March 22, 2012

Less Filling, Looks Great: Doug Aitken's Song1 On The Hirshhorn

We came out of the Hirshhorn tonight after the surprise [to me] screening of Space is Process, a 2010 documentary about Olafur Eliasson, only to find they were testing Doug Aitken's Song1, a 360-degree projection on the barrel of...
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Posted by greg at 1:02 AM

November 2, 2011

The View Of Punishment Park From Zuccotti Park

Punishment Park? How did I not know about Peter Watkins' incendiary 1971, anti-war, anti-fascist, faux-news documentary? I mean, it was the movie Rirkrit chose to broadcast on his unlicensed TV station in the Guggenheim. I sat in Anthology's rickety...
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Posted by greg at 3:07 PM

September 6, 2011

I, For One, Welcome Our Black Mirror-Wielding Motion Control Camera Overlords

So you should really read Daniel Kasman's review of the Venice debut of Mark Lewis's awesome-sounding short film, Black MIrror At The National Gallery, because Kasman is sensitive to both the tone and surprise/reveal of the film in a...
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Posted by greg at 12:58 PM

September 1, 2011

'Rirkrit Tiravanija's Favorite Farmer'

Chiang Mai farmer/laborer Lung Neaw has worked with RIrkrit Tiravanija for several years now. He helped build the artist's house. Tiravanija's footage of him has appeared in various gallery and museum installations. And Saturday, Tiravanija's film, Lung Neaw Visits...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 PM

May 16, 2011

'The Whole Kit And Caboodle'

So I'm kind of dying because there's a screening next week, and I'm trying to figure out how to go. Three houses were used for the principal location; the production moved from one to another depending on the direction of...
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Posted by greg at 6:22 PM

May 13, 2011

Shh, Don't Speak.

From Dennis Lim's brief Q&A with Gus Van Sant at Cannes, where Restless is [finally?] debuting:We did silent takes of almost every scene so we could maybe use them in the editing. Terry Malick apparently shoots silent takes so he...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 PM

February 22, 2011

Know Hope

Producer Ted Hope is at least three installments into his solid post-Sundance, post-Toronto explication of what he's calling "The New Model of Indie Film Finance." It's a pretty clear-eyed look at the challenges even a celebrated, experienced filmmaker faces in...
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Posted by greg at 8:05 AM

May 24, 2010

Slow Cinema vs. Art Cinema

On the occasion of Apichatpong Weerasethakul [1] winning the Palme d'Or, Frieze's Dan Fox has a incisive recap of the debate over Slow Cinema that erupted after Nick James' Sight and Sound recent op-ed calling the genre out as a...
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Posted by greg at 7:42 AM

March 24, 2010

Roel Wouters' Shiny Silver Balls

Suddenly silver mirrored balls are everywhere. Music video and filmmaker Roel Wouters created the trailer for last year's International Film Festival Breda: A silver sphere on an endless checkerboard floor is the default for many 3D modeling applications. It can...
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Posted by greg at 5:01 PM

August 12, 2009

Putting The Fun In Fundraising--With Facebook!

Hah, Michael Govan's kickback public engagement in LACMA's decision to suspend its film program surprised me, but not as much as seeing the museum basically organizing its own netroots opposition. Now, barely ten days into the LACMA Film Program Deathwatch,...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 AM

September 27, 2008

Yeah, Quasi-Reality!

The documentary or at least the naturalistic mode seems to be all the rage this year at the NY Film Festival. I'm all for it, of course; since it's what I do. I just hope all that HD looks alright...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

June 2, 2007


Open news conference at the Cannes Film Festival are such absurdist theatrical frenzy, I half wonder if movie publicists didn't cook them up as a job security measure. The event serves up celebrities for an intense, dadaist interrogation by the...
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Posted by greg at 5:14 PM

January 30, 2007

Super Columbine Massacre NYT!

