Lilla Puskás writes on three movies featured at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section: Marilyn, Obscuro Barroco, and Tranny Fag (Bixa Travesty). In the essay, Lilla compares transgender representation through the protagonists of these related narratives. Lilla shares her reflections of how these films tackle the complexity, diversity, and fluidity of transgender identity.
The Independent announces The Global Screen, a series of bi-monthly essays written by film scholars and academics interested in engaging with our readership of filmmakers, directors, artists, and activists. The series is edited by Dr. Jayson Baker, Assistant Professor in Communications at Curry College. In this introduction, Dr. Baker provides a summary of the series and a context for its purpose at this time. Essays in The Global Screen will be published over the course of the year, beginning at the end of March.
Werner Herzog’s 2016 documentary Into the Inferno recently screened to a packed crowd at The Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts. Herzog was there to accept the 2018 Coolidge Award and to participate in a Q&A. Mike Sullivan shares this appreciation of the filmmaker and highlights from the event.
This fall, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts ran a retrospective of Adrienne Barbeau’s major cult films. Mike Sullivan attended the final event—a screening of The Fog and presentation of the Coolidge Corner Theater’s “After Midnite Award” to Barbeau. Sullivan spoke briefly with Barbeau just before the screening and also attended the robust Q&A.
The continued rise of streaming platforms has had reverberating effects in online film communities. Every company, regardless of size and scope, must complete to find, maintain, and build online audiences. Courtney Sheehan shares news of new streaming services after speaking with industry reps at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Courtney Sheehan reports on digital media pioneer Katerina Cizek, who has brought a new documentary project to the Toronto International Film Festival. Cizek is leading the co-creation of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a research center for emerging new media technologies. Sheehan discusses Cizek’s newest film project and the exciting innovations in documentary filmmaking that are being explored.
Varun Chounal, one of this year’s Fellows at the 2017 Telluride Student Symposium, describes his experience in an essay for The Independent. Chounal’s account celebrates the famed film festival and its earnest engagements with young artists. Applications for the 2018 Student Symposium will be due in the new year. Follow news at at http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/students/symposium.
Mike Sullivan profiles Washington D.C. Filmmaker Daniel Lombroso on his path toward becoming a documentarian. Lombroso recounts the making of several documentaries including 2014’s Mountain of Servants and his most recent film, Church Militant: A Right Wing Empire in the Making. Lombroso is an Associate Video Producer for Atlantic Studios, the video division of The Atlantic magazine.
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.
Originally published in the January/February 2005 issue of The Independent, this article is also available in our archives. A long time ago, in a film school far, far away (from NYU), a young man with big dreams and a small bank account made a short film with a long title. His name was George. And… Read more »