With the last of the summer blockbusters behind us and the fall festival season just a week away, it is officially time to begin looking at this year’s awards season. With this in mind, we listed the 10 summer indies with the best shot of showing up this winter, while also speaking with Edgar Wright, Joe Swanberg and Wong Kar-wai on their new, much anticipated indies.
When Spike Lee released his list of Essential Films as part of his recent Kickstarter campaign, it featured one very notable exclusion: not a single director on the list was female. Now, in continuing the revisionist themes that have shaped Lee’s short Kickstarter career, he has released an adjusted list to reflect female filmmakers, bringing the lists total to 92 films and adding a mere four female directors in the process.
Finishing a trilogy as adored as Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s “Cornetto Trilogy” is never an easy feat, but with the release of this week’s “The World’s End,” the team has once again proven themselves to be more than up to the task. We sat down with Wright to discuss the pressures of his fan base and the possibility further collaborations between the three men, as well as briefly touching upon his next mainstream effort “Ant-Man.”
With the start of Oscar season just a week from kicking off, IW’s Peter Knegt took the year’s first stab at this year’s Oscar contenders by looking at the best received indies of the summer so far. With “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,'” “Blue Jasmine,” “Fruitvale Station” and many others receiving their fare share of critical acclaim, we considered which films have the best chance of showing up at this year’s ceremonies.
Director John Greyson was detained earlier this week alongside emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani by Egyptian police, with no clear reason given for the arrest in the days since. Greyson has been a vocal supporter of democratic movements across the globe. For more information on his arrest and how you can help pressure the location and securing of their release, check out the full story above.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced this week the full lineup for the 2013 New York Film Festival, finalizing the last major festival lineup of the 2013 season. Featuring new films from the Coen Brothers, Claire Denis, Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne and many others, its a typically varied list the best films from Cannes, Toronto, and Venice, in addition to the previously announced world premieres of Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Spike Jonze’s “Her.”
With the onslaught of critical and public attention “Orange is the New Black” has received, Netflix has found the first genuine cultural phenomenon of its original programming. Now over a month after the series’ July premiere, IW’s Alison Willmore took a look at how it became one of the year’s best shows, from its exceptional main cast and writing to Piper Kerman’s original source material.
Since premiering at Sundance and moving on to a variety of spring and summer festivals, James Franco and Travis Matthews’ erotic drama “Interior. Leather Bar,” inspired by the rumored 40-minutes of gay S&M footage cut from 1980’s “Cruising,” has finally found a distributor. Strand Releasing picked up the US and select foreign rights to the film, and plans for a late 2013/early 2014 release.
As more and more directors jump on the crowdfunding bandwagon with varying results, we have developed a list of the essential reading on preparing and launching a successful crowdfunded campaign. The list will be updated regularly with the publishing of new articles, and currently includes over 20 articles covering a range of topics.
This week sees the release of the controversial American Cut of Wong Kar-wai’s Ip-man biopic “The Grandmaster,” marking the director’s first film since 2007’s “My Blueberry Nights.” We spoke with the director on the specifics of the American cut, as well as the film’s mainstream success in his home country and the changes he was forced to make in directing his first action film.
Having gained a reputation as one of the creators of the mid-2000’s mumblecore movement, Joe Swanberg’s latest film, and festival favorite, “Drinking Buddies” may seem an oddly mainstream choice, with its star-filled cast and non-DIY aesthetic. Talking to us after a Brooklyn screening of the film, Swanberg explains why he felt drawn to the film’s mainstream nature and working with the cast, as well as the state of “Happy Christmas,” his super 16-shot next film.