INTERVIEWS

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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 >

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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
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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 >

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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 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 >

INTERVIEW: You’ve made our day GILLIAN GREENE

Greene appeared in "Bonanza: The Next Generation"
This is her first feature-length film
She's collaborated with Fran Kranz before

As part of my ongoing series on Women Filmmakers I got to meet Gillian Greene (pictured here with her husband Sam Raimi) after the screening of her feature-length debut “Murder of a Cat." She proved to be as charming as her film was compelling and humorous. Green is the wife of director Sam Raimi and the daughter of legendary actor Lorne Greene, so her connection to show-business is deep. But ... more >