Christopher Blauvelt is a rising star behind the camera, as cinematographer for 2013′s The Bling Ring and Max Rose, and this year’s Low Down and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Known for his work with Harmony Korine and Sofia Coppola, he turned over his talents to Kelly Reichardt for her moody, eerie eco-thriller, Night Moves. […]


Cathartic and uncompromising, the visceral honesty contained in every frame of Amat Escalante’s third feature, Heli, is a reflection of a country swallowed by tormenting carnage. Through his images, the fearless Mexican director refuses to condone the complicity of indifference, looking at corrosive evil straight in the eye. Drug cartels are not presented as extravagant […]

Living Things directed by Eric Shapiro

Eric Shapiro is the writer and director of Living Things: A Vegan & Meat Debate. A prolific horror writer, Shapiro translates his experience crafting scares into a tense drama about the politics of food, with Rhoda Jordan as a liberal yogini and Ben Siegel as her more conservative father-in-law. In this interview with MovieMaker Magazine, […]


Set in the mid-1970s, the unnerving new psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones (The Hunger Games; “The Girl”) as an introverted British sound engineer, Gilderoy, who travels to Italy to work on a gory horror movie at the post-production studio of the title. While there, Gilderoy encounters a culture clash with the Italian […]


In the audacious new comedy-thriller Violet & Daisy, Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel star as a pair of teenage assassins (and best friends), whose latest target—a sad sack loner (played by James Gandolfini)—leads them on a soul searching, bullet-laden journey.  Co-starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo, the hyper-stylized yet surprisingly emotional Violet & Daisy represents […]


Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Sean Durkin’s directorial debut makes extensive use of two locations: A farmhouse, where Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) lives before running away, and a lake house, where she stays with her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her sister’s husband Ted (Hugh Dancy). In an exclusive interview with Interiors, Durkin spoke with Interiors […]


Superstars of the tennis world, Venus and Serena Williams have been winning championships for over a decade, showing remarkable longevity in a such a highly demanding sport. The new documentary Venus and Serena offers an intimate portrait of the tennis legends, as they battle a variety of challenges—including career-threatening health problems—during the 2011 tennis season. […]

Sam Fleischner Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

This year, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors from director Sam Fleischner was my favorite narrative feature at Tribeca, where it had its World Premiere last week. Sam Fleischner’s film, which was shot mostly in Rockaway Beach and on the New York City subway, tells the story of Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez), an autistic boy who gets […]

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Dan Krauss’ riveting, disturbing, morally probing documentary, The Kill Team, celebrated its world premiere this week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The Kill Team tells the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, an American soldier stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010. When Winfield realized that members of his platoon, led by Staff Sergeant […]


Judging by his two features—2008’s unsettling Afterschool (about a teenager who accidentally films the deaths of two students) and now Simon Killer—it’s clear writer-director Antonio Campos is attracted to the dark side. His latest film follows an aimless college graduate, Simon (Brady Corbet; Melancholia), who flees to Paris after a bad break-up and becomes seriously […]


Actor-writer-comedian David Cross probably needs no introduction. He’s worked on two of the funniest and most influential comedy series of the past 20 years: the HBO cult fave “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (which he co-created with Bob Odenkirk), and the beloved (and newly revived) “Arrested Development,” whose 15-episode fourth season premieres on Netflix May […]


I was never really a fan of Harmony Korine’s work. I saw Kids (directed by Larry Clark) and Gummo, and parts of Julien Donkey-Boy and Trash Humpers, and I felt as though a malevolent spirit informed his oeuvre. His work made me uncomfortable, but I also sensed he’d be just fine with that. Spring Breakers, […]


Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger made a name for himself with his offbeat 2003 debut feature, Torremolinos 73, about an unlikely married couple who become the director and star of adult films—and wind up more successful than they ever imagined. Berger’s ambitious, long-awaited follow-up, Blancanieves, finds the eclectic moviemaker working in completely different territory, and bringing […]


Anyone familiar with the films of Mike Leigh knows that, in the right hands, the seed of a story—a loveable abortionist plying her trade in ultra-conservative 1950′s England; a successful black woman discovering that her mother is not only poor, but white—is sufficient fodder to attract actors and mount rehearsals. But when the young Austrian […]


As Josh Ralske writes in his forthcoming MovieMaker interview, “I was never really a fan of Harmony Korine’s work. I saw Kids (directed by Larry Clark) and Gummo, and parts of Julien Donkey-Boy and Trash Humpers, and I felt as though a malevolent spirit informed his oeuvre. His work made me uncomfortable, but I also […]

Alice Englert (ROSA), Alessandro Nivola (ROLAND) and Sally Potter (DIRECTOR).

