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‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival

‘Vertigo’ Revisited: Guy Maddin Explores Hitchcock’s Classic With Found Footage — Sf International Film Festival
It’s usually unwise to remake a masterpiece, but Guy Maddin has something different planned for “The Green Fog,” a meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Unlike Gus Van Sant’s much-maligned 1998 shot-for-shot remake of “Psycho,” the Canadian director has revisited the 1958 thriller as an assemblage of old footage from San Francisco, the city where “Vertigo” takes place.

However, the project was never intended to have anything to do with “Vertigo.”

In “The Green Fog — A San Francisco Fantasia,” commissioned by San Francisco Film Society and set to close the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 60th edition on April 16, Maddin and co-directors Evan and Galen Johnson explore what Maddin has called “a rhapsody” on the Hitchcock movie. Set to an original score by composer Jacob Garchik that will be performed live by the San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, the 63-minute “The Green Fog” reimagines the movie through an assemblage of
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Films We Like takes 'Leaning Into The Wind' for Canada

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Exclusive: Distributor to time release alongside Us launch through Magnolia.

Films We Like has snapped up Canadian rights in a deal with Mongrel International.

Thomas Riedelsheimer’s second film about the life and work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy follows his acclaimed 2001 film Rivers And Tides.

Leaning Into The Wind premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival and explores the outdoor spaces that have inspired Goldsworthy, spanning Scotland, France and New England.

Films We Like plans a Canadian theatrical release later this year alongside the Us launch through Magnolia Pictures.

The companies are following a similar pattern this autumn on Lucky, John Carroll Lynch’s feature directorial starring Harry Dean Stanton as a 90-year-old atheist on a spiritual quest.

Films We Like president Ron Mann brokered the Leaning Into The Wind deal with Mongrel International president Charlotte Mickie.
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‘Do Donkeys Act?’ Exclusive Clips: Willem Dafoe Narrates This Unexpectedly Emotional Documentary — Watch

‘Do Donkeys Act?’ Exclusive Clips: Willem Dafoe Narrates This Unexpectedly Emotional Documentary — Watch
“Do Donkeys Act?” will have its North American premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival later this month, and will then screen at the Montclair Film Festival in May. Narrated by “Spider-Man” actor Willem Dafoe, the documentary takes viewers to a sanctuary where a group of donkeys is recovering from abuse.

Read More: ‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch

Helmed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin — the directing duo behind “Girl Model” and “Choreography” — the unexpectedly emotional documentary seeks to portray how these animals inhabit and interact with each other, while imagining how they communicate among themselves and with humans. The film already screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and last month at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival.

Read More: ‘Leaning Into The Wind’ Is A Worthy Sequel To Documentary Smash ‘Rivers And Tides’ — Sf
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‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch

‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch
Behind the White Glasses” screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Now, the documentary about the iconic Italian writer/director Lina Wertmüller will screen at New York City’s historic Quad Cinema to coincide with the theater’s reopening this month.

Helmed by Italian director Valerio Ruiz, the documentary explores the career of Wertmüller, who in 1977 became the first woman ever to receive a Best Director Academy Award nomination for her film “Seven Beauties.” The international success of her movies “The Seduction of Mimi,” “Love and Anarchy,” “Swept Away” and “Seven Beauties” in the 1970s made her an icon of Italian cinema.

Read More: ‘Leaning Into The Wind’ Is A Worthy Sequel To Documentary Smash ‘Rivers And Tides’ — Sf Film Festival Review

The title of the documentary refers to Wertmüller’s signature white eyeglasses. The film features interviews with filmmaker Martin Scorsese and actors Giancarlo Giannini, Sophia Loren, Harvey Keitel, Rutger Hauer and Nastassja Kinski,
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Magnolia Nabs Docu ‘Leaning Into The Wind’; FilmRise Picks Up SXSW Pic ‘I Am Another You’

Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to director Thomas Riedelsheimer's documentary Leaning Into the Wind and is planning a theatrical rollout later this year. It’s Riedelsheimer’s sophomore docu on renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy, following their 2001 collaboration Rivers and Tides. The film, which world premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, centers on the vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Goldsworthy’s world…
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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Leaning Into The Wind'

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Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Leaning Into The Wind'
Separately, Films We Like acquires Lucky, plans simultaneous release in Canada with Us distributor Magnolia.

Magnolia Pictures has picked up Us rights from Mongrel International to Thomas Riedelsheimer’s Leaning Into The Wind.

