The Afterlife of Slamdance: Director Nicole Teeny on the Road Beyond Bible Quiz‘s Premiere
by Nicole Teeny

A friend told me that the life of a film doesn’t really begin until after it premieres, and that I should plan to dedicate at least another year towards bringing it to the world. Sure enough, a year and change after our festival premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, I’m preparing for the Los Angeles [...]

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How They Did It: the Incredible-but-True Story of Blue Ruin
by Jeremy Saulnier

Blue Ruin‘s director-writer-DP, Jeremy Saulnier, shares one of MovieMaker‘s greatest “How They Did It” stories of all time, lying, begging and impoverishing himself on the way to Cannes glory with his sleek bullet of a revenge thriller. This article appears in full in our Spring issue, on stands now. Prologue I’ve come to embrace the [...]

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“If I can do one more ‘lost cause’ of a film, I will, with my last breath, try:” Oliver Stone on Activism in Film
by Oliver Stone

In our Spring issue, we asked Academy-Award winning director Oliver Stone if film can make a difference in vanquishing the darkness and rot that has pervaded through humanity’s ages. Stone, whose provocative Showtime documentary series The Untold History of the United States recently spawned an education project, is a veteran in the trenches of political [...]

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Why We Like: Jim Mickle’s Cold in July Trailer
by Heidi Honeycutt

Jim Mickle’s new Cold in July trailer guarantees grit, guns, blood, and tears. Not necessarily in that order. Jim Mickle’s first two films Stake Land and Mulberry St were entertaining, if not very sophisticated, forays into modern horror. His 2013 follow-up We Are What We Are showed that Mickle is developing into a refined storyteller, capable [...]

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New Filmmakers LA: Moviemaking Wisdom with Directors Dustin Shroff, John McCracken, Danny Finn, Juan Uribe and John Bevilacqua
by New Filmmakers LA

This week, New Filmmakers LA brings you the inside scoop on the moviemaking, featuring interviews with directors Dustin Shroff, John McCracken, Danny Finn, Juan Uribe and John Bevilacqua. 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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Arrested Development: Edgar Wright Flashback
by David Fear

Seven years ago, MovieMaker interviewed British director Edgar Wright about the second part of his Blood and Cornetto trilogy: the devilishly sharp cop-movie parody Hot Fuzz. Today Wright turns 40, and to celebrate his singular cinematic style we’re revisiting this typically droll conversation between the director, his longtime collaborator Simon Pegg, and writer David Fear. [...]

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Jump Outs: On Set with DailyMotion’s New Series
by David Quan

Jump Outs is an urban gameshow, produced and distributed by DailyMotion as a part of their new digital programming. Production assistant David Quan walks us through the set of the unscripted shoot, involving eight ENG cameras and a dozen GoPros. It’s quiet on top of the Hill. The four of us sit in silence, but [...]

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The Impact Roundtable: Moviemakers On Social Action Films that Matter
Interviews by Beth Portello

In our Spring 2014 Activism in Film issue (available to the public next Tuesday, April 22!), we asked the question: Can your movie change the world? In our cover story, Beth Portello, co-founder of Cinema Libre Studio, interviewed representatives from all the different groups that make social change possible: grant organizations, engagement strategists, producers, distributors, [...]

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How to Direct an Ensemble Comedy from Authors Anonymous Director Ellie Kanner
by Ellie Kanner

I am not admitting anything.  All I will say is that any of these things could happen to you and might have happened to me. 1. Make the film that you want to make for your audience.  If your audience laughs, cries or is moved in some way and enjoys their movie-going experience, then you [...]

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Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week: Beware of Images
by Jason Lam

In the spirit of our upcoming Spring issue’s Activism in Film theme, this week’s crowdfunder pick is the socially-conscious Beware of Images, a feature-length, fully animated documentary that warns audiences to digest media with caution. While public education strives to develop English language literacy among its students, serious attention to media literacy is neglected in [...]

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