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A bit of Filmmaker trivia: we changed our logo once before, for our 10th Anniversary. But we didn't use a professional designer; it was just us mucking around in Photoshop the night before we shipped. After one issue, we changed back. This time around, though, the logo refresh is part of a comprehensive updating of all of our properties. We've been living with these changes in beta and have been loving them. The most dramatic of these is our new website, which will launch soon. Once more, it's designed by Area 17 and it provides a stylish and very readable presentation of our content, which is also being expanded with the redesign.
And what about the print issue? Our cover is David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper, shot by Eliot Lee Hazel, and they discuss Silver Linings Playbook with writer/director Miguel Arteta. Russell is known for making movies in unconventional ways, and he and Cooper walk us through much of their fascinating process. Producer Nekisa Cooper interviews Ava DuVernay about her currently in-release Middle of Nowhere; Brandon Harris talks with Andrew Dominik about his economic-collapse neo-noir, Killing Them Softly; documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu talks with Ben Lewin about The Sessions, which dramatizes a story she herself previously told in documentary form; Nick Dawson talks with director Jacques Audiard, screenwriter Thomas Bidegain and star Marion Cotillard about Rust and Bone; and I discuss with Sean Baker his career in independent film and new movie, Starlet.
Our Line Items section is post-production and future-themed this issue, which is appropriate given our parent organization's recent exciting news. (If you aren't up on it, the IFP is developing and operating the new Made in NY Media Center in DUMBO.) Randy Astle discusses the future of editing by looking at the ways in which interactive documentaries, apps, games and previs are altering post workflows. David Leitner discusses the future of editing by arguing for Apple's Final Cut Pro X. And I talk with editor Tim Squyres about cutting Ang Lee's Life of Pi in 3D. Also in our Line Items section are two short essays. In the first, producer Karin Chien talks about a new filmmaking model: "audience=financing+distribution=more audience." (You'll have to read it to find out more.) And, in what I hope will be a trend for the next three issues, we have commentary on independent media from a writer outside the realm of independent film. Alongside Karin's piece is one by Horace Dediu, who is a financial analyst specializing in the mobile space. (His website is Asymco, and he also talks about Apple regularly on his 5by5 podcast, The Critical Path.) Dediu is interested in how distribution platforms change content... and he is not sanguine about the prospects of the 90-minute feature film format. Finally, I give you 12 tips on how to do a Q&A at a film festival. What, you ask -- don't you just get up and talk? As a trio of festival programmers help me point out, it pays to think about your Q&A before you set foot on stage.
There's a lot more, of course, and it should be landing in your mailbox or at your newstand soon. Oh, yeah, and one more thing... the new issue will be our first on the iPad. In the next three weeks you should also be able to find our new digital edition in the App Store. We mocked up our Summer issue as an in-house beta, and we've decided to offer that free so you can check out the look and feel.
Thanks for reading, and see you next week.
IFP ANNOUNCED AS NEW PROGRAMMER FOR BROOKLYN'S RERUN THEATER IFP announced this week a new partnership with DUMBO, Brooklyn's reRun Theater (147 Front St. Brooklyn, NY 11201), which has been called "one of eight nationwide theaters redefining the moviegoing experience" (Entertainment Weekly). IFP, in partnership with the editorial staff of its in-house publication, Filmmaker Magazine, will program and mentor feature films to play at reRun, allowing for filmmakers in the process of self-distribution to garner theatrical runs in New York City. The first three titles to receive week-long runs as part of this deal will be Jacob Krupnick's Girl Walk // All Day (Nov. 2), Sara Blecher's Otelo Burning (Nov. 9), and Susan Youssef's Habibi (Nov. 16).
All selected films will be provided with marketing and distribution support, as well as a portion of the theater's weekly ticket sales. IFP will assist with press outreach, and Filmmaker Magazine will cover each film preceding release.
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The Loneliest Planet
Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
IFP Announced as New Programmer for Brooklyn's reRun Theater
THE LONELIEST PLANET In Julia Loktev's The Loneliest Planet, a young couple (Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) decides to go backpacking in the former Soviet nation of Georgia before their marriage ceremony. Their trek starts off idyllic but soon takes a bad turn when a fleeting moment threatens to destroy their relationship. Nominated for Best Feature at this year's Gotham Awards, Loktev's follow up to her critically acclaimed Day Night Day Night has been described as a stunningly beautiful meditation on the fragility of love. Read Damon Smith's interview with Julia Loktev here. PUSHER Luis Prieto's Pusher follows Frank (Richard Coyle) a down on his luck drug dealer who ends up in the cross hairs of a merciless kingpin. Tension grows as his enemies draw nearer and Frank is left with no choice but to fight for his life. Based on Nicolas Winding Refn's trilogy, Pusher promises to be a high-octane art house actioneer with style and bloodshed to spare. CLOUD ATLAS Based on David Mitchell's acclaimed novel, Cloud Atlas focuses on six interweaving storylines that take place everywhere from 1800's South Pacific to a futuristic dystopian Korea. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Lana and Andy Wachowksi (The Matrix trilogy), the film features a starry cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Jim Sturges - most of whom play more than one role. Cloud Atlas has been described as an epic, ambitious and moving sci-fi fantasy drama that explores the infinite ways that the past can affect the future. This week in the blog, Scott Macaulay discusses a new target for crowdfunding, Jason Sanders reports from the Hawaii International Film Festival, and Nick Dawson announces the first slate of films Filmmaker magazine's & IFP is programming at reRun Theater, which opens with Girl Walk // All Day (pictured left).
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JULIA LOKTEV, THE LONELIEST PLANET By Damon Smith
Following up on her tense, distressingly visceral narrative feature Day Night Day Night, which anatomized the final hours of a female suicide bomber preparing for an operation in Times Square, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Julia Loktev leaves the cramped urban space of contemporary Manhattan for the majestic wilds of the Caucasus Mountains in The Loneliest Planet, where a Western couple, Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and her fiancee Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal), have embarked on a hiking holiday in post-Soviet Georgia. Navigating their way through the emerald landscape with the help of a guide, Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze), whose war-scarred personal history seems to hang around his fatigued eyes like soot, Nica and Alex are game participants in their less-than-luxurious travel adventure, delighting in their ability to "rough it." (The film opens with a jolting shot of Nica bouncing in a tub naked, in a kind of ecstatic discomfort, while Alex ferries over buckets of hot water to douse her with. In another early scene, they drink beer at a grim watering hole with blaring music and staggering locals, heedless of their slightly absurd effort to fit in.) The allure of the unfamiliar extends to language as well, both in the couple's hapless efforts at communication with villagers as they attempt to arrange an expedition and in the cleaving of their own mother tongue. (One of Nica's favorite trail sports with Alex is conjugating verbs in Spanish, his native language.)
Dallas International Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: October 26
Regular Deadline: December 7
Late Deadline: December 14
WAB Deadline: December 19
Festival Dates: April 4 - 19
Newport Beach Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: October 26
Special Thanksgiving Deadline: November 30
Regular Deadline: December 21
Late Deadline: January 18
WAB Deadline: January 25
Festival Dates: April 25 - May 2
LES Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: October 31
Regular Deadline: December 31
Late Deadline: January 31
Extended Deadline: March 14
Last Minute Deadline: March 31
Festival Dates: June 13 - 23