Some hail him as a modern-day Nostradamus, others dismiss him as a crackpot. Futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil is the preeminent theorist on the pending fusion of humans and super-intelligent machines as the next phase of evolution, a "singularity" he predicts will occur within 30 years. This fascinating (and at times terrifying) doc explores the personal ideals behind his controversial ideas. | Read MoreDocumentary
With today's quickly evolving technology, choosing the best resources and workflow for your project can be a challenge. Decisions made months prior to principal photography will impact the post-production process, back-end costs, and ultimately, the success of your production. In this case study, Panavision and Merge Creative Media will review the workflow employed on the feature film (Untitled), directed by Jonathan Parker and starring Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton.
Panelists will explain the process from acquisition on the Panavision Genesis® camera system all the way through the end of the post process. Panelists include Svetlana Cvetko, (Untitled)'s director of photography; Gavin Rosenberg and Jeremy Evans from Merge Creative; and Chris Konash and John Fishburn from Panavision. | Read More
Most directors and cinematographers who shoot on film will tell you that nothing is more satisfying than the sound of the stock running through the camera gate or the sight of light pushed through film at 24 frames per second. But really, it is all about the image and how that image will live on celluloid. Whether they're using 35mm or Super 16mm, filmmakers have a certain aesthetic in mind when they choose to shoot on film.
This discussion features TFF '09 filmmakers Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), Julio DePietro (The Good Guy), and Bette Gordon (Handsome Harry, Variety), cinematographers Stuart Dryburgh (Oscar®-nominated for The Piano) and Fred Elmes (Blue Velvet, The Ice Storm), and producer and former TFF juror Christine Vachon (Killer Films). Moderated by American Cinematographer's Patricia Thomson. | Read More
With the emergence of innovative strategies such as marketing on Facebook or digitally distributing on YouTube, the old studio-driven business model of film distribution and marketing has been turned on its head. There are now multiple ways that filmmakers can control what happens to their film, so how do they come up with the best formula for success? Does one size fit all?
This panel will explore a number of key marketing and distribution strategies available to both short and feature filmmakers. Panelists include 42West partner Cynthia Swartz, YouTube Entertainment Marketing Manager Sara Pollack, filmmaker and Festival alum Jon Reiss (Bomb It, TFF '07), Oscilloscope Pictures Partner David Fenkel, IFC Films Vice President of Theatrical and Home Entertainment Ryan Werner, and Tribeca Enterprises Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Steven Zeitchik. | Read More
The challenges facing a writer when translating a literary vision into the blueprint for a cinematic one can be daunting. Is it ever possible to create a movie that the audience will think is better than the book? Panelists include writer/director Julian Kemp (My Last Five Girlfriends, based on Alain de Botton's On Love), Dave Callaham (Tell Tale, based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"), and Caroline Bottaro (Queen to Play, adapted from Bertina Henrichs' novel The Chess Player). Moderated by Slate Magazine film critic Dana Stevens. | Read More
The relationship between what is on the page and what is on the screen is the key to the success of any film. What are the challenges when you are the keeper of both flames? Panelists include writers and directors Raymond De Felitta (City Island), Paola Mendoza and Gloria LaMorte (Entre nos), Jac Schaeffer (TiMER), and Conor McPherson (The Eclipse). Moderated by critic and Flavorpill film editor, Lisa Rosman. | Read More
Writing with a big budget is often perceived as different than writing with a small one. Does money affect the imagination of the writer? Join us for a conversation
with Brian Koppelman and David Levien (The Girlfriend Experience, Ocean's Thirteen). Moderated by Glenn Kenny, writer of the Some Came Running blog and former film critic for Premiere. | Read More
Whether played out on the field, in the ring, or on the court, every great sports drama is ultimately a human tale-of conflict, determination, passion, triumph, and loss. In honor of ESPN's 30th anniversary, ESPN Films launches 30 For 30, an unprecedented documentary film series featuring 30 of today's finest directors bringing to life 30 of the most remarkable sports stories from 1979 to 2009-the ESPN era. These films represent an extraordinary and diverse mosaic of the impact of sports on America and world culture.
Join 30 For 30 filmmakers Dan Klores, Barry Levinson, Barbara Kopple, and Albert Maysles as they discuss how they are bringing their unique filmmaking points of view to their chosen story. Moderated by ESPN's Chris Connelly. | Read More
Great art often comes out of great struggle. With the film industry suffering the same upheaval as many other great American industries, where does the future of independent filmmaking lie? Join members of the DGA's Independent Directors Committee in a discussion of how an independent film gets made in today's rapidly shrinking global economy.
Join directors Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol), Raymond De Felitta (City Island, TFF '09), Gary Winick (Bride Wars, Tadpole), and Austin Chick (XX/YY) as they discuss some of the challenges ahead for independent filmmakers. Moderated by The New York Times' David Carr. | Read More
In Bette Gordon's pioneering indie narrative about voyeurism from a female perspective, a young woman (Sandy McLeod) works as a ticket taker in a porn theater, and her curiosity leads her to shadow a male patron. This film features an unparalleled collaborative team of downtown artists from the early 1980s, including composer John Lurie, cinematographer Tom DeCillo, writer Kathy Acker, photographer Nan Goldin, and actor Spalding Gray. Variety was shot on location in New York City at the now bygone landmarks of the Variety Theatre, Fulton Fish Market, and Yankee Stadium, as well as an edgier incarnation of Times Square.
Preservation by Women's Film Preservation Fund of NYWIFT. Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
Acclaimed director Amir Naderi applies his inimitable cinematic style to Vegas, a timely and complex fable about our current economic crisis. The film takes place away from the glittering strip of mega casinos, but the greed of Sin City is just as pervasive on the desert outskirts, where an otherwise happy family is thrown into turmoil after learning of a forgotten fortune that may be buried beneath their home. | Read MoreDrama, Thriller, Comedy