October 2012

The New in Nouveau is a Moving Target

Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan considers the shifting landscape of his programmatic specialities: short format and new media.


"Daytona" is a short that's shot in the "real" world with actors.

Festival du Nouveau Cinema's Philippe Gajan explains how web docs are new media and not just documentaries on the web: "The place of the viewer is completely different now. You can choose the way you participate in the documentary." The Independent's Patrick Pearce gets the whole scoop on how the definition of nouveau changes from year to year.

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema deals in the new, from new cinematic territories to new media forms that take their cues from film.

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "Flight"


Denzel Washington in what Kurt Brokaw calls a career-defining performance.

The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.

The Ascent of Assange

Katherine Brodsky talks with director Robert Connolly, who premiered an adapted biopic of Julian Assange at TIFF 2012.


More and more, activism looks like this. (From "Underground.")

Timing is everything. Though Robert Connolly took six years to make his last film, he turned out the first Julian Assange biopic in a year. The Independent's Katherine Brodsky caught up with him at TIFF 2012.

Hushed tones. Top-secret documents. Governments, pissed-off across the globe. Whether praised or demonized, few people can debate the significance of Australian-born Julian Assange, founder of the contentious WikiLeaks.

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "Something In The Air" and "Not Fade Away"


David Chase ("Sopranos") hits the NYFF big screen with "Not Fade Away."

The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "Celluloid Man"


PK Nair is India's "Celluloid Man," protector of its film history.

The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.

Adam Cohen on the Marriage of Music and Film (he's for it)

Katherine Brodsky stops into the third annual Festival Music House during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.


Adam Cohen's 2011 album cover for Like a Man.

Festival Music House invites Canadian musicians to apply for a spot on their three-day invite-only concert line-up that coincides with the Toronto International Film Festival. Mixing, matching, and marriage between motion picture and sound is encouraged and one of this year's featured performers, Adam Cohen, has no problem with that whatsoever.

The Festival Music House set up camp at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival for the third consecutive year. The invite-only three-night event lured in top Canadian indie musicians and put them in front of filmmakers, producers, and other film industry types.

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "Life of Pi"


Brokaw writes that "[Ang] Lee’s tiger has no equal in cinema."

The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice - "The War of The Volcanoes" and "Liv & Ingmar"


"Liv & Ingmar" makes Brokaw's critic's choice for 2012.

The Independent's senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices.

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