From Orlando, her audacious breakthrough film (based on a Virginia Woolf novel many considered unadaptable) to the stylistically polarizing Yes (in which most of the dialogue was written in rhyming iambic pentameter), Sally Potter has proven to be a consistently innovative moviemaker. Her latest film, Ginger & Rosa, follows two teen girls (played by Elle […]


Hollywood often rewards transformational performances. Charlize Theron won her Oscar after gaining 30 pounds to play Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), but having proved her ability to commit mind and body to a role, she hasn’t repeated the exercise. For actresses, too often appearance is currency, and their great fear—real or imagined—is that temporarily erasing […]


With over 10 million school kids being bullied, there has never been a better time to watch Lee Hirsch’s powerful, moving documentary, Bully. The movie follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis, as well as their concerned and heartbroken families. Bully also focuses on the tragic deaths of Tyler […]


With its impressive pedigree and thought-provoking line-up, Focus Forward is quickly emerging as one of the best online documentary showcases around. Presented by GE and strategic media company Cinelan, Focus Forward—Short Films, Big Ideas is a series of 30 three-minute nonfiction films that explore the incredible power of ideas and invention. Made by today’s leading […]


The 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam, as always, awarded some of the most progressive young filmmakers in the world with the coveted Hivos Tiger Award. In this dispatch, MovieMaker chats with Tiger Award-winning Austrian auteur Daniel Hoesl about his film Soldate Jeannette. Hoesl, who made his film for $60,000, cast his actresses before writing the […]


With job creation a constant topic in the news, there’s no better time to see Gayle Ferraro’s powerful documentary about microfinance, To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America. The term “microfinance” refers to financial services provided for micro entrepreneurs, small businesses and low-income clients, who lack access to banking and related services due […]


In this fifth and final episode, MovieMaker sits down with 2013 Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning director Ryan Coogler of Fruitvale. Later we chat with Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, directors of the protest documentary, 99%—The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Finally, Amanda Lippert talks with president and founder of Yekra, Lee Waterworth, about the […]

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In this fourth episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Chad Hartigan and stars Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette of the Sundance 2013 “Best of Next” winner, This Is Martin Bonner. Later we chat with Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, directors of the brave and triumphant documentary, Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer.


Editing a movie is no easy feat, and the job becomes even tougher when personal, relationship troubles are thrown into the mix. In Daniel Schechter’s new comedy-drama Supporting Characters, this is the dilemma faced by best friends Nick (Alex Karpovsky of “Girls”) and Darryl (co-writer Tarik Lowe), a New York film editing duo struggling to […]


There may be no creepier location for a horror movie than a secluded cabin nestled deep in the woods—it’s provided the memorable setting for such gory gems as The Evil Dead, Cabin Fever, Antichrist and, of course, The Cabin in the Woods. Now a new film can be added to this unnerving subgenre: Resolution. The […]


In this third episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Liz Garcia of the much anticipated film, The Lifeguard. Later we chat with Ben Wheatley, director of the completely insane dark comedy, Sightseers.

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In this second episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and star Jonathan Groff of the US Dramatic Competition film C.O.G. Later we chat with director Jehane Noujaim and subject Khalid Abdalla of the powerful Egyptian Revolution documentary, The Square.


In this year’s inaugural Park City dispatch, MovieMaker talks with director Alicia Scherson and star Manuela Martelli of the World Dramatic Competition feature The Future. Later, in the New York Film Office on Main Street, we chat with director Robert Stone and author Mark Lynas about their controversial nuclear energy documentary, Pandora’s Promise.  


by Bob Fisher | Published November 26, 2012 Stephen Lighthill, ASC began his career as a freelance news film cinematographer for “60 Minutes” and the CBS-TV Charles Kuralt “On The Road” television series during the mid 1970s. He was a co-founder of Cine-Manifest, a San Francisco-based collective of independent filmmakers who produced movies and documentaries during the […]


Best known for his star-making performance in the coming-of-age classic, Breaking Away, Dennis Christopher is the definition of an eclectic actor. He started his film career working with such accomplished auteurs as Federico Fellini (Roma) and Robert Altman (3 Women, A Wedding). In 1979,Breaking Away, the defining film of Christopher’s career, was released. As Dave Stoller, an […]


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Pixar showed Honest Abe where it’s at; Brave‘s opening weekend saw the animation giant’s first female-led film pull in $66.7 million at the box office, well exceeding the $16.5 million earned by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which debuted at third place and as of this writing has a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of only 37%. […]


Director Dan Beers’ moviemaking success story began with his short film FCU: Fact Checkers Unit, which premiered at Sundance in 2008. The film, about two magazine fact checkers tasked with confirming Bill Murray’s love of drinking milk, generated a healthy dose of buzz (in part because Bill Murray appeared in the nine-minute film). For most […]

New wide releases The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Five-Year Engagement, Safe and The Raven failed to snatch the number one spot out of the hands of last week’s winner, Think Like a Man (weekend gross $18 million, total gross $60.8 million), which returned to the top of the box office for the second week […]