Wisdom

Photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman has a new project which collects the wisdom of 50 thinkers and doers.

His latest book is called Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give to Another and it incorporates the ideas from key figures over the age of 65.

It is accompanied by video interviews which have been edited down to this trailer, which features Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Judi Dench:

In this making of video, Zuckerman describes how he filmed the interviews:

[Via Brain Pickings]

> Official Wisdom site
> Andrew Zuckerman’s official site and Vimeo channel
>Buy Wisdom from Amazon UK (or Amazon US)

UK Cinema Releases: Friday 29th April 2011

NATIONAL RELEASES

Thor (Paramount): A nordic god from another realm (Chris Hemsworth) is exiled to Earth where he meets a scientist (Natalie Portman) who tries to help him return to hims home. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston. [Nationwide / 12A] [Read our full review]

Cedar Rapids (20th Century Fox): Comedy about a naive insurance worker (Ed Helms) who is sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a work convention where he finds himself under the “guidance” of three convention veterans. Directed by Miguel Arteta, it co-stars John C. Reilly and Anne Heche. [Nationwide / 15]

Insidious (Momentum): Horror film about a married couple (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) whose young son is possessed by an evil spirit. Directed by James Wan, it co-stars Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye. [Nationwide / 15]

ALSO OUT

I Saw The Devil (Optimum Releasing): Dark Korean revenge drama from director Kim Ji-woon about a deranged serial killer (Choi Min-sik) and the secret agent (Lee Byung-hun) who tries to track him down. [Selected cinemas / 18]

Tracker (Kaleidoscope Entertainment): Drama about an ex-Boer war guerrilla (Ray Winstone) in New Zealand who is sent out to bring back a Maori (Temuera Morrison) accused of killing a British soldier. Directed by Robb Wells. [Selected cinemas / 12A]

Battleship Potemkin (bfi): Re-release for the pioneering Russian film which helped introduce montage editing into cinema. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein, it stars Edmund Meisel. [Selected cinemas]

Upside Down (Revolver): British documentary charting the rise and fall of influential indie music label Creation Records. Directed by Danny O, it features interviews with founder Alan McGhee and the various acts he signed, including The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Ride and Oasis. [Selected cinemas / 15]

The Veteran (Revolver): British drama about a UK soldier (Toby Kebbell) struggling to adjust to life back home on a London council estate. Directed by Matthew Hope, it co-stars Brian Cox and Ashley Thomas. [Selected cinemas]

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UK DVD & Blu-ray releases for Monday 25th April 2011, including Enter the Void

The National compose ‘Think You Can Wait’ for Win Win

US band The National have written a song especially for Tom McCarthy’s new film Win Win.

Already a critical favourite in the US after premiering at Sundance in January, the film stars Paul Giamatti, in what is arguably his best part since Sideways (2004), as a New Jersey attorney who moonlights as a highschool wrestling coach.

It also stars Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey and Alex Shaffer.

The National’s lead singer Matt Berninger wrote the song ‘Think You Can Wait’ after watching the film and the end result fits perfectly.

You can listen to the track here:

The National – Think You Can Wait by Hypetrak

Or watch the video below:

Win Win is currently in limted release in the US and opens in the UK on Friday 27th May

> Official site for Win Win
> Reviews for Win Win at Metacritic
> The National

I Am I and Kickstarter

I Am I is one of many independent film projects that have used the website Kickstarter to raise funds.

Launched in April 2009, the New York based site allows people to fund creative projects from a wide range of areas, including independent films, music and technology.

Bypassing traditional models of investment (like movie studios or super-rich uncles looking for a tax write off) it allows a people to announce projects and then set a funding target by a certain deadline.

Amongst the movie-related projects that have successfully raised funds using Kickstarter include:

I Am I had a funding goal of $100,000 and managed to meet it on January 8th, raising $111,965.

But how do film projects like this stick out on a site like Kickstarter?

The filmmakers came up with quite an inventive video to pitch their film:

You can keep tabs on the production at their official site and via Jocelyn Towne on Twitter.

Other film projects currently raising funds via Kickstarter are:

> I Am I
> Kickstarter