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The Legacy of Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?: A Cape Verdean American Story

Stephanie Stender interviews director Claire Andrade-Watkins about her documentary Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?”: A Cape Verdean American Story and its continuing legacy 13 years after its release.  


The Apollo theater and 125th Street in the documentary The Apollo

DOC NYC Film Festival Nov. 6-15 – Critic’s Choices

America’s largest documentary film festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with 300 features, shorts and events, showing on 16 downtown Manhattan screens. Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw focuses on features and shorts set in and around New York City, selecting two shorts plus three features saluting The Apollo theater, rocker Lydia Lunch, and Cinema 5’s legendary exhibitor and distributor Donald Rugoff.


Walter Munch's sound mixing for Apocalypse Now one of the stories presented in Midge Costin's documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

“Making Waves” with Director Midge Costin

The Independent’s Mike Sullivan talks to director Midge Costin about how she became a Hollywood sound editor and about her long-awaited documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound.


Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro leaning across a table to talk to each other in the movie The Irishman

New York Film Festival 2019 – Critic’s Choices

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw selects five narrative dramas, two documentaries and two shorts as top recommends from the 57th annual NYFF, held Sept.27-Oct.13 in Lincoln Center.


Pierre and Claudia Lacy, African American family members of Lennon Lacy, whose story is told in the documentary Always in Season

Keep it in the Light: “Always in Season”

Courtney Gardner reveals insights from her conversation with filmmaker Jacqueline Olive about her award-winning documentary Always in Season, which will air on PBS on February 24, 2020. During her conversation Courtney learned about who Jacqueline is and what drew her to the film’s story, about America’s persistent history of lynching, about how silence limits the ability for restoration in communities, and about the responsibility we all share to change the status quo.


Examples of scripts from the book The Celluloid Paper Trail

Checking Out “The Celluloid Paper Trail,” the Ultimate Guide to Screenplays

Could your screenplay one day be worth enough to display in Royal Books’ high-end collectors window in Baltimore? Owner/scholar Kevin Johnson’s new book, The Cellluloid Paper Trail, is the first definitive examination of movie scripts in the 20th century–their provenance and value from story scripts through the myriad drafts that follow. Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw deconstructs this landmark study.


Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) faces the press in Gavin Hood's Official Secrets

Gavin Hood and Martin Bright Discuss Loyalty, Law, and Journalism in “Official Secrets”

The Independent’s Evan Crean sits down with writer/director Gavin Hood and journalist Martin Bright for an engaging conversation about the rich themes of loyalty, law, and journalistic integrity, and how they’re reflected in their film Official Secrets.


Producer Ed Polgary standing in silhouette on the set of The Wretched

Leave Your Hat On: An Interview with Producer Ed Polgardy

“What exactly does a producer do?” People outside the movie industry always want to know. So The Independent’s Rebecca Reynolds finds out from one the most prolific producers she knows: Ed Polgardy, the quintessential indie producer who has independently financed large and small films outside the studio system in a plethora of genres, all while wearing his signature black hat.