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1950s Style Jazz Reimagined in Flock of Four

April 13, 2018 | By
1950s Style Jazz Reimagined in Flock of Four

  First-time narrative writer/director Gregory Caruso expanded his 2016 short film Flock of Four into a feature that transports the audience to the 1950s during the height of the Jazz era, on Central Avenue, in Los Angeles. The story follows four teenage friends who make their way to Central Avenue from Pasadena, in pursuit... »

Oscar Winning Director Anders Walter On His Feature Length Debut I Kill Giants

April 11, 2018 | By
Oscar Winning Director Anders Walter On His Feature Length Debut I Kill Giants

  Below the Line:  How did you get involved with I Kill Giants? Anders Walter: I was in Denmark trying to work on a British feature which ultimately fell through. I was then sent several screenplays from my agents in the United States, however none of them really connected with me. Soon After, producer... »

Independent Spirit Awards 2018: Get Out Takes The Big Prize

March 7, 2018 | By
Independent Spirit Awards 2018: Get Out Takes The Big Prize

    The 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards returned to their beach venue in Santa Monica to honor artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. President Josh Welsh opened the show by telling the assembled filmmakers that in these days of cynicism,... »

Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

March 6, 2018 | By
Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

  If you bet on every favorite in your office’s Oscar pool this year, you did quite well. It was a year of very few surprises, and stood in stark contrast to last year’s “wow finish” –to borrow a line from the movies. And yet those who won were very thoughtful about their craft–both... »

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... »

DGA Winners 2018

February 4, 2018 | By
DGA Winners 2018

    FIRST TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures) Peele’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit) First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit) Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard Location... »

70th Annual DGA Awards

February 3, 2018 | By
70th Annual DGA Awards

  The 70th Annual DGA Awards honored the best direction of 2017 in film, television, documentaries, and commercials. Master of Ceremonies host, Judd Apatow entertained and enthralled the audience through 14 remarkable awards held in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The program consisted of various presenters ranging from Sam Rockwell, Amy... »

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... »

2018 Directors Guild of America Film Nominations

January 11, 2018 | By
2018 Directors Guild of America Film Nominations

Feature Film Director Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Mr. del Toro’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale Production Manager: Dennis Chapman First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird (A24) Ms. Gerwig’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: Lila Yacoub, Danielle Blumstein,... »

2018 DGA Awards Nominations For TV, Commercial & Documentary

January 11, 2018 | By
2018 DGA Awards Nominations For TV, Commercial & Documentary

The Directors Guild has announced the TV, Commercial and Documentary nominees for its 70th annual DGA Awards.       Michael Apted will receive the DGA Honorary Life Member Award, and Dwight Williams and Jim Tanker are set for the guild’s Service Awards. The 70th annual show will take place on  February 3 at... »

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