By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire October 20, 2011 at 9:40AM
Today on indieWIRE, we had quite a busy news day! Between reviews of some much-awaited films, we interviewed an old master (Aki Kaurismäki) and a new one (Sean Durkin) and covered some exciting international festival news.
REVIEW | Todd Rohal Takes a Goofy Priest to the Woods in “The Catechism Cataclysm”
“The Catechism Cataclysm” marks the sophomore feature of writer-director Todd Rohal, whose peculiar ensemble piece “The Guatemalan Handshake” made the festival rounds in 2006.
“Descendants,” “Martha Marcy” Lead the Fox Searchlight-Friendly Gotham Award Nominations
The 21st Gotham Independent Film Award nominations have been announced, with Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” leading the pack with three nominations each.
"Elena" Wins Top Prize at Ghent Film Festival
Andrei Zvyagintsev’s feature film “Elena” took the Grand Prix for Best Film at the 38th Ghent Film Festival in Belgium.
REVIEW | “Elevate,” A Sincere Portrait of African NBA Aspirants, Amounts to “Hoop Dreams”-Lite
“The rest of the world views us as lazy,” says a coach to teen basketball aspirants at the SEEDS Academy, a boarding school in Dakar, Senegal.
How Do You Do a Film Festival? Philadelphia’s Michael Lerman Breaks It Down
Today is the start of the two-week Philadelphia Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
iW’s Project of the Day: A Documentary Collective Shoots Occupy Wall Street
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
FUTURES | Sundance’s Golden Boy Sean Durkin, Director/Writer of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
For a first-time director, Sean Durkin came into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with a lot of history.
INTERVIEW | “Le Havre” Director Aki Kaurismäki: “I’m not interested in the upper class.”
It’s absurd understatement to say that Aki Kaurismäki finds humor in unusual places. But then Kaurismäki’s movies are all about absurd understatement, from the chic retro style to the deadpan humor.
“The Descendants” and “Martha” Descend Upon Thessaloniki
This year’s Thessaloniki International Film Festival will open with a new film from a TIFF regular and close with the debut of a TIFF newcomer.
INTERVIEW | Jason Zada, The Director Behind That Creepy “Take This Lollipop” Website
On Tuesday, we told you about “Take This Lollipop,” a website that creates a horror movie starring you, your Facebook profile and your information.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival Unveils Emirates and Short Film Winners
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), now in its fourth year, has announced the winners of its Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and its International Short Film Competition.
Cine Foundation International to Launch an #OccupyCinema Movement in November
Late last year, London-based filmmaker Tobias Morgan organized Cine Foundation International (CFI), an NGO which “produces films, coordinates video and broadcast projects, and takes direct actions in the protection and promotion of humanitarian causes, especially surrounding the censorship or imprisonment of film artists.”
iW’s Video of the Day: Kevin Corrigan Behind the Scenes of “Tales From Beyond the Pale”
Just in time for Halloween, the audio theater series “Tales From Beyond the Pale” from Larry Fessenden’s production outfit Glass Eye Pix (responsible for “The Last Winter,” “The House of the Devil,” “Wendy and Lucy” and “Stake Land”), is now available in a 5 disc box set as well as online.