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Filmmaker Spotlight: Ghosts of War Director Eric Bress

August 25, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: <em>Ghosts of War</em> Director Eric Bress

Unsurprisingly, the co-creator of The Butterfly Effect was bound to deliver a unique, non-traditional film with his new offering, Ghosts of War. As its title suggests, Eric Bress’s new project concerns the conventional war movie; however, Bress merged that familiar cinematic category with a wholly unexpected element. “I knew when I first started out... »

Volition Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

August 24, 2020 | By
<em>Volition</em> Filmmakers Tony & Ryan Smith

For brothers Tony Dean Smith and Ryan W. Smith, their new science-fiction feature Volition was a fully collaborative endeavor in every respect with them sharing writing and producing duties and Tony installed as director. A story with many nuances and turns, Volition represented the first feature for the Smith Brothers. “The kernel of the idea came... »

Carl Laemmle Doc Reveals the Heroism of Universal Pictures’ Founder

August 10, 2020 | By
<i>Carl Laemmle</i> Doc Reveals the Heroism of Universal Pictures’ Founder

When Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures in 1912, one of Hollywood’s longest running and most powerful studios was launched, with their land, Universal City, being dedicated three years later in the San Fernando Valley. Laemmle presided over the studio and facilities until 1936 when he lost everything—the production, distribution, and exhibition enterprise, plus the... »

Scandalous Documentary Dissects the National Enquirer Phenomenon

August 7, 2020 | By
<em>Scandalous</em> Documentary Dissects the <em>National Enquirer</em> Phenomenon

When Generoso Pope, Jr. purchased the newspaper The New York Enquirer in 1952, ostensibly with an interest-free $75,000 loan from mob boss Frank Costello, events were set in motion for the evolution of a world-renowned tabloid, known since 1954 as The National Enquirer. Enter director Mark Landsman, who claimed that “the story found me,”... »

Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary Chuck Berry in New Film

August 6, 2020 | By
Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary <em>Chuck Berry</em> in New Film

On May 21st, 1955, a 29-year-old songwriter, singer, and guitarist had his first major recording session at Chess Records in Chicago. Among the tunes that were cut then was “Maybellene,” which became a breakthrough hit for the artist, none other than Chuck Berry. Arguably, with that one song, guitar-oriented rock ‘n’ roll was born.... »

Drum Documentary Celebrates Neil Peart

August 5, 2020 | By
Drum Documentary Celebrates <em>Neil Peart</em>

In his feature documentary about drums and drummers, Masters of Resonance, director Jeremy Bout, who regularly aims to have his viewers use storytelling to make educated decisions about their careers of choice, simply wanted to tell another inspiring story through the prism of those of elite percussive skill. “It was never meant to be... »

SIFF Announces Winners of First Virtual Film Festival

August 4, 2020 | By
SIFF Announces Winners of First Virtual Film Festival

Coming from as far away as Västra Götaland, Hanoi, England, Canada, Copenhagen and Uttar Pradesh — the Sonoma International Film Festival’s first SIFF 2.0 Virtual Film Festival concluded yesterday with four Command Performance screenings. Celebrating its 23rd year, the online showcase screened more than 100 features, documentaries and short films from 20 countries, including... »

Losing Lena Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

July 31, 2020 | By
<em>Losing Lena</em> Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

In November 1972, Lenna Sjööblom was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, posing for a series of pictures in her first and only nude photo session. Born Lena Söderberg on March 31, 1951, in Sweden, she had no idea that one of the photos, the centerfold, would become pivotal in the development of digitally-based imagery.... »

Wondros Collective Expands Roster With Director Tamika Miller

July 28, 2020 | By
Wondros Collective Expands Roster With Director Tamika Miller

Wondros Collective’s Executive Producer Danielle Peretz continues to expand the commercial/branded content division’s Directorial roster with the signing of Director Tamika Miller this summer. A multi-faceted filmmaker, Miller was selected as one of six directors for the prestigious DGA/AICP’s Commercial Directors Diversity Program — an initiative created to increase the representation of women and... »

Jesse James Miller Showcases the History of PUNK

July 24, 2020 | By
Jesse James Miller Showcases the History of <em>PUNK</em>

When Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker Jesse James Miller undertook a four-hour docuseries about the history of punk rock, he determined to inundate himself in research about the musical genre, as he had not been previously associated with punk and its notable figures. “They hired someone out of the fold,” he said of the show’s producers,... »

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