Film Independent has announced a couple additions to its Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking series. Joining the weekly themed panel chats with independent film fixtures and top-shelf below-the-line talent, all moderated by Mary Sweeney, are: sound designer (and Wall▪E voice maestro) Ben Burtt; Right at Your Door writer-director Chris Gorak; The Secret Life of Bees writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood; and Notorious screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood. For more information on the series, including ticket prices and specific dates, click here.
The industry/publishing world blood-letting continues — deputy editor Anne Thompson was among the estimated 30 lay-offs at Variety yesterday. She says her blog, Thompson on Hollywood, will continue uninterrupted, for now, and that there are other irons in the fire, of course. Sucks. Big-time, as Dick Cheney would say. But who doesn’t have multiple irons in the fire these days? It’s the only wise, proactive move, sadly.