By Aaron Bogert | Indiewire February 17, 2012 at 4:44PM
This week on Indiewire we hired Alison Willmore to begin TV coverage for the site; Berlinale raged on; we told you what to check out on DVD/Blu-Ray; Melissa Leo discussed playing a crazy cat lady in "Francine"; Keanu Reeves dished on his new documentary; and Lena Dunham talked "Girls."
Check out all the links below for all the best news, interviews and features this week on Indiewire:
Berlinale Crowns Crystal Bear Winners: Turkey's "Lal Gece" & New Zealand's "Meathead"
The Berlinale's winners of the Crystal Bears from the Generation 14plus (youth) jury are Reis Çelik's "Lal Gece" from Turkey as Best Feature Film
The SXSW Conference Lineup and Additional Titles, Including "Nature Calls" with Patton Oswalt
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has revealed the complete conference lineup, in addition to announcing additional films.
Dallas International Film Fest Announces 15 Titles: 'Darling Companion,' 'LUV,' 'Brooklyn Brothers'; Animation Honors for Glen Keane
The Dallas International Film Festival announced its first fifteen films for the 2012 festival, which runs April 12-22.
Film Society's Rendez-vous with French Cinema Expands Lineup
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced an expanded Rendez-Vous with French Cinema program featuring the inclusion of over a dozen contemporary documentaries and classic films.
Indiewire Hires Alison Willmore to Cover the Best in Television
Over the last 15 years, Indiewire has covered the best that independent film has to offer. And then a funny thing happened: some of it moved into TV.
Critical Consensus: Shane Danielsen and Andrew Grant Dissect Berlin 2012
Critical Consensus is a biweekly feature in which two critics from Indiewire’s Criticwire network discuss new films with Indiewire’s chief film critic, Eric Kohn.
While the first two months of the year may be the critical dumping ground for some of the major studios, it’s a time when many smaller films finally fulfill their year-long path to distribution. As such, reviews published long ago finally manage to reach audiences who can see the films. We looked through the Criticwire responses for this week’s releases to see what recommendations we could infer. What to See, What to Skip
This week sees the opening of what are probably two of the lesser known Oscar nominees: Michael R. Roskam's "Bullhead" (nominated for Best Foreign Language Film); and Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin's "Undefeated" (nominated for Best Documentary Feature). In addition, two films that occupy completely opposite ends of the spectrum are also opening: Markus Schleinzer's portrayal of a pedophile "Michael"; and the latest Studio Ghibli's film "The Secret World of Arrietty."
Indiewire Interviews All 7 Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers for Best Documentary
The Documentary Feature Academy Awards race is always one of the most unpredictable and this year is no different. Indiewire got to speak with all 2012 documentary nominees over the last year.
Lena Dunham on Why Criterion Came Knocking at Her Door
Back in 2010, Lena Dunham came to Austin's SXSW Film Festival as a relative uknown with her semi-autobiographical comedy, "Tiny Furniture." Two years later, Dunham is returning to the festival to premiere her new HBO show, "Girls," in addition to debuting "Tiny Furniture" today on DVD/Blu-ray via the Criterion Collection. Talk about a great kickoff to 2012.
Keanu Reeves: Digitial cinema expert? Keanu Reeves, digital cinema historian?
Producer Mark Ronson Talks About 'shutting off the disco ball in my head' for 'Re:Generation Music Project'
If Sunday's Grammy's performances left you hungry for more, then here's "Re:Generation Music Project," a new documentary from Amir Bar-Lev ("The Tillman Story"), produced in association with the Grammys, that follows five electronic DJs/producers as they work outside of their comfort zones to create tracks in genres foreign to them.
Berlin 2012: Melissa Leo On Life After Oscar and Portraying the Craziest Cat Lady in 'Francine'
In "Francine," Melissa Leo offers her first lead performance since winning an Oscar last February for "The Fighter."
The 'Chico and Rita' Team on Their Surprise Nomination and Bringing Jazz to Life Through Animation
This year’s Academy Awards nominations had a few surprises, the chief being the Best Animated Feature race.
DISPATCH FROM BERLIN: Is There a Solution to the Problems With the Competition Films?
Today, despite 62 years of history and a lingering reputation as one of the three major European fixtures, Berlin’s competition might best be understood as a Rotterdam-level event.
Todd Haynes' "Far From Heaven" will soon become a musical, care of Playwrights Horizons' upcoming season. However, it's hardly the first time that indie films have gotten the urge to sing and dance.
Easily Overlooked, Hard to Forget: The 2012 Berlinale Retrospectives
Retrospectives are easily overlooked at any film festival, especially one the size of the Berlinale.
Why 'How to Die in Oregon' Tops This Week's 5 Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The deserving winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) at last year's Sundance Film Festival
Berlinale 2012: Looking Back on the First Half
We've reached the halfway point of the 62nd Annual Berlin International Film Festival.
For Your Consideration: The 10 Best Comedic Performances That Weren’t Even Nominated
Want to make someone laugh? Suggest a purely comedic lead performance deserves an Oscar.