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Richard Pena and the New York Film Festival

For the last 25 years as the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Richard Pena has shaped the New York Film Festival upholding the standards of cutting edge cinema and opening new perspectives for film directors and … Continue reading

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Mira Nair’s Shining Moment

It is no small thing for a filmmaker to have their film open a prestigious international showcase like the Venice Film Festival. And that is exactly what is happening later this week in the canal city for Mira Nair and … Continue reading

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Rediscovering The Quay Brothers

Among the filmmaker iconoclasts who have influenced many a film and visual artist, one of the least heralded in their native United States are re the identical twins known as the Quay Brothers. All that is hopefully about to change … Continue reading

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25 New Faces Of Indie Film

One of the anticipated events of the summer in the indie world is the annual unveiling by Filmmaker Magazine of its “25 New Faces of Independent Film“. The 15th edition of the list includes an eclectic list of traditional storytellers, … Continue reading

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The Summer Of Mark Duplass

Summer 2012 is turning out to be the summer of indie hyphenate (actor/writer/co-director) Mark Duplass. The highly prolific Duplass has had a new film coming out almost every week since May. The actor, who usually works as a filmmaking duo … Continue reading

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Silverdocs Honors Documentary Duo

One has to go back to the glory days of the Maysles Brothers or the fruitful collaboration between D.A. Pennebacker and Chris Hegedus to find a more successful creative and strategic relationship in the world of documentaries as the one … Continue reading

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Ridley Scott: Back To The Future

Ninety million dollars in two weeks……not bad for a 75 year old filmmaker who continues to astonish with his technical prowess. Ridley Scott’s futuristic sci-fi horror film PROMETHEUS saw an impressive $50 million take at the U.S. box office this … Continue reading

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The Talents Of An Austrian Auteur

With his win this past weekend of a second Palme d’Or in less than 3 years, director Michael Haneke has assuredly climbed into the pantheon of great directors. Not that this prolific auteur has not been hailed for many seasons … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of Wes Anderson

The above is, granted, a little extreme. Wes Anderson has not in fact been away, and therefore news of his resurrection is greatly exaggerated. However, after a very promising and prolific early start to his career, he had a few … Continue reading

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Amos Vogel: Indie Pioneer

Long before indie was a name brand and events like Sundance and Tribeca creates red carpet media mania for the indie superstars, independent film was called underground cinema, and had a delicious if shadowy reputation in a domain then completely … Continue reading

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