INTERVIEWS

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Upcoming Doc “Off Country” Lets Survivors and Opponents of Nuclear Testing Do the Talking

Documentary film as digital archive

Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart’s forthcoming documentary “Off country” examines the devastating, still-lingering effects of atomic bomb testing on the communities around the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, the Nevada Test Site and the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado, where plutonium triggers were manufactured until its 1992 shutdown (the latter facility was studied in the galling 1982 ... more >

TRAILBLAZING WOMAN: Illeana Douglas on hosting a show on TCM and women in cinema

Musings on a changing film industry

When last year I spoke with Illeana Douglas we discussed her work highlighting the accomplishments of women behind the camera. We also talked about her involvement as executive producer of the Kino Lorber five-disc collection “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.” As I've discovered, Douglas is continuing her mission by hosting TCM’s annual “Trailblazing Women” series for the second year in a row. ... more >

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A conversation with recipient Kristin Fairweather about Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative

New mentorship program offers clear, forward-looking vision

There is always a time when the topic of Female Directors becomes pertinent. Kathryn Bigelow winning her Oscar for “The Hurt Locker” certainly raised the subject.  But that was seven years ago.  Now, Patty Jenkins’s recent “Wonder Woman” success is picking up the topic.  The problem seems to be continuing the trend.  In an effort do just that, writer/producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story," ... more >

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SHORT NOTICE: Jacobie Gray’s THE BEEHIVE

Gray is a filmmaker as well as an actress
Before cinema she ran auctions for Christie's in London

Short notice is Screen Comment's new column. It is exclusively devoted to short films. Australian filmmaker Jacobie Gray has directed a vivid, modern-day period piece of a relationship of the kind that Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick were famous for. “The Beehive” explores the affinity between an artist and his muse. Gray portrays the avant-garde culture of the New York art scene in the sixties ... more >

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INTERVIEW, Sophie Brooks of “The Boy Downstairs

Brooks is a first-time director
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The Tribeca Film Festival ended on Sunday and, once again, proves what a great outlet for women-made films it is. “The Boy Downstairs,” by newcomer Sophie Brooks, was one of those entertaining and smart films. I had the pleasure of speaking with Brooks about her Tribeca, and feature film debut, as both writer and director. Brooks is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School and her love for the city ... more >

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“Gold Star” deserves five of them | An interview with Victoria Negri

Accomplishing the unaccomplishable
Robert Vaughn and Catherine Curtin
Directed by Victoria Negri

Most first time writer/directors usually take on a short film or several short films before attempting something larger, much less a full-length feature that includes an Oscar-nominated actor. Such was not the case with writer/director/producer and actress Victoria Negri. This quadruple threat has not only accomplished what people double her age (and opposite her sex) haven’t even attempted, but ... more >

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Illeana Douglas, Renaissance Woman

Born from, making, and preserving film history

Self-actualization is her. Not only has Illeana Douglas become one of the most recognized faces in film but she’s run the creative decathlon as writer, director and producer, recently becoming a movie host and best-selling author and collaborating with distributor Kino Lorber on a multi-disc series of female filmmakers from the beginning of the twentieth century, a vibrant tribute to the women ... more >