Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 4, Summer

100 Percent Heart
80 Percent Angel is a nonprofit production company formed by Pittsburgh-born Parker Snyder and Poland native Kasia Romanska during a trip the two took to Africa for volunteer work. After witnessing good deeds that were going unnoticed, Snyder and Romanska...
25 New Faces of Independent Film
Filmmaker's annual survey of new talent.moon molsonSHORT FILMS ARE RARELY AS DEVASTATING AS POP FOUL, THE LYRICALLY MOUNTED, SUBTLY ACTED DEBUT OF COLUMBIA University's Moon Molson. The film tells the tale of a confused young boy who struggles with his...
Death Is Not the End
A year-and-a-half after wowing audiences at Sundance, Goran Dukic's dark comedic satire, WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY, finally gets a theatrical release. By Ray PrideWistcutters: A Love Story, Goran Dukic's loping airy-tale comedy of a non-utopian afterlife,...
Deep Focus
Peter Greenaway explored a new frontier in 1982 when he teamed up with cinematographer Curtis Clark on the production of The Draughtsman's Contract. Shot on Super 16mm, the film is now receiving a 25th-anniversary re-release by Zeitgeist, and its stunning...
Dueling Docs
This past January two filmmakers found themselves in an unusual situation when they brought their films to Park City. At Sundance was Lincoln Ruchti's Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade, while at the top of the hill Seth Gordon's The King of Kong: A Fistful...
Editor's Letter
The summer issue of Filmmaker is our 25 New Faces issue, and it's always something of a rejuvenating experience to curate the people who make it into this yearly survey of new talent. While the independent film scene is full of stories of filmmakers...
Fest Circuit
Reports from Cannes, Aspen Shortsfest and Tribeca.Cannes Film FestivalHOWARD FEINSTEINAfter the low tide of 2006, most critics rated this year's Cannes [May 16-27] "very good." There were some gems, but, overall, it was uneven. Funny how after it's all...
Fuebar
Charles Ferguson's NO END IN SIGHT examines the blunders made by the Bush administration during the build up to the Iraq war. By Scott MacaulayIn the current debate over the Iraq war, Charles Ferguson's debut documentary, No End in Sight, takes what...
History of Violence
Five years in the making, Jason Kohn's Sundance award winning doc, MANDA BALA, examines the violence and corruption that runs wild in São Paulo.Jason Kohn likes to say what's on his mind. At 28, he's already honed his skills from one of the greatest...
Industry Beat
The tough specialty film distribution business suddenly has several new players. By Anthony KaufmanHere's the ongoing clusterfuck of indie film: there are more companies in the marketplace, providing more options for financing and distribution, but there...
In Focus
Five new films in postproduction. By Mary GlucksmanBEGGING FOR BILLIONAIRES"Eminent domain was designed to facilitate crucial public projects, but these days it's more often abused by state and city governments to eliminate roadblocks for wealthy private...
Laugh Lines
Frank Lin proves romantic comedies are not only for twentysomethings in his debut feature, AMERICAN FUSION. By Justin LoweCrafting an entertaining, multidimensional romantic comedy on an indie scale is demanding enough without the added challenge of...
Load & Play
Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.Rock The Bells Warner Bros., July 31 Driven by the dream of putting the entire Wu-Tang Clan back together for one night, concert promoter Chang Weisberg finds its easier said than done in this riveting vérité...
Musically Motivated
In the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated documentary Spellbound, Jeffery Blitz turns to fiction with the Sundance hit Rocket Science. Loosely based on Blitz's childhood in New Jersey, the film follows stuttering teenager Hal Hefner (Reece Daniel Thompson)...
Re-Edit
Jamie Stuart walks us through how he used Final Cut Studio 2 to make his latest short film.I've maintained for the past half-dozen years that the most significant event in the history of DIY filmmaking has been the introduction of Final Cut Pro. While...
Survivor
With RESCUE DAWN director Werner Herzog returns to the jungle to adapt one of his most powerful documentaries, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. By James PonsoldtImagine Werner Herzog's skull is a movie theater. Please make yourself comfortable. Tonight's...
Sweet Spots
Alicia Van Couvering breaks down the complex state tax incentives and learns how producers find the best deals for their films.Not so long ago, it looked like the Canadians had seduced film production away from the United States, beguiling studios and...
The Actor's Studio
Tom DiCillo talks with friend Steve Buscemi about directing actors, Sienna Miller and the celebrity culture dissected in Buscemi's latest. INTERVIEW.Celebrities have long been an obsession in American society. But in the last couple of years tabloid...
The Idiot Box
Ti West chats with directors Dan Bush, David Bruckner and Jacob Gentry about their apocalyptic horror movie, THE SIGNAL.In deriding Hollywood cinema, independents often assail "filmmaking by committee." So then what to make of The Signal, the ingeniously...
The Little Devil
Known for his documentaries that focus on American eccentrics, George Ratliff makes an unexpected move to genre filmmaking with the ambiguously creepy JOSHUA. By Peter BowenGeorge Ratliff's Joshua (due out this summer from Fox Searchlight) offers a new...
The Super 8
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 R. Crumb The dirty ol' grandfather of underground comics gets an institutional nod at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in its show "R. Crumb Undergound." The exhibition covers the span of his...
Transart Film Express
When Matthew Barney kicked off his five-part Cremaster film cycle in 1994, perforating the barrier between the art world and independent cinema, the multidisciplinary artist took some hard knocks from purists who felt he was creating his increasingly...
Under the Skin
Nick Dawson talks to English writer-director Shane Meadows about his new film THIS IS ENGLAND, which draws upon his personal experience in British skinhead culture in the 1980s.It's not in Shane Meadows's nature to take the conventional route. His debut...
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