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Spotlight: Three Films from the NY Times and Sundance Institute

By David Schonauer   Wednesday January 31, 2018

Families can be hard. So can diving from a 10-meter platform. Those are the subjects of three short films from the New York Times's annual OpDoc series in association with the Sundance Institute. Two of the films, "My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes" and "Baby Brother," are documentaries focusing on family: In the former, a filmmaker looks for a better understanding of his ...   Read the full Story >>

Industry News: CNN Shuts Down Casey Neistat's Video Company

BuzzFeed   Thursday January 25, 2018

CNN had big plans in when it purchased Beme, the video-sharing app started by filmmaking YouTube star Casey Neistat, envisioning him as a sort of digital Anthony Bourdain who could bring a new generation of news consumers. That was in 2016. Now Neistat and Beme co-founder Matt Hackett are leaving the company. Neistat talks with BuzzFeed about his inability to figure out a viable strategy for “Beme News.” He says he distanced himself from his own company, retreating into what he knew best — producing videos for his personal YouTube channel.   Read the full Story >>

MAP Spotlight: A Filmmaker Looks at "Muscle Memory"

Vimeo   Thursday January 25, 2018

“Many of us recall our past with mixed emotions — regret, nostalgia, sadness, joy — but what if we could pinpoint the exact moments that opened us up to all creative possibilities? Those moments that pushed us to a place of freedom, curiosity and discovery. Are those possibilities still available to us as we age? I want to find out,” says filmmaker and PPD reader Mary Trunk, who is working on an intriguing project called Muscle Memory. The film will explore Trunk’s former life as a dancer and a choreographer and how that world became integral to her identity as a filmmaker. She is currently raising funds  to complete the project. See a sample at Vimeo.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: What Do You Do After You Find a Treasure?

Short of the Week   Thursday January 25, 2018

DJ and Marilyn, two friends in Omaha, Nebraska, stumbled across a collection of antique letterpress blocks used by movie studios to print advertisements. They paid $2,000 for the lot, which later was estimated to be worth between $10 to $12 million. Their story is told in The Collection, a short documentary from filmmaker Adam Roffman. The film, notes Short of the Week, poses an intriguing question: What do DJ and Marilyn do now?    Read the full Story >>

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