Movie City Indie Archive for October, 2013

TIFF13 John Turturro Masterclass (1’08″41′)

“The Sound Of GRAVITY” From Soundworks (9’28”)

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Gravity from Michael Coleman.

Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay talk process.

A Tony Scott Tribute (4’46”)

[Via Cinephilia & Beyond.]


Banksy’s REBEL ROCKET ATTACK (1’29”)

Trailering Claire Denis’ BASTARDS (1’42”)

In the Criterion Closet With Alfonso Cuarón and Pawel Pawlikowski (2’27”)

Pawlowski: “Two Lane Blacktop.”
Cuarón: “No?”
Pawlowski: “It’s a great 70s indie film with James Taylor.”

Denis Villeneuve’s NEXT FLOOR (2008) (11’50”)

Next Floor from PHI Centre on Vimeo.

“During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.”

Trailering Guillermo del Toro’s “Cabinet Of Curiosities” (1’44”)

Publishing October 29.

Widescreen Focus Features


Saddest sound at screening today of Dallas Buyers Club: the gentle music and sounds from a nearby imaginary city park under the widescreen Focus Features logo. Fifteen seconds that made my eyes sting, just a little, before the movie began.

Trailering THESE BIRDS WALK (2’29”)

A terrifically beautiful observational documentary by Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq: at moments almost heart-stoppingly good, this is filmmaking intimacy. Opens November 1 in NYC.

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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