Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, Winter

A Storytelling Pandemic
When the phone rings I'm feeling a bit nervous. The voice on the other end is slow and calculated. "We can do 30,000 but it will take 10 weeks. In order to get it in time for Sundance we need to order 500,000 and ship from China... We're going to have...
Court Side
After electrifying independent audiences with early dramas like George Washington and All the Real Girls, David Gordon Green has become Hollywood's most idiosyncratic humorist. Michael Tully catches up with Green on the set of The Sitter and discusses...
Doha Tribeca Film Festival
REPORTS FROM DOHA AND THESSALONIKISo much depends upon the position in which one reclines. Seated next to me in the elite section of a flight to Doha, Qatar, an Indian financial wizard with rings on each slim finger nodded and looked thoughtfully out...
Editor's Letter
My Winter editor's letter is always something of a contradiction. I'm writing it at the end of the year - December 29, in this case - but you're reading it in late January or February, after your 2011 is well underway. I'm thinking about year-end things,...
Eight Things That Will Keep You in the Know
1 SALVADOR DALÍ MUSEUM It might be surprising that the largest holding of Salvador Dalí's s works outside Europe is not in one of America's major artistic destinations like New York City but instead in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since 1982 visitors to this...
Five Producers Offer Tips on Managing Private Investment
LYNETTE HOWELL, PRODUCER, ON THE ICE When raising private equity from individuate or start-up/young companies, it's important to educate yourself on WHY they would want to invest before approaching them or taking a meeting. There are many reasons why...
How to Raise a Billion Dollars
Statistically speaking, spending one billion dollars making movies is way more prudent than risking just one or 10 million. The odds of losing your shirt shrink once you start spreading your investment bets across 18 Hollywood-scale films with guaranteed...
Indie Streaming
Do you love independent and global cinema but are too busy to attend film festivals or go to your local arthouse or repertory theater (If you're lucky enough to have one)? Well, Dan Aronson, Albert Reinhardt and Jonathan Marlow would like you to meet...
"I See No Difference between the Two": Cinema's Role in Society
Jean-Luc Godard was a guest at the University of Southern California in 1968, discussing his work on a panel with King Vidor, Roger Gorman, Peter Bogdanovich and Sam Fuller. This was at the close of a cinematic decade that Godard had owned; now, breaking...
Leslie Dixon on Nurturing Your Inner Tarantino
"My paranoia is that people will look at my credits and they won't think I wrote this film," screenwriter (and Limitless producer) Leslie Dixon says of her new Neil Burger-directed picture. "I'm a girl, and my previous opportunities have been in romantic...
Lost in America
Kelly Reichardt reteams with Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff, the true story of a team of misbegotten American settlers lost along the Oregon Trail.Before you see the first image of Meek's Cutoff, you hear the film. Simultaneously swelling is the...
Michelle Williams Q & A
Encompassing a diverse tange of roles, 2010 was a banner year for Michelle Williams, one of the most gifted actresses working today. She began the year at Sundance with Derek Cianfrance's acclaimed drama Blue Valentine, where she plays Cindy, a woman...
Money Game
ANTHONY KAUFMAN TAKES THE PULSE OF TODAY'S INDEPENDENT FILM INVESTORS."Larry Ellison's Son is Hollywood's Latest 'Dumb Money,'" screamed a recent headline on Forbes.com. Indeed, financial newcomers - doctors and dentists, multimillionaire's kids, Indian...
Nurturing Talent
"Making a film is all about making mistakes" is the line I repeat each year at the IFP Narrative Labs. "Becoming a better filmmaker is all about recognizing your mistakes and not making them again."Of course, one of the problems with being a first-time...
Package Deal
Indie game designers face the same essential problems indie artists face everywhere: How to fund your work and then distribute it once it's made. Cue John Graham and Jeff Rosen with their Humble Indie Bundle.The Humble Indie Bundle was a package of five...
Paranoid State of Mind
"What is Zenith?" was the question posed on About Top Secret and other conspiracy-related websites last spring. Paranoid-minded posters jumped in and followed a breadcrumb trail of online clues relating to everything from the Bavarian Illuminati and...
Past Tense
Winner of the Palme d'Or at this past year's Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an enlightening journey graced with a fairytale feel that's unlike anything you'll see in theaters this year....
Possible Side Effects
From a screenplay by Leslie Dixon, Neil Burger takes us on a pharmaceutical-fueled joyride through a conspiratorially intelligent New York business world in Limitless.Neil Burger's Limitless, from a smart, fast-moving script by Leslie Dixon and based...
Programmers Talk Back
ALICIA VAN COUVERING PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON FESTIVAL CURATION.On the eve of this year's Independent Film Week, before the IFP's Independent Film Week Festival Forum, Tom Hall, the artistic director of the Sarasota Film Festival, posted what he thought...
Rewind
SCOTT MACAULAY LOOKS BACK AT THIS YEAR'S FILM AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS.Independent film outpaced the general economy on its way to the Great Recession. Specialty distributors like Paramount Vantage and Warner Independent were shuttering throughout early...
Spy Camera
For Dana Adam Shapiro's eerie and erotic relationship drama Monogamy, cinematographer Doug Emmett creates a voyeuristic visual style in line with the film's conflicted protagonist. Here d.p. Eric Lin chats with Emmett about crafting the film's unique...
State of the Union
Is there any future in professional film criticism? While that question has been bruited plentifully in the U.S. recently, in late October in Tunis, during the 2010 Carthage Film Festival, it got an international workout. At an "extraordinary assembly"...
SUnDanCe 2011
Incoming festival filmmakers tell us what surprised them during the making of their movies.ANOTHER EARTH (co-writer-director, Mike Cahill) The biggest surprise is how the movie began, and how it ended.We started with no money, a basic treatment and a...
The 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards
2010 COMMEMORATIVE SECTIONDEAR READERS OF FILMMAKER MAGAZINE,We are pleased to share moments from our 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards, which took place in NYC on November 29. Six competitive awards and an inaugural Festival Genius Audience...
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Mid-festival, I want to shave. A Greek friend says no: "It's your crisis beard. It suits the times. Don't look smooth." Then three days after the end of the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, with the seventh national general...
Tourist Season
With his second feature, the Gotham Award-winning Littlerock, California native Mike Ott explores the dreams of a small California town through the eyes of a visiting pair of young Japanese travelers. By Ray PrideMike Ott's Littlerock is a small gem...