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NYFCC Chair Bounced Out of His Day Job

StephenWhittyGood lede from Sam Adams over at Indiewire’s CriticWire:

You might think snagging a Pulitzer nomination and being the head of one of the nation’s most prestigious critics’ organizations would lend you a little job security. You’d be wrong.

Per Adams and Stephen Whitty‘s linked Facebook post, the Star-Ledger vet shared today that his full-time film critic position is being eliminated heading into 2015. The current chair of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) plans to continue contributing to the paper as a freelancer.

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Indiewire Adds Deputy Editor, Prepares for Another Sundance

EricKohnPicThe Sundance Film Festival today is announcing its 2015 main slate. And in a couple more weeks, Indiewire will have some Sundance news of its own: the names of the lucky aspiring writers chosen to participate in the site’s laudable Critics Workshop initiative in Park City.

“We started doing the workshop at Sundance last year,” explains Indiewire chief film critic and deputy editor Eric Kohn (pictured), who added the latter title just last week, via telephone to FishbowlNY. “It was sort of a pilot program and will really kick into full gear this festival.”

“It’s supported by the Roger Ebert Memorial Scholarship, which Chaz created last year with Sundance,” he continues. “The idea is to bring aspiring writers with a lot of potential into the festival environment and create work that has currency in the marketplace.”

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The Many International Voices of George Clooney

Shutterstock_GeorgeClooneyLast week, it was an Indiewire “Project of the Day.” This week, thanks to public-vote support, Being George Clooney became the site’s “Project of the Week,” alongside a separate write-up in The Hollywood Reporter.

When your Kickstarter project revolves around the charismatic bachelor-king of Hollywood and features his full name in the title, it’s almost guaranteed to be The Perfect [PR] Storm. Even more so when the idea at the film’s core is so genuinely appealing:

Helmed by Paul Mariano, the co-director of documentary These Amazing Shadows, the film explores audio dubbing of Hollywood films for foreign markets by visiting the men who are the international voices of Clooney. Among them are a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor, a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and a children’s book author.

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Indiewire Boycotts Russia

It certainly wasn’t your typical Indiewire article headline. Yesterday afternoon, LA-based editor-in-chief Dana Harris chimed in with “Indiewire Boycotts Russia, And Will Until LGBT Policies Change.”

Harris reminds via the post that she has an envious journalist position, receiving invites to glamorous film events around the world. But, she explains, there was no way she could say yes to next month’s DOORS International Film Market in St. Petersburg:

Indiewire isn’t the Olympics; as protests go, ours is unlikely to create much of a dent. However, it’s our hope that DOORS will choose to cancel its 2013 program. For now, inviting the support of American independent film community is, at best, antithetical.

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IndieWire Top 10 Always A Hoot!

indiewire.gifIndieWIRE, under the watchful eye of Eugene Hernandez, has been eager to back underdog films and support anything that goes against the grain for more than a decade. They probably voted for Dennis Kucinich, but you ever know.

That said, the round-up of IndieWIRE staffers and contributors is always a good read. Here it is.

Take a look and see if your indie IQ is anywhere near the experts. My feeling is no. But if you have to indulge, buy yourself a black beret and foreign cigarettes and rent a few dozen indie films and dig right in.

At best, an education. At worst, a half-day you’ll never get back, but you’ll always remember.