Founded in 1992 and published by IFP, Filmmaker Magazine began with a simple mission: to cover the American independent film scene from the perspective of the filmmakers. Eschewing formal criticism, Filmmaker synthesizes conversations about the aesthetics of filmmaking with dialogues about its production methods, technologies, financing, and distribution. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Filmmaker looks back at two decades of American independent production, a period that has seen extraordinary changes in the ways films are made and released. As part of MoMA's Carte Blanche series, Filmmaker Editor-in-Chief and cofounder Scott Macaulay was invited to select
seminal films that speak to these issues and celebrate the magazine’s keen eye for new talent. All film notes are written by Scott Macaulay.
Organized by Rajendra Roy, Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, and Scott Macaulay, Editor-in-Chief, Filmmaker Magazine.
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Cul de Sac
2011. USA. Directed by Garrett Scott. American media, military-industrial policy, and madness collide in director Garrett Scott’s trenchant and sorrowful documentary essay film about a man who stole a military tank and went on a rampage in Clairemont, CA. In addition to the late director, editor Ian Olds was also selected for the 25 New Faces list. 57 min.
2011. USA. Directed by David Lowery. A father/son bedtime story becomes high adventure and eerie confessional in Lowery’s beautiful Pioneer, starring Will Oldham. 15 min.
Five Feet High and Rising
2000. USA. Directed by Peter Sollett. In Sollett’s indelible 2000 short, Lower East Side teens discover something about love and themselves during one hot summer. The film stars Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, and Melonie Diaz, and both Sollett and producer/editor Eva Vives appeared on our 25 New Faces list. 29 min.
A pair of special programs feature short films culled from Filmmaker’s annual “25 New Faces” series, which spotlights emerging independent film talents.
2009. USA. Directed by Lena Dunham. Before Girls and Tiny Furniture there was Creative Nonfiction, a funny and formally ambitious metafictional account about writing and non-romance at a liberal arts school. Dunham, a 2009 New Face, stars. 59 min.
2012. USA. Directed by Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva. The singularity, viral video, and K-pop collide in Miami artist and filmmakers Mayer and Leyva’s mind-expanding short. 13 min.
2004. USA. Directed by Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden. The short that led to the film Half-Nelson, Gowanus, Brooklyn is a jewel of a film detailing a young girl’s concerned investigation into her teacher’s secret life. 19 min.
The Black Balloon
2008. USA. Directed by Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie. A lost black balloon purposefully bobs and weaves throughout New York City in this warm look at the idiosyncracies of New York life. 22 min.
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