In making the list, we let ourselves be guided by our own passions and enthusiasms, rigorously watching films, rough cuts and reading scripts, all in the hopes of coming up with a snapshot of the current independent scene that is well-considered, sometimes idiosyncratic, and hopefully always fun to read. Read more
Boulder International Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: July 20
Regular Deadline: September 7
Late Deadline: October 1
WAB Deadline: October 8
Festival Dates: February 14 - 17
Philadelphia Film Festival
Late Deadline: July 20
WAB Deadline: July 27
Festival Dates: October 18 - 28
Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Late Deadline: July 20
WAB Deadline: July 27
Festival Dates: October 18 - 26