Interview: Jemaine Clement Talks WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

Jemaine Clement is just as lovely in person as you'd expect. He's quiet, well mannered, and only occasionally displays the acerbic nature we've come to expect from his characters. While many grew to know him as an integral part of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Slamdance 2015 Interview: DIAMOND TONGUES, Pavan Moondi, Brian Robertson And Leah (Fay) Goldstein Talk Their New Film

Shooting a film and getting it out there is brave business.Considering the number of factors often at stake for the independent filmmaker - personal finances, the time and hard work of a crew devoted to your confidence, and perhaps most... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Lily Tomlin, Badass GRANDMA

Grandma is by far the best film to come from writer/director Paul Weitz, the mind that brought us such films as the 90s sex romp, American Pie, and the feel-great Nick Hornby adaptation About a Boy. The triumph of his... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: Jemaine Clement And James Strouse Talk PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

James Strouse's third feature People, Places, Things finds cartoonist and teacher Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) thrust into single-fatherhood after his wife decides on her twin-daughter's birthday to engage in some extra-marital shennanigans in the bathroom.A huge part of the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2015 Interview: DIGGING FOR FIRE With Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg has never looked to filmmaking as a means of escapism. With an eye attuned to realism, Swanberg has a great talent for exploring and working through themes of relationships and ageing and the correlation between the two.... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Shine Like A Diamond: GIRLHOOD Director Céline Sciamma Interview

With two very lovely coming of age films (Water Lilies and Tomboy) under her belt, Céline Sciamma charts a new, yet still familiar, territory with her most accomplished film to date, Girlhood. Unlike her previous films, Girlhood stars all black... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Interview: Gabe Polsky On RED ARMY

In my original review for the film, I talked about how Red Army is a gem of a film, a movie about hockey that can be loved by fan and neophyte alike. Much more than simply a documentation of a... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

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 »
  
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