Award-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s upcoming musical fantasy “La La Land” is already being met with critical praise - even before its official premiere tonight at the 2016 Venice Film Festival! The film follows the story of an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) as they navigate L.A., a city that is well known for crushing dreams. The highly anticipated film, due to be released later this year, is already raking in some much deserved acclaim. While we can hardly wait to see the film, we are content to bide our time by catching up on all of the positive reviews popping up online as we speak. You can check out film critic Eric Kohn’s review of the film here, via Indiewire.
While the New York Film Festival is still going strong in the Big Apple, another stellar film festival is happening outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a screening platform just as powerful as NYFF to other under the radar industry heavy hitters and smaller, up-and-coming indie films. Indiewire is calling the Hamptons International Film Festival, now celebrating its 25th year, the Oscar Season's secret weapon and we can't agree more. Learn more about Indiewire's breakdown of the value of this amazing festival here, and if you are lucky enough to find yourself in the Hamptons over the weekend, check out the festival's full program, which kicked off this week!
As the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, considered one of the biggest festivals of the Fall season, wraps up this weekend, Indiewire reflects on the filmic winners and losers of the past week and a half. From glowing Oscar contenders to searing disappointments, check out highlights from another stellar year at TIFF!
So, you checked out the newly announced Indie Street Film Festival program and event line-up this week and you basically cannot wait another day until you can catch some of the best in indie cinema to hit the festival circuit this year. While you patiently await the upcoming second edition of ISFF, hitting Red Bank, NJ this July, why not bide time by perusing and getting acquainted with some other indie films coming out this year. Check out Indiewire's list of 20 films that they believe will define this year in indie cinema!
For over a decade now, film as a physical medium has been heralded as dead. Done. Kaput. But if the lineup at this year's Cannes Film Festival proves anything different, it just goes to show that film is here to stay. Call the analog medium a zombie or ghost or superhero or even a freak of nature. The industry is seeing a resurgence of projects shot on film and we are totally loving it! To show just how integral and important shooting on film is, Kodak released the list of 15 films playing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that were shot on their stock. From “The Beguiled” to “Wonderstruck”, these films are also some of the most highly anticipated of the entire festival. Check out the full list via Indiewire and if you wanna know more about the making of some of Cannes’ top films, head here to get the lowdown on cameras used during production!
Are documentary films and all things non-fiction your thing? Well, you’re in luck! If you’re planning on being in the NYC area anytime between Feb. 16 through Feb. 26, the Museum of Modern Art’s 2017 Doc Fortnight is the place to be! The 10 day festival kicks off tomorrow and will feature 20 feature-length films and 10 doc shorts, including 4 world premieres and many more US premieres. Check out a breakdown of the entire schedule and get more info on what the MoMA's Doc Fortnight has to offer over on IndieWire now!
Vimeo continues to step into the world of the original series with a new standalone miniseries called “555”. John Early and Kate Berlant have been making comedy together for years and will continue to collaborate for this anthology series consisting of essentially 5 short films. We meet Early and Berlant as the two embark on a quest for stardom in Hollywood. Executive produced by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim and directed by three-time Vimeo Staff Picked filmmaker, Andrew DeYoung, “555” promises to be comedy gold! Pre-order the series today for $3.99 and mark your calendars for its exclusive debut on Vimeo on January 31st! In the meantime, check out the trailer below!
Sure, Sundance is right around the corner, but it's never too early to start thinking ahead! Though we're still a couple months out from SXSW 2017, it looks like schedule is starting to take form. It was just announced earlier this week that Terrence Malick's "Song to Song" will open the 2017 edition of the festival! An opening night premiere starring Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbinder and Ryan Gosling, this is Malick's first major World Premiere in the US in 10 years. The festival kicks off March 10th and runs through the 19th. For more information on other World Premieres that will be hosted in Austin this year, head over to IndieWire for the full scoop. And stay tuned for more announcements as they roll in!
Reading 'best of' lists from top indie film publications and film critics is fine and all, but how about a roundup that incorporates favorites from those very directors on our own lists? IndieWire did just that with 35 top filmmakres and the result is a goldmine of both new and recognized films to appreciate and shine a light on before the end of the year. Check out the full lists over on IndieWire now!
2016. A year of horrors. And yet, a year of great cinema! Indiewire seems to have found the perfect way to merge 2016’s two different personalities into one list. Check out their list of the top 10 horror films of 2016 that you probably didn't get a chance to see. A great collection of under the radar, overlooked films sure to bring a bit of the right kind of fright into your life. So, put the Christmas movies aside for one night, bundle up by the fireplace and get ready for a holiday scare!