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Forgotten Innovators – An Interview with Kate Saccone on Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology

By Anna Weinstein. Released in May 2017, Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology includes nearly eleven hours of material and highlights the work of fourteen groundbreaking women filmmakers, dating back to 1902. This DVD collection offers a historical and critical study of the women who helped to shape cinema. The early decades of filmmaking were […]

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A Blast From the Past: A Few Minutes with Ralph S. Hirshorn, Director of 1962’s The Dismembered

By Elias Savada. This wasn’t supposed to be an interview. While writing my review of the Blu-Ray of his sole feature The Dismembered, I thought I had met Ralph S. Hirshorn before. Sure he lives in Philadelphia, where I’ve been 3 or 4 times, but it wasn’t there. Looking in my address book, there he […]

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Breaking All Stereotypes: An Interview with Egyptian Director Mohamed Diab at Cannes

By Neila Driss. The Egyptian screenwriter and director Mohamed Diab is a bold filmmaker, unafraid of tackling subjects that are often taboo in the Arab-Muslim world. In his first film, Cairo 678 (2010), he addresses sexual harassment in the Egyptian capital, while in Clash (2016), his second film as director, he portrays Islamist characters with […]

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From Chile to High Concept: Marko Zaror on Savage Dog

By Martin Kudláč. Marko Zaror, Chilean-born martial artist known from the films of Robert Rodriguez, stars as the nemesis, Rastingac, to Scott Adkins’s hero Martin Tilman in Jesse V. Johnson’s latest action film, Savage Dog. Tilman, a former champion boxer, fights for wealthy criminals to bet on while he is imprisoned somewhere in Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp in […]

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Visions of Invasion: An Interview with Mathieu Ratthe on The Gracefield Incident

By Jeremy Carr. Before ever beginning his debut feature film, director Mathieu Ratthe had proven himself adept at two critical techniques. First is a keen ability to manipulate and employ the most effective strategies of the horror genre (proper scares, an unsettling atmosphere, startling twists). Second is to do so with a polished visual style. True […]

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Andrew Sherburne and John Richard on Saving Brinton: An AFI DOCS Interview

By Gary M. Kramer The lovingly made documentary Saving Brinton, which received its World Premiere at the recent AFI DOCS festival, introduces viewers to Michael Zahs, an Iowa man who found a treasure trove of old films exhibited by Frank and Indiana Brinton in his Washington County basement next to a coal-stoking furnace. After trying […]

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Acceptable Taboos: Craig Anderson on Red Christmas

By Jake Rutkowski. Anxiety over parenthood has long been fertile ground for the horror film tradition. Frankenstein (1931), one of the first explicit entries of the genre in film (and literature for that matter), was a real-life Mary Shelley pregnancy nightmare turned fiction classic. Then there’s films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Omen (1976), which turn the sanctity of […]

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From Drawn Till Dusk: Milan Erceg on 24 Hour Comic

By Constantine Frangos. When renowned cartoonist, author, and comics theorist Scott McCloud first suggested the idea of creating a full 24-page comic book within a single day to fellow comics artist Stephen R. Bisette, it was conceived as an exercise to stoke creative agility. More than twenty years later, the 24-hour comic continues to put […]

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Trust and the System: Andrew Cohn on Night School

By Matthew Fullerton. Night School, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, is the latest documentary from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Andrew Cohn (Medora 2013). It follows the challenges of three adults, Greg, Melissa and Shynika, as they pursue their high school diplomas from an adult learning centre in Indianapolis, a city with one of […]

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Enter the Cousin: Filmmaker James Fanizza on Sebastian

By Tom Ue. Actor, writer, and filmmaker James Fanizza graduated from York University before making his television debut in a commercial for NBC/Universal. His first feature, an adaptation of his first short film “Sebastian,” was released in 2017 and screened in InsideOut. His films have have screened in festivals internationally. Sebastian follows the romance of Alex (played […]

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