MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2016

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“The concepts of clearances are antiquated and don’t apply to modern-day society.”
“This business has changed an awful lot. This is a legacy practice and the time has come to move on.”
Fox Ends “Clearances” For Exclusive Exhibition Rights

“I want you to be forced to just exist in the moment that we’re filming, and I’m casting you because I want you to be you. I like you, I like how you talk, I like the kinds of jokes you make, do those in my movie; don’t go create a character that’s something else.”
Joe Swanberg Keynotes SxSW 73m vid
AndRichard Brody Roundly Approves Of “The Lessons Of Film School, Distilled In One Speech”

“Considering these frustrations, the fact that DVDs of such films come out at all is sometimes a small miracle.”
Tina Hassania Says Small Video Labels Aren’t Distributing Enough Films Directed By Women… But It’s Complicated
“But if you really want to highlight women’s historical contributions to film,  you also have to look past the director’s chair. Our producers have made a point of focusing supplemental features on the many crucial ways that women have shaped our film culture.”
AndCriterion’s Peter Becker Responds

NY Times

”Censorship is denying a voice. That film has been denied a platform, but it certainly hasn’t been denied a voice.”
Anti-Vaccination Polemic Pulled From Tribeca Gets Angelika Berth; Whether It’s A Four-Wall Theater Rental Unanswered By Times
AndDistributor Cinema Libre Offers Their Side

“Those films feel very alive. I don’t think Jeanne Dielman has taken one wrinkle. The intensity of loneliness is always of today.”
Eric Hynes Talks To Babette Mangolte About Chantal Akerman

“It was certainly —-king humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever.”
Kevin Smith Says Batman v Superman Shows “Fundamental Misunderstanding” Of Its Protagonists

“It was Meryl’s weakness, not her strength, that convinced Hoffman.”
Michael Schulman On When Meryl Streep Launched Her “Legend”

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“It would be difficult to find something made by a human being that isn’t pregnant with a vision of the world. Likely impossible. It’s inherent to existence. It turns out that world visions can coincide with a certain hegemonic idea of what the world is —or not. It’s like when they say that “indie cinema” is intellectual, simply because it does not coincide with a narrative system the industry legitimates. But the industry is as intellectual as ‘indie’ movies. The difference is that one affirms reality, doesn’t call it into question. And not all ‘art movies’ are after that. You’ve got to call reality into doubt. Or better yet, I’d say you’ve got to be suspicious of reality. Because if you’re not, there’s no possible transformation. Every one of us who has done cinema —to speak just of moviemaking— has contributed our perspectives to a vision of the world. A community needs that —lots of perspectives. There will be times when some are valued more than others. But the really important thing is that a lot of different visions coexist. The big task is to facilitate that variety.”
~ Lucrecia Martel

“It’s a film festival’s job—and increasingly so—to create moments of recognition, of enjoyment, of shock, of learning. Not of consumerism. Not of implementing cultural policy. But moments without pretence, unclouded by vested interests, by intervention, by cynicism, by everyday business. Committed to nothing but the thing itself. Under obligation to nothing, to no one, not even to the filmmakers themselves. To basically seek access to a form that does not yet exist, a place no one has been to, a time that has not yet come. ’A form that thinks, and a thought that forms,’ as Jean-Luc Godard has it.”
~ Hans Hurch, late director of the Viennale