The constroversy over Peter Baxter's decision to pull Super Columbine Massacre RPG! from Slamdance's Guerilla Gamemakers Festival hit the New York Times this weekend, and Baxter has yet another explanation for his actions. This time, it's not complaints by a...
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Posted by greg at 10:40 AM

January 8, 2007

How To Tell Cannes And Slamdance Apart

Ian at Water Cooler Games has been writing about an incident at Slamdance. Seems the founder of the alt-alt festival yanked Super Columbine Massacre, a charming -sounding RPG that tells the tale of some innocent, young, all-American scamps, from the...
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Posted by greg at 2:38 PM

March 9, 2006

New Director, Familiar Film: Ryan Fleck Turns Short Into Feature

You may know him from such blog entries about Sundance-winning short films as Gowanus, Brooklyn. Now director Ryan Fleck has made Half Nelson, a feature-length adaptation of Gowanus, which debuted at Sundance 06, where ThinkFilm picked it up. Half Nelson...
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Posted by greg at 4:18 AM

January 25, 2006

Please Credit My Baloney's Name Properly, It's O-S-C-A-R

From the Observer report on how publicists are the "real Sundancers": As crowds exited a packed screening of Wrestling with Angelsóa staid, unthrilling film about Tony Kushner which emblemizes the idea that to be truly successful these days, not only...
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Posted by greg at 9:01 AM

January 18, 2006

The Black Manohla

Wow, it sucks to be Manohla Dargis. Or to be at Sundance. The festival is apparently the same every year, but different. And since that means that mediocre films and deals often hog the spotlight, and actual, honest-to-goodness finds are...
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Posted by greg at 10:15 AM

September 29, 2005

Cinema Paramilitaristo

Despite the ravages of war and the censorship imposed by local religious authorities, a lovable young scamp in a rubble-strewn town finds solace, even hope, in the movies. If only there was a kindly old projectionist to take the...
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Posted by greg at 11:34 AM

May 22, 2005

What Cannes I Do

Fear and self-loathing in Cannes [guardian] A step up from when they the Guardian crew would just complain about the shortage of open bars, Mark Lawson looks for the big themes in Cannes. The result: 1) guilt, 2) loser fathers....
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Posted by greg at 9:18 AM

February 2, 2005

We're Going To The Pan Pacifics, Fran!

"'We've been given the mandate to compete on a more aggressive level,' says [Paramount Classics co-pres David] Dinerstein, who also helped orchestrate the reported $2 million purchase of Mad Hot Ballroom, a Slamdance documentary widely described as Spellbound meets Strictly...
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Posted by greg at 7:57 AM

January 24, 2005

What Sharon Waxman Heard At Sundance

As people were rushing away from her or avoiding her while they were caught up in a bidding war at Sundance for the Craig Brewer-directed, John Singleton-produced Hustle and Flow:"The adrenalin is flowing," David Dinerstein, co-chairman of Paramount Classics, tossed...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 AM

December 16, 2004

IP Documentary Contest Finalists

In a bit of tail-eating snake-ism, The Arts Project at The Center for The Study of The Public Domain at Duke sponsored a contest as part of this year's Full Frame Documentary Festival [got all that?] for the best 2-minute...
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Posted by greg at 3:38 AM

December 3, 2004

US Film Festival Goes International, Changes Name

Apologies for the scarce posts lately; I've been busy with offline writing and real work. Still, I don't know how I missed this: The US Film Festival is now called the Sundance Film Festival?? I guess since they added two...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

October 13, 2004

I Scoopa de World, Chico, 'n everthin's'innit

These are the first color photographs released of Les Arenes de Chaillot. They'll be running this weekend in Le Monde. Supposedly, the staff of La Mexicaine de Perforation are dressed like this for the screening of Mister Freedom and Sgt...
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Posted by greg at 8:53 AM

October 12, 2004

Les Arenes de Chaillot: The Complete Programme Guide

If were a magazine, this would be the big sidebar. But you can call it what it is: whoring for traffic. Here, for the first time in the indexable media, are the programmes--complete with my poor translations of their...
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Posted by greg at 8:30 AM

October 10, 2004

Exclusive: La Mexicaine Le Interview

While the discovery of an underground cinema in the center of Paris has been widely covered, little or no attention has been paid to what the films actually played there. Les Arenes de Chaillot (The Chaillot Arenas) was created...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM

October 4, 2004

Mexican Consolidated Drilling Authority

That's one suggested translation of "La Mexicaine de Perforation," the amorphous group of urban explorers who built and operated a subterranean cinema in the center of Paris until it was discovered last month. The group's spokesman, Lazar Kunsman, originally explained...
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Posted by greg at 11:37 AM

