Currently Browsing: September 2017

‘Beijing Spring’ documents China’s forgotten struggle for freedom

Award-winning filmmaker Gaylen Ross, co-directing with Andy Cohen, is finalizing post-production on Beijing Spring, a feature-length documentary on how Chinese artists pushed the boundaries of freedom after the death of Mao Zedong in the late 1970s.

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‘Red Trees’ a love letter to director’s father

Marina Willer blends her own narration with her father and actor Tim Pigott Smith, over impressionistic art and photography to tell this deeply personal story.

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‘High Fantasy’ a giant social experiment for director Jenna Cato Bass

South African-born Jenna Cato Bass premiered her second feature film, High Fantasy, at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bass, the professionally trained magician-turned-filmmaker, to learn about how she found her actors and the hopes she has for her film.

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Chloe Zhao redefines life for rodeo cowboy in ‘The Rider’

Zhao tells a fictional tale of horse trainer and rodeo cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) in the Badlands of South Dakota who attempts to redefine his life after a near fatal head injury.

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‘Miami’ director examines complicated sisterhood in new thriller

The Finnish dramatic thriller film Miami premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  Co-written and directed by Zaida Bergroth (The Good Son), it’s an intense and richly complex film that addresses the relationship between two estranged sisters now reunited.

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Novick and Burns revisit history in documentary series ‘The Vietnam War’

Lynn Novick has once again teamed up with documentarian Ken Burns to co-direct the upcoming PBS series The Vietnam War. “Ken turned to me and said ‘OK, I think we can really try to do Vietnam now,’ and I said, ‘I’m in. I’ve been in since day one, I’ve always wanted to do this story,’” […]

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