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The Purification of Rupture: A Conversation with Steven Shainberg

By John Duncan Talbird. In 2002, director Steven Shainberg won a special jury prize at the Sundance film festival for Secretary, his second feature film, an adaptation (with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson) of Mary Gaitskill’s eponymous and iconic short story. Starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Shainberg’s film transformed Gaitskill’s stripped-down story of S&M in the […]

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Amit Masurkar on Newton: A Tribeca Film Festival Interview

By Gary M. Kramer. Newton is co-writer/director Amit Masurkar’s nifty film about title character (a charismatic Rajkummar Rao), an election official who is sent to the jungle in central India to monitor a particular voting district. He is warned about Maoist guerrillas operating in the area, as well as explosives. But Newton is there to […]

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Six Windows onto Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – An Interview with Maria Schrader

By Matthew Fullerton. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, tells the story of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in exile, from 1936 to 1942. Written and directed by German actress (Aimee & Jaguar, 1999; Deutschland 83, 2015) and director (Love Life, 2007) Maria Schrader, […]

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Taking Chances: An Interview with Doug Liman on The Wall

By Jeremy Carr. Doug Liman’s lifelong interest in filmmaking first paid off with the breakout indie hit Swingers in 1996, his second directorial effort (his first was the little-seen 1994 comedy Getting In). The stylishly frenetic Go (1999) followed, then came The Bourne Identity (2002), the initial installment of the action-packed franchise, which Liman directed […]

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In Need of Russian Heroes: An Interview with Alexander Nevsky on Black Rose

By Sergey Toymentsev. Alexander Nevsky is a Russian bodybuilder turned actor, writer, producer, and now director. Before coming to Hollywood in 1999, he established himself as an enthusiastic promoter of fitness as a lifestyle in post-communist Russia. Besides being a media star and hosting his own TV show there, he has also authored ten self-help […]

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Spiritual Questions: An Interview with Terrence Davies on A Quiet Passion

By Amir Ganjavie. It seems that there is no better subject than the life of Emily Dickinson to attract the attention of Terrence Davies, who is fascinated by questions of patriarchy and fundamentalist religion. Davies could easily find an enormous amount of material to work with in relation to these topics while cinematographically investigating Dickinson’s life. […]

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Another Legend: An Interview with Jason Connery on Tommy’s Honour

By Ali Moosavi. Sometimes it is difficult to establish yourself in an industry where your father has a legendary status. In a few cases, such as Michael and Kirk Douglas, it has happened. Though Jason Connery has been acting in films for over 30 years, he has not managed to come out of his father’s […]

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A Hollywood Love Story: Daniel Raim and Lillian Michelson on Harold and Lillian

By David A. Ellis. Director Daniel Raim is the talent behind the movie Harold and Lillian – A Hollywood Love Story. The film is about Harold Michelson and his wife Lillian, who between them made a significant contribution to many well-known Hollywood movies. They were married for sixty years. Harold was a storyboard artist, illustrator, and […]

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Spotlight on the Modern City: An Interview with Pete Travis

By Tom Ue. Pete Travis is an award-winning film and television and director. Before becoming a director, Pete was a social worker. After taking a post-graduate course in filmmaking he bought the rights to Nick Hornby’s Faith and spend £12,000 of his own money to make the film. Faith premiered at the London Film Festival […]

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Programming Shorts for Tribeca 2017 – An Interview with Sharon Badal

By Gary M. Kramer This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, held April 19-30, features 10 shorts programs curated by the esteemed Sharon Badal (an 11th program, handled entirely by ESPN, is out of festival competition). The programs this year include a strong mix of documentary and narrative shorts from 18 countries. There were 4,385 submissions, which […]

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