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 >


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 >

Neil Labute

New York playwright and filmmaker opens up about "Some Girls"

A Neil LaBute play or film isn’t complete, typically, unless one of its central characters turns out to be outlandishly evil (and they weren’t that nice to begin with). Think of Aaron Eckhart as the oily corporate ladder-climber in “In the Company of Men,” who convinces his weaselly co-worker to take revenge on the jilting females of the world by cruelly deceiving a vulnerable deaf woman. Or Jason ... more >

Asia in so many words

The director speaks about her latest film project
"Era Di Marzo," starring Bianca D'Amato
Directed by Asia Argento

Italian, sybarite, lover of beauty, jaded, intellectual, addicted to work, professional, charismatic. I picture myself shaking these words in a tumbler and throwing them onto the rug to see how they will land. Asia Argento's influences, whether in music or in film, run the gamut, but only insofar as it is worthy of being called art. She's stuck to her guns, having appeared in films by Gus Van ... more >

Sam Neave

Everything you've wanted to know about the art of filmmaking

Even Sam Neave is quick to admit that the material of “Almost in love,” his latest romantic dramedy, is shared by countless films that have come to disenchant him with their overdone depictions of the afflictions of yuppiehood. And yet, ten years later Neave returns to the universe of urban sophisticates his debut “Cry Funny Happy” depicted in 2003 intent on exploring the depths of the ... more >

Vik Sahay

"Chuck" actor talks about his upcoming projects

There's a reservedness about actor Vik Sahay. Chalk it up to his Canadian roots, or to the impeccable geek M.O. he cultivated in "Chuck," the highly successful NBC series which ran from September 2007 until this past January. Sahay's studiousness is like that of a theatre actor's, and yet he's perfectly at home doing movie and TV work. With a role in Universal’s "American Reunion," a leading part ... more >