This year at Indiewire, we decided we had gone far too long without giving proper due to the people -- aside from filmmakers -- who help us feed our cinephilia. In our new column Movie Lovers We Love, we profiled many of the most exciting programmers, writers, entrepreneurs and designers that work in the creative fringes of the film industry.
With our eyes set on the many amazing movie lovers still yet to be profiled, here is the list of the Movie Lovers We Love from 2012:
Joey Shanks has teamed up with the people at PBS Digital Studios to produce a weekly series that explains how to produce DIY special effects for low-budget productions. His YouTube channel Shanks FX has explained how to create planets with dry ice bubbles and how to make stop-motion animations.
For some time now, Milestone Films president Dennis Doros has been interested in bringing back films lost to history that explore the borders between fact and fiction. For him and his company, started by Doros and the woman who would become his wife, Amy Heller, the turning point was Milestone's release of "Killer of Sheep." L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett's naturalistic film was well-respected and in need of a proper release a few years ago. "It was an impossible challenge for myself," says Doros. "It was very difficult to clear the music rights, and after six years and $150,000 we got those cleared. We spent a total of $450,000 on the restoration. Burnett was a well-respected director but wasn't commercial. The film grossed $660,000."
Though movie culture in Brooklyn has recently grown prominent, the borough's cinematic vitality wasn't always this strong. In 2007, when the Galapagos Art Space was located in the borough's Williamsburgh neighborhood, a bunch of friends with ties to the now-defunct Reel Life video store -- including the program's current producer Chris Henderson -- got together to host a movie night at Galapagos. The night, called Moviehouse, would show a cult movie and throw a short film from a local filmmaker in front of it.
When Hitler took over Germany in the 1930's, not only was Jewish culture virtually obliterated, so too was the country's robust homosexual and transgender literature and culture. The Nazis famously destroyed the extensive archive of the sexologist Mangus Hirschfeld. As part of that purge, all copies of Richard Oswald's film, "Different from the Others" (co-wrote with Hirschfeld), were also burned. With the Legacy Project, a joint venture for LGBTQ film and video preservation co-run by Outfest (LA's LGBT Film Festival) and the UCLA Film and Television Archives, the Project's Manager Kristin Pepe (who goes by KP) is working with people from all over the world to create a new print of the classic German film, thought by many to be the first feature-length gay film.
Twenty years ago, Karen Falk was looking through a publication for museum professionals and saw a job listing for an archivist at The Jim Henson Company. At the time, she was working with museum clients at Christie's, but she was ready for a change of pace.
When Indiewire edited the print magazine IFC Rant (yes, that really happened!), the publication ran images of Halle Berry, Michelle Rodriguez and Jennifer Jason Leigh shot by Robin Holland. But photographing starlets is not what brought Holland to the film world. Since she first shot Douglas Sirk several decades ago, Holland has traveled the world seeking out her favorite film directors.
While Christopher Moloney was walking around Central Park, headed to his job at CNN near Columbus Circle, he looked down the street and realized that he worked around the corner from one of the most iconic scenes in one of his favorite films, "Ghostbusters," in which the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walks down a New York street, terrorizing citizens below.
For over twenty years, Henry Jenkins has been interested in looking at the ways that audiences interact with the mass media ojbects they love. Previously at the MIT Comparative Media Studies Department, Jenkins even came up with a name for people like him in academia: aca/fans (academic fans).