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Sharon Waxman Offers Peter Bart Cover For Providing Cover To Harvey Weinstein In Brief Talking Points; Does Footnote Bart Repeatedly Took Weinstein Book Contract Money

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Sharon Waxman Offers Peter Bart Cover For Providing Cover To Harvey Weinstein In Brief Talking Points; Does Footnote Bart Repeatedly Took Weinstein Book Contract Money

Kirkus Pulls Review Of A Young Adult Novel And Explains Strictures On Which Reviewers Are Allowed And How They Will Write

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Kirkus Pulls Review Of A Young Adult Novel And Explains Strictures On Which Reviewers Are Allowed And How They Will Write

Kyle Buchanan Handicaps Seven Movies That The Aftermath Of Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Could Affect

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

“German Tanks Rolling Into Warsaw Could Affect Polish Weekend Box-Office”
Kyle Buchanan Handicaps Seven Movies That The Aftermath Of Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Could Affect

“Farrow was also caught in the pincers of an NBC News edict. He had been told by executives that he didn’t have enough reporting to go on air with his story, according to four sources, and he had been told by the network to stop reporting. NBC tried to stop the interview with the woman accusing Weinstein of rape. The network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for the interview, and neither was he to mention his NBC News affiliation. That was how Ronan Farrow wound up paying out of his own pocket for a camera crew to film an interview.” HuffPost Editor Lydia Polgreen And Yashar Ali Paint Spike Of Harvey Weinstein Expose As Largely By Hand Of NBC News President Noah Oppenheim (Screenwriter Of Jackie)

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

“Farrow was also caught in the pincers of an NBC News edict. He had been told by executives that he didn’t have enough reporting to go on air with his story, according to four sources, and he had been told by the network to stop reporting. NBC tried to stop the interview with the woman accusing Weinstein of rape. The network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for the interview, and neither was he to mention his NBC News affiliation. That was how Ronan Farrow wound up paying out of his own pocket for a camera crew to film an interview.”
HuffPost Editor Lydia Polgreen And Yashar Ali Paint Spike Of Harvey Weinstein Expose As Largely By Hand Of NBC News President Noah Oppenheim (Screenwriter Of Jackie)

Three Bylines Bring Fatty Arbuckle To Bear Against Present-Day Harassment Allegations; Plus! Verbiage From Breitbart EIC

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Three Bylines Bring Fatty Arbuckle To Bear Against Present-Day Harassment Allegations; Plus! Verbiage From Breitbart EIC

Newcity’s Fifth Annual “Film 50,” By Ray Pride, Covers Chicago’s Thriving Film Community In 20,000 Words (But Fifty-Two Small Bites); Dozens Of Portraits By Joe Mazza

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Joe-mazzaNewcity’s Fifth Annual “Film 50,” By Ray Pride, Covers Chicago’s Thriving Film Community In 20,000 Words (But Fifty-Two Small Bites); Dozens Of Portraits By Joe Mazza

Mike Fleming Jr and Dino-Ray Ramos Have Posted

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

“The shocking allegations of sexual harassment and groping of women by bloggers popular in the fringe film community is a microcosm of what happens when bad behavior isn’t addressed head-on. Just as we saw with Ailes, Cosby, O’Reilly and even filmmaker Nate Parker, there is no statute of limitations on the emotional scars inflicted upon women who’ve seen their complaints fall on deaf ears. What is clear is that whether it is a studio, network, talent agency or fringe film festival, the corporate price for dismissing sexual harassment complaints, and not enforcing a zero-tolerance policy for misbehavior, can be devastating as careers and possibly branded companies fall by the wayside.”
Mike Fleming Jr and Dino-Ray Ramos Have Posted

Another Meandering Film Website Mea Culpa

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

“Even well-meaning allies are guilty of missing the bigger picture, of not realizing that their words have power and that they can do more to create a positive, safe environment for women. Over the past few weeks, the /Film staff has grappled with the knowledge that we could have done more, that we could have offered more support to members of our community who were assaulted and harassed and harmed by predators operating around us. The knowledge that others, individuals that we trusted, were harboring these predators is dispiriting and devastating. So many of us are guilty of not looking, of not noticing, and not offering the support necessary to protect our community and the women who call it home.”
Another Meandering Film Website Mea Culpa

The Wrap Leads With Harry Knowles Denial Of Sexual Assault Claims, Adding No New Material Beyond Basic Social Media Trawl

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

“Neither the Leagues nor Knowles responded to The Wrap’s requests for comment; Baker could not be reached for comment.”
Wrap Leads With Harry Knowles Denial Of Sexual Assault Claims, Adding No New Material Beyond Basic Social Media Trawl

Kyle Smith Rears His Head And Why Are We Talking About Going My Way?

