Today at indieWIRE, Harvey Weinstein got cozy with Madge's directorial follow-up, Morgan Spurlock offered up some advice for aspiring filmmakers, and two additional filmmakers in competition at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival came into focus on iW.
Media Frenzy: Andrew Rossi’s “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times”
Turning his cameras to the inner circle of editorial decision-making at the proverbial paper of record, Rossi delves into the lively debates about old-new media tensions within the context of the reportorial focus of the Times’ media desk, which was launched in 2008. The result is a cogent, provocative portrait of the intellectual process behind conventional newsmaking and the forces opposed to it. Eric Kohn reviews.
Morgan Spurlock’s 8 Top Tips For Filmmakers Out of Sheffield
Documentary funnyman (and Academy Award nominee) Morgan Spurlock dolled out advice to a packed house of documentary filmmakers over the weekend at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. Check out his secrets on how to make it in the business.
Straight Talk from Documentarian Albert Maysles
At 84, veteran documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter”) has lost none of his spark. At the Sheffield Doc/Fest, which wrapped this weekend, Maysles accepted the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Highlights here.
Our project of the day:
Egyptian Uprising Doc: “The People Demand”
Each week, we usually gather up four or five films in various stages of production to feature in a single column. Now it’s going to be a daily feature, so we can give the spotlight to a single project each day.
Now let's lighten the mood...
Harvey Weinstein Gets In Bed With Madonna As TWC Takes “W.E.”
The Weinstein Company has announced that it has acquired U.S. rights to Madonna’s “W.E.” The film - rumored to be heading to the Venice Film Festival at the end of the summer - spans six decades, juxtaposing a contemporary love story with that of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson. More here.
Seattle Fest Announces Its Jury Prizes: “Hot Coffee,” “To Be Heard,” and “Gandu” Among the Winners
The Seattle International Film Festival completed its 37th year with an awards ceremony at the Space Needle this morning, where it announced the Competition and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards.
...and get to know each other a bit:
Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | “The Bad Intentions” Director Rosario Garcia-Montero
Deftly weaving socio-political themes into a seriocomic coming-of-age story, filmmaker Rosario García-Montero makes her feature debut with this unique film about childhood, family, history and the stories we tell ourselves about all three.
Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | “Once I Was a Champion” Director Gerard Roxburgh
Combining archival footage and interviews with those closest to Tanner, director (and former fighter) Gerard Roxburgh sensitively paints a portrait of a man conflicted, a fighter who believed he could change the world even when he couldn’t change himself. More here.