James Belfer

Dan Schechter Click Here

Once again, I’m thinking you movie fans out there will be interested in a documentary about filmmaking. It doesn’t have the all-star cast of something like Side by Side or the classic film clips of These Amazing Shadows, but Click Here should still be on your radar if you care about not just cinema but all visual storytelling in the digital age. Its full title is Click Here: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Making Movies, and it’s a project led by Pete Chatmon, who directed the early Zoe Saldana movie Premium and who teaches production at NYU. He also won the Tribeca Film Institute’s Creative Promise Narrative Award in 2008 for a script that, five years later, has yet to be produced. That frustrating experience is what inspired him and co-writer Candice Sanchez McFarlane to embark on this other endeavor. Their scope appears to be very wide, as they’re looking at all kinds of media-makers and the numerous problems and benefits had by those storytellers in an era when the business is hard to navigate but the tools to get things done on your own are easier and cheaper than ever. Some of the characters and interviewees we see in the film’s crowdfunding campaign video or Facebook page include writer-director/actor Kentucker Audley (V/H/S; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), producer Ron Simons (Blue Caprice),  producer Craig Shilowich (Frozen River), cinematographer Reed Morano (Frozen River; Shut Up and Play the Hits — she’s also in Side by Side), actor Dorian […]

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