Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, Spring

A Daughter's Tale
Set in the Ozarks, Debra Granik's gritty adaptation of Daniel Woodrell's novel, Winter's Bone, was praised at Sundance earlier this year and walked away with the Grand Prize. With a powerful performance by lead Jennifer Lawrence. Granik delves into the...
An Entomology of Love
With Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo director Jessica Oreck creates a beautiful homage to an unlikely creature: the insect. Journeying to Japan, Orek shows through a poetic experimental style the country's unusual love for bugs. By Michael Tully Photograph...
Cinematic Restoration
In the Summer '09 issue we highlighted the Ciné Institue. Haiti's first free film school. Here filmmaker Annie Nocenti, a teacher at the school, recounts with her students the horrific earthquake that happened in Haiti in January and how the school is...
Curbside
Harmony Korine follows up his Mister Lonely with a defiant Nashville-shot stealth feature. Trash Humpers, a bizarre ode to vandalism, urban decay and VHS tape-trading culture. By Scott MacaulayWhen Filmmaker last covered Harmony Korine it was the spring...
Designs for Living
JACK FISK LOOKS BACK ON HIS OVER 30 YEAR CAREER AS A PRODUCTION DESIGNER. AS TOLD TO ALICIA VAN COUVERINGFrom Days of Heaven to Mulholland Dr. to Badlands to The Thin Red Line to The Straight Story to Phantom of the Paradise to There Will Be Blood to...
Don't You Want Me?
Taking their highly improvised storytelling to the mini-major level, the Duplass brothers team with stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill to create Cyrus, an unconventional love story between a man, a woman and her grown son. By Alicia Van...
Editor's Letter
This issue of Filmmaker is bookended by two pieces representing the twin poles of our changing independent film world. In his "Culture Hacker" column, Lance Weiler looks at the potential for apps - iPhone, Android and iPad - to both connect our films...
Eight Things That Will Keep You in the Know
1 YOU ARE NOT A GADGET Internet pioneer and virtual-reality visionary Jaron Lanier's first book, You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95), is an exhilarating provocation, a beautifully written argument against many of Web 2.0's sacred...
Film Forum at 40
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Film Forum has long been essential to the New York City cinephile. Whether rediscovering the classics or premiering new works, the cinema's longtime director Karen Cooper has consistently prioritized quality...
Games of Tragedy
In February 2008, Brenda Brathwaite's 6-year-old daughter came home from school talking about the Middle Passage. Brathwaite, whose husband is half African-American, said she'd always known this conversation was coming, but she hadn't expected it so...
House Rules
Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney returns to white-collar corruption to examine the incredible rise and sudden fall of mega-lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Casino Jack and the United States of Money.On January 3, 2006, lobbyist Jack Abramoff solidified himself...
Jennifer Lawrence Q&A
It's not often a striking young girl makes it in Hollywood without accentuating her looks, but Jennifer Lawrence is not your typical 19-year-old actress. While many of her peers go for lightweight parts in bubblegum teen comedies, Lawrence has taken...
Pay to Play
YOUTUBE'S SARA POLLACK DISCUSSES THE SITE'S REVENUE-GENERATING NEW DISTRIBUTION MODEL. BY ALICIA VAN COUVERINGOne of the most visible signs of change in the distribution landscape at Sundance this year were the YouTube movies: the three 2010 films that...
Reports from Sundance, Berlin & Rotterdam
Sundance Film FestivalBY SCOTT, MACAULAYIt is now almost three months after the Sundance Film Festival. I will leave it to you to decide whether or not the revolution promised by the festival's marketing materials ("This is the renewed rebellion," proclaimed...
Resurrection
For more than a decade the news out of Africa about its fight against the AIDS pandemic has been grave. Much of the continent is uneducated about the virus, children are still born with HIV or become orphans because of it, and the money sent to help...
Rock in Opposition
Bahman Ghobadi's No One Knows About Persian Cats mixes documentary and fiction in telling a musically exuberant, politically charged story set in Iran's underground rock scene. By Livia Bloom Translated by Sheida DayaniThe soundtrack to Bahman Ghobadi's...
Set Up
ALICIA VAN COUVERlNG HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANT COLLABORATION BETWEEN A FILM'S PRODUCTION DESIGNER AND CINEMATOGRAPHER.Without an environment to shoot, cinematographers have nothing; without directors of photography to shoot their sets, production designers...
Something Ventured
There's a wonderful Irony at the core of Creative Capital, the arts-funding organization celebrating its 10th anniversary with events including a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this spring. An organization that funds...
Straight Talk
PRODUCER MIKE S. RYAN CHALLENGES THE CURRENT PREOCCUPATIONS OF OUR INDEPENDENT FILM SCENE.Call me crazy, but I don't think distribution is the greatest problem facing independent cinema right now. Distribution is a problem, but it has always been. Returning...
The Hindi New Wave
Namaste! Welcome to Indian cinema. The world's largest film industry, India produces more than 1,100 films per year, roughly a third of which are Hindi-speaking or "Bollywood" films. A word play on "Bombay" plus "Hollywood," Bollywood is known the world...
The Man Who Wasn't There
In the Oath, her follow-up to the Oscar-nominated My Country. My Country, director Laura Poitras refracts America's post-9/11 years through the story of two estranged brothers-in-law. One is Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, free in Yemen, and the...
Want to Build an Audience? Start Making Apps
It's a known fact that the film industry has no shortage of middlemen. The path between filmmaker and audience is littered with them - some good, some bad. But the promise of a direct connection to an audience has become the currency of the future. These...
With These Hands
FILMMAKER BRENT GREEN RECOUNTS THE MAD ACT OF SET BUILDING BEHIND HIS GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN.Brent Green is a self-taught filmmaker and artist who lives and works in the Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania. His unique hand-drawn and stop-motion...
Youthquake: Where Is the Under-30s Audience for Indie Film?
Question: "When was the last time you went to an arthouse?"Answer: "Years ago, I watch everything online. I don't have time to go to the cinema."While this reply from Alex Johnson, a 30-year-old interactive strategist, filmmaker and co-founder of WBP...