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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Looking For ‘Hamilton’ With Filmmaker Alex Horwitz (Episode 7)

Join us for our special New York Film Festival preview episode, including picks from Head Programmer Dennis Lim.



We are kicking off the 54th edition of the New York Film Festival with a behind the scenes look of three big premieres.

Director Alex Horwitz had no clue “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomena when he started filming his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda writing hip hop tracks (originally for a concept album, not a musical) for the founding fathers. Horwitz came by the podcast to explain how he was inspired by Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard” and became fascinated by Miranda’s search for the man Alexander Hamilton. Following him around as he wrote in Aaron Burr’s real life bedroom and did research at Valley Forge, Horwitz explained that his goal was to capture history through Miranda’s perspective.

READ MORE: Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Andrea Arnold on Capturing the Poetic Realism of ‘American Honey’ (Episode 6)

Head Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, also dropped by this week to talk about the great Jacques Rivette and the discovery of the filmmaker’s three first short films, which will play at the festival. Lim breaks down how Rivette opened up cinema and pointed to the endless possibilities of the medium for filmmakers willing to experiment. Speaking of which, Lim, a co-curator of the Projections section, also highlighted a couple new filmmakers currently pushing the boundaries of film language.

And finally, we explain why the great Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Journey Through French Cinema” is the best three hour film school anyone could imagine and play a clip from a recent interview in which the filmmaker explains how Martin Scorsese inspired him to take on the four year endeavor of making a personal history of great French cinema.

READ MORE: The 2016 IndieWire NYFF Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Listen To The Entire Episode Above

The Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud

Previous episodes include Ira Sachs on writing “Little Men,” Web Series 101, “Kate Plays Christine” director Robert Greene on cinematic nonfiction, Kirsten Johnson discussing her life as a “Cameraperson,” the “Night of” location manager on shooting in New York and Andrea Arnold on “American Honey.”

The music used in this podcast is from the “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” score, courtesy of composer Nathan Halpern.

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