Syria: Songs of Defiance, a new film about the violence in Syria airing on Al Jazeera, was filmed by an undercover journalist using an iPhone, letting him get shots the Syrian government won’t allow regular TV journalists.
I got a chance to talk to two amazing filmmakers, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, 30 Days) and Richard Linklater (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, Dazed and Confused) about how they’re making films and television shows in a digital age.
“We have a much bigger stake in ownership with these kind of programs,” Morgan told me. Digital distribution is giving the creators a bigger stake in their own work.
Here’s our feature profile of Morgan Spurlock from 2011: Morgan Spurlock: I’m With The Brand
Looking for something to watch this weekend?
Martin Scorsese’s Filme School: THE 85 FILMS YOU NEED TO SEE TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FILM
One of the most talked-about—and harrowing—Sundance films wasn’t a film in the traditional sense. Hunger In L.A., which screened at the New Frontier Pavilion, is an interactive experience that puts participants in the middle of a shocking food line incident. Its creator, journalist-turned-documentarian Nonny de la Peña talks about the making of the project and its potential impact beyond Sundance.
Toronto director Jamie Travis was one of the breakout stars of Sundance this year—his ribald For A Good Time Call was picked up by Focus Features. Travis talks about his path to, and from, Sundance.
Written by Lauren Miller (wife of Seth Rogen) and Katie Anne Naylon, and starring Miller, Ari Graynor, and Justin Long, For A Good Time, Call… is the story of two longtime enemies who, through economic circumstances and the influence of a shared gay BFF (Long), become unlikely roommates and start a successful phone-sex business. The semi-autobiographical crowd-pleaser (it draws heavily on Naylon’s experiences) drew belly laughs and blushes in equal measure from Sundance audiences, and was picked up by Focus Features for $2 million, one of the fest’s largest deals.
Star Wars Uncut is a Frankensteined love letter of absurdities—and that’s just how mastermind Casey Pugh wanted it. Warning—once you start, you can’t stop watching. Co.Create got a behind-the-scenes look at how the ultimate crowdsourced film was produced.
Fast Company asked Martin Scorsese to talk about bold risk-takers who changed cinema. Here’s what he had to say about Orson Welles.
11 Actual Products Inspired By Films And TV
What did we leave out?
Saul Bass. Before I ever met him, before we worked together, he was a legend in my eyes. His designs, for film titles and company logos and record albums and posters, defined an era.
Is technological connectivity mankind’s next evolutionary step?
"We created computers as an extension of our brains, and now we’re connecting through those computers and the Internet cloud as a way of expanding them," - Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Webby Awards founder
In her new documentary, Connected, which premiered at Sundance this year, Shlain sees digital connection as the next step in harnessing our collective brainpower—as long as we don’t lose our ability to relate to each other.
Animated GIFs Capture Stanley Kubrick’s Most Immortal Shots.
Part of Kubrick’s genius was in crafting moods, not just scenes — a mastery on full display in these animated GIFs created by Gustaf Mantel. In a single gesture, they capture an indelible moment in film history in a way no film still possibly could. See more
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Today’s infographic is a minute-by-minute plotting of the various scenes and parallel plots in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
This one is almost as good as our Inception contest winner.
It’s Friday! Donnie Darko and Easter rolled into one. What could possibly go wrong?