Category: Spotlight

6 World Fiction Filmmakers to Watch, LA Film Festival 2017

With the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival kicking off this week, New Machine profiles 6 directors to watch who are screening in the World Fiction competition. 1. Rafael Kapelinski – Butterfly Kisses Poland’s Rafael Kapelinski is a former banker turned filmmaker screening his debut feature, Butterfly Kisses. The film follows Jake and his two best friends through a world distorted by sex and porn. Butterfly Kisses…

Be Kind Rewind or How 21 Years of My Life Became a Documentary

By Courtney Fathom Sell There was one specific section of the video store that I seemed to gravitate to more than any others as a child. It was that of horror. A safe haven where the sun-faded covers of yesteryears’ video nasties and forgotten cheap-o exploitation flicks glistened in the stream of the dust particle afternoons. Illuminated by the yellow glare of sun which blasted…

Meet the New Directors Awarded at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival

Founded in 1987, Austin’s SXSW Film Festival has become a lucrative launchpad for new and emerging filmmakers, particularly those who have sought the independent path. This year’s festival, which ran March 9-18, is of course part of the larger SXSW convention that sees both a music and technology portion in addition to film. Far from the industry spotlight of Los Angeles and New York, SXSW’s…

Richard Mundy’s Impressive Debut Extols the Unique Art of Suspense

Richard Mundy is a new British filmmaker who recently released his first feature Twenty Twenty-Four, a psychological thriller starring Andrew Kinsler. Richard’s genre tale tells the story of a lone scientist responsible for managing an underground bunker under threat of nuclear disaster. After losing all communication with the outside world the central character Roy starts to question his own sanity, which is perhaps exacerbated by…

David O’Donnell Tackles Emotional Baggage with New Short ‘Picture Wheel’

As filmmaker John Frankenheimer aptly said casting is 65% of directing. This is a notion that Australian actor, writer and director David O’Donnell knows only too well by casting actor James Hoare in his latest short film Picture Wheel. Hoare, who also stars in the upcoming remake of Picnic at Hanging Rock, beautifully plays the emotionally-bound lead role of Elliott, who is burdened by actual…

Maike Mia Höhne: Curator, Berlinale Shorts

Alongside Sundance and Clermont-Ferrand film festivals, The Berlinale International Film Festival’s Shorts Program has a reputation for introducing a new selection of short films and filmmakers to the annual film festival calendar. Shorts that win awards at these high-profile events usually end up repeating that success throughout the year at other major film festivals, such as 2016’s THUNDER ROAD, which won the Sundance Short Film…

Kevin Spacey, Dean Cundey and the making of ‘Stripped’

It’s not often that an emerging filmmaker can include illustrious names such as Kevin Spacey and Dean Cundey in a story behind the making of a short film. However Australian director India Dupré is able to say that the House of Cards actor and the legendary Back to the Future cinematographer each had a personal hand in the development of her latest short film Stripped,…

13 Narrative Short Filmmakers to Watch at Slamdance Fest 2017

Building on New Machine Magazine’s list of narrative short filmmakers to look out for at Sundance, it seems fitting to highlight the same category (albeit a smaller list) of filmmakers screening at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. Slamdance is held from the 20th-26th of January in Park City, Utah, which takes place at the same time and location as the higher profile Sundance Film…