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Editor's Letter

Magazine article Filmmaker

Editor's Letter

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WHILE IN EUROPE ON A BUSINESS TRIP, MY PARTNER ROBIN O'HARA COMmented to me how collegial directors in France are compared to their U.S. counterparts. In France, she said, directors are often friends, supporting each other through the filmmaking process and sometimes banding together to make collective statements about culture and politics. One can witness the same thing now with the Mexican triumvirate of Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro, who publicly and privately help each other get their very different films into the world.

In the American indie scene, however, it is often producers who collaborate while many (although certainly not all) directors choose to go their own way. That's one reason why the emerging and playfully named "mumblecore" movement, which Alicia Van Couvering writes about in this issue, is so interesting. While its aesthetic boundaries may be blurry, the work of the group of filmmakers associated with directors Joe Swanberg and Andrew Bujalski is remarkable for its cinematic esprit de corps. …

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