The National Film Society Brings their Irreverent but Thoughtful Commentary to PBS Digital
When filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco were looking for a name for their YouTube channel where they'd discuss all things film, they were inspired by an article on Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog about a "New Faces of Indie Film" panel at the Film Society of Lincoln Center touting the future of indie film. As Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood and Tambay at Shadow and Act pointed out, only one woman and no people of color were on the panel.
Evan Seitz has developed a series of IQ tests for movie lovers. Actually, that may not be a fair description of his animated quizzes; IQ tests were never this addictive.
Abbey Bender makes the case that Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan" is an "exemplary feminist film," Imogen Smith takes a look at women urban observers and Farran Smith Nehme analyzes Whit Stillman's new film "Damsels in Distress." Miriam Bale, a film critic and programmer based in New York City, launched Joan's Digest, an online film journal with critical essays written by women about women and film, last November. The longtime film freelancer launched the journal after taking a close look at her publications' contributors.
Found police surveillance footage of a tearoom (a term for notorious spots to find public but covert gay sex) in 1962 makes up William E. Jones' "Tearoom." On July 23rd, this former piece of courtroom evidence will be projected on the walls of New York's oldest gay bar, Julius. Most high-minded curators and the artists they regularly work with would turn their noses up at the idea of screening a film at a bar. But the bar -- the activity, social and sexual, that takes place inside -- and its history are the very reasons Dirty Looks: On Location series will be screening "Tearoom" at Julius.
In the 1980's the Greek-American filmmaker Gregory Markopoulos began showing his decades of experimental film work in a remote area of the Greek Pelopenesse he called the Temenos. The Greek meaning for the word Temenos is "a piece of land set apart." Markopoulos screened his career's work with new work from his partner, the filmmaker Robert Beavers.
Documentary filmmaker Jason Spingarn-Koff ("Life 2.0") has a pretty sweet deal. He gets to work with documentary filmmakers to help them make short videos for one the world's most respected media outlets, The New York Times.
Imagine if Frederick Wiseman, the Maysles brothers, or Errol Morris started making films in the twenty-first century. Would their documentaries need an interactive component: an iPad app, separate from the iPhone app, which links to the Facebook page? Imagine "Titticut Follies" as a role-playing game. Okay, don't. Those filmmakers are, in fact, making films now that exist on their own, with little transmedia flair. But interactive guru Ingrid Kopp says that documentary filmmakers are being expected to develop all kinds of kooky ideas to make their projects relevant in the Facebook era.