September 2005

Netflix and the afterlife of indies

How the DVD-by-mail service is lengthening the lifespan of small movies

Capturing the Friedmans is one of Netflix's biggest successes (Andrew Jarecki).

For a documentary, Deadline (2004) was, by all accounts, a big success. The film, which profiled Illinois Governor George Ryan and his decision to condemn the death penalty in Illinois, toured the festival circuit to rave reviews and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004.

Sunday Night Muse

Open Zone showcases a range of local talent

It’s Sunday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—the reigning annex of lower east side hipsterdom. Live jazz floats from the open windows of a Tiki bar, sidewalk cafes overflow with 20-somethings, and scads of the tragically hip mill around street corners as the summer sun retires.

Q/A: Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling brought me flowers when we met for this interview on a hot Sunday in July. Our earlier scheduled meeting had gone awry, and he was feeling badly for his part in the miscommunication. I don’t mind saying that I loved the gesture or that I’m a huge fan of Gosling’s work—even before he brought the flowers.

From Cecil B. to Businessman

Will Keenan & Go-Kart Films

Will Keenan has done some crazy things to promote movies. He’s been hit by a car, threatened self-immolation, and climbed a water tower only to get busted on the 6 o’clock news. Keenan even once dove from a third-floor balcony into a pool.

Making Room

The highs and lows of directing a cheap thriller

I’m the director of the low-budget psychological thriller Room (2005), which premiered at Sundance and had its international debut in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in May. Room was produced by The 7th Floor along with Jim McKay and Michael Stipe’s C-Hundred Film Corp.

Picture’s Up

Bob Berney's journey, from Dallas' Inwood Theater to distribution newcomer Picturehouse

Everything you need to know about Bob Berney’s taste in movies can be summed up by one simple fact: growing up, his favorite film was Stanley Kubrick’s seminal sci-fi head-trip 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Of course, like most of us, he also had a soft spot for more, let’s say, lowbrow fare.

Budgeting for archival footage

The Documentary Doctor suggests you start by listing your key elements

Dear Doc Doctor:

How can I calculate how much archival footage I’ll need for my film, and how much it will cost?

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