In this interview with documentary maker Phil Cox and producer Giovanna Stoppani, we learn how they made a film about an artist in absolute solitude, funk and soul singer Betty Davis.
The program at SEEYOUSOUND International Music Film Festival includes competitive sections of music videos, shorts, and feature film.
Suzanne Crocker and her family spent spend nine months in the bush in a small cabin with no electricity, no running water, and no clocks. She did however, bring a camera.
"The rangers risk their lives every day because of their hope for the park, and the hope that this amazing place promises for Eastern Congo."
"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.
"If there was an obstacle, then we tried to overcome. I don’t like to say it just to be bold, but I think it’s always good to have situations of confrontation. And that is the only way to go about it."
"I am excited about the fact that my presence at Sundance is inspiring a lot of people," says Aurora Guerrero. "It is an opening of a door. It is, 'Yes, you can!'”
"Through my relationship with Audre [Lorde], one thing I learned is that I could not just assume that the other person would judge and accept or reject me. It was something that I had to keep working on, recreating the trust."
"I really like to work on empathy and identification,' says Céline Sciamma. "I want everybody to connect and say, 'This is the childhood of today, but this could be my childhood as well.' I think cinema is about building a universe and about playing between what’s real and what’s not."
What if I make the work that really, really touches people? And they feel, “Hey, my God, that’s genuine human emotion put out there for all the right reasons." I guess I am entirely an idealist. I believe that authentic communication can cut through.
"Cinemabiente means films that reflect the world, or act like a mirror of society. At the same time, they cause the viewer to reflect."
"If we wait (for a time without enough oil), then it is going to be very, very rough for us all. It’s not a question of if or when it will happen, it’s a question of how it will happen," says the director of A Crude Awakening.
In person, Pratibha Parmar appears calm and gracious, little like the courageous warrior woman we know her to be. She talks easily about her vision and desire to tell stories not usually told on the screen.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John combines home movies, archival footage, and recent imagery to consider the far from simple life of a flamboyant farmer. PopMatters interviews filmmaker and subject, Taggart Siegel and John Peterson.
"I started out as a feminist activist when I was about 18 or 19, marching as an anti-war activist and lesbian feminist. Here I am 55 years old, and I'm having to fight for exactly the same issues all over again, with an enemy, an implacable enemy, who keeps coming back at me as if we have not been fighting for 35 years to establish these rights."