Postcard from DocsBarcelona

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Last year I had the great privilege to live and work in Barcelona, a city that has regenerated itself in spectacular ways since I first visited in 1986 to present my debut documentary Before Stonewall. One notable addition is the well-programmed and well-run DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival which was launched with support from the… Read more »

Film Festival Scholarship and Professional Networks on the Rise

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As international film festival circuits become increasingly visible online, scholarly interest in festivals as objects of study, particularly outside the US, continues to grow. At the same time, festival professionals are realizing the potential in forming collaborative partnerships through membership networks. Enter the Film Festival Academy (FFA) and the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), two… Read more »

Arnon Goldfinger Opens the Door to Moral Dilemmas in "The Flat"

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Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling. Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger recently spoke to a USC School of Cinematic Arts non-fiction theory class about ethical dilemmas in making his award-winning film The Flat. Goldfinger began with the idea of… Read more »

Personal Take on 10 to Watch filmmaker Mike Day

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Director Mike Day, 10 to Watch in 2012, is the one-man turbine behind Intrepid Cinema’s documentaries. Here, Intrepid’s composer and on-location sound designer Nathaniel Mann tells The Independent about their friendship and working relationship: “Mike and I first connected in 2008 at a performance by my avant-folk outfit Dead Rat Orchestra (DRO) at London’s Cafe… Read more »

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 »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the prescreened main slate of the 2012 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing March 1-11, at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices from among 20 films include: Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) (Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011. France. 99 min.) The young Algerian street vendor Younes… 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 »

Lessons in Perseverance

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With latent teen rocker angst and a career as a print music journalist threatened to the point of extinction, Geoff Edgers hit mid-life determined to shake things up. Part one of his plan: get the Kinks back together after a decades-long split between the band’s two lead figures, brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Part two:… Read more »

Struggle and Triumph for Haiti's Ciné Institute

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On January 12th, Haiti’s only professional film school, Ciné Institute, lost its main building in the massive earthquake that devastated the Port-au-Prince region. But in the quake’s aftermath, Ciné Institute’s students and staff have found something just as substantial as bricks and mortar — namely, a profound story they are uniquely qualified to tell. Since… Read more »

The Film Must Go Green

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Sustainable Filmmaking Workshop Panelists: Miranda Bailey – Director, Greenlit Lauren Selman – Reel Green Media Eva Radke – Film Biz Recycling World premiering at SXSW 2010, Miranda Bailey’s documentary, Greenlit, portrays the hopes and eventual challenges of making the production of The River Why “green.” There is a moment at the beginning of Bailey’s documentary… Read more »