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Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall

Animal Rescue
with Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt finds a parable for contemporary America in the story of a woman and her dog."americans are living one accident, illness or lost paycheck away from bankruptcy or, in some cases, homelessness." How many times have...
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Battle Tested
Steven Soderbergh discusses the grueling journey to complete - and find distribution for - his epic two-part film on the life of Che Guevara, Che.When Ernesto Guevara walked into the jungles of Bolivia in 1966 he was already legendary for his revolutionary...
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Better with Age
The Cinema Guild was founded by producer Philip Hobel in 1968 with the intention of creating and distributing films across genres for the worldwide market. In its early years The Cinema Guild produced several notable successes including Tender Mercies,...
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Burgeoning Talent
"I made one independent film in my life and that was Clerks. Every other flick was financed by a studio. Harvey [Weinstein] has pretty much paid for every movie except for Mallrats, which was made for six million and grossed two million. I felt shitty...
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Chomp!
Bruce LaBrucefinds zombies among today's reality TV-crazed teens in his latest film, Otto; or Up with Dead People.If you are talking about a filmmaker who tackles sociopolitical topics and taboos in a sensationalistic style with good ol' gay sex, then...
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Creative Destruction
Scott Macaulay heads a roundtable discussion on the current indie model and what the hopes are for the future of the business."The sky is falling," Film Department head Mark Gill famously proclaimed at the L.A. Film Festival this past summer. His spiritedly...
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Drawing from Memory
In Ari Folman's debut feature, Waltz with Bashir, the Israeli director uses animation to recapture his own memories of the Lebanon War.it's been said that the job of the filmmaker is to put on screen things that have never been seen before. And while...
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Editor's Letter
You can learn a lot by attending industry seminars, but there's one thing I've always disliked about many of these events: the division between the business-types on the podiums and the beginning filmmakers and producers in the audience. The latter,...
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Fest Circuit
Reports from Toronto and Fantastic Fest.Toronto International Film FestivalBY HOWARD FEINSTEINWith 249 features, 116 of them world premieres, the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 4-13) is an excellent opportunity to sniff out the state of international...
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Friends with Benefits
With Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith learns his low-brow brand of humor is no longer considered taboo.always straddling the line between indie and mainstream films, Kevin Smith has grown a dedicated fan base for his original comedies since coming...
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Game Engine
Heather Chaplin explains how Braid became this year's indie darling.A little game called Braid caused nearly as much sensation in the gaming world this year as Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV and Will Wright's Spore - and this considering that Braid was...
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Industry Beat
A recent string of titles show it's still possible to make a well crafted film on the cheap. By Anthony KaufmanFour years ago, in the pages of this magazine, we asked the question: "Is the $1 million movie the relic of a bygone era?" With unions going...
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In Focus
Five new films in postproduction.2K3"It was spring 2003 and I'd just had to delay a film project because my lead actress became unexpectedly pregnant," says first-time feature director Gray Miller about his no-budget sci-fi drama 2K3. "I was sitting...
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Load & Play
Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.Billy the Kid Zeitgeist Films. Oct. 28Jennifer Venditti, one of 2007's 25 New Faces, struck gold when she decided to make a documentary about Billy Price, a small-town teenager with behavioral problems. During...
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Looking Forward
Scott Macaulay talks to Scott Kirsner about his new book and the evolution of technology in film.For writer Scott Kirsner, the new is his beat. On his blog CinemaTech (cinematech. blogspot.com) and in articles appearing in The New York Times, Variety...
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My Adventure in Theatrical Self-Distribution Part 1
Or how I "invented" the two-month window and spent six months wanting to kill myself every day. By Jon ReissMy story is not unlike that of most independent filmmakers these days. We bust our butts for years producing - in our minds - a great film, only...
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New Frontier
Brian Chirls leans about the differing Red One workflows of Steven Soderbergh's Che and Arin Crumley's As the Dust Settles.With this year's release of Steven Soderbergh's double feature Che, the long-awaited Red One camera proved itself in the field,...
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Performance Driven
James Ponsoldt talks to the principals of Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married to dissect the creation of Rosemarie DeWitt's title character.jonathan Demme has made a career out of revealing the humanity in oddballs, eccentrics, zealots and rock stars....
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Quiet Success
By summer 2007, French star-turned-filmmaker Guillaume Canet had a hit in Europe with his thriller Tell No One, about a man suspected of murdering his wife - who reappears eight years later. It's the first screen adaptation of bestselling American novelist...
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Real Talk
One day in the early '90s, I decided to be a filmmaker. So I did what any narcissistic 20-year-old would do, and walked into the offices of Good Machine to alert them. I didn't know James Schamus or Ted Hope. I hadn't heard of Ang Lee or Hal Hartley....
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Road Trip
Filmmaker and distributor Todd Sklar tells Scott Macaulay why he sidestepped the traditional distribution route for a DIY tour.After filmmaker Todd Sklar completed his college comedy Box Elder, rather than apply to festivals he decided to immediately...
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Self-Preservation
With Lance Hammer's Ballast, the director escaped the trappings of Hollywood to make a debut feature in the Mississippi Delta and then, after winningthe Sundance Directing Award, joined the burgeoning DIY movement.back when he was a Hollywood art director...
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Social Studies
Laurent Cantet'sPalme d'Or winner, The Class, explores the specific challenges of teaching traditional lessons within the global culture of today's urban classrooms.Starting with 1999's Human Resources, Laurent Cantet has quickly built an international...
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The 18th Annual Gotham INDEPENDENT FILM awards(TM)
(ProQuest: ... denotes text missing in the original.)AND THE NOMINEES ARE...Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You(TM)See all of the films November 20 - 24 at MoMA The Museum of Modern ArtNominees are selected by the editorial staff of Filmmaker...
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The Play's the Thing
For Charlie Kaufman, the whole world fits into Synecdoche, New York."...If we are interested with human possibility, and we are able to cheer each other onto leaps in science and athletics and art and thought, we must admire the work that our peers have...
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The Super 8
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 Deep FOCUS Photographer Mary Ellen Mark has captured beautiful candid shots for more than 40 years on over 100 movie sets. Now Phaidon has compiled 250 mostly unpublished B&W stills she's taken of Hollywood...
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Visiting John Hillcoat's the Road
It's in the final stages of post, and perhaps this experience wound up being a bit much, though I mean that in the best possible way. I expected to endure the typical preprepared five-minute studio puff-piece promo reel whilst plastering a ready-made...
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Wall Art
Movie posters have been a particular kind of cinephilic pleasure since the moving picture began. At one time it was the most elaborate marketing tool, with designs, colors and fonts to suggest the pleasures of the picture itself. After World War II the...
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