Interviews

New Doc Explores Benefits of Restorative Justice Practice

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In Circle Up, Boston based filmmaker Julie Mallozzi explores the power of peacemaking circles in restorative justice. She documents women using this indigenous practice to cope with extreme violence and loss. Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness met with Julie after a screening and Q&A at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge to discuss the film’s production and its use in activism.

New Documentary on Historic “Rumble in the Jungle” Boxing Match

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The Independent’s Editor speaks with Gnimbin Ouattara, Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Brenau University on his new documentary Ali, mbomayé’s. The film centers on four African people who vividly remember the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire, where Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight champion, defeated George Foreman, the undefeated world heavyweight champion in a knockout.

 

 

Making No Truth Claims: Historical Complexity in Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything

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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.

 

First Time Feature Film Director Discusses Success with Kaufman’s Game

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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.

Off Course: An Interview with Filmmaker Adam Stern

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Cerys Wilson interviews acclaimed Music Composer and Writer/Director, Adam Stern, on his new sci-fi short FTL.  The film, which stars Ty Olsson as NASA Astronaut Ethan Kane, has featured internationally at festivals in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.  Stern talks about the FTL’s pre-production, its stunning special effects, and plans for a feature length version of the film.

On Art and Healing

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The Independent’s editor speaks with Ricardo Bouyett, filmmaker, writer, and photographer of the new short No Love For Fuckboys. The film, which won “Best Experimental Short” at the Short To The Point International Film Festival, is an exploration—at once personal and more broadly social—of the intricacies of navigating dating, friendship, love, and desire after the trauma of sexual assault.

New Documentary Shines a Light on Brooklyn Teenager Miasia Clark

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The Independent catches up with Yvonne Michelle Shirley, creator of the new documentary, Miasia: The Nature of Experience. The film, which featured at BlackStar Film Festival, chronicles the life of Brooklyn teenager Miasia Clark as she navigates her everyday world and prepares to present at the first ever Black Girl Movement National Conference. Miasia is joined in this effort by members of her activist group, Girls for Gender Equity.

 

(Dis)Ability in the Work of an Australian Filmmaker

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The Independent speaks with gough, a screen writer, director, and producer based in Australia. gough, who is legally blind, runs the successful company Beernuts Productions, which has produced a variety of documentaries, shorts, and other media content. Here gough reflects on how his disability informs his work and comedy.

Harry Assouline on the Award Winning, Futuristic Sci-Fi Thriller New York 2150

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Writer, Director, and Producer Harry Assouline talks with The Independent about his award-winning, sci-fi thriller New York 2150. The film stars Kalen J. Hall as intergalactic bounty hunter Jaydon Jaxon, who partners with Mac Cole (Marcus Brandon) to apprehend a psycho-killer. Together the two face a variety of haunts, surreal and actual, in the futuristic terror-world of New Manhattan.