Today on indieWIRE, we had interviews galore with actors and filmmakers alike. A pair of notable trailers surfaced, one with a central female performance that looks primed for any number of accolades and another that…well, doesn’t. Combined with a number of festival updates and remembrances of two important figures who made unique contributions to the world of film, we had quite a Thursday.
INTERVIEW | Michael Fassbender On Life, “Shame,” Sex and “A Dangerous Method”
With major roles in two films currently making the festival circuit, Michael Fassbender is a busy man. He did, however, make time to talk to our Peter Knegt about the challenging material on display in both of his starring turns and what the two films have in common.
INTERVIEW | “Hell and Back Again” Director Danfung Dennis on Capturing War and All That Comes After
Dennis, a New York Times photographer, talks about his experience as a first-time documentary filmmaker, following an Army veteran on his way back to recovery after being injured in Afghanistan.
Making Content Too Good For YouTube: How “RCVR” Found 2.6 Million Views in Two Weeks
“RCVR” has only been on the web for two weeks, but it’s already starting to change people’s minds about content made exclusively for online release. Writer/Creator David van Eyssen tells us where he got the idea and what he sees for both the future of the series and the future of the medium.
iW’s Online Video of the Day: Netflix Explains It All To You
The only thing more confusing than SNL’s version of the recent Netflix corporate restructuring is the series of decisions that gave birth to the parody, our Video of the Day.
Watch: Michelle Williams Sure Looks the Part in Trailer for “My Week With Marilyn”
After months of having only a Michelle Williams photo, we now have the full trailer for the Marilyn Monroe biopic. What do you think: conventional, spot-on hit or a non-risky misfire?
Steve Jobs Has Died; Long Live Steve Jobs
Our tribute to Steve Jobs, the Godfather of iMovie and Final Cut Pro (and, by extension, the aspiring filmmaker in all of us).
SF Film Society’s Graham Leggat Celebrated by Friends & Colleagues in San Francisco Ceremony
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Film Society celebrated the life and achievements of former Executive Director Graham Leggat, who passed away in August. Four people who gave speeches at the event were kind enough to let us reprint their words of tribute here.
“The Ambassador” to Open 24th IDFA in November
Mads Brügger Cortzen’s new documentary, “The Ambassador,” about the illicit trade of domestic passports in Africa, will open the 24th International Film Festival Amsterdam.
Focus Features Announces Five Africa First Winners
Now in its fourth year, Focus Features’ Africa First program recognized five winners of a $10,000 prize, which will be used to fund short films on the continent.
Watch: Anti-Funny “Young Adult” Trailer Drops
After the awesome poster kick-started the film’s marketing campaign, the first look at the latest Reitman/Cody collaboration indicates that this might not be the quirky chuckle-fest we had anticipated. But see for yourself.
Writers Guild West President Releases Statement Supporting Wall Street Occupation
The Occupy Wall Street movement gains its first vote of confidence from an entertainment union. The statement appears in our post.
2011 Leeds International Film Festival Announces Official Selection
“Shame” and “Wuthering Heights” top the list of selections out of Leeds. The slate also includes a slew of UK premieres.
Sundance Selects Takes To Ballet Doc “First Position”
The audience runner-up for best documentary at TIFF finds a distribution home with Sundance Selects.
SnagFilms and FamilyFarmed.org Want Your Vote for the Top Food Film
Big fan of “Big Night?” Did “Food, Inc.” make an indelible impression? Vote for either (or neither) in the new “Good Food Film Countdown,” where nominations for best features and docs about food are all welcome.