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Trailer Watch: #FreeRayshawn on Quibi

Filmmaker has two points of intersection with crime drama #FreeRayshawn, one of the first releases on Quibi and scheduled to drop on April 15. Director and executive producer Seith Mann was on Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces list in 2003. And creator, writer and executive producer Marc Maurino has been a regular contributor for several years. In 2010 he was a blogger out of IFP’s Independent Film Week, which he attended with his debut script, Into the Machine. Several posts ensued, and then one of our great evergreen pieces: “‘It’s Just a General’: How To Take a General Meeting.’” His follow-up […]

Watch: Film Crew in Quarantine

Here’s a lovely one-minute animation by Robertas Nevecka that captures the confusing anxiety felt by those of used to working on film sets but who are now stuck at home. Nevecka is a Lithuanian assistant director whose film set drawings can be found on Instagram. Related at Filmmaker: “What Everyone Does on a Film Set.”    

Watch: Ricky D’Ambrose’s NYFF Short, The Sky is Clear and Blue Today

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a German-American filmmaker is commissioned by German TV to make an experimental short film based on his uncle’s famous photograph of young Brooklynites lounging riverside as the Twin Towers burn. With wit and formal precision, filmmaker Ricky D’Ambrose (Notes from an Appearance) methodically works through the historical and political implications of this scenario in a work that mixes film-set comedy with commentary on the slippery ways in which differing types of media tell and retell scenarios of historical trauma. The film screened last Fall at the New York Film Festival and is appearing […]

“A System of Turnkey Tyranny…”: Edward Snowden on AI in the Era of Pandemic Panic at CPH:DOX

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, CPH:DOX has moved much of their program online, with a series of “debates” streaming live and available for viewing. Today’s is especially timely: Edward Snowden answering the question, “What is the effect of AI on the present and future of surveillance?” Kicking off the conversation is a discussion of privacy and surveillance issues related to government and private industry actions in the wake of the pandemic. It’s loosely tied to the festival’s screening of iHuman, Tonje Hessen Schei’s doc on the future of AI. The talk is moderated by DR’s science and technology […]

“You Staying Healthy?”: Joel Potrykus Pandemic-Calls Indie Film Dudes

Writer/director Joel Potrykus, who broke down the anxieties of the filmmaking process recently for Filmmaker, is doing what a lot of us are doing in this time of quarantine: checking in to see how our friends are doing. Here, in a video by Ashley Young, he lets us eavesdrop as he finds out how folks like director Dustin Guy Defa, Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo,  Indiewire’s Eric Kohn and the harder-to-get writer/director Alex Ross Perry are handling the isolation.

Trailer Watch: Khalik Allah’s IWOW (I Walk on Water)

“The path of the math is to go fast” — not even a year after the release of Khalik Allah’s second feature, Black Mother, the filmmaker has just released the first trailer of his new feature, IWOW (I Walk on Water). The film is said to be three hours long, and the trailer length — seven minutes — is thus appropriately relational. Here’s Allah’s statement accompanying the video: Peace. From the most illest iambic pentameter visual photographer. Allah’s 5% student doctor. I’m around the 85% again. Straight up Ren & Stimpy. The pitiful situation of my people is the person […]

Trailer Watch: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

The meticulous palette, the bursts of Academy ratio, the faux literary origins, the use of the word “divers” — Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch looks, from this first trailer, to be the most, well, Wes Anderson movie yet. As it’s described by its distributor, Fox Searchlight, “The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.” The […]

Clip Premiere: Lynne Sach’s Slamdance 2020 Opening Night Film, Film About A Father Who

Lynne Sach’s Film About a Father Who opens Slamdance tonight, and we’re pleased to share an apposite exclusive clip from it—archival footage of Ira Sachs Sr. talking about the development of the Yarrow Hotel (now the Doubleday), one of his first ventures in Park City, and a mainstay gathering site for Sun-/Slam-dance attendees. Take a look, and click here to read Daniel Eagan’s interview with Lynne Sachs.