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Free Streaming Nirvana: How to Access a Collection of the Greatest Movies Using Your Library Card

Free Streaming Nirvana: How to Access a Collection of the Greatest Movies Using Your Library Card
Public and university libraries have long been one of the best ways to access a wide variety of films for free, as many carry DVDs and Blu-Rays of the best classic, world and nonfiction cinema ever made. Increasingly, one of the best-kept secrets is that people with a library card are now able to access the same deep reservoir of movies, including over 400 titles from the Criterion Collection, through the Kanopy streaming service and app.

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For close to a decade, Kanopy has been one of the largest educational distributors, selling its library to schools or non-profit organizations (churches, research institutes, libraries) that show films for educational purposes. Traditionally, an organization would pay a higher price to own a DVD through an educational distributor — an important revenue stream for many issue or historical documentaries – but a few years ago,
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Richard Linklater Celebrates the Bygone Era of the Video Store

Richard Linklater Celebrates the Bygone Era of the Video Store
The following excerpt serves as the forward to the paperback edition of Tom Roston’s book “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era,” which is now available here. The new edition features more interviews with younger screen stars, including Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, as well as new era film visionaries such as Tim League and Burnie Burns.

If you’re a film freak much under the age of 40, you likely have no personal memory of the history of film being anywhere other than at your fingertips. Those of us older than that lived through the last era of “cinematic scarcity.” And it was no joke—I remember putting in for vacation time from work just to be sure I could finally see “Mean Streets”—I saw that it was scheduled to show in a month or so for one night
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).

Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master
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Richard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

Richard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival
This year’s New York Film Festival — the 55th edition of the lauded Gotham-set fest — is still a few months out, but they’ve already picked at least one starry premiere: Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” which will open Nyff on September 28.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced today that the road trip drama will serve as the Opening Night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (taking place September 28 – October 15) and will have its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, September 28. The film will open theatrically on November 17 from Amazon Studios.

Read More: Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Casts Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne

Linklater’s film is being billed as something of a “spiritual sequel” to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film “The Last Detail,” which starred Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young in an adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s novel of the same name.
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Lisa Spoonauer, ‘Clerks’ Actress, Dead at 44 — Read Kevin Smith’s Emotional Tribute

Lisa Spoonauer, ‘Clerks’ Actress, Dead at 44 — Read Kevin Smith’s Emotional Tribute
Lisa Spoonauer, best known for playing Caitlin Bree, Dante’s (Brian O’Halloran) high school girlfriend in Kevin Smith’s 1994 film “Clerks,” has died. She was 44.

Smith confirmed the sad news on Tuesday via a heartfelt message on Instagram. “Devastated to report that Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin in ‘Clerks,’ has passed away,” Smith wrote.

Read More: Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

While looking for the right actress to play Caitlin, Smith discovered Lisa in an acting class at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life,” the director wrote. “Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was
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Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’

Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’
Late summer is all about reflection over at The Criterion Collection, as the library is spending August offering up a handful of unsung classics and new look at some longtime favorites.

Michael Curitz’s “The Breaking Point,” a mostly overlooked Hemingway adaptation, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time, while Sacha Guitry’s “La poison” arrives on home video for the first time ever. Elsewhere, Mike Leigh’s revelatory “Meantime” is getting a 2K restoration, all the better to enjoy the early work of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. That’s not all for Oldman fans, however, as Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” hits the collection with a brand new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau stars in the charming comedy “Hopscotch,” also available on Blu-ray in a 2K digital restoration.

Below is the complete list of August additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.
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Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute

Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and Miranda July Reveal ‘Split Screen’ Secrets During Indie Series Tribute
For two years back in the late ’90s and early aughts, producer, filmmaker, author and cinephile John Pierson hammered together the lovingly Diy television series, which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2001, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Late last year, the cult classic found a new home over on streaming service FilmStruck, which began releasing episodes of the series on their Criterion Channel in December, with a tiered rollout planned.

