It’s not too late to head out to the Hamptons this week for the 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival. The four-day festival takes place from October 4 to the 8, with Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro serving as co-chairmen.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking to watch feature films by women filmmakers at the NYFF, you must know that the scale is tipped in the men’s favor. That doesn’t mean that associate director of programming, Florence Almozini, isn’t trying to bring more female representation to the festival. As she describes in my interview, it’s not exactly…
While summer is officially over, films are still enjoying the warmth of the sun, including writer-director Becca Gleason’s teen comedy Summer '03. The film, starring Joey King, is set during the week 16-year-old Jamie loses her grandmother Dotty (June Squib)…but only after Dotty reveals some truths to her family on her deathbed.
Thai actress-turned-filmmaker Bongkod Bencharongkul debuts her first feature film, Sad Beauty, in Chicago on Wednesday, September 26 at AMC River East. Included in this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City in July, is now making its way to the Midwest. Click HERE to…
The documentarian team of Dana Nachman and Don Hardy have collaborated for their fourth time with Pick of the Litter to give viewers an inside look at how a litter of pups vie for the opportunity to become a guide dog for the blind.
Greer’s film focuses on the terrible days of two men: a widowed single father who loses his job on Career Day (played by Common) and a suicidal music teacher (played by Anders Holm) ... all happening on the same day that the principal (Oscar-winner Allison Janney) finds a dead body at her school.
Despite happening in September, a multitude of films this year were set during and around Christmas at the Toronto International Film Festival. After all, many can relate to the high pressure that comes with the holidays, especially holidays you celebrate with your family. That sense of frustration and love is key to Paprika Steen’s new…
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics was awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly, who attended the festival with her stars, Hazel Doupe (Francis) and Dara Devaney (Michael).
What makes The Year of Spectacular Men so special is the fact that the film stars a real-life Hollywood family, Madelyn “Maddie” Deutch, Zoey Deutch and their mother Lea Thompson, all of whom took major roles behind the camera for the first time.
Back to her indie-roots, with her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the star of her first feature Nowhere Boy) alongside her once again to star and co-writer, they adapted James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces into a new film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This understanding of the direct connection is part of the reason director Carol Morley was compelled to make her own version of Martin Amis' 1997 novel "Mystery Train." Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Out of the Blue stars Patricia Clarkson as Detective Mike Hoolihan.
The only human beings for miles, the two women develop a close but contentious relationship, made all the worse by the fear that something supernatural is among them. I spoke with the film’s writer, director, and leading actress Gerald about creating historical accuracy in genre and joining what has traditionally been a boys club.
Adapting Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits, Holofcener focused her dramatic-comedy on a male protagonist.The film stars character-actor Ben Mendelsohn, taking a break from villainous roles, as newly retired Anders Hill,
Exploited and imprisoned for life, Nyoni was particularly interested in the practice in Zambia, a traditionally matriarchal society. While dealing with a heavy human rights issue, Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch using aspects of fairytales and satire to tell the story of a child accused and brought into one of these communities.
Simply titled Hal, Scott uses clips from his films and interviews with those who knew him well (along with directors of today who consider him an influence) to explore the brief life and career. Like Ashby himself, Scott’s career as an editor turned director, making Hal an ideal fit of director and subject.
The Middle Coast Film Festival, now in its fifth year, has new surroundings. Moving from Bloomington, Indiana to Chicago’s Davis Theater, the MCFF will screen approximately 60 films, including five feature films September 21- 23, 2018.
Based on a pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, the two tell the story of three thieves who hide out after a robbery with an artist and her boyfriend. As more and more people crash the villa (including ex-lovers and cops), things turn into a massive, shoot-out.
In Laura Nix’s new documentary, focusing on four students’ competing in the annual event, she shares the sad image of environmental crisis they face with joyful and hopeful moments of seeing young people inspired by what change science can bring about.
With the increasing number of newly released documentaries, it’s rare to stand out from the pack. Alongside City of Ghosts, Jane and Strong Island, Paige Tolmach’s What Haunts Us is nominated for the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking at this year’s Emmy awards.
The Chicago International Film Festival just announced its “sneak peek” for the 2019 lineup and Chicago area filmmaker McKenzie Chinn’s debut feature film Olympia will be featured in the “City & State” category. Chinn creates an undeniably compelling story inspired by her own question of what it means to make the transition into true adulthood.…
Crystal Moselle, whose 2015 documentary film The Wolfpack, stunned viewers around the world, has taken her keen sense of people, drama and observation to create a new, fictional narrative film, Skate Kitchen, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
That rare chance to appreciate the beauty of the night sky lead documentarian Allison McAlpine to make her new film Cielo. Filmed in multiple locations where the night sky of Chile can be appreciated, including scientific institutions and personal residences, McAlpine has created an impressionist documentary which combines a once in a lifetime experience to…
As the community of Taiji claimed their hunting practice was part of their way of life and activists argued it was a brutal practice of animal abuse, leading to an outright culture war. Japanese born, US resident Megumi Sasaki (director of Herb & Dorothy) saw the growing debate as an opportunity to see the multiple…