Author: Mike Sullivan

A graduate of Emerson College, Mike Sullivan has been a professional editor for 17 years. For the past 12 years he has been editing documentaries for BPI outside of Boston. His work can be seen in museums across the country including The Smithsonian, The College Basketball Hall of Fame, The Tampa Bay History Center, and The Philadelphia Zoo. See a sample of Mike’s work.

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Walter Munch's sound mixing for Apocalypse Now one of the stories presented in Midge Costin's documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

“Making Waves” with Director Midge Costin

Sound came first. That is to say, the invention of the phonograph preceded the invention of the motion picture camera by 14 years. Unfortunately, a technique to properly sync the two remained elusive, so movies remained silent* until the early 1920s. That is just one fun fact found in Director Midge Costin’s new documentary, Making… Read more »

Revisiting Summer: Reflections from Coolidge Corner Theater’s New Film Series

Sometimes, simply watching a movie just isn’t enough. Sometimes, you want a little more. Yes, I know there’s Google, Reddit, Twitter, IMDB, but don’t you spend too much time staring at your phone already? We could all use a little more human interaction. More face-to-face conversation. When it comes to learning more about film, the… Read more »

Rewind!: Scott Rosenberg and Con Air

Ah, the nineties. A special time. Perhaps, the last time Hollywood studios would bankroll blockbuster, big budget summertime films with an original premise instead of a pre-existing IP. Films based on an idea hatched solely in the imagination of young screenwriters. A film like Con Air. Last Thursday, as part of their “Rewind!” series, the… Read more »

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10 to Watch Filmmakers in 2018: Arielle Nóbile

The winding road that led filmmaker Arielle Nóbile to The Independent’s 2018 10-To-Watch list includes stops at NYU to study experimental theater, directing and teaching at Chicago’s Second City Theater, a brief stint in LA pursuing a career as an actress, and then back again to her hometown of Chicago. She cut her documentary chops… Read more »

10 to Watch Filmmakers in 2018: Asad J. Malik

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that the future of film, television, and all other aspects of visual storytelling will certainly involve AR and VR. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are becoming more and more prominent every day. Right now, they are most commonly used in the world of video-games and… Read more »

Documentary Filmmaking: One Long Journey to the Boston Underground Film Festival

“When we started this project we knew nothing…” — Stacy Buchanan. “Let’s make a documentary. Those are cheap to make aren’t they?” — Jess Barnthouse Documentary filmmaking requires a leap of faith. Actually, a lot of them. Narrative filmmaking has a script and shot-lists in place before production begins. Sometimes storyboards or animatics are created… Read more »

An Evening with a True Artist: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is a filmmaker who, like Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, is perhaps more well-known for his reputation and personality than his films. Prior to last Thursday, I was only peripherally aware of Herzog. As a movie fan, I knew who he was. I’d read about his projects and his legendary battles with actor… Read more »

Adrienne Barbeau at the Coolridge Corner Theatre.

The Fog Rolls into Boston

For three late Friday and Saturday nights in November and December, The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts ran a retrospective of Adrienne Barbeau’s major cult films, including Swamp Thing, Creepshow, Two Evil Eyes, and a 2002 short called Alice Jacobs Is Dead. The event culminated with a screening of The Fog, Barbeau’s first major… Read more »

Orphan Dreams from Swaziland

Can an argument be made that the documentary form has grown stale? While certainly a unique or exciting subject can overcome the traditional form of “narration-followed by interview sound bite-then more narration,” a quick glance at the documentary page on Netflix is enough to illustrate just how many filmmakers fall back upon the familiar instead… Read more »

Daniel Lombroso: Profile of a D.C. Filmmaker

An American kid from New York, a devout Muslim from Istanbul, and a group of Syriac Orthodox Christians….  It sounds like the beginnings of a tasteless joke, but in actuality it’s the start of a filmmaking career that would eventually include Alt-Right extremists, Left-wing liberals, militant Catholics, and more. Daniel Lombroso grew up in New Rochelle,… Read more »