Reverse Shot has announced a partnership that brings their curated video interview series to a global audience via Babelgum’s online platform and its free applications for Apple’s iPhone & iPod Touch and Google’s Android devices. Babelgum will be the new home of Reverse Shot’s “Talkies” and “Direct Address” videos, which feature candid, off-the-cuff interviews with celebrated and emergent figures in film. When we decided to branch out from printed criticism into video we wanted to set a new standard for web-based interview content. We couldn’t imagine a better home for the Talkies and Direct Address than Babelgum, which has proven itself a leader in publishing and promoting innovative online video content. So bookmark it now!
BABELGUM PARTNERS WITH REVERSE SHOT TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLINE & VIA MOBILE
Reverse Shot Branded Channel Launches February 25th with exclusive interviews, including:
Acclaimed Actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank)
Academy Award Nominee Christian Berger (The White Ribbon)
Said Karol Martesko-Fenster, SVP & General Manager of Babelgum’s Film Division, in the press release announcing this news, “We are thrilled to partner with Reverse Shot, one of the sharpest, most vital sites for online film reviews and now video, on developing and hosting this new series. As journalism increasingly moves from text to image, the Talkies and Direct Address formats raise the bar high, tapping into the specialty and indie creative talent pool with intelligence and professionalism, while retaining an unusual degree of creativity with respect to location, form, and conversational interest.”
Starting today, Reverse Shot Talkies and Direct Address videos will be available online on at www.reverseshot.com and at www.babelgum.com/reverseshot, and via the free Babelgum mobile apps at www.babelgum.com/mobile.
In case you don’t know, Reverse Shot Talkies, previously featured on indieWIRE, is a series of unconventional, site-specific video interviews with filmmakers, actors, programmers, critics, and more. Informal, playful, and always revealing, Talkies are not just antidotes to the traditional Q&A format but also unique, self-contained short films. Past Talkies installments have featured internationally renowned filmmakers such as Pedro Almodóvar, Cedric Klapisch, Richard Linklater, and Atom Egoyan, as well as emerging indie auteurs like Andrew Bujalski, So Yong Kim, and Bradley Rust Gray. The latest episodes feature conversations with Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire, Red Riding), Academy Award–nominated cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), and actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank). Earlier segments were featured by indieWIRE. Future segments will feature Claire Denis and Mathieu Amalric.
Reverse Shot’s Direct Address series, on the other hand, gives the viewer up-close access to some of international cinema’s most fascinating figures. Direct Address challenges interviewees to address the camera in tight close-up; these intimate videos expose subtle flickers of expression and reveal remarkable minds at work. Past episodes have featured Sally Potter (Rage) and Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), and in-depth interviews with Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard) and Bruno Dumont (Hadewijch) are forthcoming.