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Last chance to try for a shot at NYFF trailer fame! Contest ends September 9th!

September 1, 2009


The clock is running down, but there’s still plenty of time to try for a shot at festival greatness! Our NYFF Trailer Competition with the web’s foremost social network for filmmakers,, wraps on September 9th. That leaves you all of Labor Day weekend to put the final touches on your masterpiece. Remember, a lot’s riding on this: fame, glory, and VIP access to the New York Film Festival.

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Just three weeks left! Could your masterpiece appear at the New York Film Festival?

August 19, 2009

Filmmakers, now’s the time to brush off those fantastic ideas celebrating the art of film. Our search for the next great New York Film Festival has just three weeks left! That’s plenty of time to whip up a masterpiece, so get cracking! The winner will live it up like a VIP, but there’s plenty of great stuff for finalists, too. You can enter at

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Led by Resnais, Almodovar and a newcomer called Precious, the New York Film Festival slate is up!

August 11, 2009

Just announced: the official New York Film Festival slate! Let the chatter commence! The slate naturally boasts films from all over the globe: Italy, Portugal, France, Phillipines, Korea. And it’s got plenty of veterans: Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard), Claire Denis (White Material), Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime), and Andrzej Wajda (Sweet Rush).

The Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass (Les herbes folles), close with Almodovar’s latest, and boast as Centerpiece Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire which got a lot of positive attention at Sundance. But what plenty of festival goers will be talking about is Lars Van Trier’s Antichrist (trailer above), which caused quite a stir at Cannes.

New Yorkers, get ready, the Festival is almost here!

A HUGE opportunity for filmmakers: Could YOUR trailer open the New York Film Festival?

August 10, 2009


Fancy yourself a budding Scorsese? The chance to appear at a major festival may be closer than you think!

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has long cultivated a community of passionate film enthusiasts and filmmakers. On the web, brings together a community of 10,000 independent video makers who apply their know-how to assignments from big brands and organization.

For the 47th Annual New York Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Poptent have joined forces to create a unique opportunity for filmmakers to create a 30-90 second trailer that will premiere during the New York Film Festival and be adapted to run year round in front of Film Society programming.

The exposure and excitement are priceless, but here are some things you can win if your trailer is selected:

  • A VIP pass for two for all screenings during the 2009 New York Film Festival.
  • The distinction of having your trailer premiere during the New York Film Festival and possibly play in the Film Society’s screening venues year-round.
  • Two passes to the Opening Night party
  • A year-long subscription to Young Friends of Film, which includes regular special events including exclusive screenings, parties, and director Q & A’s
  • A limited-edition poster for the 47th Annual New York Film Festival
  • A two-year subscription to Film Comment Magazine
  • One Flip Cam HD

There are fantastic prizes for runners-up as well. What are you waiting for? Enter now!


Dennis Lim joins New York Film Festival selection committee!

April 13, 2009

Joining The Film Society’s Richard Peña and critics Scott Foundas, J. Hoberman and Melissa Anderson, Dennis Lim was just announced as the newest member of the New York Film Festival selection committee, charged with helping to choose the approximately twenty plus features that will make up the 2009 slate.

“Dennis is one of the most original voices in film criticism,” said Peña, program director at The Film Society and NYFF selection committee chairman. “Comfortable with an exceedingly wide range of films, he brings fresh and often surprising points of view to his writing on cinema that challenges traditional orthodoxies.”

Dennis Lim is the editor of Moving Image Source, the online publication of the Museum of the Moving Image. He writes frequently for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and was a film critic at The Village Voice from 1998 to 2006, as well as its film editor from 2000 to 2006. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, and he teaches in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University.

Congratulations to the selection committee’s newest member!

What Was “Old” Is New Again: Kelly Reichardt’s “Old Joy”

March 13, 2009

When Wendy and Lucy placed atop the charts on Film Comment’s 2008 Poll, I was surprised to hear most laudatory comments containing the phrase “nascent filmmaker.” Not that Kelly Reichardt is unworthy of such praise, but just two years ago she already made good on her promising talent. It seemed as if many of these cinephiles had forgotten that Reichardt already bloomed—particularly with the 2006 release of her first feature in 7 years, Old Joy (New Directors/New Films ’06). It may not have the prescience of Wendy and Lucy’s vision of a troubled economy, but Old Joy is a sublime observation on failed fraternity that is without the creaky narrative devices that detracted from the gracefulness of Wendy and Lucy.

Striking many truthful chords in tiny moments, Old Joy is an insightful meditation on near-middle-age malaise. On the surface, the story is driven by a hiking trip taken by two reunited pals as they traverse the lush, green woods of Portland and vent their inarticulate thoughts over campfires and harmless firearms. Mark (Daniel London) is a hopelessly stable married thirtysomething on the brink of fatherhood while Kurt (Will Oldham) is a wayward soul on the brink of stoner-oblivion. The interaction between these former best buddies is appropriately uncomfortable, as a trip that was meant to be a vacation from anxiety only puts into perspective the angst of aging.

Old Joy is emotionally charged in the most delicately nuanced way possible; the true emotions perpetually bubble under the surface of stilted silences and banal chatter. Reichardt’s camera captures these characters through facial expressions and pauses, not overexplicit dialogue. Most impressive is Reichardt’s acumen in deconstructing the idea of masculinity, and man’s alienation from nature. Its title and presentation are richly ambiguous, but Old Joy was one of 2006’s best films due to what is easily apparent: the painfully honest depiction of expired friendship and the disillusionment with nostalgia.

-Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy also writes for The L Magazine.

Film critic Melissa Anderson talks about her cinematic “brides” in a new video series, Personal Views

February 24, 2009

We’re thrilled to unveil this new video series, Personal Views, courtesy of filmmakers Drew DeNicola and Miriam Bale (also a Film Comment contributor). This series will visit people in the film community to take a look at their personal relationships to film.

This inaugural edition also introduces the newest member of the New York Film Festival selection committee, film critic Melissa Anderson. In the piece, hear Melissa talk about her “brides,” the women in film who inspire her, including Susannah York, star of The Killing of Sister George (screening as part of the Film Comment Selects series), plus the double feature she would travel thousands of miles to see.

See the Killing of Sister George with an introduction by Melissa Anderson: Sat Feb 28: 4