Fearing 11-11-11 With Director/Writer Darren Lynn Bousman

Regular Saw director Darren Lynn Bousman's would like for you to know right off the bat that his latest, the numerology-obsessed 11-11-11 is nothing like the misfire The Number 23. Although this movie is likewise occupied with the pervasive, almost... More »


[This interview initially ran leading up to SXSW 2010. With the film now nearing a domestic DVD release - it is now available for order here - we take the opportunity to present it again.]Of the documentary selections for the... More »
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GAINSBOURG (VIE HÉROÏQUE): Interview With Joann Sfar

I first caught Joann Sfar's feature debut Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) (2010) at the 53rd edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, where SFFCC colleague Pam Grady wrote in her program notes: "Best known in the United States for 'Je... More »

Retrospective Interview: Jean-Claude Van Damme

There are three actors in this world who I will always have an adoration for, and Jean-Claude Van Damme happens to be one of them. Growing up, I was a scrawny kid who got his ass-kicked a lot and Van... More »

A Conversation With The US Distributors Of A SERBIAN FILM

[Our thanks to Dan Tabor for the following interview.]A few weeks ago there was a free screening of A Serbian Film in Philadelphia at the Prince Theater of the uncut festival print of the film being held by Invincible Pictures... More »
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SCHREI 27: Interview With Diamanda Galás

Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues. A resident of New... More »


Last weekend's international symposium on silent cinema--Cinema Across Media: The 1920s--was clearly not oriented towards the average cinephile, nor was it--I think--ever intended to be, though some form of inclusivity in future editions would be welcome. Nevertheless, it provided a... More »


Icíar Bollaín's Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain, 2010)--Spain's official entry to the Foreign Language category of the Academy Awards®--made it all the way to the Oscar® shortlist. That's a remarkable and rapid achievement for a film that had its... More »

PSIFF 2011: THE POLL DIARIES (2010): Interview With Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus was born in Goettingen, Germany and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin, where he now teaches. Already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director, Kraus scored a notable success with... More »


The Pacific Film Archive (PFA), Paramount Theatre, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival are thrilled to announce a presentation of Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc: An Oratorio with Silent Film on Thursday, December 2... More »

GERMAN CINEMA: DER RAÜBER (THE ROBBER, 2010): Interview With Benjamin Heisenberg

Film director and screenwriter Benjamin Heisenberg was born on June 9, 1974 in Tübingen, Germany. He grew up in a small village near Würzburg where his father was a professor of neurobiology at the local university. After finishing school in... More »

BERLIN & BEYOND 2010: Interview With Festival Director Sophoan Sorn

Sophoan Sorn is a Cambodia-born, American multi-faceted artist and film festival programmer. A miracle child, he was born in 1985, two weeks after his mother's water broke, in a refugee camp on the border of Cambodia. He arrived in... More »

TIFF 2010: GUEST (2010): Interview With José Luis Guerín

"In the year from September 2007 until September 2008, I challenged myself by accepting without any exclusions all of the film festivals and events inviting me as a guest [for my film En la ciudad de Sylvia (In the... More »

TIFF 2010: Interview With Programmer Kate Lawrie Van de Ven

From TIFF's website: "Kate Lawrie Van de Ven is Co-Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival's City to City programme, a spotlight that looks at a different world city each year through the lens of its cinema. "She is... More »

TIFF 2010: Interview With Programmer Colin Geddes

Per TIFF's website: "Colin Geddes selects cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival's Real to Reel, Vanguard, Visions and Midnight Madness programmes. Since joining TIFF in 1998, he has introduced new talent and programmed many notable world premieres... More »

TIFF 2010: Interview With Programmer Diana Sanchez

This was the first year--more than any other year I've attended the Toronto International--that its signature as a programmers festival seemed especially pronounced, which drew my attention to how the festival lineup has been selected, shaped and promoted largely... More »

Man in Suit! Man in Suit! : An interview with Tom Six

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for taking the time to conduct and transcribe the following interview.]At this point in his fledgling international career, the name Tom Six should be instantly familiar to most genre fans. Hell, even my mother is... More »

TIFF 2010: THE POLL DIARIES (2010): Interview With Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus was born in Goettingen, Germany and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin, where he now teaches. Already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director, Kraus scored a notable success... More »

SFSFF 2010: METROPOLIS (1927)--Onstage Interview With Eddie Muller, Paula Félix-Didier and Fernando Martín Peña

Eddie Muller is the consummate showman. Aware that his San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) audience was restlessly grumbling because Metropolis (1927) was 40 minutes late getting started, he quipped, "When you've waited 83 years, what's another 40 minutes?"... More »

Fantasia 2010: LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG Director Mladen Djordjevic Speaks.

[Our thanks to Dejan Ognjanovic and the fine people at Fantasia for allowing us to reprint the following interview with Mladen Djordjevic originally conducted for the Fantasia blog.]How did this screenplay come to be? Where did you get the idea... More »
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