Movie City Indie Archive for November, 2011


A very likable film that likely will never be shown outside of film festivals. Information on screenings here.

Teasing Frank V. Ross’ TIGER TAIL IN BLUE (2012)

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Casey Neistat Occupies NewYorkNewYork (3’32”)

A furious edit of events at Zuccotti Park. “My office isn’t far from Zuccotti Park and when I heard it was being cleared I went down with my camera. I ended up filming for 18 hours until the Park was reopened at 6pm on November 15, 2011. The police presence was overwhelming, more than I’ve ever – more than during the blackout, more than the days after September 11.” The last shot is clumsy and comical and terrifying and even perfect, sort of as if Neil Armstrong’s one-small-step-for-mankind on the surface of the moon had flung the American flag out into deepest space. Bye, flag.

Godard and the universe in that cup of coffee

Timely? Timeless? #OccupyAmericano!

Cross America In Five Minutes

[Brian DeFrees.]

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT: director Jon Shenk & Michael Moore Q&A

[Via DOC NYC.]

Filmmaker Martha Colburn Occupies Herself

At The End Of Being, a few examples of short films Martha Colburn has made at Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Amsterdam and elsewhere. [Image from the link.]

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Haskell Wexler’s First “Occupy L.A.” Video

“Haircut, With Miranda July And Nikki Providence” (43:54)

Without footnotes, I have to say this single take is insanely swell for myriad reasons.


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Bresson sez…

Vid: “GangBabyGaga Perform Tribute To Steve Jobs:

Hm. [Via Wired.]

Brian Carroll’s Sweeping Montage, “Keep On Walking”

Figures hurtle through space… [Via David Hudson, via Thomas Groh.]

Vid: Modeselektor’s “Shipwreck”

What’s a boy to do? Featuring Mr. Thom Yorke.

“How Steve Jobs Stole The GUI From Xerox”

A glimpse from the same interview that will be released as the 70-minute Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.


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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch