Today on indieWIRE, we chatted with Miranda July about “The Future,” outlined the hottest (literally) film festivals of the summer and delved into what it takes to make it big on Kickstarter.
A Blast From the Past! Darren Aronofsky on “Requiem For a Dream”
This month indieWIRE turns 15. In honor of our decade and a half in the game we’ve dug through our vaults to uncover some old goodies. Every day this month check back on indieWIRE for some old classics. Today we’ll step back to 2000 and an interview Anthony Kaufman had with Darren Arfonosky upon the release of his second feature, “Requiem For a Dream.”
Miranda July Discovers “The Future”
Miranda July will join the festivities marking indieWIRE’s 15th anniversary this week at the 92Y Tribeca, with clips from her latest film, which Roadside Attractions will open beginning July 29. She will also take part in Q&A and even some performance art. Read our interview with her here.
Is the “Tree of Life” Just a Long Commercial?
Terrence Malick’s long-awaited grand opus “The Tree of Life” made headlines minutes following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival for earning applause and boos. The film went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or, but that hasn’t stopped “Tree of Life” naysayers from criticizing Malick’s ambitious spectacle. Some have derided it as being “boring” (Jason Solomons, The Observer) and “incredibly indulgent” (Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel), but a recent review by The Guardian’s David Cox takes the cake for the most quotable and challenging critique.
Dance Along to Kickstarter Success “Girl Walk // All Day”
This weekend, on the rooftop of the Old American Can Factory, hundreds gathered to celebrate the slew of creative projects partially funded on Kickstarter. A joint venture between Kickstarter and Rooftop Films, the Kickstarter Film Festival screened standout campaign videos. The real star of the night of Kickstarter clips was teaser from “Girl Walk // All Day,” a feature-length dance video with choreography matched up to the latest Girl Talk album.
Project of the Day: Doc Portrait of Guitar Legend Blind Joe Death
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
Box Office: “Beats, Rhymes & Life” Scores While “Project Nim” Disappoints
Michael Rapaport’s doc “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest” scored at the indie box office this weekend, grossing an impressive $120,000 from 4 screens. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the film averaged $30,000 to become 2011’s top doc debut so far. More here.
Film Festivals that Thrive in the Dog Days of Summer
The height of Summer (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) is sometimes considered a lighter period of the year in terms of the general festival circuit, a relative “calm before the storm,” ahead of the major late-Summer/early Fall events in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. But July and August are nevertheless teaming with festivals in North America and around the world.
The 21 Secrets to the Success of the Kickstarter Oscar Campaign
While it’s always nice to see an indie filmmaker make good, it’s even better when you can understand how.
‘Tabloid’ Is Documentarian Errol Morris At His Wildly Absurdist Best
“It’s something of a relief that Morris has largely left the dark stuff behind for his latest film, “Tabloid,” a gripping, thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud love story that turns out to be one of the documentarian’s very best films,” wrote The Playlist of Errol Morris’ latest. Check out the review here.
“Oldboy” To Be Made Into a Spike Lee Joint
Turns out the rumors are true. The internet was buzzing that Spike Lee was reportedly in line to direct the long-gestating remake of Park Chan-Wook’s brutal Korean revenge hit “Oldboy,” and today Mandate Pictures finally confirmed that Lee will in fact helm the picture, scripted by Mark Protosevich (“I Am Legend”) and produced by Dough Davison (“The Departed”). More here.