First things first: Jamie Stuart has made a marvelous short for the latest issue of Filmmaker Magazine. Stuart had only a week and a half to prepare, shoot and start editing the film so he could meet his deadline for reviewing Apple's new software program Final Cut Studio 2, but the result is maybe the best thing I've seen this summer.

That's only the tip of the iceberg, though, as a glance at the table of contents for the Summer 2007 issue reveals. Features include interviews with George Ratliff (Joshua), Werner Herzog (Rescue Dawn), Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) and Jason Kohn (Manda Balla) -- all available online -- plus, in the printed edition, more talks with Steve Buscemi (conducted by Tom DeCillo), Goran Dukic (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Frank Lin (American Fusion), Shane Meadows (This is England) and the three-man team that directed The Signal.

The magazine's annual survey of new talent, "25 New Faces of Independent Film," is essential reading. The new faces include directors Jennifer Venditti (Billy the Kid) and Calvin Reeder (Little Farm,Jury Award winner at AFI Dallas), cinematographer Sean Kirby (Police Beat, Zoo), actress Jess Weixler (Teeth) and multi-hyphenate Stephane Gauger (Owl and the Sparrow), but, really, all of these "New Faces" deserve the exposure and further investigation. There's also 3,200 words from Alicia Van Couvering on how to benefit from state tax incentives, columns by Anthony Kaufman and Mary Glucksman, festival reports and a new feature, "Load and Play," covering recent DVD releases. From what I've sampled so far, it's another terrific issue. And if you haven't done so already, be sure to bookmark (or add to your feed reader) the Filmmaker Blog.
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