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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.


Bianca Terraza and Pamela Germano sitting in church looking longingly in Rafaela Camelo's film Desires of the Flesh

“Desires of the Flesh”: Catholicism and the duality of sexual attraction

Kaina Dominguez interviews writer/director Rafaela Camelo about her queer short film Desires of the Flesh, about how she managed to shoot the film in a Catholic church, and about how she packed all of the symbolism into her uniquely Latin American story, which plays in July at OutFest in Los Angeles.   


A still of Toni Morrison smiling from the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

New Documentary: “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews the insightful documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a chronicle of the author’s life and work told mainly from her perspective in eye-to-eye interviews.


Tribeca 2019 Short Films: Critic’s Choice

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews his picks for short films from the 18th Annual Tribeca Film Festival—Carlito Leaves Forever directed by Quentin Lazzarotto; The Neighbors’ Window directed by Marshall Curry; The History of White People in America: These American Truths directed by Ed Bell, Clementine Briand, Pierce Freelon, Jon Halperin,  Aaron Keane, and Drew Takahashi; and Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) directed by Carol Dysinger.


Tribeca 2019 Features & Docs Films: Critic’s Choice

Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews his picks for feature and documentary films from the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival—Gay Chorus Deep South directed by David Charles Rodriques; The Apollo directed by Roger Ross Williams; Georgetown directed by C.Waltz; and Other Music directed by Puloma Basu.


The statue of Baphomet prominently featured in the documentary Hail Satan? which opened the 2019 Boston Underground Film Festival.

Boston Underground Film Festival 2019 Recap

Critic Evan Crean shares reviews of his favorite new release films from 2019 Boston Underground Film Festival, which ran from March 20-24 at the Brattle Theatre.