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‘The Last Laugh’ director encourages humor, empathy in new documentary

Are there topics too horrible or controversial to make jokes about? Abortion, slavery, race, 9/11. Should the Holocaust be considered off limits to comedians? According to Director Ferne Pearlstein and the comedians and subjects interviewed for her new documentary The Last Laugh, that’s the wrong approach. Humor can be empowering for survivors, and have a […]


‘Institute’ director shines in golden age of horror

If we’re in a golden age of horror, female directors are emerging as major players in the genre. March will see four releases with women at the helm, including this week’s The Institute directed by Pamela Romanowsky and James Franco. This will be Romanowsky’s third film with Franco, along with the anthology film The Color […]


Ann Marie Fleming on ‘Window Horses,’ diversity in animation

The annual New York International Children’s Film Festival is one of the premiere events to highlight “alternative” animation and family programming. Not only have they regularly highlighted Academy Award contenders in animation, but discovered new talents in independent cinema. Ann Marie Fleming was one of those filmmakers a few years ago when she premiered a […]


‘United Kingdom’ director talks onscreen racial divide, offscreen leadership

Amma Asante is a UK director on the rise with three highly-praised feature film to her name. The former child actress left acting to pursue filmmaking, and got her start producing for TV, including the BBC drama, Brothers and Sisters. Her first feature, A Way of Life, starring Stephanie James and Brenda Blethyn, earned several […]


Robinson & Howell talk ‘Claire in Motion’

The second feature film collaboration between the directing team of Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell Claire in Motion is a mash-up of styles. Structured around a mystery, the disappearance of Claire’s husband in the woods, the film is ultimately a meditative examination of her own identity. Forced to confront how her sense of self […]