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Movie Making Fri Jul 20 2018 20:04:29 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Some films make a splash on their initial release and are largely forgotten just a few years later; others are ignored but rise in stature with the passage of time. Steven Soderberghs 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape is one of those rare movies th
We really get to know the brilliant actor Theodore Bouloukos in this hour. He lets us peek in on him as a child fascinated, perhaps to a peculiar degree, with design, typography, and channel logos. And then what led him to performance art with Brock
Whats a non-religious, non-observant Jew doing making a movie called The Rabbi Goes West, in which the main character is a Torah-following Hasidic Orthodox rabbi? And who is now, between beloved corned beef sandwiches, in the middle of a $40,000 Kick
On June 12th, 2016, I woke up to coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting and felt my heart being ripped out. Even worse, I was due to moderate a Q&A of the Sandy Hook shooting documentary Newtown that night. What world were we living in? In
On June 12th, 2016, I woke up to coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting and felt my heart being ripped out. Even worse, I was due to moderate a Q&A of the Sandy Hook shooting documentary Newtown that night. What world were we living in? In
The following article is crossposted with, Short of the Week, a new kind of film festival aimed at discovering the next wave of emerging filmmakers crafting stories for online audiences. Visit them at shortoftheweek.com A few years ago we released ou
In the last few days, previously unbroadcast raw footage of a visit to the post-production facilities ofThe Shining has popped up online. It totals 84 minutes, although the YouTube uploader has helpfully provided a full chapter breakdown. For a tour
While shooting a commercial in Thailand cinematographer Sean Price Williams (Good Time, Golden Exits, Marjorie Prime) contracted an ear infection. He let me rattle questions into his ears canals despite it. Two months priorThe Great Pretender, the se
Joan Micklin Silvers Crossing Delancey, her studio romantic comedy about a thirtysomething trying to escape her Lower East Side roots, is the epitome of the New York Woman series the Quad has been running all month. After a difficult experience at Un
One of the most important restorations of the last few years makes its way to Blu-ray this week with Milestones exquisite release of Luchino Viscontis Rocco and His Brothers (1960). A brutally realistic, emotionally charged family saga that flies by
With the sudden renewed focus on the Supreme Court this summer the theatrical premiere (July 13th at NYCs IFC Center, July 27th at the Landmark Nuart in LA) of Kimberly Reeds Dark Money couldnt have come at a more apropos time. The momentous Citizens
As a native Texan and dutiful SXSW attendee traveling to Czechoslovakia, I was thrilled to hear that Richard Linklater and the Austin Film Society would be the subject of a Tribute at this years Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The 53rd edition of the Cze
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) concluded its 53rd edition on July 7th, and with it a solid line-up of both Western and Eastern European fare. Romanian director Radu Jude (Aferim!) won the Grand Prix for his darkly comedic past-meets
There are many reasons filmmakers might choose to self-distribute their documentaries: they may want residuals to come in throughout their careers, as opposed to what might be just a single upfront payment in an all-rights deal; they may feel a respo
John Christopher Jones is a veteran actors actor with many Broadway shows including Simon Gray’s Otherwise Engaged (directed by Harold Pinter), Hurlyburly (directed by Mike Nichols), The Iceman Cometh (with Jason Robards), and Shaws Heartbr
Over a sixty-year career, Lau Kar-leung wrote, directed, choreographed, and appeared in over 100 movies, including martial-arts classics like The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. The Museum of Modern Art celebrates his work in a 10-movie series, “T
The unofficial centerpiece of Berlins Xposed International Queer Film Festival, Drew Lints M/M takes a decidedly unique approach to the identity-swapping thriller. Somewhat reductively categorized as a gender-reversed Single White Female, Lints featu
The second-highest grossing Chinese film of all time, Operation Red Seahas earned over a half-billion dollars since its release this past February. Writer/director Dante Lam introduced the film at a New York Asian American Film Festival screening on
One of the most haunting and atmospheric pieces of filmmaking Ive seen this year is the pilot for the television adaptation of James Ellroys L.A. Confidential, which, as scripted by Jordan Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, beautifully captures E
As with life, beginnings are easy but endings are hard. At least, that’s what one might take away from the two very different running times of videos screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story, Little Miss Sunshine) has posted about these crucia
I once took a class with the late, great silent film historian David Shepard, who introduced a screening of Ernst Lubitschs The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg by saying, Watch closely. You can learn how to make movies from this man. An hour and for
With a Gus Van Sant retrospective currently playing at New York’s Metrograph Cinema until July 12, we’ve reposted the three interviews we did with the director for his celebrated “death trilogy.” Comprised of G
The following interview was originally published in our Fall, 2003 print edition. When I first interviewed Gus Van Sant, he had just finished editing his feature Gerry and was preparing to launch it at the Sundance Film Festival. A radical left turn
