Computer-Animated Biopic Strikes a ChordJanuary 1st, 2004 | Neil Kendricks
Oftentimes an independent filmmaker requires the support of an army of manyactors and crewto nurture his or her film into fruition. In the case of director-producer Sam Chens computer-animated short film Eternal Gaze, a biopic on the life and art of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, the required support came down to an army of one.
Slowly grows fertile for filmmakersJanuary 1st, 2004 | Matthew Miller
Over the course of two generations, Detroit has gone from a symbol of American industrial pro-wess to a shorthand term for the worst of American urban decay. The citys hardest days are over, thoughthe days when commentators were calling Detroit a third-world city or, as Diane Sawyer once said, the first urban domino to falland there are real signs of recovery.
Discovering a Documentary NarrativeDecember 1st, 2003 | Sheila Curran Bernard
Suppose that you’re thinking of doing a documentary film about Elvis Presley, or a diner in your home town, or images of Islam in American popular culture. Something about the topic has caught your interest, and you think you want to take it to the next level.
The Station Agent's Tom McCarthyDecember 1st, 2003 | Melinda Rice
First-time screenwriter/director Tom McCarthy didnt stray too far from home when he decided to make his debut film The Station Agent. The film, set and shot about twenty-five minutes away from where McCarthy grew up in rural New Jersey, is a small-town story about an out-of-towner new to small-town life.
What is the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund?
It’s a fund to support documentaries in the US and internationally that deal with contemporary human rights issues, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression. It used to be the Soros Documentary Fund.
How long has the fund been with Sundance?
It’s been here for two years.
But How Do You Really Know?December 1st, 2003 | Paul Tullis
In 1997, I had a decent career as a freelance magazine writer when at the beach one day I told a friend, a production executive at a major studio, about a book Id recently reviewed. She said she thought it would make an interesting movie. A year later, I moved to LA with the option to the book and forty-three pages of a screenplay.
Shaping a Story After the WrapDecember 1st, 2003 | Charlie Sweitzer
The word edit has a bad reputation. To lay folk, the word brings to mind overindulgence, censorship, and the property neighbored by File and View. But people in film know better.
Rhode Island Focuses on FilmmakersNovember 1st, 2003 | Jason Guerrasio
Since its inception seven years ago, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has been known for putting the filmmaker first. Unlike many can you top this film festivals, RIIFFs small town atmosphere provides a forum for filmmakers to interact with their peers, other film-lovers, and industry folkall of whom are focused on the films, not the hype.
The blood, sweat and deals behind producing filmsNovember 1st, 2003 | John Schmidt
Ed Pressman and I started ContentFilm two years ago, and we have produced eight films in that time with more on the way. My last job was co-president of October Films, where we acquired or produced over sixty films before the sale to USA Films, and before that I was the CFO of Miramax from 1989-92 where it seems like we did sixty films a year.