Movie City Indie Archive for April, 2013

On Collaboration: Leigh Whannel & James Wan

“The writer and director of the original SAW and 2011’s INSIDIOUS talk about how they collaborate Chicago, Park Hyatt Hotel, 8 March 2011.”

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Tribeca FF’s “Film & Content Distribution Panel” (55’58”)

Joshua Topolsky of The Verge moderated Tribeca’s April 22 Future of Film Live series panel “The Big Picture: Film Distribution Today” with Richard Wellerstein (AT&T U-Verse), Mike Imbesi (Comcast), Avner Ronen (Boxee) and Kristin Jones (Vuguru).

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“State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh” (39’35”)

After successful viral increments, Mr. Soderbergh has allowed the “archival” recording of his speech to be published on the SF Film Society blog, along with a rush transcript: “A few months ago I was on this Jet Blue coming from New York to Burbank, and I like Jet Blue not because of the prices, but they have this terminal at JFK that’s really nice. I think it may be the nicest terminal in the country although I have to say of this country, if you want to see some great airports you have to go to a major city in another part of the world—they have amazing, amazing airports, they’re incredible and they’re quiet. You’re not being assaulted by music all the time. I don’t know when it was decided that we all need a soundtrack everywhere we go. I was just in the bathroom upstairs and there was a soundtrack, accompanying me at the urinal, I don’t understand Anyways, I’m getting comfortable in my seat—I spent the extra 60 bucks for the legroom so we’re hitting altitude and I’m getting a little comfortable—and there’s this guy who is in the other side of the aisle in front of me and he pulls out his iPad; he’s about to start watching stuff. I’m curious as to what he’s going to watch. He’s a white guy in his mid-30s and what he’s done is he’s loaded in half-a-dozen, sort of, “action extravaganzas” and he’s watching each of the action sequences. He’s skipping over all the dialogue and the narrative. So this guy’s flight is just going to be five-and-a-half hours of mayhem…” [Transcript continues here.]

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Todd Wagner Talks Future Of Film At Tribeca FF (55’33”)

A conversation with Todd Wagner, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, which owns Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and HDNet Films. Recorded before a live audience on April 25, 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Obama” (1’57”)

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Teasing Wong Kar-wai’s THE GRANDMASTER (1’10”)

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Trailering DIRTY WARS (2’20”)

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Trailering THE BLING RING (1’24”)

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Noam Chomsky On How To Talk To Women (1’28”)

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RIP Jonathan Winters (6’02”)

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”