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Google Book Settlement, which I think has major repercussions on the future of intellectual property. Or the Comcast/NBCU deal. Or the troubling direction of the FCC's talks on net neutrality. Or this article at The Rumpus called "Write to Get Paid," that I think might have something to say to filmmakers thinking about the economies of their own work.I know for the last two weeks I've been saying that my Editor's Note will be short because we're closing our "25 New Faces" issue, but this time I mean it -- we go to press next Wednesday. (And this time it actually will be short; last week's unspooled to normal length despite all the stories left to edit on my hard drive.) I feel like I have a lot to catch up on after our issue closes. I'm sorry to be missing the L.A. Film Festival, which coincides directly with our production cycle. And there's a ton of news out there that I need to digest, like what's going on with the
Oh, and there's a Philip K. Dick festival in Blackhawk, Colorado in August.
See you next week.
Editor ENVISION: ADDRESSING GLOBAL ISSUES THROUGH DOCUMENTARIES ON JULY 10 For the second year IFP is collaborating with the United Nation's Department of Public Information to present ENVISION - a forum uniting the filmmaking community, civil society organizations, activists, journalists, public policy makers, NGOs, and the general public in the shared goal of envisioning a better world for all and achieving impact through media. The UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) serve as the focal point for screenings, social networking, and panel discussions, with the Spotlight Focus in 2010 being the goal of universal education. Screenings of Jennifer Arnold's A Small Act (HBO Documentaries) and Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for Superman (Paramount Vantage) will be accompanied by discussions on challenges to achieving education globally - and specifically in Africa, the impact of individual action and philanthropy, and current issues around the U.S. education crisis. For details on the program, to be held Saturday, July 10, at the TimesCenter, click here. Our Forums page is new and improved! Check out the new categories: how to make films, discuss the current trends in the business, job opportunities and look out for guest filmmaker moderators. Click here to get started.
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RESTREPO Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance, Restrepo is a collaboration between celebrated journalist Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington. The film chronicles their year working on assignment in Afghanistan, covering the lives of a platoon in the Korangal Valley, known as the deadliest valley in the country. Interviewed for this week's Director Interviews the directors talk about how their film differs from some of the other docs on the war. "There's no spoon-feeding," says Hetherington. "One of the jobs of the film is that it focuses you on the idea of Afghanistan. It's not like there's a deficit of information about Afghanistan in the media. It's just that we're not focused on it in a way in which we're really understanding the experience of the people who are fighting the war." Read our interview with the directors below. WILD GRASS Alain Resnais, the 88-year-old, world-renowned French director honored at last year's Cannes, is back with a new feature. The Cesar-nominated Wild Grass concerns the serendipitous events kicked of by the loss of a wallet. Based on the novel by Christian Gailly, Wild Grass is a quirky take on the relationship between friendship and romance, and it shines with a youthful energy. DOGTOOTH Dogtooth, a Greek film from Giorgos Lanthimos, is an odd and unusual piece of storytelling. Three teens are hidden away in a country estate where they listen to endless vocabulary tapes and construct between them a new language. Their father creates his own fantasy family, and the kids struggle with power imbalances and repressed anger and passions. Their world is completely apart from any kind of civil society, and it's as if nothing else exists but them. A life where children follow the cult-like rules of a parent can only lead to confusion and disarray. A favorite at fests around the world, Dogtooth is strange and peculiar, but ultimately fascinating. This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay remembers film critic Peter Brunette (pictured left); Amos Poe rhapsodizes on the future of cinema; and a documentary about civil rights lawyer William Kunstler premieres on POV.
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SEBASTIAN JUNGER AND TIM HETHERINGTON, RESTREPO By Lauren Wissot
Most documentary filmmakers attempt to see the world through the lens of the subjects they're shooting, but few put their lives on the line to do so. That perhaps is what most separates first-time directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington from a few of their colleagues who didn't take home the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival. read more
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