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DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for News of the World

December 23, 2020 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for <em>News of the World</em>

  Although filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been directing movies and television since the mid-80s, his 2002 film Bloody Sunday, about the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was what finally got him notice as a filmmaker. That led to a fairly large leap into studio movies, directing Universal Pictures’ action sequel, The Bourne Supremacy – Greengrass would... »

Director Series: Steve McQueen Talks About Crafting History in His Small Axe Anthology

November 24, 2020 | By
Director Series: Steve McQueen Talks About Crafting History in His <em>Small Axe Anthology</em>

Throughout the ‘90s and early Aughts, filmmaker Steve McQueen was mostly known on the art scene for his short films and art installations. He had a huge breakout in 2008 when his debut feature Hunger debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring McQueen’s frequent collaborator Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the film dealt with... »

Filmmaker Spotlight: Remi Weekes on His House

November 3, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: Remi Weekes on <em>His House</em>

2020 has been a great year for new talent to have their smaller films seen by much larger audiences, mainly because a lot of the studio films have been delayed or yanked or sent directly to streaming. In fact, streamer Netfix has certainly done its share of shining the spotlight on this new talent... »

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... »

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