Riedelsheimer’s second documentary about British artist Andy Goldsworthy following Rivers And Tides recently received its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Leaning Into The Wind journeys into the hillsides, terrains, and other outdoor spaces where Goldsworthy feels most at home, from urban Edinburgh and Glasgow to the south of France and New England.

Magnolia plans a theatrical release later this year.

“Thomas has crafted another extraordinary film in Leaning Into The Wind,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Not only is it a visual masterpiece, it’s also one of the most fascinating character studies I’ve seen in years.”

“Fifteen years after Rivers And Tides, San Francisco again provided such a warm and enthusiastic welcome,” Riedelsheimer said. “I
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‘Leaning Into The Wind’ Is A Worthy Sequel To Documentary Smash ‘Rivers And Tides’ — Sf Film Festival Review

Either an artistic environmentalist or an environmental artist, Cheshire native Andy Goldsworthy has spent the better part of his life using natural resources (and almost nothing else) to create site-specific works that are built to fall apart. He wraps icicles around shrubs like ribbons, and leaves before they melt. He lies on the ground at the first hint of rain in order to leave a dry silhouette amidst the drops. Some of his projects disappear in seconds — he’s known to wrap flower petals around his hands so tight that they look like engorged flesh, and then dip his hands into a stream to watch the petals shed off and float away. Others will surely outlive him — he’s fascinated by rock walls, and will carve trenches between them in order to foster the sensation of being inside the earth — but on a long enough timeline, even those more enduring
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Magnolia Nabs Andy Goldsworthy Documentary ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ (Exclusive)

Magnolia Nabs Andy Goldsworthy Documentary ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ (Exclusive)
Magnolia Pictures has nabbed U.S. rights to “Leaning Into the Wind,” a documentary look at British artist Andy Goldsworthy, Variety has learned.

The deal comes on the held of the film’s world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It marks director Thomas Riedelsheimer’s second film on Goldsworthy. The previous effort, 2001’s “Rivers and Tides,” was a surprise art house hit, grossing $2.2 million, a lordly sum for a non-fiction film, particularly one about fine art.

Perhaps its the ecological tinge to Goldsworthy’s work that allowed the picture to connect with audiences. He is a sculptor and photographer, best known for his land art. His installations have appeared at the National Gallery of Art, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland. He lives and works in Scotland.

According to Magnolia, the film follows
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Asa Butterfield and Ellen Burstyn Star In ‘The House Of Tomorrow,’ A Sweet Retro-Futurist Coming-Of-Age Story — Sf Film Festival Review

A mawkish coming-of-age story that marries Sundance vibes with a soft punk spirit, Peter Livolsi’s “The House of Tomorrow” never manages to flesh out its skeleton of quirks, but its heart is definitely in the right place.

Very faithfully adapted from Peter Bognanni’s 2010 novel of the same name, Livolsi’s directorial debut is — after “Brigsby Bear” and “The Space Between Us” — at least the third new film this year that falls into the beguiling sub-genre of movies about young men who’ve been raised in isolation from the rest of the world. The stranger life gets, the more we might be compelled towards portraits of people who can stand outside of civilization and offer a new perspective on the mess we’ve made (in which case, we ought to brace for this sub-genre to get a lot bigger between now and 2020).

This one begins in a geodesic dome in the woods of Minnesota,
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Film Review: ‘Leaning Into the Wind’

“You can walk down the path, or you can walk through the hedge,” says Andy Goldsworthy in Thomas Ridelsheimer’s second documentary about the British sculptor. That Goldsworthy invariably chooses Plan B goes to the heart of the fascination with his site-specific, variably ephemeral work, in which elements of the natural surroundings are altered into striking yet harmonious new shapes. “Leaning Into the Wind” is not so much a sequel to as simply an extension of the prior film, “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time,” sharing the same meditative, episodic, visually seductive appeal — albeit spread out on a somewhat wider globe-trotting canvas this time, reflecting its subject’s increased fame 16 years later.

That earlier study was a surprise breakout hit, grossing $2.3 million for Roxie Releasing in U.S. theatrical release alone. While it may not match that unusual success for a contemporary-art doc, “Wind” is sure to
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‘Leaning into the Wind’ Trailer: Thomas Riedelsheimer Returns to Sfiff With Second Andy Goldsworthy Documentary — Watch

Nothing short of extraordinary, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s “Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy” rekindles the captivating observation of English artist Andy Goldsworthy at this year’s San Fransisco International Film Festival. Reidelsheimer premiered one of his first English-language documentaries in 2002 at Sfiff, with his first documentary focused on artist Andy Goldsworthy’s work, “River and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time.”

