Archive for March, 2007

Lynn Hershman Leeson and Steve Kurtz

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Lynn Hershman Leeson was a very early digital filmmaker and creator of virtual realities. She has made three films for the American theatrical market but had terrible trouble with distribution. I spoke with her about her new documentary, “Strange Culture.” Ten seconds after her interview there is another one with the politically controversial subject of her documentary, Steve Kurtz.

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Tom Luddy: Movie Picks

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Last weekend, the “Witness to War: Documentary Perspectives World War II to Iraq” was programmed by the inestimable and reliable Tom Luddy. He has had a long and varied career in the business that has, in part, resulted in him producing eleven movies. He also started the Telluride Film Festival thirty-three years ago, with Bill and Stella Pence, who retired in 2006. The festival is now run by Luddy, along with Gary Meyer.

Correction: Luddy oversaw the exhibition of the restored “Napolean” not the restoration.

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Walter Murch: Watching the Oscars

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This year, like movie fans around the world, Lucy Gray watched the Academy Awards with friends. Her group of friends that night included nine-time Oscar nominee (and three-time winner) Walter Murch. Murch is a film editor whose professional credits include work on 22 films, including “The Godfather,” “The Conversation,” “American Graffiti,” “Romeo is Bleeding,” “The English Patient” and “Jarhead.” He was also the first big-time movie editor to use Final Cut Pro, and he helped write a book about the digital editing software.

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