Video: Amreeka director Cherien Dabis talks to the Film Society’s Richard Peña

Posted August 25, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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From Erin Crumpacker, a video of the Q&A between Richard Peña and Amreeka director Cherien Dabis.

Be sure to check out Erin’s blog, Briefly Noted, for more.


From the Film Talk, a special interview with Elliott Gould

Posted August 20, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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See Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice this Friday and Sunday

Great new stuff from our friends at The Film Talk, an interview with Elliott Gould who will be appearing at the Film Society tomorrow and Sunday, as a part of our Natalie Wood tribute and screening of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Note to film buffs: the film premiered at the 1969 New York Film Festival, and two of the original actors who were there will be here at the Film Society this week! Check out the podcast for Mr. Gould’s fantastic memories of working with Natalie Wood, as well as other recollections of his impressive careers in the movies.

Natalie Wood
August 19 – 25, 2009See schedule and buy tickets

Listen to The Film Talk podcast here

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

Posted August 19, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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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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Angelenos, catch Mitch McCabe’s Youth Knows No Pain at the Arclight on August 19th

Posted August 18, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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Mitch McCabe’s Youth Knows No Pain premiered at the Film Society on April 28th, and since then, the beauty obsessed denizens of LA have been deprived of it’s incisive, funny and personal probing of the business around the quest to stay forever young.

Angelenos, never fear–Mitch McCabe will be town to screen her doc at the Arclight in Hollywood on August 19th. Chris Kattan will be on hand for the Q & A. Don’t miss it!

Read more about the event

Read the filmlinc blog’s interview with Mitch McCabe

Terrific opportunity for emerging documentary filmmakers at the Paley Center

Posted August 13, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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The Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio) has an interesting workshop/competition now looking for entrants. During DocFest, five preselected emerging nonfiction filmmakers will pitch their ideas to a panel of documentary producers. All finalists get feedback, but the winner walks away with $5,000 toward finishing their film.

Deadline is September 25. Read more about the contest.

And whether you make documentaries or cartoons, you’ll want to check out our search for the next great New York Film Festival Trailer, presented with Your piece could premiere during the New York Film Festival!

Scorsese to LACMA: Film Matters (via the Los Angeles Times)

Posted August 12, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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Last month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided to scrap its four-decade-old-film program. We here at the filmlinc blog were saddened to see our left coast brethren lose such a precious venue through which to experience cinematic rarities. And we’re not alone. An active “Save Film at LACMA” page on Facebook is gathering steam, a petition has over 1,500 signatories, and film lovers coast to coast are up in arms.

Today, the Los Angeles Time blog printed an open letter from Martin Scorsese protesting LACMA’s move. Because we think it’s so important to read, we reprint it in it entirety below, but you can read the original post here:

“I am deeply disturbed by the recent decision to suspend the majority of film screenings at LACMA. For those of us who love cinema and believe in its value as an art form, this news hits hard.

We all know that the film industry, like many other institutions and industries, has to be radically rebuilt for the future. This is now apparent to everyone. But in the midst of all this change, the value and power of cinema’s past will only increase, and the need to show films as they were intended to be shown will become that much more pressing. So I find it profoundly disheartening to know that a vital outlet for the exhibition of what was once known as “repertory cinema” has been cut off in L.A. of all places, the center of film production and the land of the movie-making itself.

My personal connection to LACMA stretches back almost 40 years to when I lived in L.A. during the ’70s and regularly attended their vibrant film series, programmed by the legendary Ron Haver. It was actually at LACMA, during a 20th Century Fox retrospective, that I first became aware of the issues of color film fading and the urgent need for film preservation. Ian Birnie, a programmer of immaculate taste and knowledge, has continued in the tradition of Ron Haver, who was so well-versed in cinema past and present. I do not understand why this approach to programming needs to be re-thought. I am puzzled by the notion of pegging future film programming to “artist-created films,” as stated in the letter announcing this shift – to do this would be tantamount to downgrading the worth of cinema. Aren’t the best films made by artists in the first place?

Without places like LACMA and other museums, archives, and festivals where people can still see a wide variety of films projected on screen with an audience, what do we lose? We lose what makes the movies so powerful and such a pervasive cultural influence. If this is not valued in Hollywood, what does that say about the future of the art form? Aren’t museums serving a cultural purpose beyond appealing to the largest possible audience? I know that my life and work have been enriched by places like LACMA and MoMA whose public screening programs enabled me to see films that would never have appeared at my local movie theater, and that lose a considerable amount of their power and beauty on smaller screens.

I believe that LACMA is taking an unfortunate course of action. I support the petition that is still circulating, with well over a thousand names at this point, many of them prominent. It comes as no surprise to me that the public is rallying. People from all over the world are speaking out, because they see this action – correctly, I think – as a serious rebuke to film within the context of the art world. The film department is often held at arms’ length at LACMA and other institutions, separate from the fine arts, and this simply should not be. Film departments should be accorded the same respect, and the same amount of financial leeway, as any other department of fine arts. To do otherwise is a disservice to cinema, and to the public as well.

I hope that LACMA will reverse this unfortunate decision.”

–Martin Scorsese

Save LACMA film — sign the petition here

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

Posted August 11, 2009 by Amanda McCormick,
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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!