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TIFF 6ix: Essential Links for the Week of June 5, 2016

Independent Filmmakers Edition

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Jun 5, 2016

1) A UK cinema is dedicating 58% of its programming to marginalized filmmakers. As a response to the realization that women directed only 18% of the films they screened, Liverpool Small Cinema will start showing the work of women, trans and non-binary filmmakers starting June 2.

2) Terrible trend update: a lot of male directors have been publicly criticizing their leading ladies of late. There was the John Carney/Kiera Knightley outburst; then there's the ongoing Michael Bay/​Kate Beckinsale disaster. Pajiba has put together [a helpful guide]9http://www.pajiba.com/celebrities_are_better_than_you/the-dos-and-donts-for-apologizing-to-the-leading-lady-you-just-trashed-in-the-media.php) titled “The Dos and Don’ts For Apologizing To The Leading Lady You Just Trashed in The Media.” There’s some cursing in the article, but it’s well worth a read, especially if you're thinking of trashing a member of your cast in the media (hot tip: don't).

3) Susanne Bier has been shortlisted to direct the next Bond movie. All just speculation at this point, but it’s refreshing to think that we’re entering the age of independent filmmakers getting a chance to take on big franchises (like Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner sequel and Taika Waititi’s upcoming Thor 3). While we're awesomely speculation and daydreaming, Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) have been shortlisted to direct Captain Marvel.

4) The Los Angeles Times put together a list of 100 people in Hollywood who could help fix the Academy’s diversity problem. It includes actors, cinematographers, editors, directors and writers. It’s an important and comprehensive catalogue that should shut down any argument against diversity.

5) Have you noticed that a lot of independent Greek filmmakers are becoming household names lately? In this interview with IndieWIRE, Athina Rachel Tsangari talks about the Weird Greek Boom, her friend Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), her feeling that she’s really an American filmmaker, and overcoming “glass ceilings and glass floors and glass walls.” Her latest film, Chevalier, is playing at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting today (Friday June 3).

6) Everyone loves a good video essay on filmmaking. Tony Zhou, Channel Criswell, Filmmaker IQ, Now You See It…the list of high-quality YouTube channels improving our film wisdom grows longer by the day. And you know something has truly reached critical mass when someone starts parodying it. In his series WHY IS CINEMA Cameron Carpenter does just that, with hilarious results.