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The latest issue of FILMMAKER has just hit stands and now it's your chance to pick up the most comprehensive coverage of independent film. Here's a sneak peak at some of the things inside this issue...

BARRY JENKINS'S MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY: The subject of our cover story this issue, Barry Jenkins creates an impressive first film that follows a one night stand between two black people living in San Francisco, a city with one of the lowest percentages of African-Americans in the U.S. A resident of San Francisco, the issues brought up are ones that are deep rooted for Jenkins, who's African-American, but he also mixes strong lead performances, humor and stunning photography to create a wonderfully executed film. "I'm really happy to have put Medicine for Melancholy on the cover of this issue of Filmmaker," says editor Scott Macaulay who interviewed Jenkins. "I saw the film at SXSW in March and immediately wrote about it for the blog. Then, an issue later we selected Barry as one of our "25 New Faces." Now, nine months after its premiere we have Medicine on our cover just prior to its release by IFC Films. Barry is a smart, driven but also modest filmmaker who brought a fresh perspective to a one-night-stand movie, and in our interview we talk about the path he took towards becoming a feature filmmaker."

PLUS: Q&A's with stars Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins; and d.p. Justin Laxton.
STEVE MCQUEEN'S HUNGER: Highlighting the brutal political dispute the Irish Republic had over British rule, visual artist Steve McQueen masterfully retells the final months of Bobby Sands, an IRA prisoner who went on a hunger strike in 1981 to declare Irish freedom, in Hunger. A striking portrait of the human spirit, the film has wowed audiences at Cannes, Toronto and New York film festivals. Senior editor Peter Bowen recalls interviewing McQueen, which was anything but tame. "I met Steve McQueen at a hotel overlooking Central Park when Hunger was showing at the New York Film Festival in October. A large, lumbering man, McQueen was still quick to correct and contradict any misimpressions a poor interviewer might have about his film or his style of filmmaking. It certainly made for an interesting interview."

RYAN FLECK AND ANNA BODEN'S SUGAR: "With two terrific features (and one fantastic short) to their credit, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have cemented their place among the most essential narrative filmmakers working in America today," says Brandon Harris, who interviewed the co-directors for our piece on their latest film, Sugar. Looking at the large number of baseball talent coming out of Latin America, Fleck and Boden create the touching character, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a Latin pitcher with a devastating breaking ball that any club would want to take. But it's the culture shock the filmmakers are interested in exploring as Santos is taken from his small Dominican hometown to the cornfields of middle America in the hopes to impress a Major League team. The hardships and pressures Santos endures makes this one of the most realistic sports films ever made.


PLUS: Bomb It director Jon Reiss gives tips on how to successfully self-distribute your film on DVD; Karina Longworth interviews Nina Paley about the struggles she faces to release her festival favorite film, Sita Sings the Blues; Alicia Van Couvering recaps the year in DIY films; Lance Weiler shows how you can build a collaborative film industry through using the Web. And much more...

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