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New Directors/New Films 2017: “Quest”

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Kurt Brokaw review’s Jonathan Olshefski’s debut documentary “Quest”, a deeply personal and uplifting meditation on family love. The documentary debuted at Lincoln Center’s “New Directors/New Films” Festival which runs March 15-26.

Festival Diary: Edinburgh International Film Festival (Part Four)

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I can scarcely believe that EIFF 2015 is behind us. No longer will I have the routine of looking at my carefully composed screening spreadsheet as my night ends, in order to plan the next morning’s viewing. Writing this article amidst the hubbub of excited conversation is the last time I will get to sit in Festival HQ for 2015, amongst creators and consumers of world class cinema. It has been wonderful to be involved in this celebration of what film can achieve.

An art concept image from 1979 Revolution. Photo courtesy Ink Stories.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari

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Game developer Navid Khonsari and filmmaker Bessie Khonsari join our 10 to Watch list with a genre-merging project, 1979 Revolution, a video game that aims to evoke the empathy of film. Navid and Bessie Khonsari participated in the New Frontier Story Lab at the Sundance Institute in 2014 and 1979 Revolution appeared as an exhibit in Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier and at SXSW in 2015.

Writer/director Thomas Ikimi on the set of his short, Nostradamus.

Extra: How Thomas Ikimi works with his editor, Scott Brock

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The Independent’s Mike Sullivan talks with Scott Brock, who has worked as an editor and consultant with our 10 to Watch filmmaker Thomas Ikimi on several of his projects. Brock is a UCLA graduate and an award winning editor with twenty years of editing experience. He has assisted editor Thelma Schoonmaker on several films for Martin… Read more »

Director Thomas Ikimi on the set of Nostradamus. . Photo by Stefon Cromartie.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Thomas Ikimi

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Having lived on three continents, Thomas Ikimi brings an international perspective to his films. His latest is the short thriller Nostradamus, which revolves around drone warfare and premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and coincidentally was chosen as one of the best films of the fest by our senior critic, Kurt Brokaw.

Hasan Minhaj in Sakoon.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Hasan Minhaj

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Comedian and storyteller, Hasan Minhaj, may be best known as one of the newest correspondents for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but it was his work merging stand-up with storytelling that brought him to our attention. You can read about his latest project, a solo show, Sakoon, and its film adaption, Paint the Town, in 10 to Watch.

An illustration, by artist Rebecca Mullen, from the documentary, The Story of the Stuff. Illustration courtesy of Rebecca Mullen.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Ashley Maynor and Paul Harrill

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What happens to the tangible outpourings of grief and support – such as letters and teddy bears – that pour in during the aftermath of a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Director Ashley Maynor and producer Paul Harrill follow the trail of condolence items in their interactive documentary, The Story of the Stuff.