Sunday, January 1 1995
Atom Egoyan speaks softly and carefully, in complex sentences. Unexpectedly, this makes our interview difficult, because we’re stuck with a phone line that cuts
I came into films initially on this platform to challenge the representation of women and people of color in the media.
'What kind of society are we living in when the best opportunity for a young person is to take a job that might cost the life of himself or of another?'
The Scared Straight! director insists he's not an expert in prison advocacy and reform, but his passion for the project propels and enlivens our interview.
Daniel Minahan and Brooke Smith sit across from me in one of those bizarre hotel suites that are part comfy lounge area, part board room.
All of these stories in 'Biggie & Tupac' are about the same thing: the position of black Americans has not moved enormously from the Civil Rights days.
Westfeldt and Juergensen are very easy with each other, a result of spending lots of time together since they met at a 5-day theater lab in 1996.
Over the past few years, Kenneth Carlson has made an impression on the documentary scene, earning various nominations, awards, and accolades.
Consistently compelling and jarring, animator Bill Plympton is most comfortable when he's destabilizing everything from the human body to the corporate machines that make the world turn.
I walk in on Ted Demme as he's wolfing down a sandwich.
The 'war on terror' allows them to keep keeping people at Guantánamo until they decide the war on terror is over. So they've taken something that's an abstract idea that can actually go on forever, and that will, on a policy level, affect when people can be released.
John Frankenheimer has been making movies for over thirty years, and yet he remains passionate about his work.
If I didn't believe films had the power to promote social change, I wouldn't make them.
That hero mentality The interviews are running behind schedule. Granted, there’s lots to keep track of, namely, a day’s worth of meetings with
Stacy Peralta, winner of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival Director's Award, wears a sweatshirt and sneakers.
Spike Lee has established a reputation as an innovative and intelligent artist and provocative cultural critic.
Eric Mendelsohn is a quiet guy, thoughtful and self-reflective. His first feature film - which won the 35-year-old Mendelsohn the Directing Award at 1999's Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection in the Cannes Festival's 1999 Un Certain Regard - is a carefully observation of suburban self-delusions and truths.
[As a director,] you have to let spontaneity and chaos live with you, and be able to pick and choose.
The 63-year-old filmmaker doesn't count talking about his work among his favorite activities -- as he puts it, "I have a more physical approach than a cerebral approach, a more athletic approach" -- but he remains enthused about his new documentary, Grizzly Man.