Online film festival showing a ton of shorts. Submit, or watch!
VIEWSTER ONLINE FILM FEST (#VOFF) 2
Relationship Status:IT’S COMPLICATED
Festival dates: June 12 – 26, 2014
Submission Deadline: May 22, 2014
Love has never been easy. Relationships are tricky so show us the good, the bad and the ugly and compete for awards totaling US$100,000. For the second edition of #VOFF, we invite all films, series and project teasers longer than three minutes with the theme “Relationship Status: It’s Complicated“.
Like most of his contemporaries making their first films in Italy during the 1960s, director Marco Bellocchio has been telling stories rich in social satire deeply tied to the politics of his times. But what separates Bellocchio from filmmakers like Marco Ferreri or Ettore Scola is his satires take a more dramatic approach than a comedic one like the films of the latter.
Since his debut film “Fists in the Pocket”, Bellocchio has told stories about Italy with a chiaroscuro lens that captures more shadows than light and his operatic performances give his actors a chance to burst out in tears or lash out in anger at any given moment. At the end of his movies we can never hope for answer but another question to ponder for days to come.
With Dormant Beauty, Bellochio uses his own brand of social satire to tackle the issue of the “Right to Die”. Based on the true case of Eluano Englaro, who died in 2009, after remaining in a vegetative state for 17 years, this weaves together various tales of characters dealing with their own personal demons and how they all intertwine with what is going on with Englaro in the national debate. I sat down with Bellocchio to discuss his process when writing a screenplay, what it’s like to juggle various characters and how to find an ending to stories that never seem to end. A 2012 Venice Film Festival Main Competition entry, this finally arrives stateside via Emerging Pictures (06.06).
I'm reading "My Struggle" right now, and it's great to see a writer, who has written a character driven novel, get such attention.
Karl Ove Knausgaard Brings His Struggle to Brooklyn
About 30 minutes before the start of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s event at the relatively small and narrow Community Bookstore in Park Slope on Wednesday, people packed the entire space in a scene more reminiscent of the calm before an indie-rock storm than an author appearance. Ezra Goldstein, an owner of the store, approached a microphone. “Don’t get excited,” he said. “This is just a sound check.”
Mr. Knausgaard, the Norwegian writer whose Proustian six-volume autobiographical novel, “My Struggle,” has become an unlikely hit (the third volume translated in English was released last week in the United States) is in New York for events with three high-profile peers. His first stop, a conversation with the novelist Nicole Krauss, was in Park Slope on Wednesday night. He will speak to Zadie Smith at McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo on Thursday night, and to Jeffrey Eugenides at the New York Public Library on Friday.
When he started writing “My Struggle,” Mr. Knausgaard said during the interview on Wednesday, “I didn’t really know what my life was like.” He called the book “a search,” and said, “I didn’t find anything.”
The unprecedented crowdfunding platform dana.io launches today. Filmmakers, artists, and activists around the world can use it for free. Unlike other platforms, dana.io does not take a percentage of the money raised.
This new model is based on the ancient practice of unconditional giving known as “dana,” in the Buddhist tradition. Just as Buddhist nuns and monks throughout history have been sustained by the dana offered to them by supporters, the dana.io crowdfunding platform will be freely offered for the funding of projects. The plan is that users, inspired by the concept that catalyzed the funding of their projects, will in turn voluntarily gift some of the money they raise to dana.io.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." - Henry David Thoreau
The director of dana.io, Alan Clements, shared his vision with me in a series of exclusive interviews. His passionate belief in the power of gifting grew out of his experience living as a Buddhist monk in Burma during the late 1970s and 1980s, where everything was offered openly and freely on dana: food, medicine, shelter, and the teachings themselves. After being forced out by the dictatorship, Alan became an investigative journalist, a human rights campaigner, and a media activist. After Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma's Nobel Peace laureate and leader of her country's nonviolent revolution) was released from detention, Alan collaborated with her on a series of underground conversations, which became the book, The Voice of Hope.
To read more, here is Peter Broderick's link to his original post: