Interviews

Ophelia Cast Discuss the Hamlet Revamp

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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.

 

Women in Film Portraits: Kaliya Warren

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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.

Women in Film Portraits: Natasha Kermani

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Women in Film Portraits is a series by Artist Lauren Sowa about up-and-coming female independent filmmakers. In this first installment, Lauren interviews Iranian-American Director Natasha Kermani about major themes in her work. Look for Women in Film Portraits interviews each month at The Independent. 

 

 

Women In Film Portraits: A New Series

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Women in Film Portraits is a series by Lauren Sowa about supporting, cheering, helping, and connecting with up-and-coming creative artists. In an industry where female voices are still underrepresented, this project is timely and vital. The series will launch in January with a profile of Iranian-American Director Natasha Kermani.  New interviews will appear monthly at the magazine.

New Horizons of Virtual Reality: Exploring Utopia Through the Evolution of Second Life

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Annie Berman, named one of The Independent’s ten filmmakers to watch (2016), is a media artist living and working in New York City. Her background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, virtual realities, and the changing media landscape. Her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally including at the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Recently,  Annie spoke with The Independent’s editor about her newest VR project—an exploration of the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality through the aftermath of Second Life.

The Fog Rolls into Boston

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This fall,  the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts ran a retrospective of Adrienne Barbeau’s major cult films. Mike Sullivan attended the final event—a screening of The Fog and presentation of the Coolidge Corner Theater’s “After Midnite Award” to Barbeau. Sullivan spoke briefly with Barbeau just before the screening and also attended the robust Q&A.

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.