September 22, 2004

Wong Kar Wai talks about 2046

2046 barely screened at Cannes, after the director hand-carried the not-quite-finished print to the rebooked theatre. Now it's being released in the UK, and it turns out Wong has actually re-edited it since May. Read Howard Feinstein's interview with WKW...
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Posted by greg at 12:25 PM

September 18, 2004

Correction: Explorateurs Urbains are NOT Cataphiles

My apologies for mistakenly calling the explorateurs urbains of La Mexicaine de Perforation cataphiles. In an interview on NPR, filmmaker Lazar Kunsman, the group's spokesMexicain, explained that cataphiles are "more like nerds," who just wander around underground without doing anything....
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Posted by greg at 10:50 AM

September 13, 2004

And That's How Grizzly Adams Got His G-Class

What's with all the film festivals this time of year (Venice, Telluride, Toronto, NY, American Film Renaissance)? If you haven't heard of that last one, [Their slogan: "Doing films the right way"] for heaven's sake don't tell anyone; they'll know...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

Tony Scott's first report from Toronto really gives you a feel for the festival's sprawl and cinematic frenzy, where you feel like you're missing movies more than watching them. Meanwhile, he only mentions one film, and he mentions the hell...
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Posted by greg at 6:18 AM

September 11, 2004

Now Playing at Les Arenes de Chaillot

The Guardian's Jon Henley talks with members of La Mexicaine de Perforation, the urban explorers group who built and operated a cinema in a 4,000-sf uncharted quarry 60 feet under the Place de Chaillot in Paris. They called the cinema...
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Posted by greg at 1:25 AM

September 8, 2004

Hyper Chouette: Pirate catacomb cinema discovered in Paris

Holy Moley, damn, wow, whoa, this is possibly the coolest thing I've ever heard: a full-scale modern movie theater was discovered in an uncharted underground amphitheater carved out of the catacombs of Paris. It's near Trocadero, the Palais de Tokyo,...
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Posted by greg at 12:44 PM

May 24, 2004

Love the Cin, Hate the Cinner

And Kiarostami said editing was irrelevant. The Observer's Andrew Anthony calls Michael Moore "arguably the most ideological and emotive editor since Sergei Eisenstein," about as high as praise can get for a maker of agitprop. He points to Farenheit 9/11's...
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Posted by greg at 9:51 AM

May 23, 2004

Cannes, you believe it?

bwahahahaha. I feel the same way about Michael Moore's masterful PR march to the Palme d'Or as Patrick Lang, ex-Pentagon Middle East intelligence chief feels about how Cheney & co were utterly duped by the Iranian intelligence agency and their...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 AM

May 19, 2004

Cannes, do it yourself

From J. Hoberman's halftime report from Cannes comes this description of Abbas Kiarostami's latest film: "[the] remarkably austere Five (after the number of shots) is a DV landscape study that might have been produced by a talented epigone of American...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 AM

March 30, 2004

Souvenir Series, Sofia, and me

In the last couple of weeks, I've decided to shoot a fourth short film, which may be part of the Souvenir Series, or may not. We'll see. It was not in the original outline of the series, and it's out...
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Posted by greg at 12:09 PM

An Evening with Sofia Coppola

I'm co-chairman of this gig tonight at MoMA, An Evening With Sofia Coppola. I was going to write my speech, but in the spirit of the director, I'm going totally improv. Then I'm going to kiss every ass I can....
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Posted by greg at 4:01 AM

March 29, 2004

ND/NF: Captive by Gaston Biraben

I saw Captive, the debut feature from Gaston Biraben, at New Directors/New Films last night; it's a subtly powerful movie that gripped the sellout audience at MoMA Gramercy. Captive is a fictionalized telling of real events, a surreal, politically charged...
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Posted by greg at 7:17 AM

March 10, 2004

Tremble's Guide to the NY Underground Film Festival

[via Gawker] Todd Levin gets all excited, then he gets all real about the program notes for this year's New York Underground Film Festival. He has provided funny-because-it's-true guide to interpreting the program and selecting your screenings wisely. "' ode...
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Posted by greg at 5:20 AM

February 15, 2004

New York Film Festival(s)

[via Gawker] Manhattan User's Guide has compiled a list of film festivals in New York. At last count, there are 28, including six at Lincoln Center and four at Anthology. Start dubbing those screener tapes....
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Posted by greg at 9:49 AM

January 27, 2004

GreenCine to Film Festivals: Bring It On!

