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Monthly Archives: July 2011
Recently I was afforded the opportunity to attend a short filmmaking workshop in new york city. The short film lab was hosted by the prestigious Sundance Film Institute. Attendees paid a price of $150 and in return attended a one-day workshop focusing on the art of short filmmaking. Panelists included; Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck the duo behind the critically acclaimed Half Nelson, Debra Granick the director of the oscar nominated film Winter’s Bone, Josh and Benny Safdie the team of brothers who created the mumblecore film Daddy Longlegs, Reed Morano director of photography of Frozen River, Alan Oxman editor of Storytelling, Carter Smith the director of the award-winning short film Bugcrush to name but a few of the esteemed panelists. The range of topics covered were elements such as; story, production, distribution, and programming. Which was followed by a networking reception at the end of the day.
I could sit here and write you a really long and detailed post about the awesomeness of the panelists who provided great advice and information for aspiring filmmakers. But thankfully our good friends over at Cinespect already did so. Check out Carlos J. Segura’s account of the day here.
Also check out the official Sundance blog which gives another detailed account of the day here.
If your a short filmmaker like myself I encourage you to attend one of these worthwhile workshops whether it be in LA, NYC, or the Chicago area. Although keep in mind these workshops are geared towards individuals who are already working in or are familiar with the industry. If you are a novice this might not be the right workshop for you.
If you didn’t get the opportunity to catch all of our great selections of films during the 2011 festival, fear not. For Leisure Time now has a slew of titles which were screened at this year’s BIFF available to rent or buy. Titles include; Barney’s Version, Somewhere, The Illusionist, Another Year, Biutiful, Of Gods and Men, and Trust
Jason Jackson and Charles Butterfield Bermuda’s first students to attend India’s Whistling Woods Film Academy in India have left Bermuda in hopes of starting their road to become filmmakers. See the full bernews article here.
For those of you who were unable to attend the last Bifflix screening. You may be unaware that the film series will be going on a short summer hiatus. Bifflix will return on September 15th and will be showcasing the powerful drama Gun Hill Road which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Please check back later on in the summer for screening details.
The June winner is Marlee Robinson who wrote “Broken hearts joyously reunited in….. death.” Congrats, Marlee!