NY Asian 2014: Director Fei Xing Judges the Court Of Public Opinion in SILENT WITNESS

A huge hit in its native China, SILENT WITNESS starts as a taut courtroom drama and then writer/director Fei Xing flips the script to turn it into something more. He spoke with me about this commentary on social media and... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Director Shin Yeon-shick Collaborates With Kim Ki-duk And K-Pop Idol Lee Joon On ROUGH PLAY

After years of directing self-scribed features of his own, director Shin Yeon-shick, garnered new attention with Rough Play. The cautionary tale of the perils of fast fame was penned by Kim Ki-duk, and starred K-Pop idol, MBLAQ's Lee Joon, who... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Actress Lee Eun-woo Talks Family Dynamics & Karma In Kim Ki-duk's MOEBIUS

Director Kim Ki-duk's castration epic, Moebius has blazed a trail of controversy.  At the heart of the film is a bravura performance by Lee Eun-woo, in a dual role as a mother who is equal parts Medea and Mommy Oedipus,... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Director Lee Su-jin Talks Rape and The Pressures of Blame in HAN GONG-JU

One of the most haunting films at this year's New York Asian Film Festival had to be HAN GONG-JU. Loosely based around horrific real life incidents in Korea, director Lee Su-jin captures in his first feature the waking nightmare a teenager must... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Director Umin Boya Talks KANO And Racial Harmony Through Baseball

Baseball has been used many times in cinema to tell tales of triumph and tragedy.  The New York Asian Film Festival brings us Kano, the true story of how the sport brought together three very separate racial groups in 1930s... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Korean Acting Legend Park Joong-hoon Talks TOP STAR, His Directing Debut

The New York Asian Film Festival handed their Celebrity Award to one of the most prolific stars of Korean cinema.  Park Joong-hoon has won many international awards for films like Nowhere to Hide and Radio Star during his nearly 30-year... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Talking with Sandra Ng, Hong Kong's Queen of Comedy

With a career spanning over a quarter century and some hundred films to her credit, including the Young and Dangerous series, a bunch of movies with fellow HK legend, Stephen Chow, and both her own incredibly popular Golden Chicken installments,... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Interview: Alan Mak And Felix Chong Talk OVERHEARD 3 And The Progression Of Hong Kong Film

Having achieved cinematic success both separately and as a team, Alan Mak and Felix Chong came to the New York Asian Film Festival to introduce their latest codirecting collaboration, the cyber-surveillance thriller, OVERHEARD 3. I sat down for a chat... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: UNCERTAIN TERMS' Actress Cindy Silver On Her Son, Director Nathan Silver

You think running a set in general is hard? Try doing it with your mother. In an IndieWire article where filmmakers were asked what they wish someone had told them before they started shooting, Uncertain Terms writer/director Nathan Silver answered: "Don't... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: BILLY MIZE AND THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND Director Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders - who goes by "Joe" but is named William after his grandfather Billy Mize, the country music personality and star of Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound - didn't exactly realize who his grandfather was while growing up. He... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: ECHO PARK Director Amanda Marsalis

Anyone who doesn't live in Echo Park (an eastside Los Angeles city-burbia-ish type enclave where everyone dresses cooler than you) doesn't get Echo Park. I don't live in Echo Park. Which is why I knew I needed to watch ECHO... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Interview: SUPREMACY Director Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor needed something he could sink his teeth into. After a few horror films and plugging away at being an independent filmmaker in this increasingly challenging market, the script about real-life white supremacist Garrett 'Tully' Fuller and his first... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Till Kleinert On DER SAMURAI

Till Kleinert's Der Samurai was definitely one of the best and weirdest films I watched during Fantaspoa 2014. Since our own Joshua Chaplinsky wrote a great review for it, I decided to complement our coverage by talking with the German director.... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Bruce LaBruce Talks GERONTOPHILIA And Names His Favorite Filmmakers

Bruce LaBruce presented at Fantaspoa what is, in his own words, the most accessible and mainstream effort he has made so far. I'm talking about Gerontophilia, a film about an 18-year-old boy with a fetish for old men. I watched... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman Talks RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH, Motörhead's Lemmy, And More

While the Troma retrospective is not over yet at Fantaspoa, Lloyd Kaufman leaved the city of Porto Alegre today in order to make of Cannes a Troma-occupied territory once more. During the night of the Brazilian premiere of Return to... More »
  

Interview: What the Men of THE BACHELOR WEEKEND Have to Say About Stags

I love me some Irish men. So sitting across from a trio of triple threat actor/writer/director strapping lads had me all in a tizzy this past week at Tribeca Film Festival."We're coming at you from every angle!" co-writer and co-star... More »
  

Hot Docs 2014 Interview: Twitch Talks To The Legendary Alice Cooper

The filmmakers behind Super Duper Alice Cooper dub their work the first "doc opera", and it comes pretty close to living up to that hype. Tracing the remarkable career of the band Alice Cooper (a moniker derived from a... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Interview: MANOS SUCIAS Director and DP Share Stories from Colombia

With two LED panels, one Canon C300 and a crew of no more than a dozen people including locals, co-writer/director Joseph Wladyka and co-writer/cinematographer Alan Blanco went to Buenaventura, Colombia - a heavily narco-trafficked country - to film Manos Sucias... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Interview: Noah Buschel's GLASS CHIN

As the music starts and the first scene opens up in Noah Buschel's Glass Chin, you may think you're about to watch the newest version of Rocky what with the running boxer at dawn, dramatic theme score and all. The story,... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Interview: Chris Messina Goes Behind the Camera for ALEX OF VENICE

Chris Messina is nothing like Dr. Danny Castellano, the typical gruff New Yorker with a chip on his shoulder from The Mindy Project. Much to the contrary, Messina is warm, inviting and genuinely wants to have a discussion about his... More »
  
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