Between Jonathan Marlow's voluminous Park City dispatches and David's Berlinale preview, you can basically sound like you've been to both all three festivals and figured out what was worth seeing and tracking. Can't wait for Rotterdam to get the GreenCine...
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Posted by greg at 3:59 AM

January 25, 2004

Sundance Winners at IndieWIRE and beyond

Awards were handed out last night at Sundance. Check out the list of winners at IndieWIRE. Or, check out IndieWIRE's profiles of the first-timers in the competition, including New Yorkers Morgan Spurlock, who won the directing award for his masochistic...
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Posted by greg at 9:26 AM

January 21, 2004

TMI, or Overblogging Sundance

With daily reports from the frontlines filling the Festival site, IndieWIRE, Movie City News, the Times, the trades, , Sundance needs weblogging about as much as Bush's march to war did. Naturally, that's not stopping anyone. If you still think...
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Posted by greg at 11:51 AM

September 8, 2003

Toronto Film Festival: the SportsCenter Version

The National Post has a nice highlights reel, with reports from the field (and locker rooms, apparently) at the Toronto Film Festival. Some of it's like listening to cricket scores on the BBC, though; you can recognize the language as...
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Posted by greg at 2:40 AM

September 4, 2003

IndieWIRE, who loves ya, baby

[via GreenCine] IndieWIRE surveys 20 acquisition executives from indie and mini-major studios to see what gets them out of bed in the morning (and to see what gets you into bed with them). Great stuff....
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Posted by greg at 11:55 AM

June 4, 2003

Film Festival Directors On Film Festivals and Directors

[via GreenCine] David points to a GreenCine article last year where a table of film festival directors review the history and future of the festival. Some started as propaganda (Venice, Cannes, Berlin), some as flukes founded by freaks, but...
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Posted by greg at 11:10 AM

May 21, 2003

The Guardian's Cannes-imatrix Freakout

1. Kudos to the Guardian for enlisting every film monkey who can type to produce their extensive Cannes coverage. (Granted, Brits::Cote d'Azur, fish::barrel, and it's not exactly a hardship post, either.) 2. Or maybe it is. The Guardian crew seems...
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Posted by greg at 7:45 AM

May 20, 2003

Cannes' Cinema Quote of the Day, from Jenny Holzer

The beginning of the war will be secret, Jenny Holzer balsa postcard from Printed Matter Every evening at dusk during the Cannes Film Festival, the artist Jenny Holzer is projecting cinema-related quotes from actors and filmmakers onto the ugly...
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Posted by greg at 11:01 AM

March 18, 2003

Cannes Not, Cannes II

For the diehard fan, who's not related to me and/or not chased away by my recent forays into my perspective on current events which keep relating back to the themes of my first movie, otherwise I'd have just...
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Posted by greg at 5:50 AM

February 3, 2003

So Then Who Blew (Whom) At Sundance?

From yesterday's NYTimes:Editors' Note, Sunday Styles The Age of Dissonance column last Sunday, about cozying up to celebrities, mentioned a report in The Daily News that guests at the Sundance film festival "had their shoes spattered" when the actor Tobey...
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Posted by greg at 2:07 AM

January 29, 2003

Strictly (Sundance) Business

First, rather than just say, "Called it!" (which I did, thank you), let me congratulate director Stewart Hendler and company (including DP John Ealer) for winning Sundance's Online Film Festival with their short, One. Second, third and fourth, check out...
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Posted by greg at 4:41 AM

January 23, 2003

Quick Sundance Notes

From's excellent Sundance coverage comes the story of the screening of Open Hearts, by Danish director and Dogme groupie Susanne Bier:In the middle of this witty, winning Dogme 95-sanctioned melodrama about infidelity and mourning, the Park City projectionist...
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Posted by greg at 5:42 AM

January 21, 2003

Now Go Vote For This One

This beautiful, entertaining Sundace Online entry, Lots of Robots is, amazingly, the product of one guy, animator Andy Murdock. Read about it at Wired. I love it, and not just because he has a website all about the making-of....
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Posted by greg at 4:31 AM

