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San Sebastian 04
By Juan Manuel Freire
January 2, 2005 - 1:57 PM PST

Among the highlights of the 2004 edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the 52nd, which ran from September 17 through 25, was the world premiere of Woody Allen's latest. He was, as Juan Manuel Freire reports in his coverage of all the highlights, a recipient of a Donostia Award.  Full Article >>
Toronto 04
By Shannon Gee
January 2, 2005 - 1:57 PM PST

All things considered, the Toronto International Film Festival which, in 2004, ran from September 9 through 18, is rapidly becoming the premiere fest in North America. It's impossible to catch it all, of course, but writer and producer Shannon Gee did catch the highlights.  Full Article >>
SF Silent Film Festival 04
By Jonathan Marlow
January 2, 2005 - 1:56 PM PST

"Short of flying to Pordenone in October," wrote Jonathan Marlow back in July 2004, the annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival "is your best chance to see the so-called Silent Era in all of its glory." Here's looking at a few of "the wonders of pre-1935 cinema."  Full Article >>
By Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow
January 2, 2005 - 1:56 PM PST

Certainly one of the longest running film festivals anywhere, in 2004, the Seattle International Film Festival stretched from May 20 through June 13. As they were in and out of town, Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow previewed and reviewed the highlights.  Full Article >>
By GreenCine
January 2, 2005 - 1:56 PM PST

A swarm of GreenCiners were all over the San Francisco International Film Festival between April 15 and 29, 2004. Bookending a few of their takes on selected films are Jonathan Marlow's preview and a "Five-Point Plan" for improving the festival in the years to come.  Full Article >>
By Hannah Eaves
January 2, 2005 - 1:56 PM PST

"Imagine a relaxed combination of Sundance and Slamdance on a much smaller scale and with barbecue (and better weather)." All in all, Hannah Eaves had a lively week at the South by Southwest fest in Austin, catching a wide range of docs and indies - and one gory zombie flick.  Full Article >>
Berlinale 04: Competition
By David Hudson
January 2, 2005 - 1:55 PM PST

The 54th Berlin International Film Festival offered first peeks at films by Patrice Leconte, Ken Loach, Richard Linklater, Eric Rohmer and more. In a postscript, a preview of Fatih Akin's Golden Bear-winner, Head On.  Full Article >>
Berlinale 04: Forum
By Cory Vielma
January 2, 2005 - 1:55 PM PST

In February 2004, Cory Vielma took in 43 films from 23 countries in 10 days, all part of the 34th International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlinale. A multifarious marathon!  Full Article >>
Rottersdam 04
By Jonathan Marlow
January 2, 2005 - 1:55 PM PST

As far as major European wintertime festivals go, Rotterdam has been giving Berlin a run for its money over the past few years. Jonathan Marlow recalls the highlights of the 33rd edition, which ran from January 21 to February 1, 2004.  Full Article >>
Park City 04
By Jonathan Marlow
January 2, 2005 - 1:54 PM PST

Year in and year out, for nearly twenty years now, the answer to the question, "What is an independent film?", is tweaked or redefined entirely, for better or worse, at Sundance. In 2004, Jonathan Marlow was pleasantly surprised by the films on offer. Somehow, he also managed to find time to catch several Slamdance features as well, not to mention a handful of parties.  Full Article >>
Foreign Affairs
By Michael A. Weiss
December 27, 2004 - 4:46 AM PST

New technologies such as the DVD and video-on-demand, in all its various forms, are a boon to indie filmmakers, cracking open new markets and enabling more immediate access to the right audiences - and not only in the US, of course. Entertainment lawyer Michael A. Weiss offers tips on getting your film out and about in the big wide world.  Full Article >>
Eric Bogosian and the "Jazz of Language"
By Jonathan Marlow
December 20, 2004 - 2:30 AM PST

Novelist, playwright and actor Eric Bogosian was hardly known outside the New York performance art circuit until Oliver Stone turned his play, Talk Radio, into a controversial film in 1988. Jonathan Marlow asks him where his characters come from - and where they're going.  Full Article >>
The Dual Nature of Christ: Multiple Portrayals of Jesus in Cinema
By Simon Paul Augustine
December 17, 2004 - 6:35 AM PST

You'd expect someone with a name like Simon Paul Augustine to know his way around theology; as it turns out, he also knows quite a bit about film. Just in time for the anniversary of Jesus' birth comes Augustine's incisive look at widely and wildly varying cinematic interpretations of Christ.  Full Article >>
Lesley Ann Warren: "I've been lucky!"
By Jonathan Marlow
December 15, 2004 - 3:14 PM PST

She went straight from high school to Broadway and the Actor's Studio. Soon after, she was singing and dancing across screens big and small and has been at it ever since. As Lesley Ann Warren tells Jonathan Marlow during their discussion of her most recent work, "I love my life today, but I do love to work."  Full Article >>
Joe Leydon: Movies You Must See
By David Hudson
December 13, 2004 - 1:50 AM PST

Imagine movies, not their makers, went to film school. Imagine they took lessons from other films. Which films would they be? Joe Leydon, an award-winning critic for Variety and, as it happens, an adjunct professor of film history himself, has selected 65 cinematic mentors and considers their impact in his new book, Joe Leydon's Guide to Essential Movies You Must See If You Read, Write About - Or Make Movies. David Hudson's thoroughly enjoyed the read and has a few questions for the author.  Full Article >>
The Unflappable Henry Jaglom
By Caveh Zahedi
December 5, 2004 - 11:55 PM PST

Henry Jaglom is an absolutely unique voice in contemporary American cinema. Consequently, he has tended to divide viewers - some people love his films and some people hate them. On the occasion of the DVD release of his film Eating, we asked autobiographical filmmaker Caveh Zahedi to interview the famously autobiographical Jaglom.  Full Article >>
"The strangest cinematographer in the world": Christopher Doyle
By Sean Axmaker
November 29, 2004 - 5:18 AM PST

We know him as one of the best, maybe even the best cinematographer working today, but the "strangest"? That's how Christopher Doyle describes himself in a wide-ranging and freewheeling conversation with Sean Axmaker, a talk touching on his work with Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yimou, Philip Noyce and others, but really about nothing less than how to squeeze life for all it's got.  Full Article >>
"Friends By Pure Chance": Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
By Sean Axmaker
November 17, 2004 - 2:44 PM PST

Ruth, Tracy Flick, Schmidt - characters drive the stories Alexander Payne directs and co-writes with Jim Taylor. Sean Axmaker talks to them about their new film, Sideways, about durable friendships, and of course, about good wine.  Full Article >>
"Full of music": More Maddin
By Jonathan Marlow
November 15, 2004 - 3:24 PM PST

Jonathan Marlow's conversation with Guy Maddin, begun in March with a film-by-film discussion of his early work, picked up again in October, focusing on the later features: Dracula, The Saddest Music in the World and Cowards Bend the Knee.  Full Article >>
Rants and Slants: A Banner Year for Political Docs
By Jennie Rose
November 1, 2004 - 4:42 PM PST

As a sort of companion piece to Hannah Eaves's examination of conservative political documentaries, Jennie Rose offers a quick survey of the many deserving leftish-leaning docs that haven't garnered quite the attention of Fahrenheit 9/11.  Full Article >>
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