Sundance 2015 Interview: Bruce McDonald, Chloe Rose, and Robert Patrick on HELLIONS' Bad Moon Rising

Bruce McDonald is the last filmmaker one can accuse of repeating himself. For the past 20+ years since his Sundance debut, Highway 61, the renegade cowboy director has stayed busy and thoroughly fresh with each new contribution to the Canadian... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

'I Am TIMBUKTU': Abderramane Sissako Interview

A lot has happened since I talked with Abderramane Sissako last October at the New York Film Festival. Islamic terrorists' attack on the headquarter of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris this January shook... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Ruben Östlund Interview: In Case Of No Emergency

Recently, L.A.'s Cinefamily held a public broadcasting of the Golden Globes featuring Doug Benson and other piss-takers, wisecracking throughout the event a la Mystery Science Theater. The afternoon was full of laughs and genuine collective enthusiasm for the films... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Interview: William H. Macy Talks Directing RUDDERLESS, MPAA, And Co-Starring In Paul Thomas Anderson Films

Deadbeat father. Quiz Kid Donnie Smith. 70's porn assistant director. Down-on-his luck car salesman who hires the wrong goons to kidnap his wife to collect some ransom money.  These are some of the many prominent characters actor William H.... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

Interview: Jaume Balagueró Talks [REC] 4: APOCALYPSE, The Franchise Finale

The cult success of the [REC] series was quite a surprise, not the least to co-directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza. They never expected that their low-budget, found footage horror about a zombie-like virus and the havoc it wreaks on an... More »
  

Tokyo FILMeX 2014 - Tsukamoto Shinya Talks FIRES ON THE PLAIN

Director Tsukamoto Shinya garnered a cult following in 1989 following the release of his cyberpunk classic, Tetsuo the Iron Man. The filmmaker has subsequently released two sequels to his breakthrough hit while expressing considerable talent in a range of... More »
  

Interview: Robert Downey Sr. On Truth, Soul, And Cinefamily

Like most young artists in the early 60s, Robert Downey Sr.'s mind was blown wide open by the French New Wave and its freewheelin' reinvention of cinema. There were certainly great artists bending the medium in the half century leading up... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Japan Film Festival 2014 Interview: Director Keishi Otomo On The KENSHIN Trilogy

The Kenshin trilogy played in Melbourne at the Japan Film Festival on the weekend.These glorious action spectacles enamored a sold out crowd with back-to-back screenings. The fan power was in full force and all three films equally impressed.Here are... More »
  

Interview: Lloyd Kaufman, Decades Deep Into The American Film Market

The name Lloyd Kaufman and his widely beloved cult production house, Troma, stirs many wonderfully sordid images - toxic avengers, killer condoms, singing cannibals, and on. The man himself is one of the great unsung heroes of independent cinema. Like Roger... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Calgary Underground 2014 Interview: LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE

One of the unheralded diamonds in the rough on the documentary circuit this year is Dave Jannetta's documentary on the denizens of Chadron, Nebraska, evocatively titled Love And Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. The film is an adaptation of... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Interview: Director Braden Croft Talks FEED THE GODS

Braden Croft's sophomore effort Feed The Gods, will be available on VOD on November 25th followed by a DVD release in the new year on January 27th. I spoke with the Canadian writer/director about his Bigfoot film.Twitch - Where did... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Talking ROSEWATER With Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari

In my review of Jon Stewart's Rosewater, I expressed my appreciation for the audacity of the film even if I thought it fell a bit short of achieving something truly spectacular. Part of that disappointment came from my appreciation... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Tokyo 2014 - NOVA Cast And Crew Talk Friendship, UFO's And Malaysian Cinema's Future

Malaysia, so often overlooked on the world film scene in favor of it's northern neighbor, was again second run at the Tokyo International Film Festival which chose to focus on Thailand in it's newly established CROSSCUT Asia section. However one... More »
  

Viennale 2014: Talking With Julian Radlmaier About A PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE

No one can seriously doubt that there is a black hole in German cinema. This black hole comes, among other things, from a lack of interest and awareness in film as such with all its history, languages and forms. There are... More »
  

Interview: Director Dan Gilroy Talks NIGHTCRAWLER

Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler is intense and impeccable, showcasing a peak performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as he trolls the streets of Los Angeles looking to capture the latest salacious images for an insatiable media audience. A long time screenwriter, including... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Neil Berkeley Interview: Everybody Hurts in HARMONTOWN

Harmontown is far more than your run of the mill tour documentary. Whether or not you're a fan of Community, the show that finally made a name for writer Dan Harmon after years of pitching pilots and struggling to break... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Viennale 2014: Filmmaking On High Seas-An Interview With Pedro Costa

It was a very special occasion for me to talk to Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa. He is one of the last rock stars in directing today, a maverick in the tradition of a craft orientated directing style but like with... More »
  

Tokyo 2014: Peter Bogdanovich And Owen Wilson Talk SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY

Peter Bogdanovich appeared on stage at the Tokyo International Film Festival last night to talk about his latest, She's Funny That Way. The veteran director made his name with 1971's The Last Picture Show, though he'll always be Dr. Melfi's droll... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Interview: THE LESSON Co-director Petar Valchanov On The State Of Bulgarian Cinema

In Peter Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva's The Lesson, schoolteacher Nadezhda (Margita Gosheva) discovers that there is a thief in her class and decides to not let this petty offense go unpunished. Unfortunately, as soon as she returns home, she finds... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Morelia 2014 Interview: MATRIA Director Fernando Llanos

Fernando Llanos' Matria was one of the most talked about Mexican documentaries at this year's Morelia. It went on to win the jury award for best Mexican documentary, thanks to Llanos' mixture of a very personal story with the sociopolitical... More »
  
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