Interview: Lorenzo Vigas Talks Venezuela’s Oscar Submission ‘From Afar’

After winning the top prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival with his debut feature “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas has emerged as one of Latin America’s most promising filmmakers. Centered around an unlikely relationship between two men, his distinctly Venezuelan film explores themes surrounding homophobia, the generation gap and the class divide with impressive formalist control. […]

Interview: Boo Junfeng on the Controversial Humanity of ‘Apprentice’

Tackling a controversial social issue like the death penalty is always a risky proposition for any filmmaker. But when such a topical subject is handled by a thoughtful director like Singapore’s Boo Junfeng, then you know you’re in good hands. I recently spoke with this up-and-coming director, whose latest film “Apprentice” examines the personal and […]

Pavel Giroud

Interview: Pavel Giroud Talks Cuba’s Oscar Submission ‘The Companion’

There have been a number of AIDS-themed films over the years, but you’ll hardly find one quite like “The Companion.” This story of an unlikely friendship in a uniquely Cuban setting provides a fascinating window to the past. And with the film’s selection as the official Cuban entry for the Oscars, director Pavel Giroud hopes […]

Interview: Talking Climate Change With ‘Before the Flood’ Director Fisher Stevens

As an actor, director, producer and writer, Fisher Stevens is one of the most dedicated persons in the film industry. From his early days in front of the camera, he has lately branched into significant directing and producing work related to one of his biggest passions – protecting the environment. For his latest effort “Before […]

Interview: Director Rémi Chayé and Producer Henri Magalon talk ‘Long Way North’

Animation director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon are no strangers to awards season, having worked on nominated films “The Secret of Kells” and “Ernest and Celestine.” And with Chayé’s debut feature “Long Way North,” they may have another contender to add to their filmography. In this progressive female-centric film, an aristocratic Russian girl defies conventions […]

INTERVIEW: Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Bryan Sipe, and Jean-Marc Vallee talk ‘Demolition’

Conversation, or the lack thereof in many cases, hangs over almost all of Demolition, the new film from director Jean-Marc Vallee opening this weekend. Whether it’s star Jake Gyllenhaal or supporting players like Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, and Naomi Watts, the characters in this Bryan Sipe penned movie struggle to explain themselves and what’s going […]

Interview: Oscar-winning ‘Triple 9’ composer Atticus Ross on why he thrives with collaboration

Composer and music producer Atticus Ross won an Oscar with his writing partner Trent Reznor for their score for The Social Network. They worked together for David Fincher’s next two films The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, but when he’s not working with Reznor he’s often working with his wife Claudia Sarnes and his brother Leopold Ross. […]

Oscar Nominated Short ‘Day One:’ A Conversation with Star Layla Alizada

The Best Live Action Short Film category at this year’s Oscars is packed with talent. Chief among them is “Day One,” the AFI master’s thesis brainchild of writer and director Henry “Hank” Hughes. “Day One” features Feda, a US Army interpreter, and her first day in Afghanistan that goes horribly wrong. The film is told […]