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From Boots Riley to Debra Granik: 5 Directors To Remember in Awards Season

This week on the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, we sat down with directors who made smaller films that don’t have big awards campaigns but whose work should be remembered among the year’s best films.

Here’s a taste of the wisdom and insight each director shared about their filmmaking process.

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Lynne Ramsay On Bouncing Back

In the winter of 2013-14, Lynne Ramsay disappeared to the Greek Island of Santorini to seek refuge after the traumatic experience of having to quit “Jane Got a Gun” right as production began, having concluded the producers would never let her make her version of the film she’d worked on for years.

“I found it quite peaceful and I could get quite focused, perhaps because I thought I was going to make a film and I didn’t and that was really painful,” said Ramsay.
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CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint

CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle a Sexual Harassment Complaint
Eliza Dushku received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after claiming she was written off “Bull” for complaining about sexual harassment on set, according to a New York Times report. The actress joined the primetime drama for three episodes in March of 2017, with plans to become a full-time cast member; following alleged comments from star Michael Weatherly, who “remarked on her appearance, and made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome,” she was written off the series. Dushku believes this would not have happened had she not confronted Weatherly.

CBS confirmed the settlement in a statement:

“The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done,” CBS said. “The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of
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‘Dead Souls’ Trailer: Eight-Hour Documentary Explores China’s Dark History

‘Dead Souls’ Trailer: Eight-Hour Documentary Explores China’s Dark History
Anyone drawn to the protracted runtimes of Bela Tarr and Lav Diaz will likely be excited by the prospect of Wang Bing’s latest offering: “Dead Souls,” which clocks in at a prodigious 495 minutes. If you’ve never seen an eight-hour-plus documentary about China’s late-’50s re-education camps and the misery therein, this is surely the place to start.

Here’s the synopsis: “In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Deemed ‘ultra-rightists’ in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps. Dead Souls invites us to meet the survivors of the camps to find out firsthand who these persons were, the hardships they were forced to endure, and what became their destiny.”

Bing’s most recent film, “Mrs. Fang,” won the Golden Leopard at last year’s
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Paul Schrader Has Won More Than 2,100 Games of Words With Friends

Paul Schrader Has Won More Than 2,100 Games of Words With Friends
It isn’t much of a revelation to say that Paul Schrader is a wordsmith. The “First Reformed” writer-director, who also penned the screenplays to “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” got his start as a critic before becoming a filmmaker. Even so, his Words With Friends prowess is impressive: In a discussion with A24, Schrader reveals that he’s won more than 2,100 games of the Scrabble-esque time-killer.

This began “probably about four or five years ago,” according to Schrader. “Larry Karaszewski turned me onto it. You’re always waiting five or ten minutes for a meeting. Larry said, you know, ‘What do you do with those minutes? You should play Words With Friends, because that’s what I do.'”

He only partakes “whenever there are those dead times” and has made it a rule to “only play people I know. I play Robbie Doyle the Irish soccer player. What
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Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions

Oscars 2019: Best Editing Predictions
This award season the best editing navigated complex mood swings in capturing love and pain in such Oscar contenders as “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Favourite,” “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Green Book,” and “Widows.”

Several movies started off strong with the bold opening, including the mopping of water in the credit scene in “Roma,” the perilous X-15 flight in “First Man,” and the juxtaposition of Viola Davis in bed with Liam Neeson with the botched heist in “Widows.”

Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white childhood remembrance of things past, establishes a rhythm as well as a cleansing metaphor about life and memory with the flow of water in the opening. Cuarón, who served as editor with co-editor Adam Gough, created a dance with his pacing, making the viewer a voyeur in a family drama filled with daily adventures that ebb and flow in intensity.

The director meticulously
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Peter Jackson Turned World War I Footage into a 3D Color Film, One Frame at a Time

Peter Jackson Turned World War I Footage into a 3D Color Film, One Frame at a Time
To make his groundbreaking World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” director Peter Jackson received unprecedented access to the Imperial War Museum’s film archive in London. Jackson’s dream was to make the 100-year-old footage look as modern as possible. The hope was that by restoring the footage and removing from it what made it look and feel dated, he would also remove the filter that prevents a modern viewer from relating to the soldiers up on screen.

To restore the archival footage and transform it into a 24 frames-per-second, color, 3D film, Jackson turned to Stereo D, a company that specialized in converting blockbusters (Marvel and the Star Wars films) from 2D to 3D.

“One of the cornerstones that Peter was instilling in us and our artists was staying as true to the original material as we possibly could,” said Stereo D Producer Mark Simone. “So if it was photographed,
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Black Cinema’s Rise in 2018: In the Year of ‘Black Panther,’ Has Real Change Happened?

