Movie City Indie Archive for August, 2012

NYT Op-Doc: Laura Poitras’ THE PROGRAM (8’27”)

“Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans’ personal data.” [More here.]

SIDE BY SIDE outtake: Dick Pope: “3-D ain’t for me”

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TIFF12 Trailering: INVENTING DAVID GEFFEN (2 clips)

Film4 Interviews Tony Scott (8’32”)

TIFF12 Trailering: 7 BOXES

Red Band Trailering LAWLESS (2’38”)

James Cameron: We Know When We’re Watching A Movie, It’s Not Real, So, 3D! (1’47”)

Triggering little parts of your brain, eh?

Teasing THE MASTER: “I Lost My Ship” (1’01”)

A teaser for the San Francisco screening at the Castro, August 21. Yep, it’s a scintillating one-take outtake. (All hail Mihai Malaimare, Jr!) Like the first two teasers, this small taste stands on own as a succulent, suggestive short film. While undeniably beautiful, there are few shots that could be called formally show-offy in the film proper: the editing tends to delicate restraint, rounding inexorably on the battle of the two men, Freddy and the Master. But there is a shot of that bridge that aches quietly as another ship passes, gloaming’s begun and pink falls to blued-down hues of red.

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Tony Scott’s AGENT ORANGE (4’58”)

BEAT THE DEVIL by Tony Scott (9’45”)

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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