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John Madden Acts His Age

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Director John Madden, who started out in producing British television, has made a name for himself across the pond helming films such as Shakespeare in Love, Proof and more recently, The Debt. Now, his latest film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hit in the UK, is set to open across North America on May… Read more »

Wim Wenders’ 3D Learning Curve: Dancers Take Flight in "Pina"

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Wim Wenders’ films seduce viewers, leaving them punch drunk with his intoxicating imagery. Such is the case with Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina, which blossoms as a cinematic poem of dancers in motion paying tribute to the filmmaker’s friend, the late choreographer Pina Bausch. But this unique project wasn’t easy to launch. In many ways, the… Read more »

Coolidge Corner Theatre Honors Viggo Mortenson

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At least 45 different groups of film critics and professionals give out annual awards and it’s become part of the territory for heated debate to follow. Is the process fair? Do the right people win? Are awards just one more way to draw attention to celebrity culture? Yet certain awards, like the Coolidge Award, a… Read more »

Alchemy Springs from the Striking Artistry of Sundance Shorts

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Utah, PARK CITY – When it comes to challenging and adventurous short films, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s mojo was in top form as the nation’s most prominent tastemaker for the state of indie cinema, both in America and abroad. Cinema devotees and novice filmgoers alike found plenty of thought-provoking ideas manifested in the festival’s… Read more »

Approaches to End of the World Docs

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Two social justice docs at IDFA targeted and systematically attacked the same universal villain: progress. Four Horsemen and Surviving Progress are both “big picture” documentaries that tackle some of today’s most globally pressing issues. At their best moments, both films leave audiences wondering not only what they can do to help, but also about their… Read more »

Five Grand, Five Days

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FIVE GRAND, FIVE DAYS THANK YOU to our many generous donors of money, advice, and time in 2011. Your offers of support are the reasons we continue publishing The Independent. The FIVE DAYS have passed. The express train with it. We’re looking for $2635 to board the commuter rail to FIVE GRAND. You can still… Read more »

Postcard from Northern Ontario

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Filmmaker Benjamin Paquette stood stoically by the theater lobby with his crew, his friends and collages. He quietly greeted movie goers as they filed in to the premiere of his fourth feature film, (Non) Fiction, at this year’s Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario. “I just hope they get it,” he said, forcing… Read more »

State of the Film Industry in Southeast Europe

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For the past three years, film professionals from all over Southeast Europe have gathered at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) to discuss the state of the regional film industry during the Cinelink forum, the track of the festival established for that purpose. SFF began during the bloody siege of Sarajevo in 1995, when it would… Read more »

Friend Your College Film Programmer, Pronto!

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Imagine if someone gave you over $50,000 to use for programming the film schedule at a movie theater for nine months. The theater doesn’t charge admission so your curatorial choices aren’t constrained by the pressure to sell tickets. You get to decide how many films to show, when to show them, and whether to show… Read more »