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Editor's Note
A short letter this week as we prepare for the holidays as well as our Winter issue, which goes to press before New Year's. Featured are a lengthy article on the importance and art of trailer cutting, a comprehensive look back at the distribution strategies of last year's Sundance films, and several great interviews in which filmmakers reveal their own origin stories - how they became feature filmmakers. If you'd like to receive this issue, which comes out mid-January, you still have time to subscribe.

And, if you didn't know, we're in the final days of our annual holiday subscription sale. The response has been fantastic, and thanks to everyone who has already bought or renewed their subscriptions this month. In addition to 40% off our print and digital subscriptions, we have a number of great bonus prizes that will be awarded to randomly selected new and returning subscribers. These include an Oscilloscope Circle of Trust set of DVDs, a signed Melancholia poster by Lars von Trier, filmmaking books from Focal Press, and bundles of DVDs from Focus Features, among others. The sale ends on Christmas Day, and I hope this year you'll consider buying or giving Filmmaker to a friend. You'll not only receive what we believe is great content but you'll also be supporting us across all of our platforms, because subscription revenue is part of what keeps Filmmaker Magazine alive on the web as well.

Finally, I'd like to wish everyone happy holidays and to thank you all for your readership and support this year. I spent a lot of time in 2011 building up the web side of Filmmaker, and when I look at the home screen today, I'm genuinely happy with the diversity of content I see. I've tried to find original writers, avoid obvious link-bait posts and not get too trapped in the echo chamber of the blogosphere. If you haven't visited Filmmaker Magazine online recently, please check us out and see not only interviews and posts on new films and directors but also pieces on technology, cinematography, music, and television as well as expanded festival coverage. We'll continue to grow next year with some exciting new additions to the site, but for now I'll thank both you as well as our online writers for being part of Filmmaker in 2011.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday and see you in the New Year.

See you next week.

Scott Macaulay

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IFP'S 2012 INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER LABS ON THE HORIZON IFP's unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing on low-budget narrative and documentary features, the highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films. Structured as three week-long components held over the course of the year, the Labs offer personalized attention on all aspects of the post-production process, audience building, and distribution strategies in the digital age, followed by continued support from IFP as the projects premiere in the marketplace. More than 70% of all project alumni have gone on to premiere at major festivals and more than 60% have received distribution beyond festivals - via theatrical and semi-theatrical, broadcast, and DVD/VOD release. Dee Rees' Gotham Award-wining Pariah opens via Focus Features on December 28, joining Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda, currently in release through AFFRM, with Andrew Dosunmu's Restless City scheduled for release in 2012 - all three alums of the 2010 Labs. Although the 2011 Labs have just concluded, applications will be available in January for the next Documentary and Narrative Labs which will have their first sessions in spring 2012. Read more here.
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Editor's Note
Albert Nobbs
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Terry Gilliam School of Film: 10 Lessons for Directors Today
IFP's 2012 Independent Filmmaker Labs on the Horizon
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ALBERT NOBBS Glenn Close has had a long career of stand-out roles, and she has once again given one of the year's most impressive performances in the period drama Albert Nobbs. Starring as the titular character, Close emotionally portrays a woman forced to hide herself as a man for over 30 years in 19th century Ireland while working as a butler in an upper-class hotel. After a painter (Janet McTeer) discovers Nobb's secret, Close deftly portrays a woman wrestling with her own elusive identity.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Ever since it was announced that David Fincher would helm the American adaptation of Stieg Larson's best-selling mystery novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Larson's book explores the seedy, criminal underworld that Fincher has been artfully capturing since his work on Se7en. And luckily, Dragon Tattoo continues this tradition. Fincher has crafted a glossy, chugging thriller, brought to life by the combined talents of Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, and, in a stellar breakout performance, Rooney Mara (who, we are proud to say, is a 25 New Faces alumni).
IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY Actress Angelina Jolie is well-known in the media for her various humanitarian efforts, so it should come as no surprise that she carries this spirit of global awareness into her directorial debut. In the Land of Blood and Honey is a harsh and uncompromising look at the genocide and ethnic cleansing that took place over several years in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s. A story of subterfuge and conflicted love, Jolie's film ambitiously mixes a kind of spy drama with elements of, even, The Night Porter to depict a moment in history through one woman's tough choices.
PINA A splendid tribute to the recently deceased German choreographer Pina Bausch, head of the Tanztheater Wuppertal for several decades, Wim Wenders' Pina might be devoid of traditional narrative structure, but, using 3D technology in a fresh way, the veteran director has crafted a visually stunning tribute to Bausch's radical exploration of society and gender on stage. Read our interview with Wenders.
Recent Blogs
This week on the blog, Mary Anderson Casavant chronicles this year's trend of high-quality disaster films (pictured left), Nicholas Rombes overviews how the Occupy Zeitgest is reflected in many of the year's films, and Scott Macaulay asks, "did you keep your 2011 filmmaking New Year's resolution?"

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"Billy Wilder once said that there are only two things aging directors can't avoid... awards and haemorroids [sic]. I'll stick with just the awards for the moment, please." So says a recent Facebook post from the brain behind some of the greatest films of the last century, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Brazil to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Yes, Terry Gilliam has joined Facebook, as an experiment to promote his latest venture, the short film The Wholly Family, about Italian Pulcinella figurines coming to life inside a small boy's imagination. (I highly recommend following his status updates). Fortunately for Gilliam, he's on the awards path, recently honored with the Golden Star Award of the 11th Annual Marrakesh International Film Festival. read more

Festival Deadlines
Hamptons International Film Festival - Screenwriters' Lab
Regular Deadline: December 21
WAB Deadline: January 20
Festival Dates: April 13 - 15

Tribeca Film Fesitval
WAB Deadline: December 23
Festival Dates: April 18 - 29

Gen Art Film Festival
Regular Deadline: December 23
WAB Deadline: February 18
Festival Dates: June 6 - 12

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