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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 4, Summer

25 New Faces of Independent Film
Filmmaker's ANNUAL SURVEY OF NEW TALENT.JESSE EPSTEIN Jesse Epstein remembers exactly when her life changed. "It was before my grandmother died," Epstein recalls. "She said, 'Look, you could either inherit $500, or I can spend it now and get you a camera.'...
Based on a True Story
Shelley H. Surpin, Esq. tells filmmakers how to make movies about real people.I am often asked by producers, writers and directors if they need to acquire the "lifestory rights" of a particular person whose story they would like to develop. Filmmakers...
Dancing in the Clouds
James Marsh brings Philippe Petit's death-defying tightrope walk across the Twin Towers to life in the mesmerizing Man On Wire. By Damon SmithJames Marsh has wrestled before with subjects - both fictional and real life - whose obsessions have fueled...
Disturbia
With the release of Pier Paolo Pasolini's depraved masterpiece, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom on DVD in August through the Criterion Collection, here's senior editor Peter Bowen's look at Gary Indiana's monograph of the film for BFI Modern Classics...
Editor's Letter
A funny thing happened on the way to this annual "25 New Faces" issue of Filmmaker magazine. An essentially optimistic edition, this is where we place our bets on who'll be transforming the independent filmmaking scene of tomorrow. We were busy watching...
Eye of the Storm
With the help of two locals, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal show what's really going on in New Orleans post-Katrina in Trouble The Water.brooklynites Tia Lessin and Carl Deal had the near-perfect recipe for what I consider the near-perfect documentary: a unique...
Fest Circuit
Report from Cannes.Cannes Film FestivalHOWARD FEINSTEINIt may have not been a particularly strong Cannes, but new trends - and a handful of great films - made it fascinating nonetheless.In 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 was the first documentary to win the Palm...
Film Fetishist
Luis Buñuel always intended to challenge convention and throughout his nearly 50-year career he did not fail. After meeting Salvador Dalí during his college days, the Spanish filmmaker collaborated with the surrealist artist on their notorious 1929 film,...
Game Engine
Why we're living in The Ludic Age.Eric Zimmerman was an independent gamemaker before being an independent gamemaker was cool. He's co-founder of New York-based Gamelab, which has been making indie games for eight years now. I've known Zimmennan for ages...
Good in the Sack
James Ponsoldt sits down with Mark and Jay Duplass to discuss the collaborative process behind the making of their horror buddy movie, Baghead.(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)did you hear the one about the struggling actors that go into...
Industry Beat
How films are cutting back costs during a slipping economy.It's the economy, stupid.Squeezed by both rising gas prices and shrinking credit, independent film is being choked from all sides. If it weren't difficult enough to make passion projects on limited...
In Focus
Five new films in postproduction.The First Kill"It's a psychological thriller about a would-be serial killer keeping an audio and video diary of himself stalking a woman he intends to kill," says Christian Grundel about his debut feature, The First Kill,...
Lip Locked
Alex Holdridge tells Nick Dawson how his love-hate relationship with Los Angeles led to an improbably tender tale about looking for a companion in In Search of a Midnight Kiss.the moral of the story is that good films come to those who persevere. It...
Load & Play
Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.Okie Noodling 2 Data Panic Distribution, July 12Ten years after making the cult hit Okie Noodling, Bradley Beesley returns to the catfish infested rivers and streams of Oklahoma to find that hand fishing...
Making the Grade
American Teen isn't the only film out this summer taking a closer look at high schoolers. On HBO, Ivan O'Mahoney and Laura Winter visit one of the most dangerous places to go to school in Baghdad High.Given Mini DV cameras to record their daily lives,...
MELISSA LEO: Q&a
A veteran character actor with more than 20 years of experience on the stage, television and big screen, Melissa Leo isn't the type to get giddy over recognition, though she admits the reception she's gotten for her performance as Ray Eddy in this year's...
Mr. Roboto
The French duo known as Daft Punk did not start out as filmmakers but as house music legends. Friends since their early teens, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo went from rock bands to superstardom in the electronic music world in the...
On Their Own
David Redmon and Ashley Sabin thought they had success at Sundance '05 with their critically acclaimed film Mardi Gras: Made in China, a documentary tracing the path of Mardi Gras beads from factory to festival. But distributors were passing on it. "Most...
Personality Crisis
Nanette Burstein captures the flirting, back-stabbing and social anxiety of high school with her latest documentary American Teen. By Jason Guerrasio Photographs by Henny Garfunkelhigh school is a time that many filmmakers look back on with disdain,...
Resurrection
Every once in awhile, usually with the help of a brave distributor willing to take a chance on a chronically underappreciated film, a nearly lost gem of American postwar cinema resurfaces, claiming the audience and notoriety it deserves. Such was the...
Smuggler's Blues
Courtney Hunt recounts the struggle to get her powerful debut feature and this year's Sundance Grand Prize winning film, Frozen River, on the screen.at Sundance this past year, two films in the Dramatic Competition especially stood out: Lance Hammer's...
Survivors
Few in New Orleans' infamous Ninth Ward, or Lower Ninth, have the luxury of contradictions. It's not just that the area is so poor and neglected, it is also a neighborhood in which the effects of racism toward African Americans is exceptionally palpable....
The Next Telecom War
Moving from Net neutrality to infrastructure common carriage.Lance Weiler recently provided in these pages a valuable overview of Internet video-distribution options for independent filmmakers. Indies who are considering the Internet as a distribution...
The Super 8
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 The American Visionary Art Museum On display until Aug. 31, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md., is highlighting works from 50 artists on the subject of religious faith. Works range from Alex...
When the Audience Takes Control
LANCE WEILER breaks down the new models independent filmmakers are using to create a fan base.It starts early in the filmmaking process as filmmakers are instructed to write what they know, consider what they have access to and keep their limitations...