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22
Nov
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Mr. Turner at the New York Film Festival

When British filmmaker Mike Leigh makes a movie, it draws Hollywood’s eye like a beacon all the way across the pond. Since 1996, he’s written and directed eight feature films, and those films have accrued 12 Academy Award nominations and 2 wins. Mr. Turner, Leigh’s next film, will be released in the USA just in time for the holiday season. Indiezone.TV recently joined Leigh and his cast and crew at the red carpet for their New York Film Festival screening.

 

Tue
11
Nov
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41st Student Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The presentation of the 41st Student Academy Awards marked the end of a whirlwind week for the fifteen winners of this career-launching honor. As Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs explained in the Directors Guild Theater on June 7, 2014, the purpose of the awards are “to engage filmmakers at the college level, support emerging voices, and celebrate the excellent work that is being done by young filmmakers worldwide.” 
 
Fri
07
Nov
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Marah Strauch, Eric Bruggemann, Alex Gibney, Joe Berlinger, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of "Sunshine Superman" at the NYFF

Go ahead. Take a step closer to the edge. Don’t be afraid to look down. That dizzying sensation you’re experiencing is the same one you’ll get from peering into Sunshine Superman, a history of the extreme adventure sport of BASE jumping. The film is a testament to the past and modern-day devotees of this death-defying—and sometimes failing—sport.

 

Tue
04
Nov
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Tales of the Grim Sleeper at the NYFF

Lonnie Franklin, Jr., is accused of murdering at least 10 women and possibly up to 180 over 30 years; investigations are still pending as is his trial. The crimes took place in south Los Angeles, Franklin’s home and that of a primarily Black population with a heavy history of drug-related crime, prostitution, and all the negative perceptions that come along with both. But did those perceptions contribute to how long it took the LAPD to investigate the case? That’s one of the questions posed by Tales of the Grim Sleeper, a documentary film titled after the serial killer’s moniker.
Sat
01
Nov
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David Tedeschi Co Director of the "The 50-Year Argument" at the NYFF

David Tedeschi has been making documentaries with Martin Scorsese for the past six years, which is less than a tenth of the history their most recent subject can claim. The 50 Year Argument investigates the culture and debates that have sprung up around the New York Review of Books during that history, featuring an impressive interview line-up of past and present-day contributors using new and archival footage.

Tue
28
Oct
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Jonas Carpignano, Tal Zegreba, Jayisha Patel, Sergei Rostropovich, Guillaume Mainguet and Selma Vilhunen at the NYFF Shorts Program

Making a short film can be a thankless job. Screening options are few, and the chances for financing even fewer. Audiences aren’t trained to consume content that may conclude in as little as five minutes, though the Internet is changing attention spans and offering more ways to get shorts seen. That’s good news for today’s short filmmakers, and those new methods of distribution were one of the topics discussed at the Q&A panel following the New York Film Festival’s Shorts programs.

 

Mon
27
Oct
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Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortenson of "Jauja" at the New York Film Festival

The film Jauja is in some ways a microcosm of star Viggo Mortenson’s life. The American actor heavily identifies with his Danish ancestry, and he spent many of his childhood years living in Argentina where Jauja is set.

Tue
21
Oct
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Andrew Rogers, Tommy Davis, Yohann Kouam, Marcelo Grabowsky, Oscar Sharp, Javier Gonzalez at the NYFF Shorts Program

Let’s return to the best of the next filmmakers, the talented up-and-comers who screened their short films at the 52nd New York Film Festival this past October. In our last article, we talked about the challenges that short-film creators can face, especially in terms of financing and distribution. More insight came to us on just how those financial limits can produce burdens such as limited locations and the pool of actors a director can choose from. But our interviews and the panelists’ answers at the Q&A session after the screenings show how inventive filmmakers milk their limits to produce fresh inspiration.

Fri
17
Oct
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New York Film Festival Premiere of "Listen Up Philip"

Sometimes, the key to genius can be found in the racks of a video store. That’s what we learned during our red carpet interviews at the New York Film Festival screening of Listen Up Philip! In the mid-2000s, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry worked at NYC’s Kim’s Videos along with cinematographer Sean Patrick Williams. A prophecy was born: they would make beautiful movies together along with a cohort of fellow Kim’s Video employees and their friends. And the prophecy was fulfilled.

Fri
17
Oct
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New York Film Festival Premiere of "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance"

We’ll spare you the feather analogies just this once. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s newest release, Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, makes the claustrophic spaces of one small theater in New York City—and one actor’s mind—into a universal tale about celebrity, ego, ambition, and commercial success versus artistic legitimacy. The soaring—oops!—transcendent performance by Michael Keaton in the lead role of Riggan Thomson, a superstar superhero actor who wants to legitimize his career by putting on a Broadway play, is not to be missed. Neither is the thrilling cinematography composed of seemingly endless shots that build on Iñárritu’s script that takes—no, not flight—but meta-analysis to a new level in film much as Bertolt Brecht did for theater.

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