Among her theatre industry friends and colleagues, Amanda Lipitz is primarily known as a producer, with a Broadway résumé that includes “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Legally Blonde The Musical,” “The Performers,” “A View From the Bridge,” and Tony-winning “The Humans.” But Lipitz has another lesser-known side: she’s also documentary filmmaker.
Parallel to her career on Broadway, Lipitz has been making short documentary films about a group of all-girl public schools in New York City and Baltimore. Now with the release of her feature film debut “Step”in cinemas nationally with Fox Searchlight, Lipitz’s filmmaking is no longer her best-kept secret.
Sublime has chosen two-time Oscar-winning director Bill Guttentag to tell its story in a theatrical documentary detailing the Southern California reggae punk band’s rise and tragic loss of lead singer Bradley Nowell.
Guttentag will write and direct the documentary, which will be released theatrically in late 2018, and will include rare and unreleased music from the group.
When the Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma started out, he was a 15-year-old camera assistant on “Ossessione,” the 1943 Luchino Visconti movie that is widely considered the first Italian neorealist film.
The new documentary “Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life” explores Di Palma’s long career, from that auspicious beginning to his work on “Red Desert,” “Radio Days” and some of the other best films of the 20th century.
One of the world’s most respected names in acoustic guitar making, Bill Collings specialized in building heirloom-quality instruments at his company’s Austin-based shop. Collings went from crafting guitars at his kitchen table to a company of 85 employees.
His customers included Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Baez, and Lyle Lovett—who bought the 29th guitar Collings ever sold. Collings passed away on July 14, following a brief battle with bile duct cancer.
From “Velvet Goldmine” to the Velvet Underground: Todd Haynes, director of such acclaimed U.S. independent films as “Far From Heaven” and “Carol,” is teaming with longtime producing partner Christine Vachon of Killer Films, as well as David Blackman and Universal Music Group, to direct his first documentary, on the Velvet Underground, one of the most seminal rock groups in history.
Haynes’ new project, currently untitled and in development, will “rely certainly on [Andy] Warhol films but also a rich culture of experimental film, a vernacular we have lost and we don’t have, [and that] we increasingly get further removed from,” he said.