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Behind the Lens: 48 Hr. Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project kicked off last Friday evening with teams receiving their instructions and picking their genres out of a hat. The groups gathered in the ballroom of Maison St. Charles, anxious to get started, and knowing that a hectic, sleepless 48 hours lay in store. Submissions of the four to seven minute films had to be submitted no later than 7:30p.m. Sunday.


Another 48 Hours

Fast Film Fete Comes to NOLA

The New Orleans installment of the 48 Hour Film Project begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Maison St. Charles Hotel Ballroom (1319 St. Charles Avenue.) NOLA Project Producer Bill Rainey reports that as of last night 48 teams (he insists it's a coincidence) have registered for the two-day competition which gives teams two days to create a movie script and then complete a film at least four minutes, but no longer than seven minutes long. 

Film Review: Boyhood

Blessed Lord Almighty is Boyhood bad: nearly three hours of scene after scene going nowhere powered by tedious, superficial chit-chat. At the two-hour, twenty-six minute mark, Ethan Hawke gets asked "What's the point?" by-then-former-child-actor Ellar Coltrane (perhaps it was the other way around-- I could barely focus on the film by this point). I can't give you a memorable quote in response to this all-too-valid question, and it's a dull, uninspired scene. 

Film Review: The Return to Homs

The point of The Return to Homs seems quite clear: to mobilize world opinion against the horrible regime of Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad so much that Assad will be forced to end the civil war that erupted when he refused to abandon power three years ago. 

'I Get A Grade on My Fanny Every Day'

One Crew Member's Life and Luggage on the Set of Pitch Perfect 2

Erica Mahorney works twelve, sometimes thirteen hours a day for six separate bosses. On the set of Pitch Perfect 2, she the Producer's Office Assistant. 

Film Review: Lucky Them

Toni Collette has traveled a long way from Porpoise Spit, Australia, and her iconic ABBA duet with Rachel Griffiths. Her new film, Megan Griffith’s Lucky Them, looks back twenty years to the world of Northwest alternative rock and the death of Kurt Cobain.

Film Review: Searching for Sugar Man

Guitarist Sixto Rodriguez makes two records in 1970 and 1971 in Detroit.  They don’t sell at all.  Not sell well, mind you, they don’t sell at all.  The comic estimate we hear is “six”, but overall perhaps as few as 75 to 100 sold.  This happens all the time, but the music from those albums, “Cold Fact” and “Coming from Reality”, is extremely good. Like, Beatles good.

Prytania Theater Hosts John Ford Retrospective

NoDef Film Critic Jason Raymond takes a look at the cinematic sociology behind the Prytania's series on legendary director John Ford's films.

To say the name "John Wayne" today one immediately creates echoes of controversy that swirled around the actor for the last quarter of his life. As the actual man began dying in Los Angeles, his friend and six-time co-star, Maureen O'Hara requested Congress issue him a medal reading "John Wayne American" because she said, "To the people of the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, a very fine actor, John Wayne is the United States of America. He is what they believe it to be."

Film Review: Ai Weiwei: the Fake Case

In our modern world it was throughly appropriate that Ai Weiwei wrote an article for Newsday condemning China for forgetting about the massacre in Tiananmen Square twenty-five years ago. Ai Weiwei has become China's most famous artist, the artistic consultant behind the Beijing National Stadium, the "Bird's Nest" of the 2008 Olympics. As China has tried to silence him, he's growing more critical of the government and better known worldwide. He's a canary in toxic mineshaft. His art focuses on mocking China's ruling Communist Party.

The Family Business

Eddie and Aaron Matthews: Everything You Never Asked About Movie Stunts

"I wasn't a daredevil.  I wasn't a Type-A personality.  I was just an athlete and I kind of saw it as a way to be a professional athlete." That's how Eddie Matthews explains how he became a Hollywood stuntman back in 1981.  Naturally athletic with a love of acrobatics and high diving, he worked Wild West shows in Arizona when a movie production brought him into contact with "some old-time stunt men."

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