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Juggler in Vegas: Penn Jillette
By Jonathan Marlow
August 5, 2005 - 5:47 AM PDT

The Aristocrats is a runaway hit, currently pulling in more per screen than any other movie out there. Jonathan Marlow talks to Penn Jillette about how he and director Paul Provenza came up with the idea and about the origins of the Penn & Teller partnership, his past movies, his radio show... and magic around the world.  Full Article >>
 
Gus Van Sant: "A cinema that might have existed"
By Sean Axmaker
August 3, 2005 - 1:02 AM PDT

How are we to take Last Days? As Gus Van Sant's version of what Kurt Cobain was actually up to right until that last moment? Or Michael Pitt's? Or something else entirely? And how long can Van Sant afford to carry on in the unconventional vein of Gerry and Elephant? Sean Axmaker asks him.  Full Article >>
 
In the Mood for Leung
By Jonathan Marlow
July 27, 2005 - 2:18 AM PDT

"I love to do different movies, different roles, but usually Wong Kar-wai's movies are the most challenging," Tony Leung Chiu Wai tells Jonathan Marlow in a conversation about his approach to roles in some of Hong Kong's most widely regarded and successful films.  Full Article >>
 
We Jam Econo: A Film About The Minutemen
By Craig Phillips
July 22, 2005 - 2:47 AM PDT

A new film aims to school the world about the power of the seminal punk band The Minutemen, whose creative force was at its very peak when brought to a tragic halt. We Jam Econo is a sorely overdue eulogy of sorts; Craig Phillips spoke with co-director Tim Irwin by phone about the making of the film and the power of the music.  Full Article >>
 
Gidi Dar: Guest Among the Ultra-Orthodox
By David D'Arcy
July 18, 2005 - 10:08 AM PDT

Ushpizin, screening as part of this summer's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, has been something of a phenomenon in Israel, a film about Hasidim, starring Hasidim - who rarely, if ever, see movies themselves. David D'Arcy talks to self-taught director Gidi Dar about how his seemingly impossible film got made.  Full Article >>
 
Jenni Olson and The Joy of Life
By Tamara Lees
July 11, 2005 - 10:51 AM PDT

With her award-winning first feature, The Joy of Life, touring the west coast (the Castro Theatre in San Francisco and the Rialto in Santa Rosa), Tamara Lees asked filmmaker Jenni Olson about its making - from the original concept through to the last-minute transfer before its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year.  Full Article >>
 
Ross McElwee's "Replication of Reality"
By Sean Axmaker
July 4, 2005 - 3:26 AM PDT

Nearly twenty years ago, Sherman's March became one of the most unusual art-house hits in movie history. Now Bright Leaves, just out on DVD, is winning accolades and new audiences for documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee. Sean Axmaker talks to him about his mentors and his uniquely engaging form of first-person narrative.  Full Article >>
 
"Twist of Faith is their story."
By Francine Taylor
June 30, 2005 - 6:19 AM PDT

Kirby Dick's Twist of Faith, nominated for an Academy Award, has sparked urgent discussion of the devastating effects on people's lives of sexual abuse by the clergy. Francine Taylor listens to the victims and those seeking to help them.  Full Article >>
 
"Hope is a choice": Yes
By Hannah Eaves
June 27, 2005 - 5:08 AM PDT

London. An Irish-American scientist sparks an illicit affair with a Lebanese doctor. In iambic pentameter. Yes is hardly a run-of-the-mill love story, but then, director Sally Potter has never been one to play by the rules. Hannah Eaves talks with her and her two leads, Simon Abkarian and Joan Allen, about love and anger in a post-9/11 world - and about optimism.  Full Article >>
 
The Miranda Act: Miranda July and You and Everyone We Know
By Craig Phillips
June 20, 2005 - 9:54 AM PDT

Artist-actress-filmmaker-writer Miranda July is so hyphenated she's hard to keep up with, and has had to rev herself up even further with the release of her startlingly good feature debut Me and You and Everyone We Know. Craig Phillips caught up with her long enough to shed light on the process of making the indie film Roger Ebert tagged "[T]he best I've seen this year at Sundance...delicate, tender, poetic, and yet so daring in some of its scenes that you sit in uncertain suspense."  Full Article >>
 
Arianné Ulmer Cipes: "Everything was exploding at the same time"
By Jonathan Marlow
June 14, 2005 - 2:58 PM PDT

