Co-founded by Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon and Barry Ellsworth in 1987, the movies of Apparatus Productions represent a crucial moment in independent film. With two programs of newly restored short films opening at Metrograph on Friday, we're unlocking Paul Dallas' article on the early days of Apparatus and IndieCollect's restoration efforts on their work.
This video from Blank on Blank animates excerpts from an interview with Francis Ford Coppola that touches on death, solitude and — on a lighter note — changing critical response to "Apocalypse Now" over time.
Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman's "Nakom," an Independent Spirit nominee, went through a difficult shoot in Ghana. The co-directors tell Taylor Hess about how they respected the privacy of the village they shot in, their concept of political filmmaking and shooting through malaria season: "Trav got malaria two weeks after we arrived when it was just the two of us. We gave ourselves ample... View details ⇨
The shorts lineup for next year's Sundance Film Festival includes Kristen Stewart's first narrative short as a director, a new short by "Beyond Clueless" director Charlie Lyne, and the newest film from Jim Cummings, who won the Grand Jury Prize last year with "Thunder Road."
"A parallel doesn’t need to be made [between now and the present]; it’s just present, it’s ever-present. The issue of race in America has existed for over 200 years and it will probably exist for another hundred years after I’m gone." Documentary director Sam Pollard tells Erik Luers about his new film "Two Trains Runnin'," which connects the dots between the civil rights movement and some... View details ⇨
Werner Herzog's dramatic German-accented narration is a key element to his documentary filmmaking, but it wasn't always something highlighted in his films' U.S. marketing. Stephen Garrett examines the history of marketing Herzog in the U.S., tracing the evolution of his voiceover across more than a half dozen films.
As "Westworld" gears up for its season finale tomorrow night, here's a podcast interview between filmmaker Alix Lambert and the show's stunt coordinator, Mike Watson. It's a great talk full of material on getting into the stunt business, what makes a good fight scene, and much more.
Opening today at New York's Cinema Village before rolling out to other cities in the days ahead is Garrett Zevgetis's lovely documentary, "Best and Most Beautiful Things." It's about a legally blind young woman with Asperberger's Syndrome who finds acceptance within the kink community. It's poetic and unforgettable. Lauren Wissot interviews Zevgetis.
Sophia Takal's highly recommended psychological thriller "Always Shine" opens in 16 cities today, and we sat down with her to discuss inspirations, the size of her tiny crew, her love for slow zooms, and how she feels about independent filmmaking after the recent election.
Unlocked from our winter issue, it's Vadim Rizov talking to Mia Hansen-Løve about her excellent new "Things to Come," writing screenplays in order and how her films connect to each other: "I could link between all of my films in different ways. They are all meant to be portraits. To me, it ends up being like a gallery portrait."
"During my officer schooling, I was responsible for 30 people who could die, so it was a huge responsibility. In comparison, a film is no responsibility. If the film is bad, who cares?" Taylor Hess talks to Rachel Lang, whose "Baden Baden" has been playing for the past week at Anthology Film Archives. Its final screenings there are tonight.
DP Natasha Braier tells Matt Mulcahey about shooting "The Neon Demon" with Nicolas Winding Refn, loving Xtal Express lenses and how she learned to embrace shooting in chronological order: "When I meet other directors now about movies and I ask, 'Are you going to shoot chronologically?' they look at me like, 'No, we can’t do that. We don’t have the money.' And I’m like, 'We did it [on 'Neon... View details ⇨