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Finding South Korean Found-Footage Horror: Bum-shik Jung on Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

By Areum Jeong. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum, South Korea’s first found-footage horror film, directed by Bum-shik Jung, is a low-budget film that scored at the box-office and was a hit with critics. It was the first attempt in South Korea at combining the found-footage technique with the setting of YouTube live streaming. The film opens with two high school […]

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Ending the War in Perpetrator’s Clothes: Robert Shwentke on The Captain

By Sergey Toymentsev. German-born director Robert Shwentke is mostly known for his glossy, action-packed Hollywood blockbusters, including RED, R.I.P.D, and two Divergent installments. But this time he turns to his German roots and offers a sleek black comedy about the final days of World War II from the perspective of a Nazi soldier. Based on true […]

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“We Cannot Live Without Ford”: An Interview with Tag Gallagher

By Jake Rutkowski. I confess I was intimidated by the prospect of interviewing Tag Gallagher regarding John Ford: Himself and his Movies. His initial study of the director, John Ford: the Man and His Films (1986), was a massive biography and exegesis of an entire oeuvre, matching prolific artistic output with its own prolific dedication to […]

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A Life of Contradictions: Trine Dyrholm on Nico, 1988

By Travis Merchant. A biopic usually comes with a load of questions for a viewer: How much of the subject’s life will we see? Will everything be true? Where will the film take us? Often times, it’s difficult to capture every second of someone’s life. Because of that, films like Steve Jobs (2015) will condense […]

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Crossing Over with a Light Touch: Mauricio Ochmann on Ya Veremos

By Gary M. Kramer. Actor Mauricio Ochmann has become a popular leading man in Mexican cinema. He worked steadily in television before achieving some big screen success in hits such as A la mala, a romantic comedy that co-starred Aislinn Derbez, whom he would later marry. Last year, he and Derbez produced and starred in […]

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Casey Wilder Mott on Revis(it)ing A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Tom Ue. Casey Wilder Mott served as Director of Development for Flashlight Films, a boutique film finance company that focuses on early stage investing. At Flashlight, Casey oversaw the development of Clint Eastwood’s film Sully, which starred Tom Hanks. He also worked with Academy Award-winning filmmakers including Ed Zwick, Steve Gaghan, Bruce Cohen and […]

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Connecting Posthumously: Ofir Raul Graizer on The Cakemaker

By Tom Ue. Israeli-born film director and video artist Ofir Raul Graizer lives and works in nexus of Berlin, Uckermark, and Jerusalem. In 2015, he co-directed with Teresita Ugarte the 15-minute narrative film “La Discotheque” in the project Chile Factory, which premiered at Cannes Director’s Fortnight. His first feature The Cakemaker premiered at the Karlovy […]

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Illuminating the Bipartisan Problem: Kimberly Reed on Dark Money

By Travis Merchant. In today’s age of fake news, constant debates, and online videos that depict two sides arguing intensely, it is difficult to find something that everyone can agree on. One of those issues is the use of money within politics in campaign financing: this is the subject of the film Dark Money (2018), […]

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Reflecting Our Troubled Times: Barnaby Miller on S|T|R|A|Y|S

By Daniel Lindvall. S|T|R|A|Y|S, described by its makers as “a living graphic novel,” portrays a cross section of contemporary Londoners dealing with the effects of financial crisis and austerity. The characters are at once individuals and social types – banker, minimum wage worker, businessman, petit bourgeouis entrepreneur, et cetera. They relate to each other through […]

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Vulnerability and Awareness: Max Emerson on Hooked

By Tom Ue. With more than 900K followers on Instagram alone, writer and director Max Emerson uses his social media presence to promote awareness of problems facing the LGBTQ community. His latest project, the film Hooked had its world premiere at the Toronto Inside Out Festival, and it partners with organizations including the Ali Forney […]

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