How They Did It: The Visual Effects of Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo
by Romain Strabol

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, […]

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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 […]

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The Making of a Boy: Richard Linklater on his 12-Year Labor of Love, Boyhood
by Andy Young

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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Big Joy: James Broughton Doc Co-Director Reflects On the Beat Filmmaker
by Stephen Silha

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 […]

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Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week: Ambulante California Turns Cities into Screen
by Carlos Aguilar

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, […]

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Behind the Scenes on Behind the Gate: Interview with Co-Director and Executive Producer Mark Giardino
by Morgan Greenwald

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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Singing the Truth: Director Louise Archambault on Difficult Love in Gabrielle
by Carlos Aguilar

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 […]

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But Someone’s Gotta Do It: Five Tips for Nailing that Film Critic Job
by Tomris Laffly

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 […]

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