Read More: San Francisco’s Master Plan to Keep Film Relevant In the 21st Century — Sf International Film Festival

Receiving unexpected acclaim, “Rivers and Tides” got picked up for distribution, eventually making its way to Roger Ebert, where he gave the film four stars. Reidelsheimer returns to the fest this year with the second installment of Andy Goldsworthy’s work, “Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy.”

This year, Sfiff has programmed a new, highly selective, section of the festival titled Launch. Only five films live within the Launch section
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How Do You Find Distribution at a Film Festival? San Francisco’s New Launch Section Provides An Original Opportunity

In 2002, director Thomas Riedelsheimer premiered his documentary “River and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time” at the San Francisco International Film Festival. At the time, its future was uncertain: Unlike Sundance, San Francisco wasn’t an active marketplace for movies in search of U.S. distribution. Nevertheless, the movie won a top prize at the festival and began its theatrical life at the Roxie that year before gradually finding an audience nationwide. When it opened in Chicago in early 2003, Roger Ebert gave it four stars, noting its Bay Area origin story and a history of “finding its audience not so much through word of mouth as through hand on elbow, as friends steered friends into the theater.”

Now, Riedelsheimer is returning to San Francisco with a sequel to “Rivers and Tides” called “Leaning Into the Wind,” which updates viewers on the progress of British artist Goldsworthy, and the movie has
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Mongrel takes Thomas Riedelsheimer’s 'Leaning Into The Wind'

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Exclusive: Documentary sees director Riedelsheimer revisiting artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Mongrel International has acquired international sales on Leaning Into The Wind, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s follow-up to his acclaimed documentary Rivers And Tides.

Sixteen years after Riedelsheimer profiled the work of land artist Andy Goldsworthy he revisits the artist.

Leaning Into The Wind will get its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April alongside an anniversary screening of Rivers And Tides.

The new film shot from 2013-16 is described as a more personal investigation into Goldsworthy’s work as he incorporates his own body into his work and collaborates with crews on massive machinery.

Leaning Into The Wind is a Scottish-German co-production produced by Leslie Hills and Stefan Tolz with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Robert Hiscox, Roger Evans and Aey Phanachet, Sakurako and William Fisher, Miel de Botton, John Caulkins and Leslie Hills.

Piffl will distribute in Germany and Eurozoom in France
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Movie Review: In the dazzling documentary Sky Ladder, a Chinese artist aims high

Some documentaries work as investigative journalism, while others function as slice-of-life storytelling. There’s also the subgenre of doc that’s largely experiential, inviting the audience to witness a performance or event that they’d otherwise never get to see. Kevin Macdonald’s Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang encompasses a little bit of all of the above. A portrait of an ambitious and often personally conflicted environmental artist, Sky Ladder has a lot in common with the likes of Rivers And Tides and the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin’s Christo films, in that it creates a permanent cinematic record of work designed to be ephemeral. But Macdonald also captures the long, hard struggle of Cai Guo-Qiang to realize some of his grandest projects, often over the objections of his own government and patrons.

The primary focus of Sky Ladder is Cai’s long-gestating dream to create a
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Fandor strikes streaming deals

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Fandor strikes streaming deals
San Francisco-based Fandor has signed streaming partnerships with Cinedigm, Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The VOD service’s library of more than 5,000 titles includes Computer Chess (pictured), The Messenger, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Sun Don’t Shine and Rivers And Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time.

“Following our expansion into Canada in September, film acquisitions have accelerated accordingly,” said Fandor co-founder and chief content officer Jonathan Marlow. “Over the last few weeks, we have added many invaluable partnerships to an already exceptional portfolio of distributors, aggregators and individual filmmakers.”
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Little Scene: Rivers and Tides

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"A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it." -Andy Goldsworthy Thomas Riedelsheimer's criminally unheard of documentary on British artist Andy Goldsworthy could be, for most people, just as much a test in patience as the process of making the works of art is for the artist. The pace of any film is dictated by character and if your only character is a methodical, patient and philosophical man who has taken, in essence, the simple act of making art in, and with, nature to a profound and inspiring level you can imagine the above quote being more than accurate. If you can get into the rhythm (more of an ebb and flow really) of Rivers and Tides you will however, find a simple and touching portrait of an artist and, along with Lars Von Trier's The Five Obstructions,
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