Read More: ‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

On Wednesday night in New York City, the series’ reintroduction to the cultural consciousness continued apace, as Pierson and a group of some of his most famous
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This April

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This April will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Monday, April 3 The Chaos of Cool: A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki

In February, cinema lost an icon of excess, Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese master who took the art of the B movie to sublime new heights with his deliriously inventive approach to narrative and visual style. This series showcases seven of the New Wave renegade’s works from his career breakthrough in the sixties: Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), an off-kilter whodunit; Youth of the Beast (1963), an explosive yakuza thriller; Gate of Flesh (1964), a pulpy social critique; Story of a Prostitute (1965), a tragic romance; Tokyo Drifter
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Richard Linklater, Sam Rockwell and More Join Ethan Hawke’s Music Biopic ‘Blaze’

Richard Linklater, Sam Rockwell and More Join Ethan Hawke’s Music Biopic ‘Blaze’
Ethan Hawke’s upcoming film, “Blaze,” has just added a number of actors to its already impressive lineup, including “Boyhood” director himself Richard Linklater. Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Wyatt Russell, Kris Kristofferson and Hawke will be joining Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sybil Rosen, Charlie Sexton, and Josh Hamilton in the music biopic based on singer and songwriter Blaze Foley.

Co-written, produced and directed by Hawke, the film is based on Sybil Rosen’s memoir ‘Living in the Woods in a Tree.’ It follows the life of the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Dickey will star as the musician, Shawkat plays Rosen and Rosen portrays her own mother.

Rosen, who co-wrote the film with Hawke, was Blaze’s real, life-long love and their passionate affair is said to form the narrative spine of the film.

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New Year’s Eve 2017: Where to Watch All the Fun and Festivities Live

New Year’s Eve 2017: Where to Watch All the Fun and Festivities Live
Not going out this year? You can party along just fine with these 8 live options, available on both TV and streaming. From network specials to Netflix’s hilariously clever “live” offerings, we’ve got something for everyone in the family, confetti and funny hats not included.

Take a peek!

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Times Square New Year’s Eve Webcast

The webcast will feature live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop.

Host: Jonathan Bennett, star of “Mean Girls” and host of “Cake Wars

Location: Times Square

Guests: Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Platten, Silento

Start time: 6:00 Pm Et, in tandem with the official Ball Raising

Where to watch: The show will be streamed live on multiple websites, starting at 5:55 Pm Et, including TimesSquareNYC.
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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Jody Hill Talks Rolling Stones Horror Movie ‘Gimme Shelter’

IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Jody Hill Talks Rolling Stones Horror Movie ‘Gimme Shelter’
The haunting Rolling Stones documentary “Gimme Shelter” helped close the book on the ’60s. Nearly a half-century later, writer/director Jody Hill argues that those terrors remain fresh.

Read More: Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

Legendary documentary filmmaking duo Albert and David Maysles, along with Charlotte Zwerin, captured the excess and fatal mishandling of the landmark Altamont Free Concert in December 1969. Following the Stones through their American tour and invitation to headline the fateful show, the film eventually embeds itself in the Altamont audience, looking on as a murder plays out beneath the band’s performance.

For our fourth installment in our “Movies That Inspire Me” conversation series, presented in partnership with FilmStruck, we spoke to Hill about how the film slowly unfolds from an impeccably made rock doc into something with a more sinister edge. Hill describes a film that,
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‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film

‘Split Screen’: 9 Reasons You Should Watch FilmStruck’s Revival of TV’s Best-Ever Series About Indie Film
Anyone who knows independent film history also knows “Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes,” a memoir by seminal producer’s rep John Pierson of his role in launching the careers of filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Spike Lee, and Richard Linklater. Between 1997 and 2001, Pierson had a new way to spotlight talented filmmakers with IFC’s “Split Screen.” Now FilmStruck has acquired “Split Screen” streaming rights and, starting this Saturday, the original episodes will become available, with six episodes added every six weeks. Pierson spoke to IndieWire by phone and shared his thoughts as to why the show still belongs on your radar.

The Late ’90s Were an Optimistic Moment

Whether it’s showing somebody you know, somebody you should know, or somebody you may never know because we featured some wacky people who never went anywhere — that sense of optimism permeates most everything we did. To me, this is a nice
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John Pierson’s ‘Split Screen’: FilmStruck Announces New Streaming Home For Seminal Television Series

John Pierson’s ‘Split Screen’: FilmStruck Announces New Streaming Home For Seminal Television Series
For two years back in the late nineties and early aughts, producer, author and all-around film lover John Pierson hit the road alongside his own group of fellow cinephiles to explore the filmmaking scene in a variety of venues and with a ton of exciting guests.

