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    Happy Bastille Day! Directed by the colorful, hyper-kinetic, and very French Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Mood Indigo tells the story of two lovers against the backdrop of Gondry’s typically fantastical Paris. Visual effects supervisor Romain Strabol explains how the team crafted two key elements of Mood Indigo‘s surreal mise-en-scène: a mouse-house […]

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    Road Warrior: Jason Momoa’s Journey to Paloma
    By Mark Sells

    Towering over six feet four inches tall, Hawaiian born actor-director Jason Momoa’s powerful presence on screen is unmistakable. In the HBO series Game of Thrones, he is Khal Drogo, the fearsome Dothraki warlord who weds exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen. In Stargate Atlantis, he transforms into dreadlocked military specialist Ronon Dex. He goes mano y mano, […]

    New Filmmakers LA is back with even more moviemaking wisdom, featuring interviews with directors Edward Shieh, Sam Barnett, Evan Matthews, Marko Grujic and Michelle Yu. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge […]

    New Filmmakers LA is back with loads of moviemaking wisdom, featuring interviews with directors J.D. Ramage, Adam Rosenbaum and writer Matt Godfrey, Ross Kolton and lead actor Ryan Mazzei, Bettina Bilger and Chris Valenziano. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment […]

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    My America: Attitudes and Ideas of a Nation
    by Hal Hartley

    This week, on the heels of Independence Day, director Hal Hartley (No Such Thing) discusses his latest feature film, My America, which knits together the emotions and people that define the United States. Commissioned by Center Stage, the state theater of Maryland, the film consists of a series of spirited monologues written and performed by […]

    Richard Linklater is no stranger to the workings of time—both as thematic device in his films, and as necessary ingredient to the moviemaking process. After all, his two previous features had unusually long gestation periods: 2011’s Bernie had been cooking in the director’s head since 1997, while 2013’s Before Midnight comes 18 years after Before […]

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    One Setting, One Hour: How Audrey Pulled Off a Single Location
    by Dean Pollack

    Filmmaker and editor Dean Pollack’s work has appeared everywhere from Bravo and Hulu to Adult Swim. He just completed his second directorial effort, the feature film Audrey, which traces a single hour in a woman’s day. He discusses the advantages and disadvantages encountered shooting a film set in real time on a single location. Not […]

    Stephen Silha is the co-director of Big Joy: the Adventures of James Broughton, a lyrical documentary about the beloved director of The Bed, The Pleasure Garden, This is It and other counter-culture classics. Here, Silha recounts his friendship with the late Broughton, the subject he brings to luminous life along with fellow filmmakers Eric Slade […]

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    Feast for the Eyes: Strudel in Inglourious Basterds
    by Kelly Leow

    “The food in that movie looked so good.” There’s nothing quite as aggravating as delicious onscreen food. Think of the plump, glistening, jeweled globs of sashimied perfection served to the camera in Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and weep with frustrated desire. Let’s face it: That film, and others like it, have honed the fine art […]

    This week’s Crowdfunder Pick is Ambulante California, a U.S. spin-off of a traveling documentary film festival that’s made the rounds in Mexico for close to a decade. With free screenings and unconventional spaces, the Mexican festival Ambulante engages diverse grassroots communities in the vein of an old-timey circus. With three Mexico tours under its belt, […]

    Behind the Gate is co-directors Jack Lucarelli and Mark Giardino’s documentary about the tremendous efforts that go into training a racehorse for the Kentucky Derby. Casting his own purebreds as stars of the film, Mark Giardino (both co-director and executive producer) strips horse-racing of its notorious corruption and exposes the purity and glory at its […]

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    Festival Spotlight Friday: Larger Than LIIFE
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    The Long Island International Film Expo had the honor of being deemed one of the coolest film festivals in the world by our readers last year. What sets LIIFE apart from the myriad of other film festivals (aside from its really cool name) is its community, says director Debra Markowitz. Now in its 17th year, […]

    An antidote for cynicism that still upholds the truth of its characters’ struggles, Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle is a refreshingly heartwarming and peculiar love story. The film’s title character is based on Gabrielle Marion Rivard, a real woman with Williams syndrome. Archimbault met Rivard through a local Quebecoise organization called Les Muses, where she was taking […]

    Every once in a while, film criticism is declared well and truly done for. While the ethos of the practice is far from dead—critical conversations around film and pop culture seem richer than ever before—the profession is indeed endangered. True, today’s online landscape is a more democratic one, making it easier for a young writer […]

    Make your next birthday wishlist with our product picks from the annual NAB Show tech summit. A few years ago it was 2K, then it was 3D, and last year it was all 4K… but when it comes down to it, it’s all a bunch of ones and zeros, right? Although 4K still held a […]

    This month marks the 25th anniversary of Peter Weir’s coming-of-age drama, Dead Poets Society (we can’t believe it’s been that long, either). Revisit the end of the ’80s in this new 10-minute clip shot during the film’s production – sent MovieMaker‘s way by cast member Dylan Kussman himself. Twenty-five years ago, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan […]

    Anti-piracy advocates band together under CreativeFuture, a site that mobilizes against illegal for-profit media platforms and promotes legitimate online distribution. Launched in February 2014 to encourage creative industry professionals to speak out about the negatives of content piracy, CreativeFuture is a loose coalition of film and television companies, independent production and financing companies, unions, guilds, talent […]

    After gaining exposure for his chilling work in Wes Craven’s Scream, Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami has become something of a dab hand with horror-action, with scores for Resident Evil, Blade II, Hellboy, The Omen, The Wolverine, Warm Bodies and World War Z to his name. Yet with films like Soul Surfer, Trouble with the Curve, […]

    From roles in fan favorites like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, to writing and directing semi-autobiographical passion projects like The End of Love and this year’s The Ever After, Minneapolis-born Mark Webber has proved himself a Swiss army knife of moviemaking talent. He has found a kindred spirit in fellow indie poster boy and Jack […]

    If you had rare access to one of the most intense medical environments in the world, how would you translate that onto the screen? Code Black, if nothing else, is a defense of documentaries made for a particular screen: the big screen. From the outset, I wanted the audience to be fully immersed in the adrenaline, fear […]