Author: David Pierotti


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Devon Slack, the lead actress and stuntwoman of Yankee, in action. Photo by Yan Lecomte.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2016: Sophie-Anne Beaudry & Stéphan Beaudoin

The days when the female lead would stand by helpless, offering only an occasional scream, while the tough guys fought over her is fast receding. Today’s heroines can take care of themselves, thank you very much, as Jenifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron and others have aptly demonstrated. This goes for real life as the female MMA… Read more »

A still from The Peacemaker

10 Filmmakers to Watch: James Demo

The world never seems to lack from an interminable violent conflict, where the level of barbarism wears down the most optimistic soul; where tragedy and suffering appears inevitable and a sense of human agency is lost. Peace processes break down and even the most determined interventionist throws up their hands in defeat. All of which… Read more »

Around the fire at ITVFest (photo by George T. Marshall).

ITVFest 2015: A Dose of New Hollywood in Vermont

I’m sure Cannes in Spring is lovely, but Vermont in Fall is certainly not a bad locale for a film festival, which is undoubtedly part of the appeal of the Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest). The small town of Dover, nestled in a bucolic valley at the base of the Green Mountains has been… Read more »

An art concept image from 1979 Revolution. Photo courtesy Ink Stories.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari

The late, great film critic Roger Ebert sparked a furor in 2005 when he claimed video games were not, and would never be, art. The Internet erupted in howls and he was engaged in a spirited (to say the least) debate for years. He eventually retracted this sentiment. I think both the outrage and his… Read more »

Darius Clark Monroe

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Darius Clark Monroe

Did you do anything stupid as a teenager? Anything wildly out of character that you regretted almost immediately? Something that hurt your family, friends and, most of all, yourself? Darius Clark Monroe did. He robbed a bank and it landed him in prison for three years. But instead of the letting it ruin his life,… Read more »

Luke Poling and Tom Bean interview Hugh Heffner for their Plimpton doc.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Tom Bean and Luke Poling

There’s a short clip from The Simpsons in the new documentary Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself where George Plimpton, playing himself in a fashion, says “and now I’ll go back to doing whatever it is I do.” If you are of a certain age, this made perfect sense. You always recognized George Plimpton, from… Read more »

"Breakfast With Curtis" stars Colella's neighbors Theo Green (foreground) and Jonah Parker.

Laura Colella's Seminal Summer

Providence, Rhode Island, director Laura Colella was gearing up for the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this week. Her third narrative feature, Breakfast With Curtis, will get its world premiere screening before an audience on June 14th. Colella has won more than 20 awards for her previous work and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25… Read more »

Frodo, by bwats2, may have looked different to you before the LOTR movies.

Whose Hugo?

I detest being surprised by people, especially those to who a certain degree of my identity depends upon feeling superior. -Hugo Whittier, in “The Epicure’s Lament” by Kate Christensen. Years ago, a college buddy hands me a book with a smirk on his face. “Read this,” he says, “the main character reminds me of you.”… Read more »

Brilliant and British: Helen Mirren and Liza Sadovy in "Prime Suspect."

The Desperation of Independence

As we enter another fall broadcast season and the networks prepare to launch new fare like Mike & Molly or hype established shows such as House and Modern Family, television viewers do not lack choices. Granted, most will be awful, but not awful enough to drive more viewers to my favorite programs over at PBS…. Read more »