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The who, what, when of film markets and why you may want to integrate one into your distribution plan.October 24th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
Distribution strategy is only limited by one's imagination. Many industry representatives find crucial pieces of their filmmaking puzzle at film markets. Here, we list of the top 13, from AFM to IFP to TIFFCOM...
In addition to attending film festivals to screen or network on behalf of an independent film, a diverse array of industry professionals attend film markets. At film markets, the focus is on commerce. The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or to meet experts within the field.
Patrick Pearce asks Canadian filmmakers about what's happening in its regional cinema and why.October 22nd, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
The Independent’s Patrick Pearce gets the inside scoop on Festival du Nouveau Cinéma's Canadian line-up from directors featured at the fest: Raphaëlle Bilodeau (Épicentres), Ashley McKenzie (Stray), Frédérick Pelletier (Diego Star), and Elza Kephart (Go Into The Wilderness).
Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition.
Patrick Pearce offers up an evening in the life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède.October 14th, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
Montréal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is running on all cylinders through October 20, 2013. Mid-festival, Patrick Pearce caught up with programmer Julien Fonfrède to find out just exactly he was looking for when selecting films for the edgy Temps 0 section.
At 65, Patrice Leconte makes his first English-language film, the quietly romantic "A Promise."September 25th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
Veteran French filmmaker Patrice Leconte makes his North American and English-language debut at TIFF 2013 with A Promise. He told The Independent, "I realize that my life, day after day, is totally turned to focus on movies and I'm not sure whether it's good or not that I let myself be invaded to that point." And yet, romance like what's in this film is what helps him feel most alive.
A Promise is a romantic drama filled with silent glances, small gestures, and hidden emotions. It is set in Germany, just before WWI, and revolves around a married woman (Rebecca Hall) who falls in love with her husband's (Alan Rickman) protégé (Richard Madden).
Kurt Brokaw's top picks from the 51st New York Film Festival.September 26th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Broader. Wider. Deeper. That's the report from the 51st New York Film Festival which senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, suggests is taking cues from the big-tent Tribeca Film Festival. Here he assembles his critic's choices from NYFF 2013, which runs from September 27th through October 13th.
Last year’s 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF) gave a 21-gun salute sendoff to its departing director, Richard Pena. It far exceeded the breadth, width, and depth of a half-century of festivals.
Katherine Brodsky crashes a reunion with "Cinemanovels'" key actors and writer/director Terry Miles.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
Writer/director Terry Miles and actor Lauren Lee Smith pooled personal resources to make Cinemanovels. Partly that meant money. Mostly it meant something far more personal: trust. Jennifer Beals joined the duo in making this story about a woman who assembles a retrospective of her father's film work after his death.
This may well be a cautionary tale of having good email etiquette. After wrapping Terry Miles' A Night for Dying Tigers (2010) actress Lauren Lee Smith sent Miles a note thanking him for the experience and saying how great it would be to work together again some day.
Katherine Brodsky distills the highlights from a conversation about China's burgeoning film market.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
China-US co-production, Man of Tai Chi, was a case study, of sorts, at TIFF's second Asian Film Summit. Katherine Brodsky offers highlights of a discussion that addressed the growing Chinese film market.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first presented the Asian Film Summit in 2012 and it was proclaimed a success.
Godfrey Reggio debuted "Visitors" as a film experience that may prove difficult to recreate.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
The spectacle of Godfrey Reggio's experimental film, Visitors, wowed TIFF audiences with live orchestral accompaniment of a Philip Glass score and a flood of meditative images. But will this film "experience" travel?
Although it certainly offers some degree of diversity, over the years the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become known for its glitzy premieres of star-studded films that vie for Oscars.
Kurt Brokaw's take on Shane Salerno's documentary about author J.D. Salinger.September 12th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Salinger is a multi-platform crash course in all things J.D. Salinger, the reclusive writer, who, after publishing the global bestseller The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, never fully surfaced again. Was he writing? If so, what? Kurt Brokaw assesses the new documentary that answers many elusive questions about Salinger's life.
(Shane Salerno. 2013. USA. 120 min.)
Beth Brosnan offers perspective on why 1D and former in-your-face filmmaker Morgan Spurlock are a good match in "This is Us."September 8th, 2013 | Beth Brosnan
Despite the fast-food-of-culture analogies (and they are super-sized), Beth Brosnan defends the boyish charms of One Direction and Morgan Spurlock's documentary about the manufactured teen band.
I know what you’re thinking. One Direction, the Anglo-Irish boy band, is a joke—a corporate hoax cooked up by Simon Cowell and his X Factor henchman to extract money from gullible, lovesick girls and their luckless parents.
Book critic and former Jane Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz goes head-to-head with her budding critic daughter Eva Steinitz on rom-coms and the indie comedy "Austenland."September 3rd, 2013 | Rebecca Steinitz
If someone else starts a mother-daughter indie film club or a mother-daughter indie review department, know that we've had this on the burner 4EVAHHHH! Thanks to current book critic and former Austen professor Rebecca Steinitz and her daughter Eva Steinitz for getting the ball rolling with dueling Austenland reviews.
What happens when critic and former academic Rebecca Steinitz, who once taught a course on Jane Austen’s novels and their film adaptations, takes her 12-year-old daughter Eva Steinitz, who has seen Bride and Prejudice and read the YA novel I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, to see the film adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel Austenland, which happens to be directed by Na
Senior critic Kurt Brokaw dismisses a trio of summer films and recommends one.August 8th, 2013 | Kurt Brokaw
Kurt Brokaw on Blue Jasmine: "This is Woody Allen in 2013, and even Cate Blanchett can barely climb over all the furniture stacked in her way." On Lindsay Lohan: "You’re watching an aging process not seen since the jazz trumpet virtuoso Chet Baker lost his dream-boy looks by turning into a ravaged heroin addict." There's more. Just open and read these reviews, you'll enjoy yourself. Promise.
First let’s briefly summarize three films you may be aware of, all themed around women in various states of acute mental and emotional collapse. Stay with us as we trudge a path toward the single picture worth your wait.
Maddy Kadish takes a close look at the recently launched interactive doc, "Hollow."July 29th, 2013 | Maddy Kadish
As six newly funded TFI transmedia projects go under construction, Maddy Kadish looks at how 2012 grantee, Elaine McMillion, integrated community voice and storytelling in her just-launched interactive doc, Hollow.
The film industry, like the rest of the media world, is trending towards digital, mobile, and online. Change is coming in the form of interactive storytelling and transmedia and Tribeca Film Institute wants in.
Two women filmmakers take on the rockumentary genre and unwavering Rick Springfield fans.July 15th, 2013 | Kara Martinez Bachman
Rick Springfield superfans Sylvia Caminer and Melanie Lentz-Janney teamed up to make a rock doc about the star and the audience that has never left his side. A thousand fans wanted to appear in An Affair of the Heart but only seven made the cut.
Directed and produced by filmmaker Sylvia Caminer, the rockumentary An Affair of the Heart revolves around Australian-born Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Rick Springfield and his devoted fans. Over the last year it appeared in theaters and at festivals such as IDFA, Sidewalk Film Festival, and HotDocs.
Third generation Trosts, siblings Jason and Sarah, combine hyphens and skills for an indie trifecta.July 1st, 2013 | Rebecca Reynolds
You can't dump siblings and they don't blow smoke up your $#@... Rebecca Reynolds talks to siblings Jason and Sarah Trost about their collaboration on three indie projects, The FP, All Superheroes Must Die, and Wet and Reckless.
In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects.