Tag Archives: independent film producers

  • 56 Up (2012) - Michael Apted

    “In one of my several reviews of the ‘UP’ documentaries, I referred to the series as the noblest project in cinema history. I am older now and might refrain from such hyperbole. But we are all older now, and this series proves it in a most deeply moving way … You know the premise. In 1964, British TV produced a film titled “7 Up,” which focused on the lives, hopes and expectations of 14 children … Every seven years since then, the series has revisited as many of the original 14 who have agreed to continue to participate. Now here is the eighth film, ’56 UP’.” (Roger Ebert)

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  • “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989) - Steven Soderbergh

    “In portraying a budding relationship between a man who is impotent, except when watching his own video interviews with women on sexual topics, and a woman who finds that her husband and sister are having an affair behind her back, the writer/ director [Steven Soderbergh] manages to create neither low farce nor soap-operatic psychodrama. Actually, the film is rather touchingly romantic, in a witty, gentle, unsoppy sort of way” (Joseph Milicia, Filmdirectorssite.com). Larry Estes (Producer of SMOKE SIGNALS, THE MATING HABITS OF THE EARTHBOUND HUMAN, and COLDBLOODED and Studio Exec on THE WATERDANCE, GAS FOOD LODGING, CITY OF HOPE, and 57 others), former “acquisitions person” for Columbia Pictures discusses the history of “sex, lies, and videotape” …

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  • Not to miss: DIRTY WARS & SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN -

    In case you haven’t heard, DIRTY WARS, directed by Jeremy Scahill, is a well-researched, comprehensive look at the hundreds of covert operations going on around the world by secret U.S. military units, including the targeted killings of American citizens without due process.

  • Do No Harm (2009) - Rebecca Schanberg

    Screened at numerous film festivals, including Eugene, Napa Sonoma, Ohio, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and Tacoma, DO NO HARM tells the story of two reluctant whistle blowers in a small Georgia town who endure relentless attacks as they struggle to draw national attention to hospital corruption and the plight of the uninsured.

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  • Is 2013 going to usher in the Golden Age of Cinema? -

      According to Adam Leipzig, film and theatre producer, writer, Cultural Weekly’s Publisher and former executive at Disney and National Geographic, a perfect storm has developed from the collision of new technologies, new business models, and new creative talent and it’s creating a new Golden Age in cinema.

  • To be an actor in an industry town … -

    Some thoughts from Rick Pagano (Writer, Director, Casting Director)   There are volumes on what it means to be creative. Let me add two more metaphors to the canon. To be an actor means to play in your own sandbox, on cue, under pressure, in front of a bunch of people who need to be […]

  • John Bailey on Nollywood -

      From the blog of John Bailey, Cinematographer and Film Director …     Pieter (Hugo) in Nollywood   No one is likely to conflate the dangerous, kinetic world of Nigerian Nollywood action movies with the benign fantasies of Lewis Carroll, although each portrays a surreal universe. The Nollywood portraits of South African photographer Pieter […]

  • What does it take to train to be an actor? -

      Some Thoughts from Rick Pagano, Writer, Director, Casting Director…   I would like to talk about discipline, specifically the discipline of the Olympic athlete and how it compares to the acting profession. Think of Los Angeles as the Olympics of acting. This is the city where actors come, from all around the world, to […]