Posted tagged ‘Richard Peña’

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

August 25, 2009

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.

On the Edge: New Chinese independent cinema in context

April 22, 2009


Under the control of the state, Chinese filmmakers are often deprived the freedoms that artists in other countries take for granted. “The act of making a film has to be approved at each step,” documentary filmmaker Jian Yi told NPR in an interview last year. “If it’s a sensitive film, it’s difficult to get that approval.”

But with the widespread adoption of digital video technology and DIY editing software, independent filmmaking flourishes in China. This weekend, get a rare glimpse of some of the most exciting young contemporary filmmaking talent as the Film Society invites a select group of Chinese independent filmmakers to appear and show their work during On the Edge: New Independent Cinema from China 2009 April 24-26. Though little viewed in China, these films have made an impressive mark on the international stage: several have received major festival awards, and filmmakers Zhang Lü and Ying Liang are hailed as two of the most promising talents working anywhere today.

To get you primed for the series, we’re thrilled to be able to offer this podcast Kevin Lee created for the dGenerate Films blog. In the podcast, Kevin speaks with the Film Society’s Richard Peña about specific titles in the series and the overall state of independent filmmaking in China.

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And be sure to join us at the Film Society to meet these talented filmmakers this weekend!

On the Edge: New Independent Cinema from China 2009 April 24-26

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!

New Directors/New Films video diary: the New Voices have a Mid-August Lunch

April 6, 2009

For their very first film festival experience, New Voices Melanie Shaw, Jay Felty and Eric Yue pack light, journey to Lincoln Center, and solicit plenty of seasoned advice from NYU professor Antonio Monda, the Film Society’s Richard Peña and even New Director Gianni Di Gregorio.

Video Q&A with Mike Leigh and Sally Hawkins

October 17, 2008

Video courtesy of Kevin Lee.

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Snapshots: Hunger’s Steve McQueen

October 1, 2008

New York Film Festival Snapshots sponsored by:

Hunger director Steve McQueen and FSLC’s Richard Peña

Photo: Godlis

Snapshots: The Class Director Laurent Cantet

September 17, 2008

The Class director Laurent Cantet and FSLC’s Richard Richard Peña

Photo: C. J. Contino

Snapshots from the New York Film Festival are sponsored by Chopard.