By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 22, 2011 at 8:41AM
Today on indieWIRE Marshall Curry discussed his latest doc, Conan O'Brien wooed our critics, female short filmmakers got a shout out and much more.
"Green" Director on the Power of Jealousy
Ahead of “Green”‘s New York premiere at BAMcinemaFest tonight, indieWIRE caught up with the film’s first-time director Sophia Takal to learn what inspired her to craft her beguiling and sexually heated debut.
Five Female Filmmakers with the Hottest Shorts of Summer
Hollywood, take note! If you’re searching for the next female director to break big, here’s a look at five filmmakers who are making a lot of noise on the festival circuit with their short films this month. If their shorts are indications of their abilities to helm features, all five women are more than ready to join the big leagues.
Marshall Curry Talks "If a Tree Falls"
Marshall Curry’s (“Street Fight,” “Racing Dreams”) latest documentary, “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” tells the story behind what the FBI has deemed America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”—the radical environmentalist group, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). In 2005, Daniel McGowan was arrested by the FBI in a nationwide sweep of the activist organization. Curry (and co-director Sam Cullman) use his arrest as a springboard to launch into what led him to join the group and the reasoning behind their extreme actions. Click here to read our interview with the Academy Award nominee.
"Conan O'Brien" Wins
For the second week in a row, a documentary has topped criticWIRE as the pick of the week. Following last week’s “Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” (a narrow choice over another doc, “Buck”), Rodman Fletcher’s “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” was the consensus among criticWIRE critics. A premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the film follows O’Brien on his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour,” which he took on after losing his gig as host of “The Tonight Show.”
"Revenge of the Electric" Car Finds a Home
WestMidWest Productions and the independently owned ‘event’ based theatrical distribution company Area 23a have partnered together to theatrically release “Revenge of the Electric Car,” the latest documentary from Chris Paine (“Who Killed the Electric Car”). [Click here for indieWIRE’s review of the film following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.]
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"30 Minutes Or Less" Trailer Hits
The new trailer for "30 Minutes Or Less," Ruben Fleischer's follow-up to "Zombieland" starring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari dropped today. Go to The Playlist to watch.
Juliet Finds Her Romeo
The latest adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," from Italian director Carlo Carlei (1993’s "Flight of the Innocent"), now has a Romeo for its Juliet. Hailee Steinfeld will be joined by 19-year old Brit Douglas Booth, who is prettier than she is. Clearly this movie is targeted to a young girl demo. Go to Thompson On Hollywood for more.