Indiewire’s first week back from the just-wrapped 2012 Sundance Film Festival was a busy one. Get an idea of what went down by checking out this week’s highlights in news, features and reviews, all compiled below.
Kino Lorber Acquires Sundance Winner ‘5 Broken Cameras’
Kino Lorber, Inc. has acquired all North American rights to the documentary “5 Broken Cameras,” winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the recently wrapped 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Matt Dentler is Leaving FilmBuff to Join iTunes
Matt Dentler is leaving Cinetic Rights Management’s FilmBuff to join iTunes, where he’ll oversee partnerships with independent film partners.
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Latest Film From ‘A Prophet’ Director
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to “Rust & Bone,” the latest from “A Prophet” director Jacques Audiard. Marion Cottilard and Matthias Schoenarts (“Bullhead”) head the cast.
Filmmaker Josh Fox Issues Statement About D.C. Arrest: “I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism.”
Earlier today, Oscar-nominated “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox had been arrested in Washington, D.C. and charged with unlawful entry after trying to film a House Science Committee hearing on fracking.
SXSW Film Announces 2012 Features Lineup; ‘Big Easy Express’ to Close Festival
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed the full features lineup for this year’s edition (March 9 – 17), including closing night film, “Big Easy Express,” and centerpiece “21 Jump Street.”
Atlantic Film Fest’s Andrew Murphy Named Programmer of Toronto’s Inside Out Festival
Former Atlantic Film Festival Programming Manager Andrew Murphy will move from Halifax to Toronto to serve as the Director of Programming of Inside Out, which runs the annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival.
Austin Film Society to Honor Douglas McGrath, Meat Loaf at Texas Hall of Fame Awards
The Austin Film Society announces the honorees for its 12th Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards March 8, including actor and native Texan Barry Corbin (“No Country for Old Men,” “Urban Cowboy”), filmmaker Douglas McGrath from Midland (the Oscar-winning “Bullets Over Broadway” script and the WGA nominated “Emma”) and Dallas-born musician Meat Loaf
Josh Fox Arrested on Capitol Hill While Filming ‘Gasland’ Sequel
Oscar-nominated “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox was arrested this morning in Washington, D.C. and charged with unlawful entry after trying to film a House Science Committee hearing on fracking.
SnagFilms Acquires Digital Rights to “Kinyarwanda”
SnagFilms has acquired digital rights to “Kinyarwanda,” winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Berlinale 2012: The Complete Competition Lineup
The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival has completed its competition program today with the addition of Wang Quan’an’s “Bai iu yuan” (White Deer Plain).
‘Silent House,’ ‘Wanderlust’ & James Franco’s Re-Cut of a Gus Van Sant Classic On Tap for Film Comment Selects 2012
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the schedule for the 12th edition of Film Comments Selects (February 17 – March 1), Film Comment magazine’s film festival.
Rotterdam Chooses Three Short Films for 8th Annual Tiger Awards
The eighth annual Tiger Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam went to Makino Takashi’s “Generator” (Japan), Mati Diop’s “Big in Vietnam” (France) and Jeroen Eijsinga’s “Springtime” (Netherlands).
Critic’s Notebook: ‘Chronicle’ Is Fine, But a Better Alternative Awaits in ‘Me @the Zoo’
A new movie tracks the plight of young people growing up in today’s media-saturated environment by allowing its subjects to control the camera.
Critical Consensus: Karina Longworth and Mark Olsen Discuss Sundance 2012
This was a particularly interesting year at Sundance for people curious about the breakouts: For every person who seemed to there were no “big” discoveries, a number of critics singled out films that received divided responses as among their favorites.
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
This week has a large variety of films opening with something for virtually every audience.
Ben Wheatley’s “Kill List” Is the Brutally Unsettling Masterpiece That You Need to See Twice
With two movies to his name, British director Ben Wheatley has established himself as a master of relentlessly bleak, character-driven narratives with surprising flashes of comedy and multiple layers of subtext. “Kill List,” which follows dark comedy “Down Terrace,” feels like the apex of this approach, even though it’s only his second feature.
The 3 Rotterdam Film Festival Movies You Must See
International Film Festival Rotterdam is getting older; perhaps ripening is a better term. Always regarded for edgy and newish movies that may or may not be validated elsewhere, Rotterdam now has eight venues and, last year, 340,000 admissions. Still, it retains the magic of surprise.
