Posts By: John Rodzvilla

ST. CLAIR BOURNE: Bourne to be Wild

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Over the past 30 years, St. Clair Bourne has amassed a substantial body of work about strong and controversial black artists and leaders: LeRoi Jones, Langston Hughes, Spike Lee, and John Henrick Clarke, among others. Most recently he’s set his sights on the singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson and former Black Panther Stokely Carmichael…. Read more »

EURO DOLLARS IN DEMAND:

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Dozens of Dutch speed skaters with awesome quads whip by as I gently push a Yankee filmmaker and novice skater around the ice track. Though her knees are locked and arms outstretched in a contained panic, we’re having a grand time on the outskirts of Amsterdam this gray November morning, part of a small group… Read more »

IT’S A DONG DEAL

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After three ver the course of an auspicious career, documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong has created an extraordinary body of work, including the Academy Award-nominated Sewing Woman (1982), Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989), the Peabody Award-winning Coming Out Under Fire (1994), and Out Rage ’69, a program in the ITVS series The Question of Equality. He is… Read more »

First Run/Icarus Films

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What is First Run/Icarus? First Run/Icarus Films is one of the leading distributors of documentary film and video in the U.S. and Canada. What is First Run/Icarus’ relationship to other arms of First Run? I would not say that First Run/Icarus Films, Inc. is an arm of First Run Features. It is a separate corporation… Read more »

The National Asian American Telecommunications Association

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When was NAATA created? NAATA was created in 1980. In 1982, it secured funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to present Asian Pacific American programming to the PBS system. What is its on-going relationship to CPB? The taxpayer-supported CPB gives NAATA funding each year to re-grant to Asian American filmmakers with the goal… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: First Run/Icarus Films, Inc

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What is First Run/Icarus? First Run/Icarus Films is one of the leading distributors of documentary film and video in the U.S. and Canada. What is First Run/Icarus’ relationship to other arms of First Run? I would not say that First Run/Icarus Films, Inc. is an arm of First Run Features. It is a separate corporation… Read more »

DIGITAL VIDEO

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Without a doubt, 1998 was a breakthrough year for digital filmmaking. Makers took notice as digital video (DV) projects such as Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration and Bennett Miller’s documentary The Cruise secured theatrical releases from major distributors (October Films and Artisan Entertainment respectively). Miramax released Michael Moore’s The Big One, which included DV footage. Zeitgeist… Read more »

Sundance in Primetime

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After three years of operation, the Sundance Channel seems finally to have found its voice and in the process become a haven for risk-taking filmmakers who often don’t have anywhere else to go. In recent months, the Sundance Channel has spotlighted a diverse group of works from filmmakers like Cheryl Dunye, an African American lesbian… Read more »

EVERY DOGMA HAS ITS DAY

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It began almost a lark. Tired of the routines of the filmmaking process four Danish directors decided to set themselves a challenge. "We talked about all that bored us in filmaking, all that we normally do–and then we forbade it. It was liberating," recalls 29-year-old director Thomas Vinterberg, one of the authors of what’s grandiosely… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Fox Lorber

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What is Fox Lorber? A leading distributor of specialty programming to the worldwide home video, theatrical, and television marketplaces, Fox Lorber Associates’ products include foreign and arthouse films, as well as documentaries and other entertainment programs. Who is Fox Lorber? Richard Lorber, Pres & CEO; Krysanne Katsoolis, Sr. VP, Acquisitions; Sheri Levine, Exec VP, International;… Read more »