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  • Editor's Note
  • The Girl
  • Save the Date
  • Yelling to the Sky
  • Michael Connors, Allegiance
  • IFP at the Venice Biennale College - Cinema
  • Fest Deadlines

Editor's Note

Each year for the holidays we launch a special Filmmaker Magazine holiday sale, where we deeply discount our subscriptions as well as offer all new and renewing subscribers the chance to win from an array of bonus gifts. Our Holiday Sale page is now up, so please check it out. One-year print subscriptions are only $10, and you get our Bluetoad digital edition as well. The digital edition itself is discounted to only $6. As for those bonus gifts, there are DVDs of some of our favorite films of the year, including, from Focus Features Moonrise Kingdom; from Strand Releasing Oslo, August 31st; from Magnolia Pictures Queen of Versailles and Jiro Dreams of Sushi; and from New Video Detropia. There are also Anna Karenina books and, as we offered last year, Oscilloscope's awesome Circle of Trust, a set of 10 DVDs and Blu-rays from the essential independent distributor. And there are copies of Jon Reiss' necessary Think Outside the Box Office too.

So, you get Filmmaker at a discount and might win some great films and books in the process. But, by subscribing you're doing more than that. You're supporting our content across all of our platforms. Our subscriber base is what draws our advertisers, pays our writers, and provides the revenue that supports our website too. Also, if you don't receive the print issue of Filmmaker you may not know that much of our longer-form journalism appears there and not on the web. In-depth articles about filmmaking -- production, distribution and financing -- are often print-only. So, once more, please consider supporting us by subscribing or gifting Filmmaker to a friend or loved one. It's really appreciated.

I've got other exciting Filmmaker news too. Our long-awaited iPad version of the magazine is now up and is in Apple's Newsstand. We partnered with a company called Mag+ to adapt our print edition for the iPad, where its typography and photography are beautifully rendered. The app itself is free, and individual issues are in-app purchases costing $2.99. A yearly subscription is $9.99. And, if you download the app and click the "Library" button you'll find the Summer issue of Filmmaker containing our "25 New Faces" as a free sample.

Right now the iPad edition of Filmmaker is a separate product, and it contains some enhancements, such as additional photography and video content. (The latter will increase in the issues to come.) For the moment, we're maintaining our Bluetoad digital edition as there are a lot of great things about it. It's a simple PDF, which means you can download the entire issue and read it on any device, or just download a specific article. You can cut and paste. And you can search not just through one issue but across many. With the Bluetoad digital subscription you also get access to our archives going back to 2007. The iPad edition, on the other hand, is a lot spiffier. So, choose the reading option that's best for you. Oh yeah, one more thing that I probably shouldn't be saying yet, but it looks like starting with the Spring issue print subscribers will receive the iPad edition as part of their subscription.

And a final bit of news: as part of our partnership with IFP and reRun, we'll be doing a week-long festival of 2012 "25 New Faces" films starting tomorrow at the reRun Theater in DUMBO. You'll see shorts by many on the list as well as features including Treva Wurmfeld's excellent Sam Shepard doc, Shepard & Dark, and Amy Seimetz's sun-blasted neo-noir, Sun Don't Shine. We love every film and filmmaker on this list, so, if you're in New York and want a break from holiday shopping, head over to reRun and see as many as you can.

Okay, that's enough news for one email. Next week I'll skip the business and ruminate on about something new in the independent film world. Until then, hope you are all well and see you next week.

Scott Macaulay

Upcoming at IFP

IFP at the Venice Biennale College - Cinema

IFP is proud to be a part of a new initiative, the Biennale College - Cinema. Congratulations to all the films selected, and especially to our American teams, all IFP alumni: A Case of the Dismals (Kim Spurlock, director and Mai Spurlock, producer); Memphis (Tim Sutton, director and John Baker, producer) and Tramontane (Lebanon/U.S., Vatche Boulghourjian, director and Caroline Oliveira, producer).

