Farrah Kazemi speaks with Rachel Song, who in 2017 started the production company XS Media. The company stood behind two hits at the 2018 Sundance Festival—Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake and Christine Choe’s Nancy. Rachel shares about her experiences producing independent films and about her efforts to bring independent cinema to China.
In this first installment of The Global Screen essay series, Isaac Rooks writes about Shin Jeong-won’s gruesome farce, Chaw, which Rooks suggests offers more than the spectacle of a giant boar slaughtering drunken revelers at a karaoke celebration. In this essay, Rooks explores how Shin’s film utilizes practical and conceptual resources from around the world to address global audiences about common concerns.
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.
Farrah Kazemi interview Morrissa Maltz about her documentary Ingrid, which premiered at this year’s Slamdance Festival in Park City. The film chronicles the reclusive, strange, and fascinating life of Ingrid Gipson; it is a character study that also reveals Maltz’s talent for color, texture, design, and nuance. Maltz shares with Farrah how she came to meet Ingrid, about securing funds for the film, and about her pending projects.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Caroline Mariko Stucky, an award-winning, Swiss-Japanese filmmaker and cinematographer with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film is the ultimate language. It surpasses the kaleidoscope of spoken languages that informed her childhood. In this interview, Caroline shares about coming to the United States and about taking on a predominantly male creative roles.
This March, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns to Lincoln Center celebrating the richness, originality, and craft of contemporary French filmmaking. The festival, organized by Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim, runs from March 8th through the 18th. Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw offers insightful reviews of his favorites and information on screenings.
For 10 years now The Independent has been tooting the horn for indie filmmakers everywhere with our annual 10 to Watch. Read on about how to help us in our 10 for 10 year by nominating a filmmaker. We want to hear the stories of characters who often hide in the shadows of cinema. We will post our list this spring.
Farrah Kazemi interviews Director Claire McCarthy and Actors George MacKay and Tom Felton at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The group was assembled for the premiere of Ophelia, a film that reimagines the life of Shakespeare’s tragic maiden in the classic play Hamlet. Ophelia stars MacKay as Hamlet and Felton as Laertes. McCarthy directed the film, which is based in part on a novel by Lisa Klein.
In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa interviews Kalyia Warren, the Writer/Director behind Expatriates—a love story that follows two multiracial dirt bike riders from Egypt to Cape Town. The film, now its final developments, was inspired by the people Warren I’ve met while traveling on the African continent. Warren is a graduate of NYU and is currently based in New York City.