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For our Toronto coverage, visit our special section on the website. Weíve got almost 20 interviews with directors, special reports, and, as soon as I get home, some video and director portrait galleries. And if youíre coming to the IFPís Independent Film Week, stop by the panel Iím doing with Ted Hope and Mynette Louie on Sunday afternoon. ďIndependent Film: Is it a Hobby or a Business?Ē is the topic. I have a lot to say here, but Iím sure you do too. So, if youíd like me to bring up some specific points, email me at editor.filmmakermagazine AT gmail.com.
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INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK STARTS SUNDAY The week is finally here! For the 33rd time Independent Film Week (Sept. 18-22) will bring the international filmmaking community to New York City to celebrate, advocate for and introduce projects by both veteran filmmakers and new voices on the independent scene. In many ways the week is largely a film industry event Ė presenting 145 new projects to the industry in the Project Forum while also holding other invitation-only mentorship programs and workshops - such as marketing sessions for IFPís 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab fellows; the Trans-Atlantic Partners Program - a year-long exchange program focusing on the strengthening of skills of 25 European, Canadian and American Producers - produced with the Erich Pommer Institute (Europe) and Strategic Partners (Canada); and the Festival Forum, a think tank for festival heads and programmers, and Producersí Forum, where producers from around the country can meet to discuss common issues (both presented in partnership with the Sundance Film Festival). But the general public and IFP members can participate in several key ways in the next week. Free and open to all (though limited to the first 300) is the Opening Night screening on Monday September 19th at Tavern on the Green in Central Park of Kinyarwada, directed and written by Alrick Brown, an alumnus of IFPís 2010 Narrative Lab and one of Filmmakerís 25 New Faces of Independent Film. The film premiered in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance 2011 and is being distributed by AFFRM. And on Tuesday September 20th the annual showcase of excerpts from the 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab projects will be held at the new The Lot at The High Line. Both the Kinyarwanda and Lab Showcase screenings are presented with Rooftop Films. And of course, the Independent Filmmaker Conference presents up to date info and dynamic conversations on ever-changing independent landscape. Less than 20 passes are available for most days and some passes are sold out, so act quickly! More details on the Conference and screening events here.
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NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT By Michael Tully
Writing about masterpieces is always difficult, yet in the case of Patricio Guzmanís Nostalgia For The Light, itís almost crippling. On the one hand, there is enough information and emotion contained within this filmís 90 minutes to justify several thick, glowing texts of appreciation. Itís not merely that Guzman guides us on a journey that tackles just about every grand issue known to man: astronomy, ecology, geology, history, government corruption, personal loss, memory, time. Itís that he does it with such seeming effortlessness. As a filmmaker, as a film lover, as an ordinary human being, I find the cumulative impact of what Guzman has accomplished with this profound cinematic essay to be completely staggering. read more DRIVE For Nicolas Winding Refn's first studio film he teams with Ryan Gosling in an adaption of James Sallis' neo-noir Drive. Gosling plays an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for hire. But when he learns his neighbor's (Carey Mulligan) ex-con husband is in trouble with the mob he decides to stick his neck out to help, and that's when the fun begins. With an '80s electronica style and Refn's penchant for violence, Drive is a refreshingly unconventional crime thriller of the kind that hasn't been seen in Hollywood in some time. Read our interview with Refn. RESTLESS Following the Oscar-nominated biopic Milk, Gus Van Sant returns to his familiar territory of intimate examinations of young adults with the love story Restless. In the film Enoch (Henry Hooper) is a troubled teen who enjoys attending funerals and hanging out with his imaginary friend, a World War II Japanese kamikaze pilot. But when he falls for Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), who is terminally ill, Enoch finally realizes what it means to grieve. SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE Fed up with their noisy neighbor's violent shouting matches two friends decide to tape record the fights, but they never imagined that the tapes would become one of the first viral sensations. In his feature debut, Matthew Bate tracks down the neighbors who made the Shut Up Little Man! recordings, as well as recounts how the tapes became a pop culture sensation in the '90s, leading to CDs, stage plays and comics done by Dan Clowes. This week on the blog, the Microbudget Conversation discusses paying your crew, Fox Searchlight buys Steve McQueen's latest, Shame, Scott Macaulay gives his thoughts on Soderbergh's Contagion (pictured left) and Francis Ford Coppola talks about his life and career.
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Head over to our page dedicated to this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Read interviews, news, commentary and see photos from the fest. read more SEPTEMBER
Slamdance Film Festival
WAB Deadline: September 16
Festival Dates: January 20 - 26, 2012
Sundance Film Festival
Late Deadline: September 16
WAB Deadline: September 23
Festival Dates: January 19 - 29, 2012
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
WAB Deadline: September 23
Festival Dates: January 26 - February 5