“What we noticed were films made with a real intent to say something, that was in some way a call to enable action,” Schneier Perrin said when explaining how the idea for the “Changing the World Through Films” panel discussion came about.
If you believe the subject of your work deserves global attention, tapping the digital potential of it becomes as important to perfect as any other aspect of the creative process.
I volunteered to cover the Santa Fe Film Festival’s “Artists in Conversation” panel (held at the Nuart Gallery) on Saturday, December 8, 2012. This was out of a personal need for knowledge about how other independent filmmakers face the challenge of making a movie. There were several strategies, opinions, and bits of common sense shared. [...]
The U.S. is considered the evil perpetrator in the eyes of the Nazi children fleeing Allied occupation in Aussie director Cate Shortland’s latest film “Lore.” The script is adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s bestselling novel “The Dark Room.” In the aftermath of the this year’s election, American audiences should pay attention to this fable, which focuses [...]
In “Any Day Now,” a new film by Travis Fine, Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) is, like his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle name suggests: a superhero. Sure, he dons heels and skirt not a mask and a shell, but he is a dyed in the Carmen-Miranda-puff-sleeved-sparkle-midriff hero. The film is an edgier version of Harvey Fierstein’s [...]
I’m not suggesting the life of a professional cardboard bender is devoid of struggle. Birthing original art can turn into a decidedly more difficult proposition at any point in the process.
The film begins with a jaw-dropping performance in front of a large, formal, adult crowd and moves seamlessly into Jake giving a completely informal lesson in a school gymnasium to a group of kids, just as entranced as the first crowd. This is Jake’s magic: he can make anyone listen.
In the making of the film, Stanton made several trips to Egypt to interview the revolution’s leaders. On his first trip, Egyptian authorities impounded his video equipment and he was forced to make direct contact with Egyptian filmmakers who covered the event as it was unfolding.
“Leviathan”, screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival this year, is a highly effective horror film made all the more so without a clear beginning, middle or end, because what we witness goes on in real life, day after day after day. With the preponderance of super-portable HD cameras, more and more directors are adopting [...]
You want to talk creepy? The opening sequence in “Nothing Without You” goes something like this: A disheveled young woman, Jennifer Stidger (Emily Fradenburgh) watches the occupants of a house from a hole she dug in the attic floor. When the occupants leave, Jennifer puts on the wife’s clothes and follows the husband to watch [...]