Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, Fall

Adult FRIEND Finder
DREE HEMINGWAY is a sweet porn star and BESEDKA JOHNSON - Best Actress winner at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival - is the mysteriously bitter older woman she befriends in SEAN BAKER's sun-streaked relationship drama, Starlet. Interview by SCOTT MACAULAY.The...
Bay Area Boom
When Ted Hope moved from New York to the Bay Area in September to take over as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, he was stepping into an organization that, with the recent success of its vibrant and generous Filmmaker360 program,...
Body BLOWS
In JACQUES AUDIARD's tough-minded romantic melodrama, Rust and Bone, MARION COTILLARD delivers a powerful performance as a woman struggling to rebuild her life after a devastating accident. NICK DAWSON speaks with writer/director AUDIARD and co-screenwriter...
Debate Club
Heather Chaplin plays The Metagame.On a recent Saturday when I had nothing to do, I put out a call to see who was around for a last-minute dinner party.Result: nine random guests including several journalists, an art critic, one poet, my 22-year-old...
Editing Life of Pi
Tim Squyres discusses the post-production ofAng Lee's first voyage into 3D. By Scott MacaulayAt the start of my interview with Tim Squyres, the editor of most of Ang Lee's films, including his latest, Life of Pi, I tell him how much I like the movie....
Editor's Letter
Twenty years ago this issue, in our debut edition of Filmmaker, I interviewed writer/director Paul Schrader about Light Sleeper, an adult drama about a middle-aged drug dealer he dubbed the third in his "man in a room" movies. Schrader said he didn't...
Goodbye, New York
Anthony Kaufman considers the Gotham independent scene Ted Hope is leaving behind.Ten years ago this summer, Good Machine, the film company responsible for helping launch the careers of such American auteurs as Nicole Holofcener, Ang Lee, Todd Field,...
How to Do a Festival Q&A
Scott Macaulay on making the most of your moments on stage.The credits roll, there is applause, and not too many people walked out. The festival premiere of your debut film is over. You relax, a year's worth of stress magically departing your body. Sure,...
Investing in Audience
Karin Chien on independent film's new equation.There's something we should have learned in the last five years, which is the most important lesson we can carry into the next 20 years: ignore audience at your own peril.For a while now, indie film's m.o....
Is FCP X the Future of Editing?
David Leitner assesses Apple's innovation.Editing is older than motion pictures. The ordering and pacing of dialogues, scenes, entrances and exits to build conflict and resolution have long defined Western theater, from Aeschylus's Oresteia to Wagner's...
Is Story Simply a Utility?
Lance Weiler peers into a scary new future for filmmakers.Ext: Night - Suburban Cul-De-Sac In the not-so-distant future.Welcome to the quintessential suburban neighborhood - manicured lawns, two cars in each driveway and a bluish hue flickering from...
Joke's on You
At first glance, Rick Alverson and Tim Heidecker don't seem like obvious collaborators. Alverson, indie filmmaker with two features under his belt, and Heidecker, one-half of absurdist Adult Swim comedy duo Tim and Eric, command vastly different audiences....
Locarno Film Festival
What to say of a film festival at which the most highly anticipated - and, as it turns out, best - entry is an 83-minute-long documentary about fishermen with no real dialogue or narration that was shot on a dozen GoPro cameras, many of them tethered...
LOVE on the Outside
AVA DuVERNAY won the Best Director prize at Sundance for her second dramatic feature, Middle of Nowhere, a heartfelt and complex tale of a woman discovering her own identity while fighting for the parole of her convict husband. A writer, director and...
Marion Cotillard Q&A
Filmmaker last interviewed Marion Cotillard in 2007, just prior to the release of the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose. Cotillard's stunning performance as the legendary French singer won her numerous Best Actress accolades, including a BAFTA, a Golden...
New Media, New Cuts
The future of editing may not lie in the tools editors use but the new formats that feature their work. By Randy AstleFor 117 years, film editing has been a pretty stable business. Sure, there have been upsets and paradigm shifts - the rise of Hollywood...
Physical THERAPY
JESSICA YU revisits the subject of her own Academy Award-winning short documentary Breathing Lessons by speaking with writer/director BEN LEWIN, whose The Sessions brings the story of paralyzed poet MARK O'BRIEN to dramatic life.Winner of the Best Documentary...
Ro*co Goes iTunes
"I think we, as an independent filmmaking community, focus way too much on the U.S.," says Annie Roney, the Sausalito-based founder of documentary foreign sales agent and distributor ro*co films. "There's a whole big world out there of potential viewers...
Speechless Children and Japanese Monsters
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECTVancouver-based metal maestro Devin Townsend returns to the "Devin Townsend Project" moniker on the heels of his wildly ambitious - and stylistically varied - quadrilogy of albums with...
The App Revolution
Horace Dediu on the relationship of distribution to content.There is a saying I once heard: "Once you change the method of distribution, the product has to change."This itself is a take on the idea that distribution defines the product. You see this...
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
The increased emphasis on red carpet premieres in Toronto seems to have left the festival with an identity crisis. While festivals like Locarno and Rotterdam have hit their stride in promoting the new guard of international cinema, a quick glance at...
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
The 1970s were a time of reckoning for the radical social transformations of the 1960s; with the left shattered by the specific political interests of its sectarian ideologies, and the mainstream culture seeking a shift inward, toward the ethos of the...
Touchdown DANCE
DAVID O. RUSSELL makes bipolar disorder, dance competitions, and the NFL the stuff of romantic comedy in Silver Linings Playbook, a seriously funny feature with star turns by BRADLEY COOPER and JENNIFER LAWRENCE. MIGUEL ARTETA interviews writer/ director...
Troubled ASSETS
With the 2008 post-crash Presidential election as ironic backdrop, ANDREW DOMINIK's violent crime thriller, Killing Them Softly, bitterly regards our crumbling American dream. BRANDON HARRIS interviews the Australian writer/director.The pessimism that...
Wrapping Independent Film Week
Memorable movie moments may be made out of triumph - the winning of the big game, the getting of the girl - but a career in film rarely reaches its triumphant third act in 90 minutes. Even the most successful filmmakers spend years on their journey,...

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