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Screenwriter Mark Renshaw discusses his personal investment and creative process in the 2016 award-winning short drama Surrender, directed by Christopher Carson Emmons. The film centers on the inner life of a struggling alcoholic, played by Aram Hekinian. Surrender is Renshaw’s second film.
Critic Evan Crean interviews Comedian Kumail Nanjiani on his new romantic comedy The Big Sick.
We update our 10 to Watch Filmmakers of 2017 list every day for 10 days as we announce each filmmaker. With reader recommendations and industry colleagues, 10 to watch identifies artists who are breaking new ground, either in their own career or in the form at large.
Peter Nicks is on our 10 filmmaker to watch list in 2017 for his film, The Force, a cinema vérité look into the Oakland Police Department from 2014-2016. Nicks had hoped to capture the department emerging out from federal oversight, only to document another scandal. The film is part of a thematic trilogy about institutions and communities in Oakland, California.
Justin Chon makes our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2017 list with Gook, a black-and-white dramedy set during the 1992 L.A. Riots. Chon wrote, directed, and stars in the award-winning film.