May 11, 2017

How to Beat the Film Fest System & David Lynch Leaves Movies Behind Forever [PODCAST]

David Lynch
This episode of Indie Film Weekly introduces a filmmaker who learned how to tell whether festivals have actually watched his movie, and mourns the inimitable David Lynch's retirement from cinema.

Co-hosts Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss one of the most hotly debated No Film School posts from this past week, along with what the annual Newfronts advertising presentations can tell you about where to pitch or sell your films, the closure of Facebook's VR production wing Oculus Story Studios, and whether or not other movie awards should follow in MTV's footsteps by eliminating gender-specific acting awards categories.

Charles Haine joins us to report on the latest filmmaking tools, including a new wireless light meter that might change the way you evaluate a scene. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about the necessity of director's viewfinders.

As always, the show also brings this week’s indie film releases, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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This is RE the female male actor award change conversation. Though especially for the complacent attitude of Jon, for all three, what you did not recognize in the conversation about the change to gender neutral actor awards is not only about male female equity, but rather the fact that there is more than just two genders. This opens the actor recognition to all genders.

May 11, 2017 at 11:03AM

Julie Magruder

Hmmm, there seems to be a pattern forming (3 titles so far) with Film festivals in the past forty-eight hours on this site e.g., Park City, Ut, (the funny documentary), "to hold film festivals accountable by way of Vimeo analytics and now this one." Oh, I forgt to mention the deathly stench of dying brine shrimp wafting through downtown SLC on a hot Summer day(s). Aw, the memories.

I like it and keep'em coming boys and girls!

May 11, 2017 at 7:10PM, Edited May 11, 7:11PM


RE the gender in awards, for some years now I've wanted to see a best female director category in the academy awards. At least the public would have to hear about five to eight big time female directors every year. It would be great to see men and women having a fair fight in a single category, but that seems a bit too utopic for the current times. In almost 100 years, only four women were ever nominated to the category and only one won. I don't think that's changing anytime soon, not without and even bigger re-estruturation of the inner workings of the academy.

May 12, 2017 at 11:39AM

Luan Oliveira
film student in Rio