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

“Deliberately grotesque and nauseating, and seemingly engineered to outrage Christians, especially Catholics, Mother! represents a stain on the reputation of Paramount Pictures, which produced Going My Way [In 1944]. It may be the most vile and contemptible motion picture ever released by one of the major Hollywood studios… Critics will no doubt enjoy calling the film, particularly its second half, ‘subversive,’ ‘brave,’ ‘transgressive’… as though any satirical impulse were less risky than mocking Christian dogma.”
Kyle Smith Rears His Head And Why Are We Talking About Going My Way?

Chicago Filmmaker Stephen Cone Is Still An Up-And-Comer After Twelve Years And Six Features

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

“For a journey that has been almost unbearably slow at times, I suspect this cumulative effect, and this building of champions, has actually been better for me in the long run than having an early success. From where I sit, at least, that seems to be true.”
Chicago Filmmaker Stephen Cone Is Still An Up-And-Comer After Twelve Years And Six Features

Richard Rushfield Faces The Blast Of The Social Media Furnace

Friday, September 1st, 2017

“Having turned every piece of the development process and a film’s life cycle into grist for the PR machine, it’s a little rich to say, ‘Please wait to judge the finished product.’ Given that we’re subjected to years of announcements, exclusives, backstage looks, stories about what some character’s middle name is going to be – given that all that gets dribbled out in an attempt to keep the enthusiasm alive for months on end, it’s tough to turn around and say, please refrain from judging.”
Richard Rushfield Faces The Blast Of The Social Media Furnace

Owen Gleiberman Seems To Say Schrader’s Film Is Good, But Bad, But Good, But Bad

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

“It’s a piece of 1970s grindhouse pseudo-psychology, applied to 21st-century violence. He’s like a graphic-novel version of Travis Bickle; he embraces ——— as a form of slumming. (And there’s a romance too!)”
Owen Gleiberman‘s Spoiler-Doused Notice Says Schrader’s Film Is Good, But Bad, But Good, But Bad

In Late August Doldrums, Owen Gleiberman Thrusts Poor, Poor Jon Hamm Toward An Indifferent Screen

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

“His look alone — the inky perfect hair, the thrusting chin and reluctant smile, the killer eyes that could melt or freeze you — was worthy of 007.”
In Late August Doldrums, Owen Gleiberman Thrusts Poor, Poor Jon Hamm Toward An Indifferent Screen

Chicago Underground Sets Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Monday, August 28th, 2017

CALLING ALL STARS: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 25 ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Still Alive at 25: Special Events, Special Screenings, Art Exhibits and Celebrity Guests of Honor Kick off the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Longest Running Underground Film Festival in the World.

In 1994 a gallon of gas was $1.09, a loaf of bread was $1.39 and a movie ticket cost $4.08. But that is not all… Michael Jordan came out of retirement, Forrest Gump was the top grossing film of the year, Justin Bieber was born, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his apartment and the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) was created by co-founders Bryan Wendorf and Jay Bliznick. Twenty-five years later, CUFF will be hosting a year-long celebration of special events and other festivities to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, and today is announcing its call for submissions for filmmakers who would like to the opportunity to be a part of this milestone.

“It’s hard to believe 25 years have passed since Jay and I founded CUFF,’ said Bryan Wendorf, CUFF Artistic Director and Festival Programmer. “We are really excited about this year’s festivities that will be taking place in honor of the 25th Anniversary. There will be many surprises and unique, celebratory events – we look forward to having a lot of fun,” he said.

Filmmakers who miss the Earlybird deadline have a chance to make the Regular deadline on December 1, 2017 and the Final deadline on January 6, 2018. The entry fees increase with each deadline so all filmmakers are urged to submit entries as soon as possible.