January 20, 2003

The Broad from The Piano Starts Talking

SCENE: A Park City Mill-about ELVIS MITCHELL scans the lobby, sees HOLLY HUNTER standing, quiet and alone. He says to himself, "What the [expletive deleted, Utah S.C. 1999-104.2.1] is this, The Piano? Why ain't that broad talking?", and determines to...
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Posted by greg at 9:40 AM

January 17, 2003

Sundance Online: Vote For My Favorites

Breakbeat meets media hacking in Stephen Marshall's S-11, which was made for GNN, Guerilla News Network. Where Norman Cowie's Scenes from an endless war (which screened last month before Souvenir (November 2001)) used FoxNews sampling to underline media complicity, Marshall's...
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Posted by greg at 1:46 AM

September 29, 2002

State Department denies visa to Abbas Kiarostami to visit NY Film Festival

According to this wire report, the US State Department has refused to process a visa for the director Abbas Kiarostami, the godfather of Iranian cinema and one of the most highly acclaimed filmmakers in the world. His latest work, Ten,...
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Posted by greg at 10:49 AM

September 8, 2002

If only we'd ALL been at the Toronto Film Festival LAST year...

Of course, I don't mean the whole world; just all New Yorkers. The terrorists' message would have gotten an auto-reply saying, "Sorry, you missed us. We're all in Toronto, eh?" Alas, it was not to be. This year, however, everyone...
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Posted by greg at 8:33 AM

September 4, 2002

On Film Festivals

The guys at Cyan Pictures are back from their location in Kentucky and have some hi-larious and endearing accounts of the shoot. Check it out, and compare it to the folies we had in France during the shooting of Souvenir....
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Posted by greg at 1:53 AM

July 27, 2002

Submitted to Slamdance. We're traveling

Submitted to Slamdance. We're traveling to UT and AZ for the weekend, location scouting for the Sundance/Slamdance season. Yeah, that's it, location scouting....
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Posted by greg at 6:35 AM

July 12, 2002

Poking around Slamdance's website to

Poking around Slamdance's website to get my submission stuff ready. It's HI-larious, obviously made by someone who pokes around dry film festival websites for a living. That led me to Bitter Films, where Don Hertzfeldt flogs and writes about his...
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Posted by greg at 2:12 AM

June 24, 2002

Festivals Update: Submitted Souvenir November

Festivals Update: Submitted Souvenir November 2001 to the Evora International Short Film Festival, held in November in Švora, Portugal. On hearing this, a Portuguese-Ohioan friend of mine praised the town effusively. (He just got back from a trip to the...
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Posted by greg at 7:24 AM

June 4, 2002

I submitted applications Monday for

I submitted applications Monday for three festivals, and almost submitted to a fourth, when I belatedly realized I'd already sent them a tape two+ weeks ago. Festivals submitted today: Tehran (Iran) International Short Film Festival, the Winterthur (Switzerland) International Short...
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Posted by greg at 1:37 AM

May 21, 2002

While surfing for Cannes reports,

While surfing for Cannes reports, I found this great Indiewire interview with Abbas Kiarostami from the 2001 Double Take Documentary Film Festival, timed to the premiere of ABC Africa, his doc about AIDS in, well, Africa. Some highlights: The film...
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Posted by greg at 10:04 AM

May 15, 2002

Went to an IFP24 Market

Went to an IFP24 Market orientation meeting tonight. This doesn't mean Souvenir's been selected for the market yet; it was a Q&A session for filmmakers hoping to participate in the Market. Here are the bullet points, primarily as they relate...
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Posted by greg at 11:30 AM

May 9, 2002

Today: Picked up my bulk

Today: Picked up my bulk order of 20-minute VHS tapes Started duping screening copies of the movie (eight and counting, so far) Prepped entry packets for the Int'l Short Film Festival Berlin, the AFI Fest in LA, and the Mill...
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Posted by greg at 2:46 AM

April 24, 2002

Cannes short films shortlist

Sure enough. Here is the list of short films selected for Cannes. Two US films, including one by Bruce Terris, who was Pete Jones' 1st Assistant Director on Stolen Summer/Project Greenlight. Watching Terris' constant pushing/complaining about the importance of shot...
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Posted by greg at 12:58 PM