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"I'm lucky everywhere": A talk with Patrick Macnee
By Jonathan Marlow
September 19, 2003 - 11:10 AM PDT

Feisty and funny as hell, Patrick Macnee, now 82, tells Jonathan Marlow about his favorite partner on The Avengers, his experiences working with Michael Powell and countless other highlights of an amazing, ongoing career.  Full Article >>
"80 Fun Minutes": Muller and Bonnitt on Mau Mau
By Jennie Rose
September 15, 2003 - 7:32 PM PDT

The New York Times has called Dan Sonney and David Friedman, sexploitation filmmakers active from the 1930s through the 60s, "venerated scamsters... part of the American tradition of turning the forbidden into a three-ring circus and profit center." Mau Mau Sex Sex tells their story - but its making is quite a story on its own. Jennie Rose talks to director and producer Ted Bonnitt and co-writer and co-producer Eddie Muller.  Full Article >>
The Two Lives or More of Tilda Swinton
By Nina Rehfeld
September 8, 2003 - 5:36 AM PDT

Captivating, haunting, fragile yet steely as hell, Tilda Swinton has graced films ranging from big Hollywood productions like Vanilla Sky to more challenging works from Derek Jarman and Lynn Hershmann-Leeson with her unique beauty and intelligence. Here, she talks about her latest film, Young Adam, about make-up and nude scenes and living "at least two lives."  Full Article >>
Venice 2003
By Sean Axmaker
September 4, 2003 - 8:54 AM PDT

Sean Axmaker revisits his memories of last month's Venice Film Festival, adding brief reviews of many of the out-of-competition rarities he relished most: Five new films from five Asian countries and a handful of seldom-seen gems from Italy.  Full Article >>
"Not to judge but to love humanity": a talk with Samira Makhmalbaf
By Nina Rehfeld
August 30, 2003 - 12:45 PM PDT

Even though Samira Makhmalbaf was the youngest director ever to have a film in competition at Cannes, she isn't the youngest in cinema's most remarkable family to make a film. Nina Rehfeld caught up with her in Cannes this summer where she talked about the ways she approaches her subject and characters and about what she's learned from her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.  Full Article >>
The Enigmatic Independent
By Sean Axmaker
August 11, 2003 - 8:17 AM PDT

For those new to the work of Orson Welles (and for that matter, for those who aren't), Sean Axmaker offers a brisk overview of a career whose melodramatic twists and turns could only be matched by the films he struggled to realize. Bucking the studios, Welles chose his own compromises, setting an example for generations of indie filmmakers to come.  Full Article >>
Brother's Keeper: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
By Jonathan Marlow
July 29, 2003 - 9:51 AM PDT

Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky believe that their award-laden documentaries Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost and Revelations may soon be eclipsed by their latest collaboration, the Metallica film Some Kind of Monster. On the happy occasion of a Docurama release of Brother's Keeper on DVD, Jonathan Marlow and Craig Phillips were able to catch up with the filmmakers about their exceptional careers.  Full Article >>
Escape from Hollywood: a talk with Phillip Noyce
By Nina Rehfeld
July 28, 2003 - 1:43 PM PDT

With the release of The Quiet American on DVD this week, hot on the heels of Rabbit-Proof Fence, we're doubly glad Nina Rehfeld got a chance to talk to director Philip Noyce when he swept through Europe a few weeks ago. The first question is obvious: Why leave Hollywood? It's the questions that follow that get really interesting.  Full Article >>
Generations: a talk with Zhang Yang and Peter Loehr
By Sean Axmaker
July 21, 2003 - 12:36 PM PDT

For audiences delighted by Shower (and quite rightly, too), Quitting, the story of a matinee idol turned drug addict was something of a shock. Sean Axmaker talks to filmmaker Zhang Yang about the inspiration for the sudden shift in tone - and to his producer, Peter Loehr, who founded the first independent film company in China in 1996.  Full Article >>
"Answers to Their Primal Questions": a talk with Julio Medem
By Sean Axmaker
July 14, 2003 - 5:37 AM PDT

Sex and Lucia has quickly become one of the most popular rentals at GreenCine. We thought you might like to know a bit more about the director, Julio Medem, his earlier films, his unique creative process. Hot on the heels of Lucia's release, Sean Axmaker spoke with the man he considers "the most engaging and exciting filmmaker to come out of Spain since Carlos Saura."  Full Article >>
Errol Morris, Robert McNamara and The Fog of War
By Nina Rehfeld
July 7, 2003 - 3:28 PM PDT

