Today at indieWIRE, things got real with the IRS, Dan Savage got sassy at the Webby Awards and an excerpt from Lloyd Kaufman’s “Sell Your Own Damn Movie” rocked the cyber boat.
Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn Join Nantucket FF Comedy Roundtable
The Nantucket Film Festival has added Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn to this year’s All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller, with Seth Meyers hosting and Aziz Ansari also participating. More here.
Cannes 2011: What’s Been Acquired From The Competition, One Month Later?
Of the 20 films that screened in official competition, twelve have now found homes with U.S. distributions.
Toolkit | Meet the Woodstock Film Festival Programmers (In Their Own Words)
Woodstock Film Festival has established itself on the U.S. fest circuit as an impressive regional event that has attracted important independent industry execs and stars alike. Headed by co-founder Meira Blaustein, Woodstock also comes together with the efforts of animation programmer Signe Baumane and shorts programmer (and co-founder) Laurent Rejto. Check them out here.
It’s Not Just Documentaries: The IRS Could Turn Independent Film into a “Hobby”
With the International Documentary Association doing battle with the IRS, it’s easy to believe only documentary filmmakers face the threat of their films being considered hobbies—and therefore nonprofit activities. Read the full story.
Werner Herzog Tells Kids to “Go the F**k to Sleep” Tonight at New York Public Library
Werner Herzog has lent his voice to Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés’ infamous children’s book “Go the F**k to Sleep.” His reading will debut tonight at the New York Public Library.
Webby Awards | Dan Savage: “Tracy Morgan can suck my…” Tops Last Night’s Speeches
Capitalizing on the Webby Awards’ five-word speech acceptance rule, Dan Savage, creator of the “It Gets Better Project,” gave comedian Tracy Morgan a piece of his mind.
Why Piracy is Good and Copyright Sucks: An Excerpt From “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!”
Like the headline says, the following is the (fiercely held) opinion of one Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma Films. His most recent book, “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!” is now available in paperback. More
“The Family Tree” Finds a Home
North American rights to “The Family Tree” by Vivi Friedman have been picked up Entertainment One. The film, starring Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson and Chi McBride will open August 26th in New York and Los Angeles followed by release via home video, VOD, digital and TV.
David Lynch Set to Open a Club!
This ain’t no dream. David Lynch’s cult, mind-fuck classic “Mulholland Drive” has inspired Lynch to open a Parisian nightclub, Club Silencio, inspired by a key location in arguably the most bracing scene from the film. Click here for more on the club.
Today’s Project of the Day
Each week, we usually gather up four or five projects in progress to feature in a single column. Now it’s going to be a daily feature, so we can give the spotlight to a single project each day. Click here for today’s pick, “The Animals.”
“Buck” Gets Reviewed
Eric Kohn got a chance to catch the Sundance award-winning documentary “Buck” and liked what he saw. “Buck Brannaman, the subject of Cindy Meehl’s engaging documentary profile “Buck,” has a warm presence and knows how to tame horses better than anyone else,” he wrote in his review. “That’s the simplest encapsulation of the movie’s thesis, although the subtext runs much deeper than that. Beaten by his demanding father as a child and eventually sent to a foster home, Brannaman turned to horses for catharsis and found something even better: The ability to save innocent beings from never-ending turmoil. He doesn’t simply like the animals; he relates to them.”
This Week on Small Screens
This week on Small Screens, indieWIRE’s DVD/Blu-ray and VOD column Melanie Laurent picks up an instrument, a class of German students take an experiment too far, Nicolas Roeg gets the Criterion treatment and more. Click here for this week’s picks.