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Filmmaker Spotlight: Dawn Porter on The Way I See It and John Lewis: Good Trouble

October 21, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: Dawn Porter on <em>The Way I See It</em> and <em>John Lewis: Good Trouble</em>

With only a few months left to the year, it’s fairly evident that while 2020 hasn’t produced nearly as many theatrical blockbusters as past years, it has been a pretty good year for documentaries. One filmmaker who has done quite well for herself despite the pandemic is Dawn Porter, who directed not one but... »

Brandon Cronenberg on the Distinctive Look and Feel of Possessor Uncut

October 1, 2020 | By
Brandon Cronenberg on the Distinctive Look and Feel of <em>Possessor Uncut</em>

With a last name like “Cronenberg,” you just might have something to prove when you choose to go into filmmaking, but Brandon Cronenberg has already fully proven himself to be as cerebral and visionary a filmmaker as his well-known father. Possessor Uncut, Cronenberg’s follow-up to 2012’s Antiviral, is a similarly mind-altering genre film, this... »

Director Series: Natalie Krinsky’s The Broken Hearts Gallery

September 25, 2020 | By
Director Series: Natalie Krinsky’s <em>The Broken Hearts Gallery</em>

Natalie Krinsky‘s The Broken Hearts Gallery follows 20-something art gallery assistant Lucy Gulliver (Geraldine Viswanathan) living in New York City as she is suddenly fired from her job and dumped by her most recent boyfriend Max Vora (Utkarsh Ambudkar). Through the years, Lucy has become an emotional hoarder and has kept various keepsake items from... »

Director’s Series: Antonio Campos on The Devil All the Time

September 14, 2020 | By
Director’s Series: Antonio Campos on <em>The Devil All the Time</em>

Filmmaker Antonio Campos didn’t actually burst onto the indie movie scene with his first couple movies, Buy It Now (2005) and Afterschool (2008), but it paved the way for his work with Borderline Productions and fellow filmmakers Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Josh Mond (James White), Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother)... »

Filmmaker Profile: Archive Director Gavin Rothery

August 18, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Profile: <em>Archive</em> Director Gavin Rothery

Over the first twenty years of the 21st century, filmmakers have explored the notion of sentient artificial intelligence, where computer/robotic-based creations can engage in autonomous thought. Notably, Steven Spielberg did so with A.I. Artificial Intelligence, in which a mechanical boy was central to the film. Later, Caradog James made The Machine, where a beautiful... »

Oscar Nominated Best Documentary Feature Last Men In Aleppo

February 5, 2018 | By
Oscar Nominated Best Documentary Feature <em>Last Men In Aleppo</em>

In 2013, during the siege of Aleppo by the Assad regime, director Feras Fayyad started shooting on his own, following the White Helmets, the volunteer first responders who organized to protect their neighborhoods and save the civilian lives impacted by Russian bombs. He wanted to learn why people remained in their homes despite the... »

Director Series: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

January 22, 2018 | By
Director Series: Rian Johnson – <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

When Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy enlisted director Rian Johnson to write and direct Episode VIII in the Star Wars nine-film franchise, Johnson merely had three smaller-scale critical successes behind him as both writer and director: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. However, for part eight in the nonology, Kennedy knew she needed an adept... »

Director Series: Sean Baker – The Florida Project

January 15, 2018 | By
Director Series: Sean Baker – <em>The Florida Project</em>

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project was inspired by news articles about the affordable housing crisis – the “hidden homeless” who are living in cheap motels week to week. The film is set in Orlando, FL, the home of Disney World, which provided the visual juxtaposition of poverty and fantasy. Baker met his co-writer, Chris... »

Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, Tonya

January 10, 2018 | By
Director Series: Craig Gillespie – I, <em>Tonya</em>

Inspired by the life of notorious figure skater Tonya Harding, I, Tonya comes at the viewer with a combination of scripted interviews, dramatized archival footage, and flashbacks, all performed by a respectable team of ideally-cast performers. Nonetheless, director Craig Gillespie noted that the haphazard approach to the narrative came directly from screenwriter Steven Rogers’... »

Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with “Wormwood”

January 9, 2018 | By
Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with <em>“Wormwood”</em>

Uncovering some of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets, “Wormwood,” currently on Netflix, examines the life-long quest of one man–Eric Olson–to find the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. Weaving this mystery into a six-part story, renowned documentarian Errol Morris (Fog of War, Thin Blue Line) combines his own noted interview style with a dramatic narrative... »

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