The below interview with Gus Van Sant originally appeared in our Summer, 2005 issue. The subject matter of Gus Van Sants new film, Last Days, appears on the surface to be the stuff of a sensationalistic movie of the week. A moody, confused, perhaps d
When I speak to James DeMonaco, The First Purge is only 48 hours from hitting theaters, but the franchises creator is otherwise engaged. DeMonaco has two production days left on his latest film, Once Upon a Time in Staten Island. Itsa personal movie,
There is, perhaps, no actor at the moment more synonymous with New York indie filmmaking than Keith Poulson. His uncanny comedic sensibilities first caught my attention in Bob Byingtons Somebody Up There Likes Me. Hes since honed his mastery of the l
I first became aware of director Bryan Spicer when I encountered his lively episodes of Eerie, Indiana back in the early 90s. In the 25 years since then, hes built up a resume that would be the envy of any filmmaker, doing excellent work in both feat
One of the most formally and politically groundbreaking movies of the early 1970s, Melvin Van Peebles 1971 trailblazer Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song, is now available on Blu-ray from specialty label Vinegar Syndrome, a company doing more to preser
New York independent filmmaker Onur Tukel, whose work we have covered quite a bit at Filmmaker, has directed a music video of a song by the anti-folk singer Jamie Block. It’s a small-scale city symphony that speaks to our compulsion to dist
Following a strong reception at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, Debra Graniks latest feature, Leave No Trace, has been placed by critics as the third in a trilogy of films (after Down to the Bone [2004] and Winters Bone [2010]) about people l
For once the words “visionary director” on a trailer are not a misnomer. From Panos Cosmatos, who made our 25 New Faces list back in 2011, comes the first trailer for his ’80s-set revenge drama Mandy, starring Nicolas Ca
Day 1: Screening and General Overview The day starts with a meet-and-greet breakfast. Im late. My first day and Im late. I resist the temptation to hate myself and get a cup of tea. I want a latte, but all they have is brew and that can make me jitte
Not every ingnue is deserving of the attention Zoey Deutch is about to get. But this 23 year old already has the miraculous and mysterious skill of a veteran actor. Since her brilliantly nuanced performance in Flower, I have wanted to find out the se
I’d seen2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm twice over the years before going to see the “unrestored” print out now in limited release. Christopher Nolan premiered this new print at Cannes, and his interview from there with Er
In the era of fake news and alternative facts, and of people constructing their own custom-made versions of reality, Penny Lanes The Pain of Others feels very timely, to say the least. Defying any expectations and preconceived notions, Lanes perfectl
Back to One is not a normal interview podcast. There is no greeting, no elaborate guest introduction, no banter, no small talk, no inane humor, no plugs, no closing. Just one actor every episode discussing their own approach to the craft, and one big
Steven Soderberghs Unsane, which was released theatrically earlier this year and is now available on Blu-ray and multiple streaming platforms, is yet another of the directors fascinating experiments with narrative structure and genre, and another ins
The mix of films in the 10th edition of BAMcinemaFest offers isn’t totally unexpected: a significant plurality of Sundance premieres (tightly curated, or maybe more accurately culled), titles from SXSW and True/False, two North American and
When I was thirteen years old I spent a good deal of my free time posting on an online message board dedicated to Wes Cravens Scream film series. I was a nerdy, creative kid stuck in suburbia, and Id stay up late on my parents basement desktop comput
As it does every year, the 25th edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest offered more than just a stand-out mix of documentaries. Yes, there were many feature highlights — among them opening night film A Northern Soul, about one mans desire to create
Executive produced by the Almodvars, and nabbing the Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary and Peace Film Prize at this years Berlinale (not to mention, most recently, the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest), Almudena Carracedo and Robert
Glen Powell gives me hope for the future of the movie industry. He crushed the role of legendary astronaut John Glenn in Hidden Figures and donned some ’80s duds in Richard Linklaters Everybody Wants Some, but he really grabbed my attention
The following interview with director Jim McKay was published during last year’s BAMcinemafest and is being rerun today as his feature En el Sptimo Da is in release from Cinema Guild. The film can currently be seen at the IFC Center in New
Hollywood has been transformed. The six major studios — Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Fox, Sony, and Paramount — have all changed significantly. Few filmmakers understand how profound these changes have been and how they have a
I discovered Simon Lereng Wilmonts The Distant Barking of Dogs, a poetic look at everyday life on the frontline of the War in Donbass — as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old Ukrainian boy who lives with his grandmother in the warzone &a
For nearly as long as Hollywood has been making movies theyve been making sequels, and for most of that time journalists and critics have grumbled about the studios lack of originality; yet theres an honorable tradition of filmmakers using the percei