Interview

Dylan Baker: If Anyone Can Find Comfort in This Film, I’ll Be Happy Interview

Dylan Baker: If Anyone Can Find Comfort in This Film, I’ll Be Happy

In his debut feature, Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2, Secretariat) pays homage to the miraculous story of Travis Freeman, a former high school football player from Corbin, Kentucky. Something of a town hero, Travis lost his sight completely at the height of his football career due to an infection of the optic nerve. With the support of Read More
Judy Irving On Nature Filmmaking: It Forces Me to Focus On Who We Share the Planet With Interview

Judy Irving On Nature Filmmaking: It Forces Me to Focus On Who We Share the Planet With

Bay Area filmmaker Judy Irving has had a fascination with Pelicans for about as long as she can remember. “I really loved what they looked like, that dinosaur look,” she told us as we caught up with her in her hometown of San Francisco. After years of loving the large, long-beaked birds, and after making Read More
Justin Simien: I Don’t Need to be Told Racism is Bad–I’m More Interested in Talking About Identity Interview

Justin Simien: I Don’t Need to be Told Racism is Bad–I’m More Interested in Talking About Identity

First-time filmmaker Justin Simien’s satirical comedy Dear White People follows four black students at a fictitious Ivy League school as they struggle with identity and self-worth. Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is a shy, gay journalist who fits in nowhere; Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P Bell) is a student body golden boy and son of the dean; Sam Read More
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