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!
As the oft-complicated and questionable year of 2016 starts to wrap itself up, we begin to reflect back on some of the highs and lows of what the past 12 months had to offer. Though this year offered quite its fair share of lows, its independent film offerings were truly some wonders to behold. And it’s not just about the narratives on-screen, the acting or everything production-wise in between. This year, indies were also celebrated because of their marketing prowess and movie posters. From recent gem “Moonlight” to 1960s throwback sexploitation film “The Love Witch”, check out IndieWire’s gallery of their top 10 favorite indie film posters of the year!
If you didn’t get the chance to catch “The Love Witch”, director Anna Biller’s saturated, Technicolor love letter and homage to the 1960s, around the festival circuit this year, do yourself a favor and get to one of its screenings in LA and NYC - ASAP. An over-the-top drama about a modern day witch that uses magic to get her way with men, it's both ridiculous and necessary in today’s film industry. Director Anna Biller shines with talent in many departments, creating a throwback film that comes off as something unique, insane and refreshingly new. Indiewire sat down with Biller to get her take on how to create a feminist film in an industry that may not value…well, your values. It's insightful and badass advice. From getting angry to killing your darlings, check out the full list of recommendations over on Indiewire and then watch the trailer for the must-see film below!
We all know that making films is an ongoing learning cycle that truly never ends. You are constantly learning from your own mistakes, taking advice from the ones that came before you, and seeing a shift in tastes/technologies within the industry. Though it’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker, trying to stay on top of things while also creating a breakout film on the festival circuit can be a daunting, overwhelming task. Indiewire recently caught up with a few up-and-coming indie filmmakers with works showing in the “New Auteurs” and “American Independent” categories at the 2016 AFI Fest. They talked about all they learned while creating their breakout festival films. Check out some of the invaluable advice they impart to other up-and-comers over on Indiewire.
Based in Texas, Alamo Drafthouse has become a well known theater chain by moviegoers in only specific locations across the country. Known for serving food and alcohol (with a no phone policy) and incorporating interactive events, looks like New Yorkers are finally getting their chance to join in on the fun. Though a Yonkers location already exists, the opening of a Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Brooklyn has been a long awaited moment. And it looks like there is finally a date set, you patient New York film lovers! The downtown Brooklyn location is officially set to open next week, on October 28th! The theater’s first series will be appropriately called “New in Town”. Mark your calendars and read more on the opening!
Yesterday, Vimeo launched its new Staff Pick Premieres with Danny Devito’s raved about short film “Curmudgeons” (shout out to Indie Street Film Festival where it won the NJ Short Audience Award). With Staff Picks the driving force behind Vimeo’s platform and the laurels being a trusted promise of value and high-quality films, this is an exciting, natural next move for the company. On top of the new Premieres, curators will also be featuring Best of the Week, Best of the Month, and Best of the Year sections. Vimeo General Manager Peter Gerard said that this new curation system would be part of an ongoing project to change the way viewers consume videos on the platform. For more info on the new curatorial initiatives over at Vimeo, head over to IndieWire! And make sure to check out Devito’s must-see short!
The 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival came to a close last night, wrapping up almost two weeks worth of days packed with exciting film premieres and events. Interested in learning which films took home the coveted prizes? Indiewire has a full breakdown of all the award winners, from the Gold Lion to the Silver Lion and everything in between. Check out the list here!
Over the past couple of decades, Kevin Smith has worked hard to become a powerful indie film legend in his own right. But what if you could harness that power and use it to help self-distribute lower budget films from some of the best up-and-comers you’ve never heard of? Well, this is what Smith is trying to do - find new ways of financing, self-promoting, touring and distributing his own films as well as the films of others. He spoke with Indiewire this week to talk about the state of the film industry, how his relationship with the business has changed, and how he hopes to move beyond just creating his own films in the future in order to help champion the voice’s of others and bring their films to the masses. Read the full interview here.
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.
The 54th New York Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have just announced the lineup for their highly anticipated immersive storytelling program, Convergence. Featuring nine interactive works and five panels, NYFF’s mission is to show that the art of immersive storytelling is constantly changing and evolving. From works fusing augmented reality and comic books together to viewers using digital devices to solve crime, the lineup is an impressive selection of work that proves we are heading towards innovative means of storytelling in the future! The program will also be complemented by panels talks from various innovators in the field, including Hilmar Koch, Lindsay Doran, Mike Knowlton and others. Click here for the full lineup and more info!