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‘Project Greenlight’ Returns, and They Want Your Work

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 18, 2014 at 3:41PM

Some nine years after going off the air, HBO, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon have revived “Project Greenlight" in a new day and age for discovery. As introduced in a very quick video, the project, in Damon’s words, remains an exercise in “documenting what’s actually happening when people try to make a movie together.”
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

Some nine years after going off the air, HBO, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon have revived “Project Greenlight" in a new day and age of discovery. As introduced in a quick video below, the project, in Damon’s words, remains the same: an exercise in “documenting what’s actually happening when people try to make a movie together.” (Affleck, silent, was probably mentally running his “Batman v. Superman” lines.) A more informative and non-embeddable piece can be seen here.


From July 24 to August 8, “Project Greenlight” will be seeking submissions from those keen to either judge or actually produce a film. Though sure to be competitive, Greenlight asks for no more than a three-minute short — something plenty have on tap. Follow the guidelines, be sure to send in your material in some time over these next few weeks, and good luck.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.