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INTERVIEW: Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance of “Slay the Dragon”

Pushing back on gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Colorado and Michigan and across the rest of the nation
(April 3, 2020; runtime: 101 min.)

The 2020 Census is upon us, and its results will determine how much representation each district will get in the House of Representatives. But for decades there have been various attempts to cheat the system in a trick called gerrymandering, wherein voting districts are redrawn to effectively divide certain blocs and thus reduce their collective representative power in Congress. “Slay the ... more >

TALKING with the cast of “Gentefied,” the newest NETFLIX comedy

This is the first cast of characters to speak Spanglish like a boss

Much like the relationships between the native-born children and their Mexican immigrant parents in the new Netflix series “Gentefied,” many of the actors in the series grew up under similar circumstances. “I’m first-generation born here. My mom speaks English fluently and perfectly because she was actually born in the Dominican Republic but moved to New York when she was young,” said actress ... more >

This land was made for you and me. We talked with Ariel Tweto, John Herrington and Jennifer Pharr Davis of “Into America’s Wild,” made for IMAX by Greg MacGillivray

Connect to your inner trailblazer

If you can’t physically go to see America’s National Parks and Monuments, the next best thing is to see them in IMAX. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Journey to the South Pacific,” “National Parks Adventure”) has returned to the scene of the country’s wildest, most beautiful places with his new IMAX adventure, “Into America’s Wild.” Narrated by Morgan Freeman (who else?), the ... more >

INTERVIEW: “We got a lot of work to do” (The Assistant” director KITTY GREEN)

"The Assistant" premiered at Sundance last month

Much like Jane, the never-named hero of her film “The Assistant,” writer-director Kitty Green began her career in media at a production company. She wanted to be in the film business, where starting off at the bottom was the typical first step to where she now finds herself after years of hard work. Green, who is Australian, screened “The Assistant” at Sundance, and sat down with me in ... more >

Our TOP TEN FILMS from Sundance

"Miss Americana," "The Dissident" "Leap of Faith," "Love Fraud" and the rest

It’s great when enterprising filmmakers put their best foot forward; it’s a hard job, and any and all recognition helps their work to achieve at least some notoriety. Here are some films from Sundance—and a bonus pick from Slamdance—that need to be seen as soon as possible. Keep your eyes peeled for these great films. “The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me” Cedric Cheung-Lau has made ... more >

SUNDANCE 2020: catching up with Andy Samberg and the cast of “Palm Springs” on the red carpet (there’s more)

Park City, Ut. - So many movies, so many stars—and so many red carpets. At Sundance, this week, I was able to get some facetime with the makers and stars of a select few films on the press lines (while being shut out of a few others, naturally). Andy Samberg was in town for the premiere of “Palm Springs,” for which he both starred in and acted as producer. The film stars Cristin Milioti (“The ... more >

SUNDANCE INTERVIEW: “Assassins” is ripe for a series, it’s got so many twists and turns (director Ryan White)

[Documentary]
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures

Park City, Ut. - To even describe it seems ludicrous: recruit two young women, who think they will be part of a hidden-camera prank show, to inadvertently assassinate Kim Jong-nam, the dissident half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In an airport. In broad daylight. With hundreds of witnesses and cameras recording it all. This isn’t the plot for a spy thriller, but rather the ... more >