  • ●  Earlybird Deadline: Oct. 2, 2017 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $25); Shorts $30 (Students $20)
  • ●  Regular Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017– Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $35); Shorts $35 (Student $25)
  • ●  Final Deadline: Jan. 5, 2018 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $45); Shorts $40 (Student $30)This year CUFF will host special screenings of vintage CUFF films, host Q & A sessions with a celebrity guests of honor, sponsor a festival art exhibit, unveil 25 special moments from CUFF and announce surprise media spectacles and a bevy of special events. Filmmakers from each of the past 25 years are expected to attend and there will be a special unveiling of the 25th Anniversary CUFF poster art by renowned artist Amy Davis. Amy, the wife, lead actress and muse of legendary underground filmmaker Jon Moritsugu, has created many ads and packaging for HARD CANDY and URBAN DECAY as well as NINE WEST. Her editorials have run from SEVENTEEN to PAPER, mainstream to avant garde. Ten years ago she created a streetwear collaboration with Cosmic of the Emily the Strange line. For more about Amy visit amydavis.com

    For more information about CUFF and submitting entries, please visit www.cuff.org .

    ABOUT THE CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
    Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by IFP Chicago, is dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Widely recognized as a world-class event, the festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and provides the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers and emerging talent from around the world. Our mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the “indie” mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend commercial and audience expectations. To learn more about the festival visit www.cuff.org , on Facebook at ChicagoUndergroundFilmFestival and Twitter @CUFF_Chicago

    ABOUT IFP CHICAGO
    Founded in 1987, IFP/Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice in our society. We provide community, education, professional development and exhibition opportunities for independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. This program is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.

    Visit www.ifpchicago.org. Find IFP Chicago on Facebook and Twitter.

“Race, and how your characters in Good Time exploit and use others, largely a range of black figures, have distressed, even offended, some reviewers.”

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

“Race, and how your characters in Good Time exploit and use others, largely a range of black figures, have distressed, even offended, some reviewers.”
“I think there is a general difference between reflecting society and saying that you adhere to those same ideas. Just because you’re showing certain things that exist doesn’t mean you subscribe to the same point of view. How do you have a conversation about something without bringing up things that you will be uncomfortable with?” 

Owen Gleiberman Pads Out 1,400 Words About Rotten Tomatoes

Monday, August 21st, 2017

“Yet the preeminence of Rotten Tomatoes comes, I would argue, with a downside… It works like this… Here’s the downside… It’s a phenomenon that I’ve witnessed, anecdotally, over and over again… What happens if you’re a critic who breaks ranks? … The sting of the pressure to conform is omnipresent… The issue isn’t just knee-jerk condemnation; it’s also knee-jerk adulation… Let’s be clear: This is not a conspiracy — by Rotten Tomatoes or anyone else.”
Owen Gleiberman Pads Out 1,400 Words About Rotten Tomatoes

Kyle Buchanan Makes Clever With Fate Of Tulip Fever

Friday, August 18th, 2017

“I know I was amused to find out that after years of showing the film to journalists and then suddenly pulling it back, the Weinsteins have now set a review embargo that will elapse the afternoon of September 1, well after the movie is alleged to start playing for general audiences.”
Kyle Buchanan Makes Clever With Fate Of Tulip Fever

Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

Friday, August 4th, 2017

“In a very specific way, streaming and that promoted illusion of instant access to anything ever at all times, may be worse than piracy for the industry. Some consumers have come to believe that it is possible to cut the cord, shed the cable box, and have the entire world stream to you online via Netflix, Amazon Prime, FilmStruck and Hulu. (This may account for the reported statistic that peer-to-peer torrent traffic of pirated material is ten percent of what it was a few years ago.) A partial history of cinema and television, and peak TV to boot, is valued at a barefaced $9.95 a month, less than a single movie ticket almost anywhere.”
Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

Ray Pride Condenses Dunkirk

Monday, July 31st, 2017

“Elegance of nightmare, essence of terror. We are catapulted to war, in three interleaving but sometimes indistinct timeframes: a week, a day, an hour. Time collapses. There is the presence of fright, the adrenalized now. The soldiers and volunteers in “Dunkirk” fear the unseen, the unspoken. Fear without a face. No politicos, no Jerrys.”
Ray Pride Condenses Dunkirk