'Far From the Tree' director Rachel Dretzin takes closer look at family and otherness

'Far From the Tree' director Rachel Dretzin takes closer look at family and otherness

For more than two decades, Rachel Dretzin has been focusing her camera of American culture with her documentary films at Frontline. From her debut film Hillary’s Class, she’s won a Peabody (The Lost Children of Rockdale County) the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize (Failure to Protect) and Emmy (Growing Up Online). But now Rachel is…

Melanie Mayron premieres ‘Snapshots’ at Soho International Film Festival

Melanie Mayron premieres ‘Snapshots’ at Soho International Film Festival

To many audiences Melanie Mayron’s been a familiar face on screens since the 70s. From her breakthrough performance in Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends to her Emmy winning role as Melissa on Thirtysomething, she’s had a long and impressive career playing complex and idiosyncratic women. But since 1990 she’s been cultivating her second career in Hollywood as…

High schoolers journey from China to U.S. in 'Maineland' doc

High schoolers journey from China to U.S. in 'Maineland' doc

Chinese born Miao Wang, director of Beijing Taxi, followed this phenomenon in her new film Maineland. For more than three years, she followed the educational and personal growth of affluent high schoolers who choose to come from China to attend American, private boarding schools, including one in blue-collar Maine. Focusing on students Stella and Harry,…

Director Elissa Down tells coming-of-age story with American film debut 'Honor List'

Director Elissa Down tells coming-of-age story with American film debut 'Honor List'

Focusing on the immediate aftermath of title character Honor (Arden Cho), her three lifelong friends (Rienks, Karrueche Tran, and Sasha Tierterse) attempt to live out her three wishes, including take revenge on the school bullies. Australian director Elissa Down (The Black Balloon) brings a slightly outsider view on this story of a very American high…