Black Cinema’s Rise in 2018: In the Year of ‘Black Panther,’ Has Real Change Happened?
Black Panther” is a game changer. With over $1.3 billion worldwide, it shattered the long-standing, fallacious belief that black films don’t sell overseas. It also should close 2018 as North America’s highest-grossing film — a historic first for a film with a predominantly black cast, black writers, and directed by a black filmmaker.

There’s another way to look at this: Deja vu. Hollywood’s interest in black stories surges, and then the “renaissance” is followed by a fallow period … until the next one. It’s a pattern that strips the consistency and continuity that’s essential for lasting change.

In the late 1960s, following the Civil Rights movement and facing pressure from a socially and politically conscious black audience seeking full representations of their humanity, Hollywood responded with blaxploitation movies. (It didn’t hurt that Hollywood was in economic flux at the time.) This overdue recognition of the power of
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Jason Momoa Changes His Tune & Now Says Henry Cavill Is “100%” Staying In The Dceu As Superman

Hot off the heels of Jason “My Man!” Momoa seemingly at peace with the idea of continuing the Dceu without the help of Henry Cavill as Superman, the “Aquaman” actor is changing his tune a bit.

A couple days ago, in an interview, Momoa said that he didn’t know what was happening with Cavill in the role of Superman, after rumors and speculation said the actor has decided to hang up the blue and red tights.

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Mormons Upset Over New ‘Once Upon A Deadpool’ Poster Depicting The Hero As Jesus

The whole point of “Once Upon a Deadpool” was to take the R-rated, foul-mouthed, adults-only superhero and package “Deadpool 2” in a PG-13, family-friendly way, right? Well, apparently that’s not completely going according to plan. You see, the good folks at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormon Church) are pretty upset by the new film, particularly with a new poster depicting Deadpool in a very…religious way.

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Nadine Labaki Talks Her Golden Globe-Nominated Film ‘Capernaum’ And Life Intersecting With Art In Lebanon [Interview]

If it’s hope you seek in the new Lebanese film “Capernaum,” you have to look deeply. It lives mostly in the characters’ minute actions, which reveal kindness and care that long ago departed their eyes and demeanor. Look, for instance, to the pots and pans our pre-teen protagonist Zain has rigged into a rattling cart to dutifully haul around a baby that life has left in his lap.

Read More: Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum [Capharnaüm]’ Restlessly Moves Like An Uber-Realist ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ [Cannes Review]

The larger world, by contrast, is bleak.

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The Best TV Performances of 2018

The Best TV Performances of 2018
Actors and actresses are an oft-celebrated aspect of popular culture. They play the characters viewers identify with, rage against, or otherwise become emotionally tied to, and then they show up on “Busy Tonight” to play with a puppy or snap an Instagram picture calling out Hollywood’s double standards. In other words, they make a connection with their audience that needs to continue.

But their work can transcend that relationship, as well. Certain performances require recognition for their continued, intricate development (which often happens in TV), how they break from expectations, or when a new actor shows up and forms a fresh, unshakable bond. In 2018, a slew of actors did all of this and more. Some well-known faces forged exciting new aspects of their onscreen identity. Other newbies stole the show from their more experienced peers. Still more performers put out work fans didn’t expect or couldn’t get enough of.
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The State Of Peak TV In 2018: New Report Says There’s Still Too Much Damn Content To Watch

If people know as a film/TV superfan, then you probably hear something similar to this on a daily basis: “Hey, you really need to watch [Insert New TV Show]. It’s really good!” What ends up happening is that you’re left with a Netflix (or whatever streaming service) queue about a mile long of new TV series that you say to yourself that you’ll eventually watch, but you just never seem to find time to do it.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K: Is it Worth It?

A $1300 4K Raw camera that comes with DaVinci Resolve and produces stunning, detailed images as those featured in the above camera test seems like a no-brainer. But as Blackmagic begins shipping their latest Pocket Cinema Camera, reports are rolling in of faulty battery life and other hang-ups. More than one reviewer noted that the battery has a tendency to jump from 70% to 0% in a second flat. Another suggests remedying the issue by purchasing a handful of Canon LP-E6Ns for back-up, effectively tacking an extra couple hundred dollars onto the baseline price tag. He also warns that the audio jacks can […]
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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K: Is it Worth It?

A $1300 4K Raw camera that comes with DaVinci Resolve and produces stunning, detailed images as those featured in the above camera test seems like a no-brainer. But as Blackmagic begins shipping their latest Pocket Cinema Camera, reports are rolling in of faulty battery life and other hang-ups. More than one reviewer noted that the battery has a tendency to jump from 70% to 0% in a second flat. Another suggests remedying the issue by purchasing a handful of Canon LP-E6Ns for back-up, effectively tacking an extra couple hundred dollars onto the baseline price tag. He also warns that the audio jacks can […]
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‘Into the Dark’: Hulu’s Insane Holiday Horror Movie Helps Explain America’s Mascot Fixation

When the Philadelphia Flyers officially unveiled the team’s new mascot in September, the googly-eyed orange monster quickly became one of Twitter’s fiercest obsessions. Now, more than three months later, the creature known as “Gritty” has launched a thousand memes and the social media phenom shows no signs of stopping. (He just graced the cover of Artforum’s year-end issue.)

