Woody Allen from ‘Rome’ to LA; Tribeca Film Festival With ‘Cheerful Weather’

Blog By: Armando Tinoco

Donald Rice

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Director Donald Rice
The Tribeca Film Festival is approaching and indiewire.com has an interview with Donald Rice, the director behind Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. The film is about a girl whose old flame shows up on her wedding day — just in time to throw her marriage plans into turmoil.

Donald discusses the challenges — and the fun — of Cheerful Weather on indiewire.com:

“This film is a drama with quite a lot of comedy thrown in — which I reckon is how most of our lives are in reality. It’s set in the 1930s but it is a very modern love story — it’s not meant to be all about some bygone age. It’s as much about now as it was then.”

One of the most difficult challenges of any independent filmmaker is to stay within a budget and finish on time. Donald faced many challenges when he filmed his movie and described what it was like on set. “Time and money. We had little of both. The next biggest challenge was working with animals (tortoises), rain machines (don’t go there) and bad weather (England in December, do go there).”

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 18-29 in New York.
Tribeca Film Festival

Winners of the Tribeca Film Institute Fund Announced
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) awards film projects with a focus on science and technology. TFI has been partnered with the Sloan Foundation for the past 11 years, honoring compelling film projects and helping them reach a wider audience. This year, TFI awarded three films, each receiving a total of $150,000. Get to know the winners:

Computer Chess
Andrew Bujalski wears the writer/director hat in Computer Chess, the story of a computer chess tournament set in the 80s. The film transports filmgoers back to an era when the battle of technology versus the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs.

Dara Bratt directed and, with Keiran Dick, co-wrote Resonance, about two young men trying to put their lives back on track. This movie shows how the brain’s functions affect the way people interact and how medical science treats brain abnormalities.

Written and directed by Casey Cooper, Unmanned follows a young Air Force drone operator as he struggles to balance the stresses of going to war for the first time with the challenges of being a good father and husband.

To Rome With Love

Woody Allen Opening LA Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival will open its 10-day run with the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love on June 14. Written and directed by Allen, the ensemble film also stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

In a press release from the Los Angeles Film Festival organizers, Woody Allen says this about his movie:

“I’ve always wanted to make a film in Rome. It’s obviously one of the great cities of the world, and when you make a film in a foreign city you get a chance to spend several months there, so shooting in Rome gave me and my family an opportunity to really enjoy a city I love in a way that I don’t usually get to. I wrote the film especially for Rome because over the years and my many visits there little ideas occurred to me, and I was able to utilize those ideas to comic advantage, romantic advantage, combined with the visual beauty of Rome.”


Five Misconceptions Filmmakers Have About Doing It For Themselves
Distribution is key to being a successful filmmaker. Film Independent sought out two marketing experts to clarify five misconceptions about distributing your own movie.

1. “I have to do this myself!?”
The experts say to look for partners to help you with this step.

2. “Selling my film to a traditional distributor would make me more money”
The experts weigh in on this subject and warn that many filmmakers find the numbers disappointing and they don’t see payouts beyond the initial advance. Filmmaker Beware!

3. “There is a right way to do things”
With technology growing in an era where YouTube exists, the marketers say that there are “no hard and fast rules.”

4. “It costs a lot to distribute a movie”
“It isn’t always about how much you spend, it’s about how you spend it,” experts say about distribution. Filmmakers need to get creative and find out ways of reaching their target audience who will enjoy their film.

5. “Distribution isn’t my job, I just want to make movies”
Helpful insight from the marketing experts suggest that connecting directly with your audience can be an enriching experience. It makes sense because that is ultimately the people you want to know in order to satisfy their needs as moviegoers.


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