Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall

...And Nothing but the Truth?
In attempting to define documentary filmmaking ARNE JOHNSON learns the line between fiction and non is very blurry."Look, it's all fiction!" Haskell Wexler practically shouts in exasperation. "Every single bit of it is fiction."We've been talking about...
Camera Test
Jamie Stuart tests out the Panasonic AG-HPX500P.I just spent two weeks staring at a big-ass metal case on my floor. Yeah, I opened it once or twice just to look at the big-ass camera inside. The big-ass camera does have a proper name: the Panasonic AG-HPX500P,...
Diy Drive-In
One of the last vestiges of the rapidly vanishing arthouse and drive-in theater cultures can be found, paradoxically, online. MobMov (short for "Mobile Movie") is a Web-based organization which launched in 2005 that's dedicated to guerilla film exhibition...
Editor's Letter
In thinking about this editor's letter and Filmmaker's 15th anniversary issue, I was tempted to ruminate about all the ways that independent film has changed in the past decade and a half. But before I could do so, my mind wandered instead to all the...
Edit Points
BENJAMIN CROSSLEY-MARRA reports on the different post production options four directors chose to finish their films.Filmmaking is a career that attracts both artists and technical professionals alike. Unfortunately for those coming from a more artistic...
Fest Circuit
Reports from Toronto, Venice and Edinburgh.Toronto International Film FestivalHOWARD FEINSTEINAll right, you do spend most of your time in a shopping-mall multiplex. And the facades on the busy streets of Yorkville are brutal at night - their harsh lights...
From Script to Screen
In the craft of film editing, discipline does not assure success. There are those editors that can rip into the material right out of the gate and brilliance occurs. I'm not one of them. Throughout my career, I've found that a certain amount of organization...
Headbangers Ball
Heavy Metal In Baghdad, a doc that recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, follows the Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda as they try to survive the war-torn city while practicing and scoring gigs. Directors Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti (of Vice...
Helping Hand
With a Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination for Pan's Labyrinth and his membership in the much heralded "three amigos" - the others being fellow Mexican filmmakers Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón - Guillermo del Toro has enjoyed an increase...
Industry Beat
Indie docs struggle to satisfy Oscar.Poor documentary filmmakers. As if it weren't already difficult enough to follow a subject for years on end, log hundreds of hours of footage, scrape together financing from grants, relatives and broadcasters and...
In Focus
Five new films in postproduction.AugustWall Street is imploding in the month before September 11 while two brothers struggle to keep their dot-corn going in August, the second feature from XX/XY director Austin Chick. "It captures a very specific time...
Load & Play
Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.The Films of Kenneth Anger, Volume 2 Fantoma Films, October 2 Not a moment too soon comes the follow-up to Fantoma Films' first collection of Kenneth Anger's legendary short films. Again, the pristine new...
Market Watch
"The challenge is keeping up with who the new players are, where the new money is (if there is any), and who's got it," says Documentary Spotlight Programmer Milton Tabbot about the shifting sands of selling, marketing and distributing independent film...
Mexican Revolution
At the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival five Mexican-produced features demonstrated the exciting range of talent coming out of that country's growing film industry.La Zona, made by first-time director Rodrigo Plá, is a contained thriller. Small-time...
My Super Sweet 16
Jason Reitman delves into teen pregnancy (with a little help from first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody) in his follow up to THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, JUNO. By Lisa Y. Garibay(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)The pairing of writer Diablo Cody...
Organic Arc
Often relegated to the self-help section of the film enthusiast's library, how-to books on screenwriting have been a little passé since Brian Cox played story guru Robert McKee in Adaptation. But a new book by a well-known Hollywood script consultant,...
Play Again
Head Trauma director Lance Weiter on gaming and worlds beyond independent film.The EvolutionOver the last six months, I've been experimenting with a collision of gaming, movies, music and technology know as a MIG (media-integrated game play). The MIG...
Pray for ROCK 'N' ROLL
Jason Guerrasio sits down with John Sayles to discuss the future of filmmaking and the challenges of making his latest film HONEYDRIPPER.As I sit eating lunch with John Sayles in a near-empty Mexican restaurant a few blocks from his home in upstate New...
Reaching Out
10 Years of grassroots casting for John Sayles. By Lizzie MartinezMEN WITH GUNSIt's twilight in Zongolica, Veracruz, and I'm standing on a table in the mercado trying to mediate a heated quarrel between the meat vendors (who happen to be large men carrying...
Self-Portrait
Over the course of his 50 years as a filmmaker, in such landmark documentaries as Salesman, Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter, Albert Maysles has humanized the eccentric, the ordinary and the extraordinary. One half of the filmmaking team the Maysles brothers...
Senior Moments
Nine years after making SLUMS OP BEVERLY HILLS, Tamara Jenkins returns to feature films with a comical but highly emotional look inside one family's turbulent relationship with THE SAVAGES.Note-perfect, Tamara Jenkins's The Savages was one of Sundance...
Something Must Break
Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis is put under the microscope in Anton Corbijn's debut feature CONTROL.Anton Corbijn, the 52-year-old Dutch photographer, music-video director, designer and now film director, almost didn't direct Control. He initially...
Support Group
SCOTT MACAULAY recaps the 2007 IFP Narrative Rough Cut Lab.Three years ago the IFP and I developed a program called the Narrative Rough Cut Lab, a sort of intensive mentorship in which filmmakers who have shot but not completed their films receive advice...
The Hollywood Life
Anthony Hopkins blurs fantasy and reality in the disorienting SLIPSTREAM. By Scott MacaulayThere are actors who direct and their films seem like extensions of the personas they've already developed in their screen performances. For example: Clint Eastwood...
The Inside Man
In THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, Julian Schnabel makes Jean-Dominique Bauby's best-selling memoir into a funny, moving and wise contemplation of mortality and the artist. By Scott MacaulayMost films draw us in with some promise of possibility. Buy...
THE JIgSaW MAN
Todd Haynes examines the life and mythology of Bob Dylan in I'M NOT THERE.Todd Haynes's fest film, a 1985 student short called Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud, focused in a manner both engaging and Brechtian on the anarchistic French poet who scandalized...
The Last Draft
Justin Lowe talks to Andrew Wagner about his sophmore effort, the deeply resonate drama STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING.While audiences, critics and acquisitions execs attending the 2007 Sundance Film Festival were flocking to a variety of high-profile dramatic...
The Overachiever
Ryan Gosling chats with screenwriter Oren Moverman about his latest achievements, I'M NOT THERE and MARRIED LIFE, along with the unique collaborative relationships he has with his directors.We don't cover enough screenwriters in Filmmaker, but that's...
The Powers That Be
Alicia Van Couvering helps indies strategize for the upcoming strike.It is contract-negotiation time in the movie business with actors, writers and directors all gathering for a standoff against the studios set for June 30, 2008. While talks between...
The Super 8
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 One Sheets To celebrate the influential artistic vision of two recently-deceased directing legends, Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, the Posteritati gallery in downtown New York City is holding...
The Unseen Hand
Amir Bar-Lev got more than he bargained for when he followed child painter Maria Olmstead and her family for a year in the riveting documentary MY KID COULD PAINT THAT.(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)Amir Bar-Lev never intended on hurting...
True to Life
Schizophrenia is a very misunderstood illness in our culture, a fact that is reinforced by what is commonly portrayed in films about the disease. Some medical professionals believe that the one movie that's come close to capturing its true nature is...

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