When filmmaker Jim Cummings created his latest film "Thunder Road", he didn't imagine it would ever get into Sundance, let alone win a top prize. And now, not only has his widely successful and lovably hilarious short film gone on to gain him exposure and amazing opportunities, he can also claim it has gained him a favor from "The Boss" himself. Cummings recently wrote an open letter to Bruce Springsteen regarding the cost of rights to his song "Thunder Road" - a song that makes up the very fabric of his film. Without the song, there's essentially no film. But with a 50K price tag on the rights to the song, it was looking likely the film would never make it online at Vimeo for free, as was Cummings' intentions. However, thanks to hard work and a touch of sheer luck, Sony has granted him digital rights to the classic Springstreen track. Festival wins, notoriety, an awesome film and now a favor from a musical legend. Not bad. Read here for more info on the one shot short that could! And be on the lookout for "Thunder Road" when it hits the Indie Street Film Festival in Red Bank this July!
If you plan on attending this month's SXSW in Austin, You won't want to miss these promising under-the-radar titles. The SXSW Film Festival opens this Friday with "Brand: A Second Coming," documentarian Ondi Timoner's portrait of comedian Russell Brand, but it's hardly the only game in town. While anticipation for that behind-the-scene peek remains high, big names don't convey the full scope of the Austin festival's lineup. Instead, SXSW prides itself on showcasing rising stars of the festival circuit, promising newcomers, and off-beat or otherwise funky topics that give the lively gathering its distinctive character. See the list here.
Throughout writer-director Farhadi's wrenching, relentlessly intelligent drama, characters shield their feelings with unspoken motives and actions. Like last year's Oscar-winning "A Separation," Farhadi's new work confirms his unique ability to explore how constant chatter and anguished outbursts obscure the capacity for honest communication...click post title to read full review written by Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, wrapped its 21st edition over the weekend with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 192,000. "The Backward Class," directed by Madeleine Grant, was the winner of the Audience Award, which is tallied from audience votes throughout the festival. The crowd-pleasing "Meet the Patels" by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel came in second, followed by Ryan White and Ben Cotner's "The Case Against 8."...read full article on IndieWire
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Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian Revolution doc “The Square” led the winners of the International Documentary Association's annual awards, which were announced last night at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America theater in Los Angeles.
Time travel mix-ups have provided ample fodder for a range of comedic material, from "Back to the Future" to "Safety Not Guaranteed. The Australian romcom "The Infinite Man" is part of a rare breed that uses the constant pileup of future and past events to enhance its humor and intelligence at once.
Director Mahdi Fleifel’s “A World Not Ours” and David L. Lewis’ “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step” have been awarded the DOC NYC grand jury prize in the festival’s Metropolis Competition.
Indiewire.com picks 10 Folks that made a major impression at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The Berlin International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, but there's many filmmakers and actors from the festival we'll likely be hearing about for some time. Over the course of the festival, there were numerous names few had heard of a few weeks ago that all of the sudden, were the subject of conversation thanks to their breakout work in the festival's program. Click here to read about the 10 filmmakers in particular on Indiewire.
Had a bit of trouble staying awake when reading the synopses for the "most anticipated" films of Tribeca this year. It seems like every narrative is a "gripping story about a group of friends that discover that life is hard." Maybe the world is running out of original stories to tell? IndieStreet's most anticipated on the Indiewire list is "Point and Shoot" from Director Marshall Curry ("If A Tree Falls"). We'd be very surprised if this doesn't take home the documentary award. To be honest the documentaries in general seem a bit more intriguing, which is the historical case for the Tribeca Festival. Indie Wire is always a great resource for Film Reviews and Festival buzz so we are sure that the majority of the films will be better than they read on paper, and there will be a few films that are surprisingly unique. While IndieStreet is currently brainstorming new strategies that will deviate from the old festival model, we still understand the current value and importance of festivals within Indie Film. View Indiewire's The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival 2014
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