Scene from "Digging for Fire". Photo by Ben Richardson/Courtesy of The Orchard.
Joe Swanberg and Ben Richardson have made three movies together – Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, and now Digging for Fire. The film is a dramedy, co-written with Jake Johnson who also stars in it, about a man in a mid-wife crisis and a woman trying to figure out where mother/wife ends and she begins.
“We've got a good shorthand going at this point,” Richardson said, “which makes us pretty efficient with shot design. So, this time we decided to go all the way and shoot 35mm with the camera on the dolly.”
Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to Berlin on a DAAD scholarship in 2000 where she continues to live and work.
In 2011, she made FILM as part of the Unilever Series of commissions in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which marked the beginning of her campaign to protect the medium of photochemical film (www.savefilm.org).
Filmmaker Tasha Waldron uses the Bolex Camera
In the late 1980s, in Ottawa, Canada, 12 filmmakers driven by a passion for, and a dedication to, emulsion-based independent filmmaking began The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Incorporated (IFCO). IFCO is the youngest of nearly 13 film production centers across Canada, but its vigor in promoting and ensuring comprehensive film training for its members is as strong as ever.
“We believe that there are ample resources for digital artists and producers,” says IFCO Executive Director Patrice James, “and so as our mission, vision, and values dictate, we will continue to create opportunities whereby emulsion based filmmaking is proliferated. We’ve only included digital in post and projection, but not in production.”
The time is now! As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Action is the foundational key to all success.’
At a recent informal symposium – hosted by the passionate, award-winning writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, and sponsored by the Getty Research Institute – the importance of taking action to preserve today’s moving images was brought to bear.
Photos: Left and right images: Filming Little Accidents. Center: Jason Berman at the Sundance Film Festival.
If ever there was proof that some individuals are natural born filmmakers, Jason Michael Berman is it. As vice president of Mandalay Pictures, the Baltimore native spends his days structuring financing for the company’s ever-growing slate of independent films. It’s a job he’s been training for since he first started playing around with a video camera as a kid. By the time he graduated from University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Berman had established himself as a producer who is unwilling to take “no” for an answer.
Berman’s resume is impressive. In the past decade, he has amassed more than two dozen credits, including Ryan Piers Williams’ The Dry Land, Sheldon Candis’ LUV, Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents and Andrew Renzi’s Franny. Berman spoke with us about finding his calling and the tactile beauty of film.