MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2016

“Diverse personal narrative has never been more important than it is in proto-Trump America – in a country where so many are willing to throw away the rights of the “other” for the illusion of safety, storytelling is our most straightforward empathy generator, a humanization machine. Millions of Americans are casually falling in love with a brown-skinned, athletic, undeniably feminist heroine offering an object lesson about striding out of your bubble and setting right your mistakes.”
Writes Lindy West

Filmmakers Include Eliza Hittman, Alex Ross Perry, Brett Haley, Gillian Robespierre, Marti Noxon, Adam Bhala Lough, Brian Knappenberger, Yance Ford, Marina Zenovich, Cate Shortland, David Lowery, Dustin Guy Defa, koganada
Sundance 2017 Announces 66 Features In Competition And NEXT

variety

“I used to argue, pretty vociferously, that critics’ groups should wait before voting until they’ve had the chance to see every last movie. But that ship, I’m afraid, has sailed.”
Owen Gleiberman Canvasses For Rogue One As An “Awards Movie”

NY Times

“My father, very late in life, said to me, ‘You know, there is humor in what you do.'”
Iggy Pop Talks Danger

hollywoodreporter.com

“From losing millions in the failed Relativity studio to backing Warner Bros. flops and hits with Ratner and Packer, the former Goldman Sachs banker has done business with Trump (and been sued by him) and had a cameo (with his actress fiancée) in Warren Beatty’s new movie.”
A Detailed Rat-A-Tat-Tat “Inside Steven Mnuchin’s Hit-And-Miss Path From Hw’d To Treasury,” By Kim Masters

“There was some glass ceiling on why our story wasn’t getting better.”
How Andrew Stanton Found A Narrative For Finding Dory

hollywoodreporter.com

“The awards are voted on by a group of film enthusiasts, professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students.”
Secretive Coven Calling Self “National Board Of Review” Weeps For Manchester By The Sea, Affleck, Lonergan Screenplay; Barry Jenkins, Director; Also KuboO.J.:MIA

(Past Best Pictures: A Most Violent Year, Her,  Zero Dark Thirty)

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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