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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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton