Monday, April 30, 2007

e-mail subscription

Want to get the ReelerTV videos directly into your inbox?
  • Just subscribe to the RSS feed via email by typing in your email address in the box to the right.
  • You'll have to respond to an email sent from Feedburner to activate the service (beware some filters put that activation email directly into the junk folder).
  • And you can always cancel the service once Tribeca and the daily ReelerTV show are over.
Now the biggest thank you goes to web designer and viral video mastermind Owen Bossola who helped me figure out how to make those .flv files play directly in an email.

THANK YOU, OWEN!!!

ReelerTV at Tribeca Episode 06 - "King of Kong"

DONKEY KONG!!!
Actually I didn't grow up with playing arcade or video games at all. In Germany we didn't even have a VCR until the early 90s...

But King of Kong, the documentary about a world record challenge for the Donkey Kong high score, is fascinating no matter how into the game you are. (Yes, we finally got to watch a movie before posting a show about it!)

Check out the
ReelerTV interview with director Seth Gordon:


Watch the larger quicktime file on blip.tv.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Featured on blip.tv

We are hosting all the episodes of ReelerTV on blip.tv which is allowing large file sizes and very convenient codes for embedding all sorts of file types.

Today we realized that they are featuring two of our episodes on the front page!!!

Episode 3 about Vitus is being featured in the "Don't Miss" column on the right. And even more exciting: Episode 2 about Chavez is being featured in the loop of clips from various different shows on the top left (it's clip 12).

ReelerTV at Tribeca Episode 05 - "West 32nd"

Michael Kang who previously directed the compelling coming-of-age film The Motel surprises with a much more action-ladden second film: West 32nd. For all you Battlestar Galactica fans, it features Grace Park (Boomer/Athena/Sharon).



If you want to watch the episode in a larger Quicktime file on blip.tv click HERE.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

ReelerTV at Tribeca Episode 04 - "The Education of Charlie Banks"

Today's episode of ReelerTV combines two interviews: first-time director and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and New York actor Jesse Eisenberg talk about their narrative feature The Education of Charlie Banks.

Always look forward to watching films with Jesse Eisenberg - he's such a natural talent. And as expected he's just as likable in person.

Both had many interesting things to say and it was actually a challenge to cut these interviews down to under 5 minutes.




If you want to watch a bigger quicktime file - click HERE.

Friday, April 27, 2007

ReelerTV at Tribeca Episode 03 - "Vitus"

Being a German who has lived in New York for about 8 years I have to admit I was most moved by Swiss director Fredi M. Murer pointing out that his daughter has lived in NYC for 10 years, that she's become American and how important it is for him to show his film here because of this.

But, of course, that's not really what this episode of ReelerTV is about. In today's episode S.T. VanAirsdale interviews Fredi M. Murer and teen piano prodigy and lead actor Theo Gheorghiu about their narrative feature Vitus.




To watch this episode in a larger format click HERE.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

ReelerTV on YouTube & Google

While the video quality is definitely superior on blip.tv and on any of the sites being fed from blip.tv (including this blog) - we are also posting the daily online show ReelerTV on YouTube and Google Video.

Click on the links below to view the channels.

ReelerTV at Tribeca on YouTube

ReelerTV at Tribeca on Google

ReelerTV at Tribeca on blip.tv

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ReelerTV at Tribeca Episode 02 - "Chávez"

Charming* Diego Luna (Y tu mamá también) talks to ReelerTV about his directorial debut, the documentary film Chávez - a portrait of boxer Julio César Chávez.



To watch this episode as a larger Quicktime file click HERE.

*Ladies, you don't want to miss this one.

Reeler TV at Tribeca Episode 01 - "Chops"

Here is the first episode of the daily interview show Good Hard Working People is producing for The Reeler during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

In this episode S.T. VanAirsdale meets with Bruce Broder, director of the documentary "Chops", and Erika Floresca, education director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.



You can watch the video in a larger format HERE.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Reeler TV Teaser

During the Tribeca Film Festival (April 25 - May 5) we will be producing daily online videos for TheReeler.com. The series is called ReelerTV and will show short interviews conducted by Stu VanAirsdale with filmmakers, actors and other creatives.

Click on the image below to watch the teaser Scott just put together:



Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Movie Recommendations (not for the faint of heart)

Oksana Akinshina in "Lilya 4-Ever" (2002)

I haven't had much time to write about recent films watched - but there are a few that I wanted to make sure I mentioned. After a string of mediocre movies I finally watched a few great ones again.

A common theme among these narrative movies is a certain amount of violence - either seen on screen or hinted at. So these aren't for everyone.

The Nick Cave (love him for ever) penned "The Proposition" tells an at times rather gory story exposing the savage nature of everyone (including the supposedly most civilized with their fancy china and rose bushes in the middle of the desert) living in the "Wild Wild Down Under". Starring Guy Pierce and Emily Watson among others.

Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" focuses on two rivaling magicians portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale who may be willing to go a bit (or a lot) too far to outshine the other. Suspenseful and thrilling. Felt a bit like watching a car accident about to happen - you can't shake the sense that what these guys are up to can't be good. For everyone who loves trying to solve magician's tricks. Impressive production design. Very layered, with many metaphors and hints and an array of fully developed supporting characters (the only drawback: not all of their stories get fully told - you can tell it's based on a novel and get the sense there's something missing in the movie). Hands down more exciting than "The Illusionist" (which I liked as well and which, in its defense, was only based on a short story), more complex and a lot darker.

The Swedish "Lilya 4-Ever" directed by highly-praised
Lukas Moodysson is thoroughly sad. Teenager Lilya gets abandoned by her mother who takes off for America. Now Lilya has to fend for herself in a misty, cold, rundown former Soviet Union full of broken down buildings and heartless people. Drugs, prostitution and hopelessness. But there is beauty - even in the heartbreak. It's been a long time since I've seen a film which made me feel so strongly that someone was real, that I was looking in on their desolate life and wished I could help them somehow...

And to top it of - everyone's favorite: "Children of Men" directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The perfect doomsday action movie. The chase, the innocent victim, the beacon of hope, the recovering alcoholic hero with the sad past,
the redemption, social & political commentary, a deep message - and then great performances, art direction, colors, sound, editing, cinematography. Oh, the cinematography! Great overall look. But the biggest achievement are those long choreographed takes! WOW! Well, worth watching this film on DVD and checking out the Special Features. (Also fascinating is a short special on how they created a certain event through CGI - amazing what they can do today - and what they're willing to show in a movie. You'll know which scene I'm talking about if you've seen it.)

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Two totally unrelated documentaries I just watched - both about people who you don't have to like but who are still worth watching and judging.

"Overnight" - the story of the overnight success and downfall of slightly pompous filmmaker Troy Duffy. Did the film maybe come from too vengeful of a place? (A bit of trivia, my first film job in New York was on the next feature produced by Troy Duffy's partner CB.)

"Born Rich" - what's it like to be a young Metropolitan heir to a ridiculously large fortune? - directed by one of their own Jamie Johnson (yes, Johnson & Johnson)
. Some of them actually come across as kind of nice.