THIS WEEK IN NEWS: indieWIRE was in Austin to cover a successful SXSW. A host of upcoming film festivals and series were announced. And some wonderfully received films made their way into theaters.
SXSW: indieWIRE’s been busy in Austin, soaking up this year’s SXSW Film Conference and Festival. March 17 saw the festival announce the full list of winners. Lena Duhman’s “Tiny Furniture” won the narrative jury prize, while Jeff Malmberg well received “Marwencol” went on to win the documentary jury trophy at the ceremony in the Austin Convention Center. The two films were predicted front-runners, following the buzz they created in Austin as conversation starters, due to their unique subject matters.
The vibe at the fest was predictably upbeat given the good weather and slate of crowd-pleasers, which included the opening night film, Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass,” Simon Rumley’s audience-friendly “Red White & Blue,” and the raunchy “MacGruber.” This year’s edition of the fest also marks the first time interest in the film and interactive events trumped the annual music festival for which SXSW is most famous.
While at the fest, indieWIRE continued its tradition of interviewing directors competing in the festival. Be sure to check out the roster of interviews with the many of this year’s SXSW filmmakers.
UPCOMING FESTS AND SERIES: While SXSW was in full swing, a host of upcoming film festivals and series announced their lineups. First up is the Dallas International Film Festival (April 8-18), that will play host to 153 feature film and shorts. The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced their slate of 47 short films, which include 21 world premieres. TFF also unveiled its Encounters, Discovery, Cinemania and Spotlight section lineups earlier in the week.
In terms of series, MoMA launched their Canadian Front Film Exhibition off to a rollicking start with the New York premiere of Emile Gaudreault’s Quebecois comedy “Fathers and Guns.” Meanwhile, the IFC Center released the list of films they will be screening as part of their thirteenth documentary series.
NEW RELEASES: Of all the films to be released in theaters this week, the one catching the most buzz was Noah Baumbach’s latest “Greenberg.” Unlucky (or lucky depending on how you look at it) Baumbach’s feature has been making headlines due to a very public spat between film critics Armond White and J. Hoberman.
Neils Arden Oplev’s European box-office smash “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was also released this week. The critically lauded film has already become such a phenomenon overseas, that a planned all-American remake is already in the works.
For more of this week’s news check out the links below…
Cinema Guild Likes “Blon-Haired Girl”
The Cinema Guild has announced the acquisition of U.S. Home Video, Internet and Cable VOD rights to “Eccentricities of a Blon-Haired Girl,” the latest film – completed in his 100th year – from the Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira.
IndieGoGo Teams With Distribber To Offer Full Range of Tools For Digital Filmmakers
IndieGoGo was co-founded in 2008 by Rubin, Danae Ringelmann, and Eric Schell. In 2009, IndieGoGo became the largest online film funding platform.
NYC Art House Unveils DIY Initiative
Leading Manhattan art house, the Quad Cinema, has developed a new division called “Quad Cinema 4-Wall Select,” a program it styles as an opportunity for indie filmmakers to theatrically open a self-distributed movie in New York.
Magnet Gets “Monsters”
Magnolia, believing that the movie has wide appeal, acted quickly in Texas, making an immediate offer after a rousing midnight debut screening of the film on Saturday night in Austin.
Box Office: “Mother,” “Girl” Lead Debuts; “Ghost Writer” Continues Success
“Mother” follows Magnolia’s success with Bong Joon-ho’s “The Host” back in 2007 – a film that went on to gross $2.2 million. “Mother” has a tough road ahead to come close to matching that success. “The Host” opened to a similar $4,429 per-theater-average, but that was considerably more impressive because it was on 71 screens.
Stephen Palgon on “Fantasyland”: “I was instantly intrigued…” (Watch it Now, Free)
My desire with “Fantasyland” always was to explore the characters of this world, to look not at the numbers, but rather the people who play the game and the stories that surround them within this billion dollar industry.
Filmmaker Interview: Anderson and Steinman on Being “Stolen”
We knew that in order to break into the industry we needed to make a feature that was unique in its structure and strong in its characters. After reading the script for “Stolen,” we knew it had the elements we needed and so we began to pull our resources together in order to get our first feature off the ground.
Acting 101: Ten Tips From Jeffrey Tambor’s SXSW Workshop
Met on stage at the Austin Convention Center by the stars of Bryan Poyser’s “Lovers of Hate” – Chris Doubek and Heather Kafka – Tambor continued an annual tradition at SXSW, by taking two actors from a film at the festival and getting them to reenact a scene from the film.