RESET | Talking with Benjamin Millepied

"Reset" was screened in the SPOTLIGHT section at this year's Tribeca Festival
The Opéra national de Paris co-produced the film
Co-directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

To most people Benjamin Millepied is both the choreographer for Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated film "Black Swan" and the husband of Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, for the same film. In the world of ballet, however, Benjamin Millepied has been a trailblazer for young dancers as the Director of the Paris Opera Ballet during a span of two years starting in 2014. Millepied was at the Tribeca ... more >


A conversation with Nancy Buirski, director of “By Sidney Lumet”

This documentary premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Festival

Before Spielberg, Scorsese and Coppola, there was Sidney Lumet. The six-time Oscar-nominated director brought us the best films in almost every genre including mystery (“Murder on the Orient Express”), courtroom drama (“The Verdict”), crime (“Dog Day Afternoon”), political thriller (“Fail-Safe”) and even musical (“The Wiz”). He’s also perhaps the only director whose career is bookended by two ... more >


INTERVIEW | Lydia Tenaglia, director of “Jeremiah Tower: the last magnificent”

Film premiered at this year's Tribeca Festival
Lydia Tenaglia has worked with Anthony Bourdain on several different projects for television

Who is Jeremiah Tower? Does anyone know? Jeremiah Tower is the first American celebrity chef, a culinary pioneer of American cuisine who started rising to fame in the seventies and has been recognized amongst foodies and culinary circles as the genius behind the style of cooking known as California cuisine. A solitary, outrageous and charismatic figure, Jeremiah Tower makes for a fascinating ... more >


TFF2015 | TALKING with David Oelhoffen, director of “Far from men”

Interview with Director David Oelhoffen
Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb
David Oelhoffen

Screen Comment met with Director David Oelhoffen to discuss his newest film: FAR FROM MEN starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb. Over a good steaming cup of coffee, he explains how a short story: L’Hôte, written sixty years ago by Albert Camus, needed to be made into a film because of the original text’s potency with today’s world. Two men journey to Tinguit, at the break of the Algerian War, ... more >


INTERVIEW | Sally Kirkland, “Archaeology of a woman”

"In Europe, the elders are revered"
An arresting look at the horrors of dementia
Directed by Sharon Greytak

Sharon Greytak’s “Archaeology of a Woman,” now playing in New York, is a scintillating, intimate look at the horrors of dementia crossed with a purposefully disorienting murder mystery. Margaret (Sally Kirkland in riveting form) is a septuagenarian prone to automotive scrapes and violent temper tantrums. Her fortysomething daughter Kate (an equally fine Victoria Clark) is understandably worried ... more >

Kim Shields

Kim Rocco Shields

Don’t call them chick flicks

For some time I’ve been highlighting the great and underrated work of female directors in cinema. Kim Rocco Shields, who I recently got a chance to sit and talk to, is not just a female director: she’s a director, pure and simple, and for my money Rocco is capable of pushing the envelope further than many male directors. Proof of this is her recent short film “Love is All You Need,” which (at ... more >


TRIBECA: pearls of wisdom from GABE COWAN

Owner of New Artists Alliance
Presented two films at Tribeca this year
See also our review of "Just before I go"

So you want to be a filmmaker. Here’s something to keep etched away in your mind, courtesy of writer-director-producer Gabriel Cowan: ‘Just do something’ and ‘make it work.’ Those phrases have kept Gabriel Cowan going for years. He probably felt thus gratified, then, when passing on this advice to an aspiring filmmaker at a recent Q&A here at the Tribeca Festival. In fact, it must have ... more >