Seder Masochism: Nina Paley's irreverent take on Passover/Easter Rituals

Seder Masochism: Nina Paley's irreverent take on Passover/Easter Rituals

Nina Paley released her new animated film Seder Masochism on the internet in January 2019, Like her stellar Sita Sings the Blues (released in 2008), Seder Masochism uses numerous animation styles including ancient Egyptian stylizations, and even embroidery. Seder Masochism is a satirical retelling of the Jewish Haggadah (traditionally recited every Passover at a meal…

Alison Klayman documents disturbing world of Steve Bannon in ‘The Brink’

Alison Klayman documents disturbing world of Steve Bannon in ‘The Brink’

In our current political climate, Steve Bannon has become a symbol of the conservative party. Since become a major player in Donald Trump’s presidential win and political strategist in the White House (until his public leave), he’s become a spokesperson for an ideology he defines as populism … and taken the message to global stages.…

Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre creates “The Mustang,” a revelatory film about a hopeless, isolated incarcerated man (Mattias Shoenaerts) who enters into a horse training rehabilitation program.  Gorgeously shot, this evocative and soulful film delves into our penal system as it draws parallel lines between all creatures. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival, “The Mustang” is now playing…

'I'm Not Here' director Michelle Schumacher defines own success

'I'm Not Here' director Michelle Schumacher defines own success

Broadway actress Michelle Schumacher’s been busy building her multi-hyphenated resume. Starting her career on the stage as an actress-dancer-singer, she began perusing filmmaking after marrying and starting a family with fellow actor J.K. Simmons. She studied writing, editing, producing, and directing at UCLA, and now has a second feature film in release, I’m Not Here.…

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

*Updated for March 12, 2019: "Alice" wins SXSW Narrative Feature Competition Award-winning writer and director Josephine Mackerras’ first feature film, “Alice,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival recently. Living around the world, this NYU educated filmmaker delves deeply into how one woman, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving them in debt…

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Boldly daring filmmaker Penny Lane returns to Sundance with her third feature-length documentary Hail Satan? The title itself is certainly eye-catching.  And quite surprisingly, after seeing this film, I was shocked by my changed perspective about the topic.  In fact, I dare you not to have a different outlook, too. Lane, a self-proclaimed rebel herself, delves…

'That Way Madness Lies' a devastating, necessary story of family and mental illness

'That Way Madness Lies' a devastating, necessary story of family and mental illness

Sandra Luckow has been a working documentarian for more than two decades. Although she's occasionally included herself in her work, such as the feature Belly Talkers about ventriloquists (one of her other skills). But her new film That Way Madness Lies, is her most personal and painfully revealing film, documenting her brother's descent due to…

Romance, class and heists in Stacy Cochran's 'Write When You Get Work'

Romance, class and heists in Stacy Cochran's 'Write When You Get Work'

Stacy Cochran takes a similar approach with her new romantic dramedy/heist film Write When You Get Work. In the world of New York high finance and Manhattan private schools, have-not Johnny (Finn Wittrock) pursues his ex-Ruth (Rachel Keller), an admissions officer, and gets entangled in the lives of the Nobles (Emily Mortimer and James Ransone),…

Danish director Pernille Fischer talks inspiration behind ‘Becoming Astrid’

Danish director Pernille Fischer talks inspiration behind ‘Becoming Astrid’

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren is mostly remembered for Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof book series. Her numerous titles have been translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries. Now, everyone will have a chance to see what teenage Astrid’s life was before she became this literary giant - Becoming Astrid opened November 23…