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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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Into the Land of Salt and Fire: An Interview with Veronica Ferres

By Jeremy Carr. Since the late 1980s, German actress Veronica Ferres has appeared in dozens of films and television productions, garnering widespread praise in the process. In recent years, she has starred in such English-language titles as Pay the Ghost (2015), with Nicholas Cage, and The Comedian (2016), with Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog, […]

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Practicable Jokes in Macdonald Hall: An Interview with Mike McPhaden

By Tom Ue. Following the enormous critical and commercial success of Go Jump in the Pool (2016), based on Gordon Korman’s novel of the same title, director Vivieno Caldinelli and the cast return for two more adaptations of Korman’s Macdonald Hall titles: The Wizzle War and This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. In what follows, […]

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The Women’s Balcony: An Interview with Screenwriter Shlomit Nehama

By Anna Weinstein. The Israeli film, The Women’s Balcony, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon and written by Shlomit Nehama, is a comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values, and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism. The story is set into motion when the women’s balcony in an […]

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Work Through All the Fun and Rubbish: An Interview with Cinematographer Chris Challis

By David A. Ellis. Christopher Challis was born in Kensington, London on the 18th March 1919. His father was a motorcar designer and Challis was privately educated at Kings College in London. His first taste of the movie business was working for Gaumont British in their newsreel department. He was a founding member of the British […]

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Between the Cultural and the Personal: Javid Rezai and Afsaneh Dehrouyeh on Pegah

By Ali Moosavi. Short narrative films are perhaps the most unseen and neglected branch in cinema industry’s output. In recent years, documentaries, another branch of cinema which received relatively little exposure, have really grown in stature, and many documentaries, as well as being shown in dedicated festivals and various TV channels, have received successful theatrical screenings. […]

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