Arianné Ulmer Cipes has worked ceaselessly to preserve the legacy of her father, the great "King of the B's," Edgar G. Ulmer. In April, the San Francisco International Film Festival screened a documentary she produced, Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen. Soon after, Jonathan Marlow spoke with her about its making and her father's continent-hopping, genre-busting, era-bridging career.  Full Article >>
 
Brad Anderson: "The real horror is within"
By Alison Veneto
June 6, 2005 - 11:09 AM PDT

Difficult to typify or classify, the films of Brad Anderson continue to draw critical buzz but not always a big audience. His highly praised and rather dark film The Machinist did little to change that pattern, but is due for a new appreciation upon its DVD release. The director looks back on his work so far and to the future, including a rumored Crazies remake, in an engaging chat with Alison Veneto.  Full Article >>
 
Rob Nilsson: "Put yourself out there and trust reality"
By Jonathan Marlow
June 1, 2005 - 9:34 AM PDT

Rob Nilsson is the first American director to win both the Camera d'Or at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. On the occasion of the world premiere of his newest film, Security, in the GreenCine Online Film Festival, Jonathan Marlow talks to him about his fiercely independent career, spanning nearly thirty years.  Full Article >>
 
Adam Curtis: "I'm a modern journalist."
By Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow
May 30, 2005 - 7:17 AM PDT

The work of Adam Curtis - specifically, two episodes of his Pandora's Box, Goodbye Mrs. Ant and The Brink of Eternity - will be screened this week at the Green Screen Film Festival in San Francisco. As a follow-up to David D'Arcy's interview, focusing on The Power of Nightmares, Hannah Eaves, Jonathan Marlow and Tom Luddy talk to Curtis about his unique approach to storytelling.  Full Article >>
 
Music to My Eyes
By Michael A. Weiss
May 22, 2005 - 11:45 PM PDT

In December, entertainment lawyer Michael A. Weiss offered tips to indie filmmakers on getting completed work out and about in the big wide world. This week, he presents advice on all that needs to be considered before laying down a soundtrack.  Full Article >>
 
"A Growing Public Distrust": Adam Curtis
By David D'Arcy
May 12, 2005 - 5:15 AM PDT

When The Power of Nightmares was first broadcast on the BBC late last year, it drew record audiences in the UK for a political documentary. The three-part series has since been a hit on the festival circuit in the US and is screening at Cannes this year. David D'Arcy talks to filmmaker Adam Curtis about the doc and about how neoconservative notions of reality are rattling the world.  Full Article >>
 
Todd Solondz: The Master of Misanthropy Returns
By Craig Phillips
May 6, 2005 - 2:47 PM PDT

Todd Solondz, the master of misery, misanthropy and discomfort, is back with a new film as sure to provoke as any of his previous works: Palindromes. GreenCine's Craig Phillips caught up with the man critic David Thomson called "an exemplary figure in a group of 'nasty' filmmakers," to talk about the pains of production, all the Avivas in Palindromes, whether or not to laugh, and, yes, the "A" word.  Full Article >>
 
"The Structure of Human Life": Kim Ki-duk
By Jonathan Marlow
May 2, 2005 - 12:26 AM PDT

From the pages of Film Comment and Cinema Scope to festivals in Berlin, Venice, and this year, Cannes, fans of Korean cinema are arguing, often furiously, about Kim Ki-duk. Jonathan Marlow talks with the director about, among many other things, how the "Kim Ki-duk style" plays in the US.  Full Article >>
 
"Free to Investigate": Hal Hartley
By Hannah Eaves
April 24, 2005 - 11:39 PM PDT

Jonathan Rosenbaum has called Hal Hartley's The Girl From Monday (screening this weekend at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco) as "flaky, funny and sexy," but it's also rather dense and quite different from his earlier work. Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow talk to Hartley about the evolution of his work and his latest project, Possible Films.  Full Article >>
 
"From zero to 100 instantaneously": Taguchi Tomorowo
By Sean Axmaker
April 17, 2005 - 9:47 PM PDT

Sean Axmaker talks with the extraordinarily affable Taguchi Tomorowo about how a Japanese punk rocker became a favorite actor for directors such as Tsukamoto Shinya, Takashi Miike, Sabu, Ryuichi Hiroki and Imamura Shohei.  Full Article >>
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