Interviews

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Kate Chevigny & Ross Kauffman

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaking duo behind E-Team. Knight initially spoke with Kate Chevigny and Ross Kauffman in New York City at the end of October. Dana Knight (DK): How did this project come about and who initiated it? Katy Chevigny: Ross and… Read more »

RIDM ’14: The Use and Abuse of Poetry in Documentary Film

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Gusts of bitingly cold wind eat away at the inch of precocious snow on the ground, offering a fittingly bracing backdrop to the Rencontre Internationales de Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Now in it’s 17th year, the festival offers a late-in-the-season “best-of” selection of international and Canadian films that favors essays, cross-genre films and other non-traditional… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Hal Hartley

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In the second edition of our new series, Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaker behind the films Henry Fool and Fay Grim. Dana initially spoke with Hal Hartley, about his latest work, Ned Rifle at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dana Knight (DK): You’re known for very serious… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Eugene Green

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In this first edition of our new series, Filmmakers and their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight interviews the industries emerging and established filmmakers about their work, recent projects and their place in a global setting.  Dana initially spoke with Eugene Green, about his latest work, at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dana Knight… Read more »

FNC 2014: Hybrid Filmmakers find Common Ground

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Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) is a festival that doesn’t like to be put into neat and tidy boxes. This year’s boundary-blurring program includes everything from satirical mockumentaries to poetic documentaries that include reenacted scenes. Staff writer Patrick Pearce sat down with the directors of two narrative first features with non-fiction characteristics to chat… Read more »

LILTING - Pei-pei Cheng (L) and Ben Whishaw (R)

Inspired by Personal History, Hong Khaou Releases “Lilting” to US Audiences

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In Hong Khaou’s Lilting, available on DVD and VOD September 29th, a mother grieves for her son by getting to know her son’s partner. Khaou told The Independent his debut feature came, “from a place that’s deeply personal, especially that of grief. I lost my dad when I was 12 and the character in the film loses her son. So I had to expose myself in a certain way writing this.”