In this installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa profiles Caroline Mariko Stucky, an award-winning, Swiss-Japanese filmmaker and cinematographer with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film is the ultimate language. It surpasses the kaleidoscope of spoken languages that informed her childhood. In this interview, Caroline shares about coming to the United States and about taking on a predominantly male creative roles.
This March, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns to Lincoln Center celebrating the richness, originality, and craft of contemporary French filmmaking. The festival, organized by Florence Almozini and Dennis Lim, runs from March 8th through the 18th. Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw offers insightful reviews of his favorites and information on screenings.
Ryan Engley reviews the 2018 short “What Is Love?” by NYU Student Filmmaker Elle Rinaldi. The film scholar and critic praises Rinaldi’s complex treatment of love in the experimental, short form.
And that, I think, is what makes Elle Rinaldi’s What Is Love? so strong: it both advances its own argument about love—that a full conception of love needs to be built from pieces—and, by being composed through still shots and fragments of photographs, gives space for viewers to fill in their own answers to the questions that drive the documentary.
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 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.
Gloria Muñoz of Pitch Her Productions shares industry tips for emerging female filmmakers. Muñoz and her production company has just released Keep Me Posted, a comedic web series written and directed by Hillary Nussbaum. The series, which stars Maya Deshmukh, Terra Mackintosh, and Kim Blanck offers an unforgiving look at social media, notably the complexities of balancing online personas with authentic, real-world intimacy.
The Transfiguration, Michael O’Shea, 2017, U.S.A., 1 hr. 37 min. Milo (Eric Ruffin) is a small guy. Or maybe he isn’t; his body could be either a very tall twelve or a very short seventeen. This fact about The Transfiguration’s main character is left deliberately unclear by first-time writer/director Michael O’Shea. Whatever the case, he… Read more »
Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews Water and Sugar, a ten-film retrospective on the life and work of Director Carlo Di Palma. Brokaw examines highlights of Di Palma’s biography, connecting these to the artist’s unique and celebrated output. Water and Sugar shows at the Walter Reade theater in Lincoln Center from Friday, July 28th through Thursday, August 3rd.
Demetri Martin brings his unique brand of visual humor to the big screen in the new dramedy Dean. The Independent’s Evan Crean spoke with Martin about his move to directing, his many lessons learned, and where the ideas for his artwork and comedy originate.