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INTERVIEW: St. Vincent Director Theodore Melfi on Calling Bill Murray’s 1-800 Number Interview

INTERVIEW: St. Vincent Director Theodore Melfi on Calling Bill Murray’s 1-800 Number

Turns out if you want to work with Bill Murray, you have to get past his 800 number first. Our interview with St. Vincent director Theodore Melfi. Read More
Damien Chazelle: We’re Too Narrative-Focused When It Comes to Movies Interview

Damien Chazelle: We’re Too Narrative-Focused When It Comes to Movies

As we emerge on the other side of the long film festival season and move into awards season, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has been drumming up (sorry) so much good publicity that it isn’t crazy to think the 29-year-old filmmaker may be holding his first golden statue in a few months time. About an aspiring jazz drummer (Miles Teller) Read More
Maika Monroe On Being a Badass, ‘The Guest’ Interview

Maika Monroe On Being a Badass, ‘The Guest’

In Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s The Guest, their genre-blending follow-up to 2013’s You’re Next,  Dan Stevens plays an ex-soldier who ingratiates himself into the family of one of his fallen comrades. With his good looks and Southern charm, he’s got everyone under his spell; when he begins to intervene in the family’s personal affairs–sometimes with fatal Read More
Nadav Schirman, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and the Amazing Story of ‘The Green Prince’ Interview

Nadav Schirman, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, and the Amazing Story of ‘The Green Prince’

A Palestinian and son of a Hamas leader, Mosab Hassan Yousef was raised deeply entrenched in the Middle Eastern conflict. In his early twenties, he was captured and interrogated by Gonen Ben Yitzhak, a “handler” working for the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency. Mosab was convinced to work for the Shin Bet undercover, and Read More
Hossein Amini: I Struggle So Much With Dialogue…I Find Silent Storytelling More Interesting Interview

Hossein Amini: I Struggle So Much With Dialogue…I Find Silent Storytelling More Interesting

Best known for writing Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive, Hossein Amini makes his directorial debut with the ’60s noir-ish throwback, The Two Faces of January, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Set in Greece in 1962, the film follows a vacationing American couple, Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), who get intwined with a Read More
Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar On ‘Swim Little Fish Swim’ and the Price of Artistic Integrity Interview

Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar On ‘Swim Little Fish Swim’ and the Price of Artistic Integrity

First-time filmmakers Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar’s Swim Little Fish Swim is a sweet, idiosyncratic indie set in New York City that follows Lilas, a young artist from France (Bessis) who temporarily moves into a couple’s tiny apartment. Lilas befriends Leeward (Dustin Guy Defa), a struggling musician, but her presence begins to widen the rift between Leeward Read More
Stephen Beresford & Jonathan Blake: Gay People Can Take A Punch–We’re Tough Interview

Stephen Beresford & Jonathan Blake: Gay People Can Take A Punch–We’re Tough

Matthew Warchus’ uplifting crowd-pleaser Pride follows the true events of the 1984-85 UK miner’s strike, which saw a group of young gay activists called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) come to the aid of the working-class union. The sprawling ensemble piece was penned years ago by Stephen Beresford, who designed the story to reach Read More
Genevieve Bailey On ‘I Am Eleven’ and the Magic of Naiveté Interview

Genevieve Bailey On ‘I Am Eleven’ and the Magic of Naiveté

After losing her father and getting injured in a serious car accident, Genevieve Bailey was in a serious rut, and needed to do something to lift her spirits. She remembered that being eleven was the best year of her life, and decided to make a film about it. I Am Eleven isn’t about her experience at Read More
Arhoolie Records Founder Chris Strachwitz on ‘Hardcore’ Music, the Joy of Record Hunting Interview

Arhoolie Records Founder Chris Strachwitz on ‘Hardcore’ Music, the Joy of Record Hunting

“If somebody wants to sing, sing god damn it!” Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records and purveyor and evangelist of obscure, down home blues music, isn’t the biggest fan of modern pop music. He likes the “hardcore stuff” (whatever that means). He likes no-nonsense music that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, Read More