Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

Movies

Kickstarting Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!

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Hayk Manukan & Moolt Films (The Ricky Gervais Show, Monster High, Teen Titans Go,  UMIGO) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000 for its 11-minute short, Abo & Karo: The Mini-Movie!  The deadline is Sept. 20th. Read more

Trailering Taking Flight Short from Moonbot

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Moonbot Studios (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) has another Oscar-contending short with Taking Flight, inspired by Radio Flyer wagon inventor Antonio Pasin. Read more

VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

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Richardson Talks Ultra Panavision 70 for The Hateful Eight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight.

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Trailering The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

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Watch the new trailer for the signature edition of Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, celebrating its 16th anniversary, premiering in the TIFF’s kid section and coming to select theaters Sept. 30 with two deleted scenes (most likely including “Robot Dreams”). Read more

Khan Academy Launches Pixar in a Box

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Education, Movies, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Pixar in a Box, a free online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process, goes live on KhanAcademy.org. The first year will focus on math, to be followed by science, computer science, arts, and humanities. Read more

Aviva Kempner Talks Rosenwald Doc

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Rosenwald, the fascinating doc about Jewish millionaire/philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, opens this weekend in LA. He was owner of Sears, who during the Jim Crow era funded more than 5,300 black schools in the deep south and was responsible for educating intellectuals and artists that would later become crucial political and cultural leaders. Inspired by the late Julian Bond (whose father and uncle were both Rosenwald fellows), Aviva Kempner (Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) sheds light on this silent partner of the pre-civil rights movement, who was influenced by Booker T. Washington (above with Rosenwald) and Rabbi Emil Hirsch.

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Dolby Sound Podcasts Launch with Randy Thom

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The Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have launched a series of 10 “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcasts, kicking off this week with Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design. Thom discusses what makes great soundscapes with the Dolby Institute’s Glenn Kiser and the influence of Apocalypse Now on modern sound design (listen to a clip below). Read more

Academy Considering 20 Sci-Tech Achievements

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, the Foundry, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital  are involved with the 20 sci-tech achievements under consideration by the Academy’s Technical Awards committee (including 11 distinct investigations). Read more

Trailering More of The Martian from Ridley Scott

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Watch a longer trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian (Oct. 2) and find out why it’s a must-see adventure. Read more