Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 4, Summer

25 New Faces of Independent Film
Alrick BrownAsked when he realized he wanted to become a filmmaker, moments quickly came to Alrick Brown's mind. The first time was while taking a summer course in college on Hitchcock. Another was when, while substitute teaching at a middle school in...
A Different Vision
The acclaimed cinematographer of Chungking Express, Hero, Ondine, and Rabbit-Proof Fence has just shot two Japanese features. No surprise that Christopher Doyle should work there since he's made a career of collaborating with directors from neighboring...
American Experience
Projected onto the back wall of a gaunt, square room somewhere in New York City's posh-est district, one may find a very old Negro man sitting shrouded in darkness, save for the Ninety-Three (2008) grainy flames emerging from the birthday candles on...
Are Games Art?
The big news in indie games this summer is that the National Endowment for the Arts has decided to give out funding to gamemakers. The NEA has opened up its submission guidelines for 2012 to include "Arts in Media," which includes games.There's been...
Cannes Film Festival
For those who go to Cannes to actually watch movies, the surprise factor is what creates its unique energy, not the interchangeable celebrities, predictable receptions and dinners, or the annual parade of the same ol' faces from the worlds of production,...
Coming Home
Alexandra Pelosi has seen more of America than most of us as her television documentaries have taken her to virtually every corner of the U.S. Her 2002 Emmywinning debut Journeys with George sent her on the dizzying route of George W Bush's 2000 campaign...
Dawning of the Story Hack
Bodies cover the floor. Inflatable mattresses become refuge for some. Others pound Red Bulls to stay awake as they stare into laptop screens. A group has gathered to watch two men throw bright green sticky balls at an empty wall. The balls adhere for...
Editor's Letter
This past June Apple released a new, radically redesigned edition of its desktop editing software, Final Cut Pro. But wait - don't turn the page yet. I know most of you are either angry over the new Final Cut, or have read too much about it, or simply...
Eight Things That Will Keep You in the Know
1 RYAN TRECARTIN AT P.S. 1 For the last few years Ryan Trecartin's maniacally edited videos featuring a cast of ethnically ambiguous, chipmunk-voiced partygoers and socialmedia climbers have captivated the art world. This summer Trecartin makes his already...
Gravitational Pull
Director Mike Cahill and star Brit Marling co-wrote Sundance's most unexpected hit, ANOTHER EARTH, a lo-fi, sci-fi fable about forgiveness, self-knowledge and our perpetual quest for a new beginning."It has a gentle sensibility," says director Mike Cahill...
HIGH Octane
For Evan Glodell, surviving a bad breakup by making a movie wasn't enough - he also built the camera it was shot on and the car featured in its story. Dubbed the mad scientist of this year's Sundance, he takes Septien director Michael Tully through the...
I Am a Movie
"I want to be a sociologist... I want to do human research," says 17-year-old fashion blogger Bebe Zeva in Tao Lin's and Megan Boyle's DIY film of the same name. Writers and filmmakers, Lin (of Shoplifting from American Apparel fame) and Boyle (founder,...
It Was 20 Years Ago Today
Sundance 1991: The American indie film movement gets a major kick in the ass. In addition to the premieres of Richard Linklater's Slacker, Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho, and Todd Haynes' Poison, Hal Hartley's minimalist gem Trust gets acquired...
Musical Truths
SXSW AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER SIMON BEINS CHARTS THE CREATIVE EVOLUTION OF TODAY'S DOC SCORERS.I'm sure I saw other documentaries previously, but Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line is the first one I really remember. Philip Glass's score, which Morris described...
Neighborhood WATCH
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James returns to his native Chicago to look at a group of ex-cons who have formed an organization dedicated to wiping out the violence that has plagued their streets in THE INTERRUPTERS. By Jason GuerrasioWithin...
Off Roading
AN EXCEPT FROM SELLING YOUR FILM WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL: CASE STUDIES IN HYBRID, DIYAND P2P INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION. BY JON REISSLast fall Orly Ravid approached me to see if I would be interested in collaborating with The Film Collaborative on a...
Rooftop Turns 15
This year marks the 15th year of Rooftop Films, New York City's increasingly influential and successful outdoor independent screening series. The organization's success is a testament to the vision and tireless work of founder and artistic director Mark...
SECOND Life
For Miranda July's second feature film, THE FUTURE, the performance artist and director mixes humor, fantasy and psychodrama to explore the anxieties of adulthood.By Alicia Van Couvering | Photograph by Henny GarfunkelMiranda July likes long titles.Her...
Tehran AFTER DARK
After spending her childhood traveling back and forth between Iran and the U.S., writer-director Maryam Keshavarz examines the sexual rebellion of today's Iranian teens in her Sundance Audience Award-winning CIRCUMSTANCE."Write what you know" has been...
Tribeca Film Festival
Marking its 10th edition with one of its most compact and eclectic programs yet, the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (April 20-May 1) carried on with noticeably fewer complaints than usual. Perhaps the New York film intelligentsia is simply accustomed to...
Why Filmmaking Cannot Be a Hobby
BLAST! DIRECTOR PAUL DEVLIN ON THE IRS'S BATTLE WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS.Last year at a summit meeting of the independent film community called "The Conversation," Ira Deutchman was compelled to propose, "Filmmaking has never been a business... it's...