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"Get a job!" For an article placed in a film magazine that celebrates the artistic life and careers of the independent filmmaker, it's kind of a bold thing to say, I guess. But that's what Esther B. Robinson does in her article, "A Filmmaker's Glamorous Life," included online and in the new print edition of Filmmaker. She writes, "Landlord, editor, teacher, d.p., portrait painter, casher-of-trust fund checks — the list is crazy and unpredictable. The only constant is that most independent filmmakers have an additional, non-film form of income. Truthfully if a trust fund isn't in your past, present or future, you've likely had to find other ways to support yourself besides film. Recognizing that in the new economy, even more people will be taking on second jobs, we decided this was the right time to look at what makes for a good one."

There's a lot one could write about the current and future film economies and how filmmakers are going to make their livings, but Robinson's conclusion may be for many people the most realistic one. I like her piece because I think there's a value in sharing for our readers that even Academy Award-nominated filmmakers still find themselves trolling the aisles of Home Depot for their day job. For those learning how to balance their artistic lives with the need to make a living, her piece is an essential read. Also, check back on the blog during the next week as I will be posting the unedited responses from the directors featured in the piece so you can learn more.

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Spun off from the BBC series The Thick of It, In The Loop, directed by noted British "king of satire" Armando Iannucci, depicts the bumbling efforts of the U.S. and U.K. governments to lead their nations to war with a fictional Middle Eastern country. Sound familiar? Amidst internecine bureaucratic warfare, messages are mixed, lines are drawn, and enemies and friends get lost in the crossfire. Democracy is lost in the ineptitude of politics, but the script (co-written by Iannucci amongst others) and the ensemble cast, including James Gandolfini, provides hilarity and sharp social satire at the expense of our government, laughing while cringing inside. Interviewed by Nick Dawson for this week's Director Interviews, Iannucci talks about the transition from TV to film. "The biggest challenge for me was keeping the whole story in my head, keeping the rhythm, the pace at which the story was told as new elements and new characters were introduced into it," he says. "In an episode, you really have to have all your balls in the air in the first five minutes because you've not got much time, whereas in the film I knew I wanted to hold people back." Read our interview with Iannucci below.

First completed in 2006 after eight years of filmmaking, Loren Cass, written and directed by Chris Fuller, is a drama based on the 1996 riots in St. Peterburg, FL, following the shooting of a young black man by a white police officer under mistaken circumstances. Townspeople rioted in the streets when they found out that the cop's "self defense" excuse was invalid and the "stolen" car the man was driving was not stolen at all. The film follows the lives of the teenagers affected by the shooting and riots, amid issues of poverty, racism, and their own economic/social standing. Loren Cass was nominated for the Filmmaker Magazine-sponsored Gotham Award Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You in 2007.


Check out our annual 25 New Faces of Independent Film list. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte talks about his doc, Soul Power. And Lynn Shelton, Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard and the rest of the creative team behind the Sundance sensation Humpday talk about the process to make this poignant comedy.

Plus, Roberto Quezada-Dardon follows up on his DSLR piece from the Spring issue with a look at the accessories that are bringing video camera functionality to single-lens reflex cameras. Esther B. Robinson looks at the day jobs working filmmakers are doing. And in his Industry Beat column, Anthony Kaufman investigates how the William Morris/Endeavor merger will affect indie talent.

And don't forget: You can get the latest issue before it hits newsstands (plus back issues up to 2005) by subscribing for a digital issue. Click here to learn more.

This week on the blog, Jason Guerrasio announces the deadline for the 8th Berlinale Talent Campus (pictured left), Scott Macaulay highlights the new blog by Filmmaker contributor Roberto Quezada-Dardon where he expands on his recent DSLR pieces that can be found in our last few issues, and Macaulay posts the sad announcement by Adam Yauch of his treatment for cancer of the salivary gland.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

It's not too early to register for the 31st Independent Film Week (September 19-24) – in fact there are advantages. Strategically positioned between the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market) is the nation's oldest and largest forum for the discovery of new film projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. This year we look forward to introducing over 100+ new feature narrative and documentary works-in-progress - which have little to no previous industry exposure – through the Project Forum, special "Sneak Preview" screenings of IFP Independent Filmmaker Lab projects, and showcases of new films from the UK Film Council and Telefilm Canada. NEW THIS YEAR: Early Industry registrants can gain access to Project Forum titles through our secure, online Independent Film Week channel as early as July 31. Discover key information about participating projects, access video clips and trailers, and other valuable tracking information to best inform your project meeting selection (limited to Project Forum buyers only). And via online Conference, screening & event scheduling you can download your activities and screenings straight to your PDA device or calendar. The earlier you register – the earlier the access. Full details in the downloadable Industry Brochure.

By Nick Dawson

Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci has made a slow and steady progression toward becoming a film director. Creating TV shows for the BBC like the edgy faux newscast On the Hour (with Chris Morris) and Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, then in 2005, he created The Thick of It, a vérité mockumentary series that depicted the farcical goings on in the lower echelons of the British government. After getting rave reviews for its first series, the show returned two years later with three one-hour specials. Now Iannucci's first feature, In the Loop, sees him adapting The Thick of It for the big screen, though only one character - the merciless, insult-hurling spin doctor Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) - makes through the transition intact. Fittingly, the scope is much greater here, as it swaps the idiocies of small government for the farce of international politics and global warfare. read more


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