The venture resulted in his beloved television series “Split Screen,” which introduced movie buffs to all manner of filmmakers and their creations over the course of 60-plus episodes. “Split Screen” was IFCtv’s signature series from 1997-2000, boasting such guests as Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Mary Harron, Katherine Dieckmann and many, many more.

Read More: Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

While the series has long been available online in bits and pieces, it’s now bound for a brand new internet home, where it will be available in all its wild glory,
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Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck
Today we’re launching a new video series of which we’re extremely proud: It’s “Movies That Inspire Me,” presented by FilmStruck. We’ve interviewed a host of great directors, all of whom have taken films to the Sundance Film Festival, about their favorite classic films streaming on FilmStruck from the Turner Classic Movies and Criterion Collection. And the conversations we’ve had are surprising as well as, yes, inspiring.

First up is Pablo Larraín. Currently the director of Oscar contenders “Jackie” and “Neruda,” he brought “No” to Sundance in 2012. His first inspiration is John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under The Influence” (which you can watch on FilmStruck here.)

Upcoming is Larraín talking about the music of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors: Blue,” as well as appearances by Jody Hill (“The Foot Fist Way,” “Eastbound & Down”), who talks about his love for the Maysles’ Bros. “Gimme Shelter” and Roman Polanski
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The Making of The Blair Witch Project: Part 2 – Getting to the Woods

Thanks to John Pierson (who also discovered the indie documentary smash hit Hoop Dreams), IFC’s “Split Screen” aired our Blair Witch Tapes pitch tape with some interview footage of Ed, Dan, and Gregg for context on August 15, 1997. It was a subversive… Continue Reading →

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SXSW 2011 – SXSW Announces 2011 Panels & Schedule Live

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Austin, TX – SXSW has released their 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two exciting key panels with Todd Phillips (The Hangover), and Paul Reubens (The Pee-wee Herman Show), as well, the cast and crew from Source Code will also be in attendance, in addition to many other panels and workshops to feed the creative mind.

Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times will be live starting Tuesday. at: http://schedule.sxsw.com.

SXSW 2011 – Saturday, March 12

A Conversation with Todd Phillips

Director Todd Phillips has forever left his mark on comedy entertainment with his own brand of films exploring, in often-outrageous ways, the nature of male relationships. With films like Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School For Scoundrels, Due Date and The Hangover, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, he has worked with some of today’s most innovative and acclaimed comic actors.
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2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced

2011 SXSW Film Panels Announced
South By Southwest have announced the 2011 SXSW Film Conference lineup, which includes two key conversations with Todd Phillips (director of The Hangover), Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), the cast and crew of Super (James Gunn, Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson) and filmmaker Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). Additionally, the complete schedule for the event, including screening and panel dates and times are live at: http://schedule.sxsw.com [1]. You can read the full press release after the jump. SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Conference Lineup Todd Phillips & Paul Reubens Among Key Panelists Schedule of Screening and Panel Dates & Times Now Live Austin, Texas – February 15, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce over 100 Film Conference sessions for the 2011 event, which will take place Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. These panels, largely selected from proposals submitted via the SXSW PanelPicker™ interface, offer fresh perspectives on
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Christopher Walken: The Hollywood Interview

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[We continue with our postings of some of the best interviews from the previous decade that have thus far only appeared in print, but not on our site. This interview was conducted by our good friend in New York, filmmaker Michael Wechsler. It originally appeared in Venice Magazine in 2003. Walken was just coming off a terrific performance in Catch Me If You Can. This is one of the better talks Walken has ever given. He speaks a lot about his process, in very entertaining fashion, making this a must-read for any aspiring actors.]

Christopher Walken: Dancer in the Dark

by Michael Wechsler

He dances. He can carry a tune. He has become a regular host on "Saturday Night Live." He loves Jerry Lewis, cats, Bugs Bunny, cooking and painting.

Oh, wait, I'm forgetting a few small details. He also won an Academy Award in 1978 for playing a suicidal soldier in Vietnam, gave audiences a lifetime of nightmares and sadistic chuckles playing a heavy in King of New York and a thug amongst thugs in True Romance, and to this day has one of the most recognizable hairstyles of anybody gracing the Silver Screen.

Frankly, I was more than a little nervous about interviewing Mr. Walken, based purely on his resume of psychologically unstable characters. My initial thought was ‘I hope he's nothing like the folks he's played.' Looking through Walken's roles of the past three decades, it feels
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