Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2013

Pride’s Friday 5

1. To The Wolf


Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes’ To The Wolf, showing in the “City-to-City: Athens” section, is a gem of crafted nonfiction shot in a secluded Greek village where two ragged families of shepherds battle, most members elderly, and all struggle to survive in intense poverty. Without being derivative, the film suggests a meeting of Béla Tarr and Theo Angelopoulos, as weathered and wind-sheared and sopping damp as work by those masters. (There is a wonderful tracking shot in through a flock of sheep on a road that could have gone on for minutes longer, and in fact once did, the directors told me.) The film has a physical austerity to match the fiscal austerity imposed upon the country’s most vulnerable of citizens. I wrote about To The Wolf for Filmmaker magazine from March’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. A not-rainy teaser is below.

2. 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Social and political moments with too many moving parts and participants are one of the great casualties of the withering of independent journalism around the world, and especially in this country. Read the full article »

Introducing TIFF’s “The Cronenberg Project” (1’11″40′)

The video begins just beyond 24 minutes in.

Teasing Snowflakes From THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (2’41”)

World-class smirk: “I’m cool. I’m measured.”

Trailering GRAVITY (2’23”)

“Lake Zurich, Illinois.”

“Hi, I’m Tom Pynchon”: Trailering “Bleeding Edge” (4’59”)

Trailering “Massive Attack Vs Adam Curtis” (3’35”)

NYC, September 28 – October 4, 2013. [Via Ted Hope.]

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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