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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... »

Director Series: Jake Goldberger Explores Awkward New Love in Almost Friends

January 3, 2018 | By
Director Series: Jake Goldberger Explores Awkward New Love in <em>Almost Friends</em>

            “I was in a coffee shop doing a screenwriting assignment. I had to do the first ten pages, but had writers block. A kid came in, and he had an amazingly awkward conversation with a girl behind the counter. I transcribed it and turned it into the first... »

Director Series: Greta Gerwig Takes Flight with Lady Bird

December 11, 2017 | By
Director Series: Greta Gerwig Takes Flight with <em>Lady Bird</em>

For her feature film directing debut, actress/writer Greta Gerwig tells a deeply personal coming-of-age story. Set in Sacramento, California during the early 2000’s, an artistic teen (Saoirse Ronan) remains in constant conflict with her opinionated mother (Laurie Metcalf). The process of co-writing two films with writer/director Noah Baumbach was an important step for Gerwig... »

Q&A with Damien Power, Director of Killing Ground

July 30, 2017 | By
Q&A with Damien Power, Director of <em>Killing Ground</em>

Director Damien Power has made his feature lenght debut with the new horror/thriller Killing Ground, released in theaters and VOD on July 21st. Power built his career up via a series of short films, most of which he also wrote, and now has taken some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions from Below the Line.... »

Lesli Linka Glatter: Homeland is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

July 6, 2017 | By
Lesli Linka Glatter: <em>Homeland</em> is Where the Heart Is (Along With Lots of Other Places)

“Back when the American Government actually sponsored the arts,” recalled Homeland executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, invoking a long-ago incarnation of the USA, “I had a grant to perform in the Far East.” That grant, to study and perform in places like Paris and London, and eventually the Far East, found her in Japan, after... »

Writer/Director Robin Swicord Adapts Wakefield & Adapts with the Actors

May 25, 2017 | By
Writer/Director Robin Swicord Adapts <em>Wakefield</em> & Adapts with the Actors

Robin Swicord is most known for her works as the writer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Jane Austen Book Club, Memoirs of a Geisha, Matilda, and Little Women. Swicord most recently wrote and directed the feature film Wakefield, an adaptation of E.L. Doctorow‘s short story starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. The... »

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