indieWIRE’s snapshot of news and views from around the web on Monday. Due to the holiday, the indieWIRE: Daily email publication will return on Tuesday.
State of Independents
“The traditional indie film/big screen romance is on the rocks,” writes Doris Toumarkine. “Will they reconcile or is this a divorce?.” [Film Journal]
Re-thinking State Subsidies?
Michael Cieply takes a closer look at the increasingly large amounts of money states are spending to subsidize film production. Is it an expensive way to create jobs? [NYT]
The Outer Edges of American Film
Taking a closer look at “Nights and Weekends,” Andrew O’Hehir says, “2008 now feels to me like a watershed year, one that’s brought us intriguing new work from all kinds of nearly unknown directors. True, the moviegoing public has paid virtually no attention, but you can’t have everything.” [Salon]
LA’s The Place
Is the industry in LA out of touch with the current economic crisis? Peter Bart of Variety says, “It’s times like these that some of those jokes about the people in Los Angeles seem valid.” David Poland disagrees and stirs comments. [NYT]
“Dear Charlie Kaufman…
Blogger Aaron Dobbs on “Synecdoche, New York,” in an open letter: “Dear Charlie Kaufman, You don’t know me, and yet, you have created a film that touched the inside of my brain, heart and soul. I have never had as emotional a reaction to any of the thousands of movies I have watched in my lifetime as I had to ‘Synecdoche, New York’ at a press screening this past Friday.” [Out of Focus]
A closer look at how politicans are potrayed in the arts and media. [NYT]