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Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews & Features

Weekly indieWIRE Clicks: The Best News, Reviews & Features

This week on indieWIRE we sat down with two breakouts from “Submarine,” Mike Mills got personal, a Kickstarter film found massive success and much more.

Features

As we welcome the summer, we also welcome one of the year’s most exciting months for film festivals. From summer destination festivals like Provincetown and Nantucket to some of the year’s biggest documentary fests to a slew in Brooklyn, indieWIRE presents our one-stop guide to all the top fests June has to offer.

This week’s in-production column put the spotlight on Sean Gallagher’s “Good Night.” Click here to read more about the film, as well as four other promising projects.

Bill Haney’s “The Last Mountain,” which screened at Sundance, opens in limited release this week. indieWIRE got the chance to question Haney about his filmmaking process, the inspiration for the film and his upcoming projects.

Liz Garbus’ documentary “Bobby Fischer Against the World” airs next Monday on HBO. Women and Hollywood interviewed Garbus about choosing the chess champion as her subject.

There’s a whopping 25 films listed on indieWIRE’s June calendar, which is why we’re offering monthly must-see lists to make your cinematic decision-making as easy as possible. From Jean-Luc Godard to Christopher Plummer, documenting The New York Times to imitating Michael Caine, check out indieWIRE‘s picks for your five best options.

The 2011 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced that Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s “Milocrorze: A Love Story” and Na Hong-Jin’s “The Yellow Sea” will bookend this year’s event. Click here for rest of the lineup.

Craig Roberts’ breakout performance in “Submarine” has been earning heaps of praise. indieWIRE spoke with Roberts about his experience working on the well-received film. “I knew this was going to be a tough thing for anybody that gets the part. But the character is just so great.”

indieWIRE also got the chance to sit down with “Submarine” director Richard Ayoade, previously best known for his role on “The IT Crowd.” Click here to read what he had to say.

Mike Mills’ “Beginners” has been gaining notice for its autobiographical portrayal of a man’s father coming out late in life. indieWIRE chatted with Mills about bringing his real life experience to the big screen.

Reviews

indieWIRE launched a new feature this week, entitled “What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week.” Click here to find a compilation of the week’s reviews from the main site and the blog network.

Gregg Araki’s sci-fi sex romp “Kaboom” topped our picks for this week’s DVD/Blu-ray/VOD column. Check out what else made the cut. Caryn James opted for “Biutiful,” in which Javier Bardem gives “his best performance to date.”

Eric Kohn offered his take on Shawn Ku’s grief stricken drama “Beautiful Boy.” ““Beautiful Boy” tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person’s grief before it becomes unbearable,” he wrote. “The focused story of two parents dealing with their son’s decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeking behind the curtain of a national tragedy, it functions as the cinematic corollary to Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” exploring the ripple effect rather than the cause. Unlike “Elephant,” “Beautiful Boy” lingers in familiar dramatic territory, with a limited perspective that borders on the theatrical.”

With three releases hailing from last year’s Toronto Film Festival and one holdover from Cannes 2010, this Friday sees everything from Richard Ayoade’s British coming-of-age comedy “Submarine,” Mike Mills’ whimsical romantic drama “Beginners,” Shawn Ku’s take on a high school shooting, “Beautiful Boy,” and Cannes 2010’s “Film Socialisme,” the latest from legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. Want to know which one got the highest approval from our critics? Go here.

Eric Kohn showered love on the indie UK charmer “Submarine.” The Playlist meanwhile sang praises of Matthew Vaugh’s first crack at an all ages blockbuster, “X-Men: First Class.”

Kohn championed “Film Socialism” for exemplifying Jean-Luc Godard’s talent. “With a ruminative approach to memory and nationality that has no specific parallel in contemporary cinema,” stated Kohn, “Godard breaks the boundaries of film language by simply ignoring them.”

Kohn was also enthusiastic about “Beginners,” calling it “an enjoyable survey of witty and sad moments.”

News

The Film Society of Lincoln Center this week launched the 11th edition of their film series, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, with the U.S. premiere of Gianni Di Gregorio’s “The Salt of Life.” Click here for the rest of the lineup.

After raising $154,456 via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, Jennifer Fox’s spiritual documentary “My Reincarnation” became the top raising finished film in the history of the platform and their fourth highest earning film project at any production phase. Click here to learn how Fox did it.

The Cinema Guild acquired U.S. distribution rights to Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse,” winner of the Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. The company plans to release the film theatrically this winter.

How was your Memorial Day weekend? If you’re a California filmmaker, it was swell. And if you’re a Kansas artist, it was beyond lousy. Over the weekend, Kansas became the nation’s only state without an arts agency. Meanwhile, California—a state that has routinely faced budget shortfalls—granted a five-year extension to its tax credit program for television and film productions. Click here for a rundown of what happened.

Streaming video site Hulu and Miramax announced a deal that would make hundreds of films from the Miramax library available to screen to the Hulu Plus paid subscription service. The deal will cycle fifteen films through the ad-supported free screening side of Hulu each month. Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting,” and Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient” are some of the Miramax films that will be available on Hulu Plus.

Nine projects will share $150,000 in funding by the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Now in its fourth year, the initiative provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films “highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world.” The nine were selected from 450 submissions from 38 countries.

The self labeled ‘Feel Bad Movie of Christmas,’ David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” debuted its international poster. Warning: This black and white doozy isn’t safe for work viewing.

“Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer made the news this week with the announcement that he will direct a trilogy of Tarzan films. indieWIRE took a look at why he may be making the fastest transition from Sundance darling to franchise filmmaker yet.

Darren Aronofsky has followed up his decision to withdraw from “The Wolverine” with…a commercial for Revlon. The Playlist posted the spot, featuring Jessica Biel.

Martin Scorsese and Paramount announced their plans to adapt the book “Furious Love,” about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s romance. Thompson on Hollywood reported on the details of the project and also posted clips highlighting the actors’ performances.

Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox is the latest to benefit from Kickstarter with her film, “My Reincarnation.” indieWIRE took a look at the program’s effect on filmmaking today.

Still curious about the ins and outs of Kickstarter? Follow this link to read indieWIRE’s guide to crowdfunding.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center opened the much anticipated Film Center on Thursday. Click here to learn more about the new facility and its program of upcoming free events.

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