The internet’s collective interest seems driven by a series of unanswerable questions: Where did he come from? Was he born or made? Does Gritty actually ascribe to gendered pronouns? Was he born in the sewers under a hockey stadium? What is Gritty? Despite a cyclone of reporting on the mascot — some serious, some very serious — his genesis remains a thing of legend. However, the most recent installment of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series may offer some much-needed answers.

“Pooka” is not a Gritty biopic; it was conceived,
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Berlinale 2019. Lineup

Ghost Town AnthologyThe titles for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running February 7-17, 2019. We will update the program as new films are revealed.COMPETITIONThe Ground Beneath My FeetThe Golden Glove (Faith Akin, Germany/France)By the Grace of GodThe Kindness of StrangersI Was at Home, but A Tale of Three SistersGhost Town Anthology (Denis Côté, Canada)Berlinale SPECIALGully Boy (Zoya Akhtar, India)BrechtWatergate (Charles Ferguson, USA)PANORAMABuddies (Arthur J. Bressan Jr., USA, 1985) Bungalow (Ulrich Köhler, Germany, 2002) Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 1992) Daddy and the Muscle Academy Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, France/Belgium, 2006)The Man Who Drove With Mandela (Greta Schillar, UK/South Africa/USA/Netherlands, 1998)My Life As A Dog (Lasse Hallström, Sweden, 1985)Mysterion (Pirjo Honkasalo, Finland, 1991)Savage Nights (Cyril Collard, France/Italy, 1992) Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: a Chapter in David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989–1991 (Marion Scemema,
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“What Moonlight Gave Us Was the Confidence to Execute Our Ideas Without Fear”: Writer/Director Barry Jenkins on If Beale Street Could Talk

Writer-director Barry Jenkins solidifies his position as one of the current cinema’s most empathetic and visually (and aurally) expressive filmmakers with his third feature, If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from a 1974 novel by James Baldwin, the film tells the story of Tish and Fonny, a young couple whose dreams are cut short by Fonny’s wrongful imprisonment; moving back and forth between the early days of their love story and the brutal reality of their present, Jenkins crafts a masterpiece that is simultaneously achingly, hopefully romantic and unblinking in its portrait of social injustice. While Moonlight drew upon cinematic […]
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“What Moonlight Gave Us Was the Confidence to Execute Our Ideas Without Fear”: Writer/Director Barry Jenkins on If Beale Street Could Talk

Writer-director Barry Jenkins solidifies his position as one of the current cinema’s most empathetic and visually (and aurally) expressive filmmakers with his third feature, If Beale Street Could Talk. Adapted from a 1974 novel by James Baldwin, the film tells the story of Tish and Fonny, a young couple whose dreams are cut short by Fonny’s wrongful imprisonment; moving back and forth between the early days of their love story and the brutal reality of their present, Jenkins crafts a masterpiece that is simultaneously achingly, hopefully romantic and unblinking in its portrait of social injustice. While Moonlight drew upon cinematic […]
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John Cho Sees the Future of Film in ‘Searching’ and Its Colorblind Casting

John Cho Sees the Future of Film in ‘Searching’ and Its Colorblind Casting
The technological demands of Aneesh Chaganty’s feature directorial debut “Searching” were profound. A computer-screen thriller that unfolds on various displays, zinging from laptop to laptop and back again, Chaganty’s film required a canny handle on technology and the way it looks and moves, but it also needed an actor able to root the family-centric film in emotion and humanity.

That came from the inspired casting of the always-reliable John Cho as David Kim, a recent widower who must use all his smarts (and a ton of literal screen time) to find his missing teenage daughter Margot. The “Star Trek” and “Columbus” actor delivered, turning in a nuanced performance in a film that could have been dominated by on-screen wizardry.

While a film like “Searching” could impress by virtue of craftsmanship and technology that makes it feel so contemporary and true-to-life — this is the rare internet-centric film that utilizes existing apps and websites,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns:’ Emily Blunt Is Terrific In A Mostly Forgettable Imitation & Uneven Sequel To A Classic

Disney‘s new “Mary Poppins Returns” is a lot like a Snuggie™. That wearable fad blanket provided instant warmth and comfort to the receiver of the popular White Elephant gift, generated a hearty laugh or two, and was then thrown into the back of the closest, never to be seen again until the annual Goodwill run. This newfangled invention can’t compare with the reliability of a good ol’ regular blanket, but there is something charming— if a little bit off— about this new imitation.

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