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.
Courtney Sheehan talks with Serbian Director Mila Turajlic at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Turajilic’s new documentary, The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) mines the depths of family history to offer an untold story of Yugoslavia’s past. The filmmaker shares about her process, her family’s fascinating story, and the role of documentary in representing and reflecting upon cultural complexities.
Backpack Full of Cash is a new documentary by Director and Activist Sarah Mondale. The film, which is co-produced by Vera Aronow, offers an unforgiving portrayal of the charter school movement in America. Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness was at the Boston screening and talks with Mondale and Aronow about making the film and about working with Nancy Carlson-Paige and her son, Matt Damon.
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.
Aditya Sarangi reviews Ari Gold’s lush narrative drama The Song of Swan Lake about young jazz collector, Ollie Sway, who plots to steal a valuable 78 record from his grandmother’s glamorous lake house. The film, which stars Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan, premiered at the Oaxaca FilmFest in Mexico City and was in competition for the prestigious Best Global Feature.
Metal Missionaries is the new documentary by Director/Producer Bruce Moore that takes an in depth look at the place of Christianity in the metal music scene. It is a surprising work that gets close and personal with many of today’s leading metal musicians. When Screenwriter Colin Jones teamed up with Moore to create the film, the two had hardly any budget to work with. In this piece, Jones offer tips to burgeoning filmmakers facing similar odds.
Kaufman’s Game is the award-winning, full-length drama by first time Writer/Directer Helier Bissell-Thomas. The film stars Jye Frasca as Stanley, an unemployed man with a passion for boxing, who becomes drawn into the violent operations of a powerful organization. The Independent’s editor caught up with Bissell-Thomas to discuss the film’s production and its influences.
Gloria Muñoz of Pitch Her Productions shares industry tips for emerging female filmmakers. Muñoz and her production company has just released Keep Me Posted, a comedic web series written and directed by Hillary Nussbaum. The series, which stars Maya Deshmukh, Terra Mackintosh, and Kim Blanck offers an unforgiving look at social media, notably the complexities of balancing online personas with authentic, real-world intimacy.
New York filmmaker Ben Garchar writes in insightful and instructive detail of his filmmaking process on the new short Jake. Ben shot over twenty percent of this deeply emotional movie on 35mm film, a decision that had big payoffs. Jake featured at Filmmakers NY and Video Revival in Brooklyn; the film was shot entirely in Berlin, where its lead actor, Kellen York, resides.