This Minneapolis film and music fest has become a rite of fallDecember 1st, 2004 | Kate Silver
The line to see The Last Word at the Minneapolis Oak Street Cinema snakes down the block, splitting in two directions. Its a pleasing sight, even after a week spent loitering around movie theatres. Of the numerous events Ive attended, The Last Word (2003) screening has the highest draw.
How Foley artists created Vanity Fair’s naturalistic noisesDecember 1st, 2004 | Marko Costanzo
I knew Mira Nairs Vanity Fair was going to be an interesting and challenging project.
Indie actors-turned short filmmakersDecember 1st, 2004 | Kate Bernstein
While so many of Hollywoods high-paid actors spend their paychecks on the kind of luxury items the rest of the world only comes in contact with on trashy celebrity television shows, some are emptying their bank accounts and charging up their credit cards like the rest of usmaking movies. A rising group of thespians are stepping behind the camera and taking a shot at directing.
The aloha state’s burgeoning indie film communityDecember 1st, 2004 | Konrad Ng
Although the cinematic possibilities of Hawaiithose that lay beyond the tropical tropes of tourism and military patriotism have always been clear to local residents of the island, only recently has there been notable validation of that truth.
Brazilian-born Marcelo Zarvos scores award-winning indiesDecember 1st, 2004 | Katherine Brodsky
Marcelo Zarvos is scoring big in the independent film world these days. The thirty-five-year old Brazilian-born Zarvos, who has made New York his home for the past twelve years, has composed music for a handful of independent films, including Tully (2000), Kissing Jessica Stein (2001), and this years The Door in the Floorall award-winning and critically acclaimed.
Can indie video stores survive the chains?November 1st, 2004 | Lisa Selin Davis
I spent June of this year in Ghent, a small town near Hudson, New York. Hoping to rent some John Sayles movies one night, I headed into town, pulling up alongside a group of heavily pierced teenagersyour average counterculture youth. I asked them where to go to rent a video, and they suggested the Hollywood Video on Route 9.
The ups and downs of being Spike’s little broNovember 1st, 2004 | Cinqué Lee
Sometimes you think you dont need any help, that you can do it on your own. Thats exactly what I was thinking before I started shooting my new feature, Ur4Given. I should have known better. I had a Sony PD-150 given to me by my brother Spike (yes, Spike Lee) and some tape stock.
Contemporary rock docs take center stageOctober 1st, 2004 | Rachel Sontag and Rick Harrison
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you dont live it, it wont come out of your horn. They teach you theres a boundary line to music. But, man, theres no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker
Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation confronts his mother’s schizophreniaOctober 1st, 2004 | Joshua Sanchez
Although development hell is the norm for most independent filmmakers, the experience of Jonathan Caouette stands apart. The thirty-two-year old Caouette spent almost twenty years making Tarnation, his first feature-length documentary, which went from being a $218.32 home video project edited on iMovie, to a $400,000 theatrical release that will open this fall.
The tricky business of marketing social-cause filmsOctober 1st, 2004 | Elizabeth Angell
When Jim de Sève began working on his documentary, Tying the Knot, four years ago, it was a small, personal film. He had fallen in love with Kian Tjong and both men wanted Tjong, an Indonesian immigrant, to stay in New York. Had they been a straight couple, says de Sève, they would have married immediately and solved Tjongs Green Card problem.