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Alicia Malone: ‘Growing up in Australia, all films were foreign to me’

The TCM Host talks to Rudy Cecera about growing up Aussie and cinephilia in a film industry where opportunities for women are improving, too slowly

Although home isolation maybe getting to some, this is the perfect time to catch up on some classic films and the network synonymous with those is Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Last month, I had the great pleasure of speaking with host, author and film historian Eddie Muller. I am happy to now bring Alicia Malone into the conversation. Malone has been engrossed in film from her early beginnings in ... more >

In the era of the pandemic some dedicated film professionals move mountains to help hospital workers

Catering trucks are high-jacked and donation drives launched

With the coronavirus pandemic having effectively shuttered production in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, some enterprising film industry veterans are redirecting the industry’s network and muscle to ensure that the populous area’s first responders are fed. Hospital and EMS workers have been pulling incredibly long and taxing shifts amid the pandemic—-many are so ... more >

NEWS: Celine’s artistic director Hedi Slimane curates selection of films on Mubi

A panel that shows diversity and versatility

Besides being passionate about music, Hedi Slimane (featured image) is also fascinated with cinema. The artistic director of Celine has teamed up with Mubi to offer up his own selection of cult films and Hollywood gold, a welcome respite from the daily grind from the couch to the fridge and then to the washer-dryer. Slimane's personal festival includes, "Pierrot Le Fou," "Night Tide," "Paris, ... more >

OPINION: #cannesfestival2020, an enigma wrapped in mystery with a cliffhanger that’s … never coming?

The festival's latest press release about when and how it will take place this year is a strange bird

And  now, for the Cannes Festival press release that announces little, leaves much to speculation and wraps up with a note of mystery while flirting with contradiction--and causes much collective eye-rolling in people, one would assume? It did in me, at least. I am rolling my eyes right now, at this strange bird of a message received in my inbox at 6 p.m. Paris time this Tuesday. It began ... more >

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 >

Covid-19 claims the life of Paris-based Iranian documentary filmmaker

Kioumars Derambakhsh, the Iranian director, documentary maker and still photographer, died in Paris of COVID 19, on March 31st. During his long career, his many interests and wide culture caused him to direct a number of documentaries on a range of subjects, (including a thirteen-episode series on the drawings of Eugène Flandin, famed French 19th-century traveler to Iran, or ancient Armenian ... more >

PREVIEW: Boring down on US-China relations with “Better Angels”

Beyond misperceptions, a mutual understanding?

On January 29th, 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Chinese Deputy Premier Deng Xiaoping signed historic accords, reversing years of U.S. opposition to China. But now, on the forty-year anniversary of this normalization, the U.S. and China are at the threshold of what many fear is a new cold war. “Better Angels,” a documentary directed by two-time Academy Award winner Malcolm Clarke, explores the ... more >