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 »

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 »

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 »

10 to Watch in 2010… Plus Five Runners-Up

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Choosing The Independent’s 10 to Watch is like trying to predict the future, or the stock market, or the weather in New England. The films on this list are in all stages of production and the filmmakers range from seasoned professionals to debut artists. So you might wonder how we named this particular group. How,… Read more »

Doc Highlights from the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

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You may want to check out part one, which offers a festival overview with a focus on its narrative features. It’s always fun identifying the docs in a festival like the FNC, where, often, they’re not clearly billed as such. The story is the thing, and as narratives take on documentary qualities and vice-versa, the… Read more »

Borat’s Aftermath: A Romanian Town Seeks Damages

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I had the pleasure of seeing Carmen Meets Borat at the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, and was deeply moved. Carmen tells the story of a young Romanian woman with big dreams but who lives in a poor town. Moviegoers may recall her village, Glod, as a stand-in for Kazakhstan in Sacha Baron Cohen’s… Read more »