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Preparing for Office Mayhem: An Interview with Samara Weaving

By Tom Ue. Mayhem is the latest film directed by Joe Lynch, and it stars Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, and Steven Brand. The film follows Derek Cho (Yeun) over a single day as he is unjustly fired from his job at a law firm. The building that they are in is under quarantine because of a […]

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Documenting in Defense of Art: An Interview with Hila Peleg

By Yun-hua Chen. The Israel-born Hila Peleg is a curator and filmmaker based in Berlin. She is the founder and artistic director of the Berlin Documentary Forum, a biennial event (2010, 2012, 2014) which was devoted to the production and presentation of contemporary and historical documentary practices in an interdisciplinary context, as well as a […]

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Starting the Revolution: Robin Campillo on BPM (Beats Per Minute)

By Tom Ue. Robin Campillo’s latest film BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) is set in Paris, in the early 1990s, and it focuses on members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a group of activists who battle for those suffering from HIV/AIDS and who holds accountable different government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies. The […]

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Balancing Gentleness and Extremity: Avishai Sivan Talks TIkkun

By Martin Kudláč. The 17th edition of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw revisits several Israeli film within their retrospective introducing New Israeli Cinema that the festival considers producing “some of the most interesting cinema in the world.” The thematic sidebar also featured Avishai Sivan’s existential, and in a way mysterious, thriller Tikkun […]

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Knowing Our Past: An Interview with Legendary Tunisian Actor Fatma Ben Saidane

By Matthew Fullerton. With a career spanning some forty years and upwards of fifty films, plays, and radio and television shows, Fatma Ben Saidane is one of the most recognizable and important performers, not only in Tunisian theatre and cinema, but also in the entire Arab world. She has worked with virtually every director of […]

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Noir en Blanc: Vivian Qu on Angels Wear White (TIFF)

By Tom Ue. Writer, director, and producer Vivian Qu’s second film Angels Wear White is set in a small seaside town. Two schoolgirls were assaulted in a motel and the one witness, Mia (Wen Qi), is a teenager working on reception. The film follows the stories of Mia and one of the victims, Wen (Zhou Meijun). […]

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A Filmmaker Possessed: Eight Questions with Director Amel J. Figueroa

By Constantine Frangos. For the past 13 years, independent film company SaintSinner Entertainment Group has been quietly making movies in Southern New Jersey. Steadily building up its filmography since the early to mid 2000s, founders Brandon E. Brooks and Amel J. Figueroa have gone on to create the lion’s share of 17 different film, television, and […]

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Kissing Candice: An Interview with Aoife McArdle

By Tom Ue. Director Aoife McArdle discusses the making of Kissing Candice, a film that follows the titular character (Ann Skelly), a 17-year-old, who aspires to escape the boredom of her town and who finds solace in her imagination. Dreams and realities collide when she meets Jacob (Ryan Lincoln), about whom she dreamed and when they […]

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Always Fearless: An Interview with Karen Allen on Year by the Sea

By Tom Ue. Actress and director Karen Allen may be best known for her performance as the fearless heroine Marion Ravenwood in Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), a role that she reprised in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008); but she has a remarkable career on stage, in […]

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Adapting to Brevity: Steven McCarthy on We Forgot to Break Up

By Tom Ue. We Forgot to Break Up is having its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Chandler Levak and written by Steven McCarthy and Levack, the 15-minute short film follows Evan Strocker (Jesse Todd) as he returns to see the band that he has managed following a three-year absence. This absence […]

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