Interview: A Conversation With HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG Director Gary King

How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song from talented filmmaker Gary King is one of the best independent films I have seen this year. It deservedly won the Audience Award and the Breakthrough Filmmaker Award for director King at... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

For a Good Time, Call... Director Jamie Travis for a Quickie Chat

It's a beautiful day in Vancouver, BC, when I get a call from Jamie Travis, director of the new movie For a Good Time, Call... . Opening Friday, the film stars Ari Graynor (Celeste and Jesse Forever, Nick and Norah's... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Interview: Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller Talk FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL...

[Our thanks to James Wallace for this interview.] After winning over audiences with its blend of saucy comedy and sweet emotion at this year's Sundance Film Festival, FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... hits theaters this weekend in select cities with... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Interview: V/H/S Gang Talks Delivering Smiles With Your Shrieks And The Nostalgia Of Past Technologies

The long awaited found-footage horror anthology V/H/S is available on VOD today (and coming to theaters on October 5th) from Magnet. Directed, written, and produced by some of the top names in indie horror, the film has been a... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Movies as a Cassandra Complex: A Conversation with Walter Chaw on Global and Personal Apocalypses of the 1980s with MIRACLE MILE

The thought of reading a 200 page essay-review hybrid, a monograph, on a single film may appear to be a daunting task.  Some time ago, Johnathan Lethem and Softskull Press proved just how delightful and rewarding that can be... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

ABOUT FACE: SUPERMODELS THEN AND NOW Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on the Business of Beauty

During this year's Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, I had the chance to speak with director/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders about About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, a documentary that captures much more than the one-dimensional portraits of iconic supermodels whose familiar... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Interview: Rashida Jones and Will McCormack Talk Love, Friendship, and CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

[Thanks to James Wallace for this interview.] Rashida Jones has become 'The "It" Girl' for fan favorite comedies, both on the small and big screen. But the star of I Love You, Man, The Office, and, of course, Parks and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Interview: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris Talk RUBY SPARKS, Coming Out of Hiding, and a Magic Typewriter

[Thanks to James Wallace for this interview.] Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are a bit of an indie darling power couple, having both starred in their fair share of festival favorites and award winners. Directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantasia 2012: Taking the (Toad) Road to Hell with Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres

Building a name for himself as a cinematographer (All Tomorrow's Parties, Teenage Paparazzo) and documentary filmmaker in the New York City film scene, Jason Banker dropped his first feature, Toad Road, into the J.A.de Sève Cinema at Fantasia.  A... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Billy Friedkin Talks KILLER JOE and So Much More

Earlier this week I had a chance to talk with a Hollywood legend for well over an hour. From working with Hitchcock, to his extraordinary success with The Exorcist and The French Connection, through to his edgy and vital new... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

From Boys to Men: A Conversation with FUNERAL KINGS writer/director twins The McManus Brothers

After Funeral Kings screened to a full house in J.A. De Seve Theatre at Fantasia, the brothers McManus, Matt and Kevin, as well as their co-producer Michael McGarry bumped into me first at one of the usual end of the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Interview: Talking With THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND Actress Molly Ryman

David Spaltro's Things I Don't Understand is a wonderful independent film set in New York City that has been selected at numerous film festivals and won a number of prestigious awards over the past few months. The film's lead... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE dir. Spencer Parsons & actor/prod. Jonny Mars on Ghosts and Scooby Doo

Using Scooby Doo as a jumping off point, director Spencer Parsons's latest is a horror-parody of the classic cartoon series starring Ashley Spillers, Jonny Mars, Josephine Decker, and Adam Tate as questionably competent paranormal investigators. After the world premiere of... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: A BAND CALLED DEATH Co-Dirs Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino On The Discovery That Changed Punk Rock History

A BAND CALLED DEATH is the story of an all-black proto-punk band from Detroit who waited over thirty years to get their due. Active in the early 70s, Death--teenage brothers David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney--were largely ignored and their only... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

Rape as Occupational Hazard: THE INVISIBLE WAR Director Kirby Dick on Exposing the U.S. Military's Shameful Cover-up

Occasionally a documentary manages to attract enough attention that it begins to trickle into our collective conversation, perhaps even holding sway for some kind of proactive social response. One hopes that the impact of director Kirby Dick's (Twist of Faith,... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Director Randall Cole Talks 388 ARLETTA AVE

Director Randall Cole's 388 Arletta Avenue offers a different perspective on the increasingly common and popular "found footage" aesthetic, which now seems to comprise its own genre. Following a (mostly) unsuspecting happily married young couple (Nick Stahl, Mia Kushner), the... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Paul Williams Is STILL ALIVE And Has Only Just Begun!

I'm a kid of the 1970's and if you grew up when I did, then you pretty much couldn't go through life without coming into contact with the work of the diminutive Paul Williams, at least a few hundred... More »
By Sean Smithson   
  

Talking COSMOPOLIS with Cronenberg, Pattinson, Giamatti and co.

Toronto's Thompson hotel is a fitting locale to have a chat about Cosmopolis. If Toronto's Royal York harkens back to a time when fancy accommodation meant a copper roofed castle located across from the central train station, then the Thompson... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT Director Yung Chang Talks Boxing, Everyday People, and Fruit Hunter Bill Pullman

Following the critical and commercial success of his 2007 documentary, Up the Yangtze, director Yung Chang once again turns his camera towards a rapidly-modernizing China in China Heavyweight. The day before his film is set to have its Canadian premier... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

SIFF 2012 Interview: THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON Director Drew Denny Talks Laughter, Tears, and Eating Her Dad's Ashes

Drew Denny is easily the most talented lady I know. Her CV is unreal -- she's arts editor for L.A. RECORD and a contributor at countless print and online magazines, songwriter and performer in Big Whup and Bon Bon, and... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  
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