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Steve James on LIFE ITSELF at DOC NYC (12’43″)

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“It’s not groovy to be insane”: A UK Glimpse Of INHERENT VICE (0’37″)

From Paul Thomas Anderson’s Al Rose Productions YouTube channel.

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“The Seamless Look of BIRDMAN” 3’43″

Fascinating, even if the narrator calls it “totally unique.”

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Building a 70mm print of INTERSTELLAR (1’05″ timelapse)

At The Bullock Texas State History Museum. “Chief IMAX Projectionist David Ripper assembled 49 reels of film measuring over 10 miles and weighing nearly 600 pounds. Watch this video to see a 6 hour process condensed to just over one minute.”

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A Compendium Of Conversations With Laura Poitras And Edward Snowden About CITIZENFOUR

Edward Snowden introduces CITIZENFOUR at Leipzig Doc.

Laura Poitras: “I began documenting something in an observational way and then got pulled into the history that I was documenting. That certainly happened when I was put on a watch list by the U.S. government and began to be detained at borders. But it wasn’t just because I was put on a watch list that I was interested in surveillance. Over the course of my films, I’ve shifted from thinking that the pendulum swung in one direction after 9/11 and would swing back, to being less naive about the choices that were made. Surveillance is one of the ways the national-security state expanded after 9/11. I always thought that, after doing the Guantanamo film, I wanted to do something to bring the story home, and surveillance is set in the U.S. But it seemed like a tough theme to approach in a documentary because it’s hidden.” Conor Friedersdorf talks to Laura Poitras

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Laura Poitras’ Post-CITIZENFOUR Columbia, MO Q&A (32’19″)

Does this matter? This matters.

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WIRED On The Science Of Interstellar (3’38″)

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Red-Band Trailering THE GAMBLER Remake

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Trailering Laura Poitras’ CITIZENFOUR (1’27″)

Chilling. Thrilling? Debuts tonight at NYFF.

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Trailering Paul and Tom’s INHERENT VICE (2’01″)

Jesus, it really is a ZAZ joint, is it not? Whoa.

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58-second Australian INTERSTELLAR TV Spot Offers More Plot

[Via Australian TV Sports & Music Almanac.]

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Int’l Trailering JUPITER ASCENDING (2’18″)

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Trailering THE BABADOOK (2’22″)

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 “Teaching how to make a film is like trying to teach someone how to fuck. You can’t. You have to fuck to learn how to fuck. It’s just how it is. The filmmaker has to protect the adventurous side of their self. I’m an explorer, I’m an inventor. Doc Brown is the character I relate to the most and he’s a madman. He’s a madman alone, locked up with his ideas but he does whatever he wants. He makes what he makes because he wants to make it. Yes, the DeLorean has to work in order for him to be a madman with a purpose—the DeLorean should work—but the point is I think everyone should try and find their own DeLorean. When Zemeckis was trying to get Back To The Future made, which he was for seven years, he was trying to get a film made where basically a teenager gets in a time machine, goes back to 1954 and almost —-s his mother. That pitch is extremely subversive and twisted in a way. My point is, he had a fascinating idea that no one had done before, but was clearly special to him and he stuck to it and made it what it was. When you do that you can create culture, but I think a lot of movies are just echoing culture and there’s a difference.”
~ A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour

Six rules for filmmaking from Mike Nichols
1. The careful application of terror is an important form of communication.
2. Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
3. There’s absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation.
4. If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
5. Friends may come and go but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
6. No one ever lost anything by asking for more money.
~ Via Larry Karaszewski and Howard A. Rodman On Facebook