Biennale College - Cinema is the brainchild of Biennale di Venezia, in partnership with Gucci, and is aimed at promoting new talents and offering them the opportunity to work closely with well-known professionals in order to make micro-budget films. 15 teams of directors and producers from around the world have been selected to participate in this initial 10-day workshop in Venice. Following this, up to 3 teams will be invited to a second 15-day workshop between February and March and supported with 150,000 Euros in order to produce and screen the projects at the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August - 7 September 2013), directed by Alberto Barbera. Biennale College - Cinema is supported by MIBAC Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities - General Direction for Cinema - and the Veneto Region, and is dealt with in collaboration with IFP, Dubai International Film Festival and TorinoFilmLab.

For more information on the program:

New In Theaters

The Girl

David Riker's The Girl follows Ashley (Abbie Cornish), a down and out Texan woman who is stuck in a dead end job and must visit her beloved son at a foster home. After an encounter with her father Tommy (Will Patton), Ashley learns that he's been making money smuggling illegal immigrants across the border. Desperate, Ashley decides to follow suit. Following up La Ciudad (The City), his Gotham Award winning neorealist tale of Latin immigrants in New York, writer/director David Riker further explores the subject but this time focusing on immigration's effect on an outside observer. The Girl has been praised for its quietly devastating narrative and a deeply poignant performance by Abbie Cornish.

Save the Date

In Michael Mohan's Save the Date, Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) is proposed to publicly by her overzealous boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). She rejects him and soon finds herself entangled in a rebound relationship, which brings her face to face with her debilitating fear of settling down. Writer/director Michael Mohan's romantic comedy premiered earlier this year at Sundance, where it played in competition. Save the Date also stars Allison Brie, Mark Webber and Martin Starr.

Yelling to the Sky

Victoria Mahoney's Yelling to the Sky follows Sweetness O'Hara (Zoe Kravitz), a 17-year old mixed race girl from a bad neighborhood. Adulthood comes a lot sooner than she expected as her family begins to disintegrate, leaving her alone to fend for herself in the harsh and unpredictable environment of the place she calls home. Yelling to the Sky premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and has been hailed as a strong directorial debut by Filmmaker magazine "25 New Faces" alum Victoria Mahoney.

This Week on Filmmaker

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay muses Can Independent Film Be An Addiction?, Esther Yi interviews Nancy Buirski, the director of The Loving Story (pictured left), and Nick Dawson shares the winners of San Francisco Film Society's Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.

To read more, click here.

Newest Web Article

Michael Connors, Allegiance

By Brandon Harris

An intelligently written and genuinely felt Iraq War drama, Allegiance is perhaps the first film about the way the conflict shaped the lives of those who prepare to go to battle that has been written, produced, directed and mostly financed by veterans themselves. The directorial debut of Michael Connors, the picture has an unforced verisimilitude few films about military life can match. Allegiance portrays an insular community with its own moral logic, in this case an American military regiment of New York National Guardsmen being called up to active duty in Iraq on the eve of the Sadr City/Fallujah nightmare of 2004. What pegs it as a real standout, beyond the fine performances and moral complication of its narrative, is the gentle way Connors finds to show the nuances of this peculiar brotherhood, where men who inhabit a brutally hierarchical structure but nonetheless train to kill and die together (and for each other) maintain a sheer of egalitarian camaraderie. At least until the eve before their newest deployment.

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Festival Deadlines

Little Rock Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline: December 15
Regular Deadline: February 1
Late Deadline: March 1
WAB Deadline: April 1
Festival Dates: May 14 - 19

Palm Beach International Film Festival
Regular Deadline: December 15
Late Deadline: December 31
WAB Deadline: January 10
Festival Dates: April 4 - 11

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Early Deadline: December 17
Regular Deadline: February 4
Late Deadline: February 18
Festival Dates: June 19 - 30