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Crafts Spotlight: Hillbilly Elegy Makeup Team Eryn Krueger Mekash & Matthew Mungle

November 25, 2020 | By
Crafts Spotlight: <em>Hillbilly Elegy</em> Makeup Team Eryn Krueger Mekash & Matthew Mungle

Based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling novel of the same name, Netflix’s upcoming The Hillbilly Elegy focuses on the author’s trip down childhood memory lane while juggling a present-day high-stakes job interview and his mother’s drug relapse. The film stars Amy Adams as Vance’s mother Bev, and Glenn Close as his grandmother Mawmaw. Despite weak reviews,... »

Filmmaker Spotlight: Mosul Director Matthew Michael Carnahan

November 25, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: <em>Mosul</em> Director Matthew Michael Carnahan

A SWAT team combs war-torn city streets looking for ISIS fighters in Mosul, streaming on Netflix starting November 26. Based on a true story, and starring an all-Arab cast led by Suhail Dabbach and Adam Bessa, the film unfolds over a single day of relentless firefights and sniper attacks. It’s the directing debut for... »

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... »

EnergaCamerimage: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC

November 23, 2020 | By
EnergaCamerimage: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC

This year, the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC. In a career stretching back fifty years, Rousselot has worked with a wide range of directors, including John Boorman, Neil Jordan, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears, David Yates, and Miloš Forman. He received an Oscar for his cinematography work... »

Back to Work: Ric Roman Waugh Tests Production Waters in Saudi Arabia

November 20, 2020 | By
Back to Work: Ric Roman Waugh Tests Production Waters in Saudi Arabia

It’s been a minute since we’ve updated Below the Line’s ongoing attempt to help get production and post back in gear, even as we continue speaking with working filmmakers and craft people about how they’ve been able to manage under COVID-19 protocols. Recently, Below the Line spoke to Director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has... »

Film Showcase: Filmmaker Francis Lee Talks about Making Ammonite

November 19, 2020 | By
Film Showcase: Filmmaker Francis Lee Talks about Making <em>Ammonite</em>

Underappreciated during her lifetime, Mary Anning made important contributions to paleontology in the late Nineteenth Century. In Ammonite, writer and director Francis Lee imagines her later career, when she struggled with poverty and isolation. The Neon release opened in theaters November 13. In Lee’s script, Anning searches for fossils while scouring the rocky beaches near Lyme... »

Filmmaker Spotlight: Run Director Aneesh Chaganty

November 18, 2020 | By
Filmmaker Spotlight: <em>Run</em> Director Aneesh Chaganty

When Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature Searching premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, it immediately showed a bright new talent to the world of cinematic thrillers. Chaganty’s new movie Run is a two-handed thriller starring Emmy winner Sarah Paulson and newcomer Kiera Allen as an overprotective mother and her daughter Chloe, the latter... »

Doc Showcase: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds

November 16, 2020 | By
Doc Showcase: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s <em> Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds</em>

A meteor streaks across the Siberian sky, captured by startled drivers’ dashboard cameras. That eerie sight is one of many you will encounter in Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, a movie that explores how meteorites have shaped life on our planet. It’s part of this season’s slate of Apple Original documentaries, now available on Apple... »

Doc Showcase: Oliver Murray’s Ronnie’s Explores Legendary Musician and Iconic Club

November 13, 2020 | By
Doc Showcase: Oliver Murray’s <em>Ronnie’s</em> Explores Legendary Musician and Iconic Club

There have been many fantastic documentaries showcasing legendary musicians and venues. Oliver Murray’s Ronnie’s – now playing at DOC-NYC – manages to do both, as it profiles the London club Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, as well as the tenor saxophone-playing jazzman that founded the iconic venue. Ronnie’s finds a way to balance... »

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... »

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