Errol Morris has quietly been building one of the most compelling oeuvres in American filmmaking. And his latest work, The Fog of War, is constructed around over 20 hours of one-on-one interviews with one of the most emotionally contested figures of American history, Robert S. McNamara.  Full Article >>
"I always want to try something new": a talk with Takashi Miike
By Sean Axmaker
June 30, 2003 - 3:52 PM PDT

Watching a film directed by Takashi Miike is like... well, as Senses of Cinema has put it, climbing into "another of his rollercoasters where you sit there half in awe and half in complete disbelief." With a fresh and generous handful of films coming in (and more on the way), now is an excellent time to listen in on a conversation Sean Axmaker had last year with the director he calls "Japan's gonzo gun-for-hire."  Full Article >>
Gay Pride Weekend
By GreenCine
June 27, 2003 - 4:34 PM PDT

And there's good, solid, hard-won reason to celebrate this year, bittersweet as that celebration may be. We've asked a few of the writers and editors we admire and enjoy reading one simple question: "What's your favorite GLBT-related film?" They gave us more than titles. One opened his reply with, "Legal at last! In all 50 states!"  Full Article >>
Nothing really works anymore. But love.
By Tom Tykwer
June 23, 2003 - 7:19 AM PDT

"If there's a film this year... that's as subversive as it is visionary, in terms of both content and form, it's Punch-Drunk Love." Coming from Tom Tykwer, that's one serious chunk of acclaim for Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful medley of suspense and danger, anger and isolation. And of course, love.  Full Article >>
"I almost died making it": a talk with Eliseo Subiela
By Jonathan Marlow
June 16, 2003 - 12:14 AM PDT

Intoxicating, lush, sensual, profound, witty, enthralling. These are the sorts of words critics start throwing around when talking about the films of Eliseo Subiela. Dig a bit deeper and you'll find comparisons to Bergman, Fellini, Borges. But as Jonathan Marlow writes, introducing his interview with the Argentine director, "His films suggest their own logic, their own rules."  Full Article >>
SFBFF: Experience and Empowerment
By David Hudson
June 10, 2003 - 3:21 PM PDT

Lathan Hodge's Digitize or Die, a chronicle of Chuck D's drive to put power back into the hands of musicians and filmmakers, is one of over 80 films featured at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, running from June 11 through June 15. This year's theme, "Sharing Our Experiences in Film," emphasizes "the importance of cultural acceptance and empowerment," a strategy not only being projected into the future by artists like Chuck D but also descriptive of the entire history of African-American film.  Full Article >>
Artisan's "HD-DVD": Coming Soon To A Computer Near You
By Ray Cole
June 3, 2003 - 12:10 PM PDT

With the new release of T2: Extreme, home theater enthusiasts are one step closer to what Ray Cole calls their "Holy Grail": The high definition DVD. But of course, it's hardly that simple. With the sort of crystalline clarity you wish came with every instruction manual, Ray explains the challenges facing both the industry and us, the consumers, as the experience of watching movies at home gets better and better, baby step by baby step.  Full Article >>
"Making Film is to Be Inside": a Talk with Claire Denis
By Craig Phillips, with Jonathan Marlow
May 14, 2003 - 4:26 PM PDT

Claire Denis is a sensational filmmaker," J. Hoberman wrote a few years ago. And immediately added, "with all that implies." Craig Phillips concurs. Introducing GreenCine's conversation with Denis, he says of her latest film, Friday Night, "It's the feel, the mood, the music, the hauntingly photographed images that draw you in - but it's the playfulness at work that really enchants."  Full Article >>
Moments of Truth: a talk with Alan Rudolph
By Craig Phillips, with Jonathan Marlow
April 24, 2003 - 3:09 PM PDT

With a TV director as a father and a silent film legend as a neighbor, perhaps it was inevitable that Alan Rudolph would end up behind a camera. But with a 70s maverick as a mentor and collaborator, he might have been just as destined to steer clear of the straight Hollywood line. Rudolph talks to Craig Phillips and Jonathan Marlow about his SFIFF opener, The Secret Lives of Dentists, and about confounding audiences with emotional truths.  Full Article >>
The Currency of Our Time: a talk with Atom Egoyan
By Nina Rehfeld
April 9, 2003 - 4:11 PM PDT

Reel Sculpture: Film into Art, an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art open through August 3, includes works by Abbas Kiarostami, Atom Egoyan and Julião Sarmento. In February, Egoyan headed up the International Jury for the Berlinale, which is when and where Nina Rehfeld talked with him. The Armenian-Canadian filmmaker, born in Egypt, brought along a few questions of his own: "At what point is the creative act sacred and at what point is it evil?"  Full Article >>
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