Fujifilm’s X Summit live-stream hints at new product launch

Fujifilm’s X Summit 2020 is taking place in London tomorrow at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / noon PST, with panel discussions and maybe even a product announcement.

DPReview’s own Barney Britton will be on the panel, along with senior management from Fujifilm and pro photographers, which will make for an interesting discussion.

The live-stream can be watched on Fujifilm’s website or on YouTube.

Sundance 2020: David Lowery On Inspiring Filmmakers

Director David Lowery, at “The Movie That Blew My Mind” session, a recurring festival panel at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. © 2020 Sundance Institute | photo by Maya Dehlin.

During one of “The Movie That Blew My Mind” sessions, in which a filmmaker is asked to share a movie that was hugely formative in his or her development, David Lowery chose to discuss the film ”George Washington,” by David Gordon Green. During the session, Lowery says it truly opened his eyes to the immense power of independent film. See what else he has to say about this film and more in this video clip:

David Lowery amazed audiences at Sundance back in 2017 with ”A Ghost Story”, a supernatural drama that he wrote and directed starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Released by A24 after its premiere in Park City, Affleck plays a man who becomes a ghost and remains in the house he shares with his wife (Mara).

Meanwhile, ”George Washington” is a touching portrait of young kids in a depressed rural town. Tragedy strikes when a member of the group dies while playing in an abandoned amusement park. As a result, they have to come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. The film is narrated by one of the children, and follows their struggles to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie. ”George Washington” marked David Gordon Green’s feature film debut as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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Sundance 2020: The Perils Of Getting Off The Grid In “Save Yourselves!”

Sunita Mani and John Reynolds appear in “Save Yourselves!” by Alex Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Matt Clegg.

To get a sense of what it means to make a zany film like “Save Yourselves!,” check out the following video clip, which features segments of a Q&A with the writers and directors of the Rom-Com, Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer:

 

 

Now, for a brief overview of the film, which was an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition: The movie is more or less an ode to our tech-obsessed culture, a zany rom-com survivalist tale that follows Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani), a hip Brooklyn couple hooked on technology and unable to unplug from their devices. Fearing their tech addiction is beginning to impact their relationship, the cute pair seize the chance to leave town and stay at an isolated cabin deep in the woods. It’s time to get off the grid and sidestep those Instagram likes—at least for a week.

But their blissful retreat is soon interrupted when Su sneaks a glance at her iPhone, quickly discovering that the planet is under attack. With no life skills to speak of, the couple embarks on a journey to return to civilization…or what’s left of it.

Along the way they discover a baby left behind in a car, making this worst-case scenario an even bitterer pill to swallow.

The aliens featured are probably the cutest beasts seen on screen since those adorable fluffy tribbles populated the Enterprise on “Star Trek”—except these furry little brats (or “Poofs” as Su calls them) lash out with long tentacles to take out unsuspecting victims in one fail swoop.

This is a movie affectionately satirizing modern life and love, but what makes the ride so much fun is watching the chemistry between Reynolds and Mania throughout the adventure, playing a clueless Millennial couple to perfection. Writer-directors Eleanor Wilson and Alex Huston Fischer hit the mark, crafting a hilarious tale that makes us think about putting down our iPhones and going out to live a little.

 

 

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“We Learned to Lean into the More Lyrical Aspects of the Story and Let the Emotion Carry the Day”: Editors Michael Taylor and Jeff Betancourt on Nine Days

In an alternate reality, Will (Winston Duke) carries the burden of choosing which among nine candidates has what it takes to be born into the world as a full-fledged human being. Nine Days follows these souls through a series of trials designed to determine who among them will receive the gift of life and personhood, and who must resign from existence once the nine days are complete. Editors Michael Taylor and Jeff Betancourt delve into the many screenings, cuts and reworks that went into shaping director Edson Oda’s  film. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your […]

“I See How Prevalent Transphobia Was and Still Is All Over the Media We Consume”: Editor Stacy Goldate on Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Director Sam Feder grapples with the legacy and representation of transgender actors and characters onscreen in Hollywood. While these depictions have been overwhelmingly negative and lacking in a nuanced understanding of trans identity, the reality of American anxieties surrounding gender are explicitly conveyed through these depictions. Featuring interviews with Laverne Cox, Lily Wachowski and Yance Ford among other trans thinkers and creatives, Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen chronicles a difficult legacy of trans characters in the industry, while also pointing to a more fruitful future for trans actors and representation on screen. Editor Stacy Goldate speaks about the use of […]

“There Was So Much to Shoot in Such Little Time”: DP Matt Maio on La Leyenda Negra

In Compton, California, a teenage girl named Aleteia copes with being the new girl at school by immersing herself in underground activism. Aleteia grew up in the United States, but as an immigrant from El Salvador, she suddenly finds her protected status under attack. During this tumultuous time, Aleteia unexpectedly falls in favor with one of the most popular girls at school, Rosarito, and as their friendship blossoms, Aleteia finds it more important than ever to find a way to stay in her hometown. DP Matt Maio talks about the advantages of working with director Patricia Vidal Delgado and the […]

“Not Playing Any Moment Expressly for Laughs Without Emotion”: Editor Rob Wilson on The 40-Year-Old Version

Radha Blank writes, directs and stars in The 40-Year-Old Version, about a woman named Radha who struggles with the stigma of being single and struggling with her art at the age of 40. After what seems like a barrage of rejections from theater companies, Radha finally feels reinvigorated when she revisits her long-forgotten love of rapping. She eventually feels torn when interest is finally shown for a play of hers when she is in the midst of working on a rap demo tape. Editor Rob Wilson talks about his own love of hip-hop, his own professional trajectory as an editor […]

“Pretty Much Everything in Life Influences My Shooting”: DP Reuben Aaronson on The Cost of Silence

On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit experienced a deadly explosion that would be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Over the course of 87 days, 130 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, and deadly chemicals were used in the lengthy clean-up process that civilians and workers were not warned about, leading to the effective poisoning of those in close proximity of the disaster. The U.S. government and the petrol companies have not been held accountable for the misuse of this chemical nearly a decade after the incident occurred. DP Reuben Aaronson […]

“It Was Primarily a Process of Just Grinding It Out. And Grinding…And Grinding”: Editor Joe Beshenkovsky on Into the Deep

On August 10, 2017, journalist Kim Wall accompanied Peter Madsen on his homemade submarine in order to report a story about the charismatic inventor—but she never emerged to write the story, as Madsen murdered her while the submarine was submerged in the waters outside of Copenhagen. The murder shocked the global community, prompting discussions about protections for journalists and the underlying cruelty of Madsen. Director Emma Sullivan had actually began documenting Madsen the year before he murdered Wall, eventually culminating into the documentary Into the Deep about the culture surrounding Madsen and what led to Wall’s murder. Editor Joe Beshenkovsky […]