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Editor's Note
We're at work on our Summer edition, it's sweltering outside, and I'm finding it hard to focus on blog posts, my Twitter feed and keeping up with fests like BAMcinemaFest and Northside when there's so much work on the print magazine to do. Summer is our 25 New Faces issue, so in addition to writing and editing there's a lot more viewing on our plate as well. As soon as we go to press I'll write something for the blog on our selection criteria this year, but for now, I'm going to leave you with a few links related to stuff going on this week and get back to work.

  1. Bill and Turner Ross's Tchoupitoulas and Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild both play BAMcinemafest tonight, and here's Alicia Van Couvering meditating on the New Orleans of these two films, which share the same producing team.
  2. Last night I hosted the New York premiere of Andrew Neel's King Kelly, as part of the Northside Festival. Here I talk to Neel and actress Louisa Krause about making a film in which the actress is the camera operator.
  3. It's POV's 25th Anniversary, and Nick Dawson has put together a conversation on documentary by two filmmakers associated with the program: Jennifer Fox and Cristina Ibarra. It's a great dialogue touching on many issues, including the role of women in documentary film. Here is part one.
  4. Keith Miller's highly recommended Welcome to Pine Hill plays BAMcinemaFest Saturday. Here's my video interview with Miller.
  5. Nick Rombes' "Blue Velvet Project" remains one of the most amazing things on our site. Nick dedicates his latest post to the late film critic Andrew Sarris with a discussion of auteur theory and interior meaning.

See you next week.

Scott Macaulay

Upcoming At IFP
IFP ALUMNI AT BAMCINEMAFEST BAMcinemaFest, taking place June 20 - 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, has become one NYC's must-attend events - always exhibiting progressive, adventurous programming with the most exciting new films from this year's festival circuit. IFP alumni films participating in the festival include Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks (both from IFP's No Borders International Co-Production Market), Keith Miller's Welcome to Pine Hill, Tim Sutton's Pavilion and Melanie Shatzky and Brian M. Cassidy's The Patron Saints (all from IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs) and Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson's Radio Unnameable (from the Project Forum's Spotlight on Documentaries). For more information, tickets, and a full list of screenings, click here.
In This Newsletter
Editor's Note
Hammer To Nail Review
To Rome with Love
The Invisible War
Jennifer Fox: "If I Have a Choice, I Only Work with Women"
IFP Alumni at BAMcinemaFest
Fest Deadlines
Hammer To Nail

There are "important" movies, and then there is The Invisible War. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's investigative documentary about sexual abuse in the American military exposes a heretofore under-reported systematic horror show of unfathomable proportions. To watch it as an innocent civilian is to admit compliance in a crime that you didn't even know had been committed (and now multiply that concept by hundreds). While it cannot be argued that this stands firmly as an example of agenda-based filmmaking, considering the agenda on display, it comes off as an act of outright bravery. I dare the most stubborn, staunchest defenders of so-called "American values" and the American military to watch The Invisible War and not demand that something be changed. This issue isn't a red/blue or male/female or pro-military/anti-military one. It's a human one. And it's f**king infuriating.
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New In Theaters
TO ROME WITH LOVE Woody Allen's To Rome with Love explores the disparate misadventures of a group of people in the Italian capital. For the first time in six years, Allen steps in front of the camera for this promising ensemble comedy. To Rome with Love features an incredible cast including Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Greta Gerwig, Judy Davis and Alec Baldwin.
KUMARE Vikram Gandhi's Kumare follows the titular Indian Guru whom, unbeknownst to his devoted followers, is actually a filmmaker from New Jersey. Director/actor Gandhi's antics have already been compared to those of Sacha Baron Cohen's. However, Kumare promises to be something quite different from the latter's work: a humorous and enlightening portrayal of religion and identity. Read Lauren Wissot's interview with Gandhi in our print edition, on newsstands now.
THE INVISIBLE WAR The Invisible War investigates the rape epidemic within the U.S. Military. Kirby Dick's film features interviews with female victims whose likelihood of being sexual harassed is said to exceed their chances of being killed in combat. Dick's expose has been described as one of the most scathing indictments of the U.S. Military.
Recent Blogs
This week on the blog, Nick Dawson shares the latest trailer for The Master, Michael Nordine reports from LAFF 2012 (pictured left), and Mynette Louie discusses producing in A Call to Producers: Innovate or Die.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.
Newest Web Article

To mark the 25th season of POV (which kicks off tonight), Filmmaker organized a conversation between two of the PBS doc series' alums, Jennifer Fox and Cristina Ibarra, which we've been running all week on the site. At the end of a wide-ranging discussion, the topic of women in film came up, and specifically the huge disparity between the numbers of men and women working in the industry today. Fox -- whose movie My Reincarnation opens the POV anniversary season tonight -- had strong, impassioned words about her feelings on the situation. Read more

Festival Deadlines
Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: June 22
Regular Deadline: August 17
Late Deadline: September 14
WAB Deadline: October 5
Festival Dates: March 7 - 10

New York Film Festival
Regular Deadline: June 22
Late Deadline: July 15
Festival Dates: September 28 - October 14

Chicago International Film Festival
Regular Deadline: June 22
Late Deadline: July 9
Festival Dates: October 11 - 25

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