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Editor's Note

I was out in L.A. last week taking part as a producer in the Film Independent Fast Track program. It’s one of those “speed dating” type affairs where producers rotate from table to table and speak to a succession of distributors, financiers and production companies. I already knew several of the people I met with, so those meetings turned into catching-up sessions in which we shared thoughts on the current state of the industry. Of course, the topic on everyone’s mind was Mark Gill’s speech, delivered at the L.A. Film Festival’s Financing Conference. Titled “The Sky is Falling,” it’s a sober assessment of the current indie business followed by some positive thoughts on how it might survive in the future. (If you haven’t read it, you can by clicking to indieWIRE here.)

The speech has gotten an incredible amount of coverage, from Variety to the New York Times, and there have been several follow-up articles in which industry observers weigh in on Gill’s pronouncements. But what about the filmmakers? What do you guys think? Are you freaked out by all the gloom and doom? Will it affect the way you approach your films? Or is this just more background noise that you try to tune out as you do your things. Email me at and I’ll try to run some of the comments on the blog.


Scott Macaulay

The Wackness, Jonathan Levine's Sundance Audience Award Winner, is the story of a friendship between and 18-year-old Upper-East-Side dope dealer and his much older, but not less lost, psychotherapist. Set in 1994, the film is peppered with references to that era, from the rise of Notorious B.I.G. and the demise of Kurt Cobain to Giuliani's anti-fun crusade. Solid performances by Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck (Drake and Josh) in the lead roles, with a notable supporting cast that includes Olivia Thirlby and Method Man.


Written and directed by Oscar-winning Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson focuses on the inflation of Thompson's public persona between 1965 and 1975 and the downfall thereafter . Gibney combines never-before-seen archival materials, rare home movies, audiotapes, excerpts from unpublished manuscripts as well as recreations, re-stagings and narration by Johnny Depp to paint an affectionate portrait of the father of Gonzo journalism while tackling the prime question raised by Thompson's work: how such a fiery larger-than-life figure became an irrelevant old man.


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By Nick Dawson

Like his much buzzed shorts, Scott Prendergast's debut feature brings to the screen his poignant outsider's perspective and talent for creating vivid comic characters.

Though Prendergast's shorts were small, self-contained works, he conveys the expansive world of Kabluey, his debut feature, with surprising ease. The plot, inspired by incidents in his own life, revolves around hapless loser Salman (Prendergast) who is asked to help his sister-in-law Leslie (Lisa Kudrow) look after her two demanding sons while Salman's brother is away fighting in Iraq. As Salman is broke, Leslie finds him a job – which turns out to be dressing up in a giant blue mascot costume and handing out flyers on a lonely, boiling hot highway. Kabluey continues Prendergast's preoccupation with socially awkward men struggling to find their place in life, presenting an absurdist, melancholy perspective on the world. read more

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Submission Deadline: Aug. 18 (All Films), Sept. 5 (Final for Shorts), Sept. 8 (Final for Features)
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