Series

  • Book Review: Moviemaker John Water’s Contemporary Art Practice is Examined in Indecent Exposure

    Alternately ennobled with the titles “Prince of Puke,” “Pope of Trash,” and “The People’s Pervert,” Baltimore moviemaker John Waters is synonymous with his particular brand...

  • How They Did It: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of the Oscar-Nominated Short “Lifeboat”

    In 2015 our creative team set out to produce “50 Feet from Syria”—focused on the civilian impact of the Syrian conflict. This was the first...

  • Indie Law: How to Secure and Hold the Rights to Your Project

    In the documentary on legendary producer Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Evans explains early and often that the key to success in Hollywood is to strive to...

  • Eye Piece: Spherical Lenses and Calculated Color Choices Allowed the Visuals of Birds of Passage to Take Flight

    Depicting the ancestral culture of the Wayuu—a Native American group indigenous to northern Colombia—and shedding light on their complex relationship with death and dreams, directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra intended for Birds Of Passage...

  • How They Did It: Asghar Farhadi Lived in the Country of His Spanish-Speaking Stars to Write and Direct Everybody Knows

    Before I went to Spain to make my new film Everybody Knows—a thriller which follows the tumultuous events that ensue when Laura (Penélope Cruz) returns to her hometown near Madrid with her...

  • see Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Mads Mikkelsen

    From Star Wars to Marvel, from prestige TV (Hannibal) to high-profile Oscar contenders (At Eternity’s Gate), Mads Mikkelsen can be seen stretching his dramatic skills across the board...

  • Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Kevin Hart

    “My name is Kevin Hart and I WORK HARD!!!” reads Kevin Hart’s Twitter bio. One would be hard-pressed to find a more apt description for the megastar actor, who seems...

  • Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Matt Dillon

    The longevity of Matt Dillon’s laudable career is a byproduct of his self-reinvention. Oscillating between charismatic leading and comedic supporting roles, the New York-based actor...

  • How They Did It: Working With Students and Screen Vets Alike on an 18-Day Shoot to Make Sarah Q

    I’ve been making movies professionally since 1978, when I stepped out of Emerson College in Boston and right into directing my first feature, Beach House...

  • here How They Did It: Directing Actors, Stunt Doubles, Dogs, and Roosters on the Unpredictable Set of Mobile Homes

    Shooting a scene in my new film Mobile Homes in which a mobile home falls into a lake presented a big challenge—one with which my crew...