By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 24, 2011 at 8:05AM
Today on indieWIRE, Lars von Trier apologized (again), we picked our top 12 from Cannes and much more.
More Lars von Trier News
Another day, another Lars von Trier post. Today's involves von Trier's response to a letter the Iranian Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari released to Persian media outlets Monday that criticized the Cannes Film Festival’s decision to declare the director “persona non grata”, after his controversial press conference comments. Click here to read the director's thoughts.
What to Watch from Cannes
In other Cannes related news, we offered our list of the 12 films to watch from Cannes (plus several more). Want to know what made the cut? Click here to find out.
What to Watch on DVD/VOD
This week's Small Screens column is doc heavy. Among those not to miss: "A Small Act," Jennifer Arnold's moving account of a Kenya-born boy and her Swedish sponsor, the Yves Saint Laurent love letter, "L'Amour Fou," and the Martin Scorsese doc "Public Speaking."
Pledge to Watch a Short and Help Support!
Another doc, this one a short, examines Rwanda post-genocide. Click here to learn of a social media campaign the film's distributor is tackling to give back to the people of the country.
David Linde Closes Funding For New Company
In business news, David Linde and Reliance Entertainment have announced the official formation and funding of a new company. The company will establish a first look production and related distribution agreement with Universal Pictures. Tory Metzger and Adam Rymer were named as Head of Production and Chief Operating Officer, respectively. For Thompson on Hollywood's report click here.
Maya Entertainment Buys Sundance Title “All She Can”
As part of its indie film series, Maya Entertainment, a distributor that caters to Latino and multicultural audiences, has acquired the Sundance U.S. Dramatic title “Benavides Born” for U.S. theatrical release.
Tips for Launching a Six-Figure Kickstarter Campaign
Filmmakers listen up! In a guest post for Ted Hope's Hope for Film blog, Jennifer Fox breaks down her six tips for launching a six-figure Kickstarter campaign. Click here to see what she has to say.