Interviews

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Sanna Lenken

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“I didn’t want her to be just a girl looking. She had to drive herself…” says director Sanna Lenken about My Skinny Sister. The story is in the POV of a young girl whose sister has an eating disorder. Lenken talks with Dana Knight about how she adapted events from her life into her first feature-length fiction film.

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Jonathon Narducci

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Jonathon Narducci tries to blow up perfect ideas of love in his documentary, Love Me, about men and women whose matches are made the old-fashioned way, by mail order. Dana Knight asks how he reached his conclusions about how and when love succeeds.

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Dan Halstead

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Dana Knight and Dan Halstead “talk-shop” about the state of the film market, making it as a writer and what the world has to offer the filmmaker of today. This interview took place in Havana, Cuba at the end of 2014. Dana Knight: What can you tell us about the state of the film market right… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Eugene Jarecki

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Dana Knight and documentarian Eugene Jarecki talk about the cliches of being rich and poor, holding two conflicting ideas in your mind at the same time, and the feasibility of democracy, among other topics, while attending The International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Liam Aiken

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In November 2014, staff writer for The Independent, Dana Knight spoke with director/writer Hal Hartley.  Knight also sat down with Liam Aiken to look at the Hartley’s work from a new perspective. Dana Knight (DK): This must be a very special project for you since your film debut was in Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool. What do you remember about… Read more »

Filmmakers and their Global Lens: The Circle

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This interview took place in New York City in November 2014 with director, Stefan Haupt and the film’s “real life” protagonists Robi Rapp and Ernst Ostertag. Dana Knight: Before seeing the film, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the film poster. It is slightly reminiscent of the poster for A New Kind of Love,… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Johanna St Michaels

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Join The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight as she speaks with Johanna St Michaels about Penthouse North at DOC NYC 2014. Dana Knight: Could you please introduce the film and tell us what it’s about. Johanna St Michaels: The film is about Agneta Eckemyr, she is a former actress/model, pretty well-known in the 60s and 70s, after… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Ric Burns

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens, The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight spoke with veteran documentarian, Ric Burns about Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man behind the National Enquirer at DOC NYC 2014. Dana Knight: This is a very interesting and entertaining documentary, just like the real-life person it is portraying, Generoso Pope, the… Read more »

Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Norah Shapiro

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For this edition of Filmmakers and Their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight sat down with Norah Shapiro at DOC NYC 2014 to discuss the world premiere of her latest work, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile. Dana Knight: Congratulations for your documentary. Could you please introduce the film and tell us how this project came about? Norah… Read more »