The drama surrounding "Bully" wasn't the only thing Indiewire covered this week. Also this week: Clive Owen talked about playing protective fathers and Ernest Hemingway; the San Franciso Film Fesitval revealed their full lineup; Tribeca announced their closing (and very non-indie) film; we told you what to check out this week on Blu-ray/DVD; one critic asked if it's OK to pirate movies (with some answers that might surprise you); and much more.
Click through below for all the best news, reviews, and features from Indiewire this week.
Columbia University Film Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Women Filmmakers Panel
Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and Film Society of Lincoln Center are partnering to celebrate 25 years of the Columbia University Film Festival.
BAMcinemaFest Announces First 11 Titles; Includes US Debut of Cannes Hit 'Walk Away Renee'
BAMcinemaFest, which in its fourth year has already gained a reputation for hosting the New York premieres of the year's strongest indie fare, has released a list of eleven titles that will premiere at this year's festival.
'Marvel's The Avengers' To Close Tribeca Film Festival
"Marvel's The Avengers" will close the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 28th, it was announced today.
The Complete Lineup for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival
The San Francisco International Film Festival, in its 55th year, announced the lineup for its April 19 – May 3 fest.
Outfest Extends to NYC By Taking Over NewFest
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is expanding their reach to New York.
Weinstein Rejects the R Rating: 'Bully' Will Go Out Unrated
The Weinstein Company has rejected the MPAA's R rating, announcing that it will release "Bully" unrated on March 30.
Susan Sarandon, Shepard Fairey & Rob Lowe Will Participate in 2012 Tribeca Talks
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival has announced the lineup for its Tribeca Talks panel series.
First Person: 'Bully' Writer-Producer Cynthia Lowen Speaks Out
In this first-person feature, exclusive to Indiewire, "Bully" writer-producer Cynthia Lowen opens up about why she teamed with director Lee Hirsch to make the film
FUTURES: Writer/Director Jannicke Systad Jacobsen Just Wants You To 'Turn Me On, Dammit!'
Norweigan filmmaker Jannicke Systad Jacobsen turned heads at last year's Tribeca Film Festival with her sweet (albeit provocatively titled) debut, "Turn Me On, Dammit!"
Revolution and Resignation: Director Jon Shenk Talks About 'The Island President'
Jon Shenk's profile of Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the Republic of Maldives, "The Island President," opens today at New York's Film Forum
FUTURES: 'Gimme the Loot' Writer/Director Adam Leon Brings His New York Love Letter Back Home
New York-based writer/director Adam Leon is going to have a tough time topping these past few weeks.
Clive Owen Believes in Ernest Hemingway, But Not in Judd Apatow
Maybe it just comes with age, but as of late Clive Owen has taken to playing protective fathers
What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
This week sees the release of "Bully," the much hyped documentary that the The Weinstein Company finally decided to release unrated after trying to get the MPAA to change their R-rated tune.
Movie Lovers We Love: David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson Are Rock-Star Film Scholars
Husband-and-wife film studies team David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, now retired from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have published editions of their "Film Art" textbook since 1976.
How Your Film Can Put Pinterest to Work
We're big fans of the Tribeca Institute's Future of Film blog and editor Chris Dorr has kindly agreed to let us republish some of our favorite posts. This one's by marketing strategist Sheri Candler, who makes a compelling argument as to why indie filmmakers need to pay attention to Pinterest.
Critic's Notebook: Is It Wrong to Download Pirated Movies? Not Quite, Says One Critic.
Remember back in the '80s, when people used to engage in recreational drug use?
Critical Consensus: Stephen Farber Discusses the MPAA, 'Bully' and What the Future Holds
Stephen Farber, a film critic for The Hollywood Reporter and an expert on the MPAA, spoke about the history of the organization and what the future may hold. For more about the MPAA, check out Indiewire's list of 10 films that appealed their ratings and Matt Singer's comparison of reactions to the "Bully" situation at Criticwire.
The MPAA Being a 'Bully': 10 Films That Appealed Their Ratings
In honor of Weinstein's efforts on behalf of "Bully," we've weeded through the best MPAA vs. distributor battles to bring you our list of 10 films that made an effort to change the board's minds (in alphabetical order).
Will You See This Movie? Carol Kane Stars as a Hoarder Opposite Nathasha Lyonne
When Diane Crespo, who directed the 2007 indie friendship film "Arranged," received the script for "Clutter," she was enthralled. "When you have a production company, you get a lot of scripts," Crespo told Indiewire.
Why 'A Dangerous Method' Tops Indiewire's 5 Blu-ray/DVD Picks This Week
This week on Blu-ray DVD: A period picture courtesy of David Cronenberg; Angelina Jolie's directorial debut; a classic about the Titanic that's not directed by James Cameron; a documentary on filmmaking trailblazer Roger Corman; and a hit French romantic comedy.