Monthly Archives: September 2012

Stalking the Next ‘Paranormal’ Blockbuster

Looking to score with the next “Blair Witch Project”? You might wind up backing the next “con the rich” project instead. Just ask all those investors who put thousands of dollars toward, say, their nephew’s project and even attended a screening—but never got a penny of their money back. Now, firms that help pool investors’… Read More

Black Bear Pictures Wins Graham Moore Black List Script ‘Imitation Game’

EXCLUSIVE: When I was covering Toronto, the big talk was all about deals for completed films. But the one script buyers were talking up was The Imitation Game, Graham Moore’s heralded screenplay about Alan Turing, the English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who single-handedly helped crack the German “Enigma Code” during World War II… Read More

The Cast and Crew of ‘At Any Price’

Director Ramin Bahrani shares how he came up with the idea for making the movie: “I was interested to know where my food came from, and that let us to Iowa, which is corn country — GMO genetically modified corn. We lived together with farmers researching the project, and we kept hearing the same two expressions over… Read More

Toronto 2012: ‘At Any Price’

Maybe the best picture I’ve seen this year, “At Any Price” signals the arrival of Iranian-American New Yorker Ramin Bahrani in the ranks of major U.S. directors. Switching gears from his neo-realistic slices of New York life like “Chop Shop,” Bahrini turns his laser eye on the surprisingly cutthroat world of Midwestern farming for this… Read More

Coin flowing again to indie features

It is neither the best of times nor the worst, as the climate for indie film financing steadily improves after drying up in the 2008 global financial meltdown. That’s the consensus of panelists who will speak at the Winston Baker Film Finance Forum East presented in association with Variety. Executives say all the components of… Read More

Toronto #2: Victory at any price?

By Roger Ebert Ramin Bahrani, the best new American director of recent years, has until now focused on outsiders in this country: A pushcart operator from Pakistan, a Hispanic street orphan in New York, a cab driver from Senegal working in Winston-Salem. NC. His much-awaited new film, “At Any Price,” is set in the Iowa… Read More

Ramin Bahrani’s ‘At Any Price’ Is My Favorite Film Of Telluride 2012

Ramin Bahrani‘s most accessible film to date ends up being my favorite film of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (yes, besting Ben Affleck‘s Argo). Ramin has developed a cult following from his three minimalist slice-of-life micro-budget films starring non-professional actors (if you havent yet seen Man Push Cart or Goodbye Solo, put them on your… Read More