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.”
Heroin addiction and life on the New York streets take center stage in Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest, Heaven Knows What. The morning after their North American premiere at TIFF, they riff on the why and what of it all with the film’s star and inspirational scribe, Arielle Holmes.
Sprinkle a little adamant optimism over a new digital partnership with The Flaherty Film Seminar and a heaping embrace of the educational market, and you have a few of the most recent distribution strategies that The Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey discussed with The Independent’s Courtney Sheehan at TIFF.
Michael Apted talked with Canon’s factory workers and artisans in Japan, as well as the filmmakers who have used those lenses, in his latest documentary, Bending the Light. Rebecca Reynolds caught up with him (on camera!) at the Traverse City Film Festival.
This year, Camden International Film Festival’s annual Points North Documentary Film Forum adds a new documentary fellowship opportunity. Five full-package fellowships will be announced in early September.
Keep tabs on cinematographer Stephanie Martin. She had been shooting professionally for more than 14 years before she decided to direct her first film. Inspired by her own observations of the plight of wild horses in the American West, she wrote and directed a successful short, <i>Wild Horses</i>, and this summer she’s working on the feature-length script.
Evolution of a Filmmaker: Darius Clark Monroe makes our 10 to Watch list for his documentary <em>Evolution of a Criminal</em>, which premiered at SXSW. Read about how Monroe’s autobiographical documentary gives us his inside view on past errors and forgiveness.
With her short film <i>After Ella</i>, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness turned the heads of Cannes’ programming committee. In fact, she’s at the notable fest this minute! Her expertise ranges from acting to directing to producing to writing and her film achievements span fact and fiction. Learn more about why she’s a spectacular choice for 10 to Watch in 2014.
This year, the filmmaking team of 10 to Watch is co-directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, and editor Lindsay Utz for their collaborative work on <em>In Country</em>. Read about how their film documents veterans who participate in reenactments of the Vietnam War.