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Kurt Brokaw reviews his top choices from the 18th annual showcase of contemporary French film.February 24th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
From speed typing to horse jumping, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rendez-vous With French Cinema serves up its 18th year from February 28th through March 10th. Kurt Brokaw chooses his favorites, at least one, he says, may make your heart melt "into your knees."
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the main slate of the 2013 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing February 28th through March 10th at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices include:
(Régis Roinsard. 2012. France. 111 min.)
The Film Festival Academy and Film Festival Research Network are two examples of how scholars and festival professionals are sharing knowledge and tools.February 24th, 2013 | Courtney Sheehan
According to Film Festival Academy co-founder Tomas Prasek, "I have seen so much useless competition in areas where collaboration would have benefited both parties...everybody says, ‘How do other festivals deal with that?’ and that's exactly what people should be asking through some kind of platform." He recently told The Independent's Courtney Sheehan why professionals could benefit from playing on the same team.
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.
Erin Trahan met several striking on- and off-screen characters at her first Sundance.February 4th, 2013 | Erin Trahan
Maybe you're drawn to character-driven stories, maybe you're just drawn to characters as The Independent's Erin Trahan was on her first trip to Sundance. Here's a sketch of her mostly but not exclusively human encounters.
Park City, UTAH—When you go to Sundance for the first time, after having written about it from afar for years, there’s an unavoidable collision of what you imagine or want the festival to be and what it is.
Neil Kendricks on three award-winning documentary features at Sundance.February 4th, 2013 | Neil Kendricks
Neil Kendricks sizes up three award-winning documentaries from the Sundance line-up: Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer, Cutie and the Boxer, and American Promise. The latter two, he writes, "deliver life-affirming and memorable stories without surrendering to sentimentality or phony uplift."
PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you.
Senior producer Maddy Kadish took in Sundance's "next of the next" films and transmedia installations.February 1st, 2013 | Maddy Kadish
From data visualization to augmented realities, Sundance's New Frontier program served up technology in both virtual and real spaces. Senior producer Maddy Kadish, and dozens before and after her, left fingerprints all over the interactive exhibits.
Science fiction, postmodern theory, and zombie-apocalypse survival tips blossom in Sundance Shorts.January 25th, 2013 | Neil Kendricks
Sci-fi, technology, and the apocalypse rule supreme in the array of short format programs at Sundance 2013. Neil Kendricks teases out the program's terrain—from emotionally detached to resonant. Jesse Atlas' Record/ Play and Jon Hurst's When Zombies Come were among his favorites.
PARK CITY, Utah – You don’t have to secure movie stars and high-production values to shine at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. What matters most are compelling stories anchored by believable and engaging protagonists who simultaneously hook emotions and intellectual curiosity.
Hermine Muskat talks with professionals in the field about how and why to prioritize still photography during production.January 23rd, 2013 | Hermine Muskat
Filmmakers Liz Canner and David Tames, photographers Aimee Spinks and Mikki Ansin, and film journalist Erin Trahan boil down the points of why capturing still photos should be a high priority during production.
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Kurt Brokaw selects "Koch," "Joe Papp in Five Acts," "AKA Doc Pomus," "Numbered," and "Audition" as his picks from the NYJFF.January 1st, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
"Koch is one of us. He's family," writes Kurt Brokaw about the documentary that lifts up the imperfect politician. Koch is among Brokaw's critic's choices from the 22nd New York Jewish Film Festival, screening at Lincoln Center from January 9-24, 2013.
The 22nd Annual New York Jewish Film Festival plays at Lincoln Center January 9-24, 2013. Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw samples 45 films from nine countries and presents his critic’s choices.
(Neil Barsky. 2012. USA. 95 min.)
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LJ Kessels reports on music documentaries, how they come about, and the added emphasis on events at IDFA 2012.December 12th, 2012 | LJ Kessels
Focusing on this year’s music documentary programming, LJ Kessels observes the accidental nature of finding one’s subject and the attention a filmmaker needs to have to bring about the story. This year she found a common theme among music docs: redeeming forgotten artists.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) celebrated its 25th edition with an unforgettable program.
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For the first time this year, The Independent has enlisted the support of experts in the field for 10 to Watch in 2013 with a nominating jury to recommend 10 to watch nominees. We are proud to announce our jury members.
Hailed as one of the most important Israeli documentaries of recent years, Arnon Goldfinger's The Flat exposes family secrets and raises moral questions which Goldfinger recently discussed with a non-fiction theory class taught by USC's Michael Renov. Reported by Wendy Dent, who premieres her family-inspired film December 25 at IDFA.
Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling.
Kurt Brokaw weighs in with his top selections from the third annual, all-documentary DOC NYC.November 1st, 2012 | Kurt Brokaw
Beth Toni Kruvant's David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure, Jorge Hinojosa's Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp, and the pot-stirring Ken Burns/Sarah Burns/David McMahon doc, The Central Park Five, are Kurt Brokaw's critic's choices from DOC NYC. The third annual all-documentary festival takes place November 8-15, 2012.
Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw discusses critic’s choices from a sampling of DOC NYC’s 61 feature-length documentaries (plus five-day Doc-a-Thon of panels and classes) scheduled to take place at IFC Center and School of Visual Arts Theater, November 8-15, 2012.
David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure
(Beth Toni Kruvant. 2012. USA. 74 min.)
Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan considers the shifting landscape of his programmatic specialities: short format and new media.October 29th, 2012 | Patrick Pearce
Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan explains how web docs are new media and not just documentaries on the web: "The place of the viewer is completely different now. You can choose the way you participate in the documentary." The Independent's Patrick Pearce gets the whole scoop on how the definition of nouveau changes from year to year.
The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.