Courtney Gardner provides inside insight into how Olivia Peace, Jess Zeidman, Rachel Sennott, and Madeline Grey DeFreece lent authenticity to their Jewish coming-of-age film Tahara, which played at Slamdance 2020.
Courtney Gardner speaks with Sam Feder and Jen Richards about the important lessons on media literacy and representation in their groundbreaking documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, which premiered at Sundance 2020.
The Independent’s Courtney Sheehan interviews prolific indie cinematographer Sean Price Williams about dreams, film heroes, and shooting Maiko Endo’s Tokyo Telepath 2020, which played at the 49th Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR).
Courtney Sheehan reports on mobile-only streaming platform Quibi’s keynote address at CES 2020, sharing the content and technology powering its launch.
The nice curators at The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center have made their own special mitzvah to the city’s residents in January. Out of 30 narrative dramas, documentaries and shorts that comprise the 29th NYJFF, not one, not two, but three separate feature films having their New York premieres are intelligent father/daughter dramas…. Read more »
Evan Crean traveled to Montreal for the 22nd annual Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), which took place November 14 to 24, 2019. Of the 154 films from 47 countries it screened, he offers reviews of the five best he saw during his time there.
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.
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.