Here’s the 27 Films that Indiewire Reviewed at Sundance 2012
Indiewire was on the scene at this year’s Sundance Film Festival checking out this year’s crop of new independent films. Here’s all of our reviews from the festival.
The Best Music of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
As anyone who attended the 2012 Sundance Film Festival can attest, this year’s lineup boasted some great music.
The Original DIY Filmmakers: The New York Punks of ‘Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film’
There have been plenty of history books written about independent film, but few take the expansive, international view of journalist and critic David Spaner in his new book “Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film,” released this month.
The 7 Indie Films You Must See This February
February is usually seen as a burial ground for movies. But look past the studio offerings and you’ll find a slew of high quality indies, and foreign-language films that are definitely worth a trip to your local art house.
SXSW Film Head Janet Pierson Says This Year’s Films Take Risks
In preparation for today’s announcement of the 2012 SXSW lineup, SXSW film producer Janet Pierson spoke on the phone with Indiewire editor in chief Dana Harris and chief film critic Eric Kohn.
Filmmakers You Should Know: Ti West, Master of American Creepiness
On the mainstream level, the last decade of American horror has been defined by the wax and wane of “torture porn” with “Hostel,” “Saw” (and their respective sequels) as well as the resurgence of “found footage” thrills in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
Ted Leonsis: Why Sundance Tells Us Digital Distribution is the Future
This is a first-person piece from Ted Leonsis, founder and chairman of SnagFilms (and parent company of Indiewire). He asked if he could have the floor to lay out why he believes digital distribution platforms define the future for indie films.
The 10 Indie Films to Watch on VOD This February
Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this month to bring you 10 to look out for.
Finding Real Numbers in Imaginary Movies: The Distribution X Panel at Sundance 2012
Distribution panels have it tough: There’s always an audience for the information, but the panelists are always loath to give up real numbers. So this year Sundance tried to have it both ways with “Distribution X,” a January 21 panel that asked top distributors to spill the numbers on imaginary projects.
Why New York is Celebrating Experimental Filmmaker Bill Morrison (Give This Man a Gallery!)
A few years ago, when I was leaving the Edinburgh Film Festival, a journalist asked if I had a single film that encapsulated my term there. I answered, without hesitation: “Bill Morrison’s ‘Decasia.'”
From Kelly Reichardt to the Arab Spring, Highlights from the Rotterdam’s CineMart and the Rest of the Fest
The 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, which opened this past Thursday with the world premiere Lucas Belvaux’s “38 Temoins” (38 Witnesses), kicked into gear on Sunday morning with the opening of the festival’s annual CineMart.
For Your Consideration: Sundance and Next Year’s Oscars
The Sundance Film Festival can be a significant launching pad for Oscar nominees.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival closed this weekend with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” beating out a formidable crop of U.S. Dramatic contenders to nab this year’s Grand Jury Prize.
Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth Evaluates the 2012 Festival: ‘People are less concerned about looking for that home run.’
On Sunday morning, Sundance Film Festival director of programming Trevor Groth and director John Cooper concluded the event with a morning gathering for the festival community called “Film Church,” where they looked back on the last 10 days before heading back to Los Angeles to get some well-earned rest.
FUTURES: ‘Young & Wild’ Filmmaker Marialy Rivas Talks Her Sexy, Sundance Award-Winning Debut
Chilean director/writer Marialy Rivas turned heads at the just-wrapped Sundance Film Festival with her sexually provocative debut, “Young & Wild.” Rivas, an award-winning short filmmaker (her short “Blokes” screened at the festival last year), walked away from this year’s edition with the World Cinema Screenwriting Award, which she shared with her co-writers Camila Gutiérrez, Pedro Peirano and Sebastián Sepúlveda.
Even After Susan G. Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Decision, ‘Pink Ribbons, Inc.’ Casts Doubt
It was a tense few days for those who admire the work of Planned Parenthood. After the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it had instituted a new policy that would refuse funding to organizations under Congressional investigation, it was announced that Komen would not renew its grant to Planned Parenthood.
Ti West On the Real Haunting That Inspired ‘The Innkeepers’
Ti West is back to his scary tricks with “The Innkeepers,” his anticipated follow-up to his indie horror smash “The House of the Devil.” In the haunted house thriller (which debuted at last year’s SXSW film festival to solid notices), West updates the setting from the ’80s-set “House” to the present day, to tell a spooky tale set at the real life (and reportedly haunted) Yankee Pedlar Inn.