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The 34 Movie Lovers We Love of 2012 That You Need to Love Too

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 28, 2012 at 1:26PM

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.
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From Venereal Diseases to Cafeteria Manners, It's the 24,0000 Wonderful and Weird Films of A/V Geeks' Skip Elsheimer

Growing up, Skip Elsheimer collected baseball cards, coins, comic books and fossils. As an adult, he would continue to be an ardent collector and de facto historian of educational films -- especially venereal disease films.

Pop Culture Pirate Elisa Kreisinger

While she calls herself a pirate, she's not doing anything illegal. Video remix artist Elisa Kreisinger has made three videos remixing scenes from the run of "Sex and the City" to explore the possibilities of Carrie's same-sex attraction. She's created a video made up of television clips exploring the selling of the image of Obama around the time of his inauguration. She's recently taken to "Mad Men," creating a video that imagines Don Draper and Roger Sterling as lovers. All of them are hosted on her site, Pop Culture Pirate.

Bollywood Anthropologist Tejaswini Ganti Explains Why There's No Indie Industry in India

"I've always been a big fan and viewer of Hindi cinema as a child," Bollywood anthropologist Tejaswini Ganti recently told Indiewire. We should note that "Bollywood" is a name for the contemporary Hindi film system. According to Ganti, in her 2004 "Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema," Bollywood is "a tongue-in-cheek term created by the English-language press in India in the late 1970s" and "has now become the dominant global term to refer to the prolific and box-office oriented Hindi language film industry located in Bombay."

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. It's a classroom standard, one that freshmen often react to with some eye-rolling derision: Certainly we've all watched so many films that we know everything there is to know about film form and film language. Dive into it, however, and in no time you'll realize that you don't.

New York's Queer|Art|Film Heads to LA

In 2009, when Rachel Chanoff had just begun programming at the 92Y Tribeca in New York, she asked Ira Sachs (the director of the '12 Sundance hit "Keep the Lights On" and '05 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Forty Shades of Blue") if he'd be interested in programming a queer film series for the space's ambitious and eclectic film program. Sachs had recently met a young filmmaker, Adam Baran (who was then Contributing Editor at the iconic Butt Magazine and is currently working on a short film, "Jackpot"), and the two had been talking about approaching film from an art perspective. Together, Sachs and Baran joined forces to accept Chanoff's offer.

Michael Sayers of Greenpoint's Photoplay Video and DVD

Most of us have probably assumed that the days of video stores are over. Those friendly clerks at the counter who had your dream job (watching movies all day and offering film recommendations) had to move on to blogs and art house ticket counters. All those DVDs were donated to libraries or sold on EBay. So, now you settle down to browse Netflix. It may surprise you, however, that in Brooklyn's rapidly-booming Greenpoint neighborhood, there's an independent video store that is beating the odds. Whenever its doors are open, Photoplay Film and Video on Greenpoint's Manhattan Avenue is never empty and never quiet.

Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson of Movie-Ranking Site Flickchart

"Ice Age" or "Hangover"? Two movies, one choice. The only thing to do is pick. That’s the driving force behind Flickchart, a film website launched by Nathan Chase and Jeremy Thompson in late 2009. “The whole premise behind the site is that you’re having to make this hard choice between two movies and that’s your only point of focus for the moment. You have to think with some depth and really compare them," said Thompson, the programming half of the site's central parternership. "When you put one ahead of the other one, you have to suffer the pain that comes with saying, ‘This movie just isn’t as good.’”

Colorlab's Laura Major, on Whose Desk Currently Sit John Ford's Home Movies

About halfway through our conversation, Laura Major looked around her office to see what she had lying around waiting for her attention. "I have John Ford's home movies stacked up in my office here," she told Indiewire. As the Head Color Timer's Assistant at Colorlab in Silver Spring, Maryland, Major works in the prep department. Working on color timing means using various means to improve the color and the image of film prints.

Little Joe Magazine Cultivates, Redefines and Enriches the Queer Film Canon

A few years ago, London-based Sam Ashby was a busy graphic designer and a casual fan of queer film, albeit one with a thirst to explore the genre's legacy. He also wanted to put his design skills to work on a magazine, but he hadn't come upon the right subject. And then one night, while watching Paul Morrissey's "Flesh" starring Warhol favorite "Little"Joe Dallesandro, he found his muse. Thus Little Joe -- the biannual, limited-run "magazine about queers and cinema, mostly" -- was born.

AltScreen Tells New York Where to Watch the Coolest Alternative Films

You're a New Yorker. You have great, film-loving friends. But if you told them you wanted to see a movie tonight, in theaters, that would be undoubtedly worthwhile, how many would tell you about tonight's screening of Michael Curtiz's Joan Crawford-starring "Mildred Pierce," hosted at the Chelsea Clearview Theater by the tenacious drag queen Hedda Lettuce? We didn't think so. You need more friends like Paul Brunick's website AltScreen, a comprehensive directory to repertory and indie cinema in New York.

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