REEL 13 BLOG

A Scouting Life: A Piece of the Story

December 17, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I opened up the script with the highest of expectations. To my surprise, it wasn’t a script at all. Instead I had been given a short story. The cultural dissonance was so great with the Chinese that I wasn’t quite sure where the disconnect was. Kar ...

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Best Movies by Farr: (Early) Worthy Wyler

December 14, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends three films from legend William Wyler's early oeuvre. Counsellor at Law (1933) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Perched high atop New York in his law office, attorney George Simon (John Barrymore) runs a busy, lucrative practice handling or rather, manhandling - a dizzying array of high-profile cases. GS, as he is known ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Twenty-Something Romantic Angst

December 14, 2009 | John Farr

If you enjoyed Mutual Appreciation, you might also enjoy these great films about twenty-something romance: Before Sunrise (1995) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Making his way to Vienna to catch a cheap flight home, 20-something American tourist Jesse (Ethan Hawke) chats up Celine (Julie Delpy), a student at the Sorbonne, on a Eurail train and ...

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Panel Discussion: Low Cost/No Cost Filmmaking

December 10, 2009

Christopher Allen, founder and director of UnionDocs, independent producer and new head of programming at UnionDocs, Steve Holmgren, our very own Reel 13 producers Rich Siegmeister and Bob Morris, and Keith Boynton and Mike Lavoie of 12films12weeks met at DCTV for a New York Film/Video Council discussion about low-cost filmmaking, exploring how ...

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A Scouting Life: A Surprise Request

December 10, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I took my time getting to the office the next morning. Work had been a seven-day-a-week affair for the last couple months, so I figured I could ease up a little. Anyway, the project was clearly falling apart. Why continue beating myself up if I didn’t have ...

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A Scouting Life: The Date from a Bad Movie

December 8, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

The three of us ducked across the street to grab a steak at Morton’s. The place was empty aside from our table. I couldn’t really get too involved in dinner as I was waiting for the waitress to call. Darius and Kar Wai seemed giddy with the ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Lee J. Cobb

December 7, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends three films featuring the inimitable Lee J. Cobb. Anna and the King of Siam (1946) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The true story of an Englishwoman who tutored the King Of Siam's large family in the mid-19th century, the film traces the unusual relationship that evolves between principled teacher Anna (Irene Dunne), ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Movies about Music

December 7, 2009 | John Farr

John Farr recommends movies about music and musicians. Amadeus (1984) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Told in flashback by aged 18th-century Viennese composer Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), now confined to an asylum, this drama unveils the rivalry that developed 30 years before between Salieri and 26-year-old music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), who quickly ...

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A Scouting Life: A Private Movie

December 4, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We woke up the next morning to find Cleveland absolutely buried in snow. We returned to the flats, exploring some more of the areas immediately around the old factories. Kar Wai really did love the visuals the area offered us. This made me quite happy, as we ...

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