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Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"The Monterey International Pop Festival forever altered world culture and music when it was held June 16 - 18, 1967. Monterey Pop drew hundreds of thousands of people to Monterey in Northern California. For one weekend, the harsh realities of the Vietnam War, student unrest, the Cold War, racism, urban riots, poverty and domestic politics were suspended and even transcended." -- Edna Gundersen, USA Today, March 2, 2007

The fortieth anniversary of Monterey Pop is upon us. To mark the occasion a special screening will take place tomorrow; Saturday March 17th at SXSW preceded by a panel featuring Lou Adler, Andrew Oldham and Michelle Phillips from The Mamas and The Papas. Read on for the second part of our interview with director D.A. Pennebaker, conducted by Jonathan Marlow.

Blog entry 03/16/2007 - 2:30pm

By Adam Hartzell

"I want to make a film that satisfies me first, especially in terms of aesthetic qualities and in terms of truthfulness... If I can have 50,000 people who really like my film, and who can understand what I'm trying to deliver, then that suits me very well. Numbers are not really that important." - Hong Sang-soo, Interview with J. Scott Burgeson, Bug Vol. 3 (1998).

Famed Korean master Hong Sang-soo, recipient of a special retrospective at this year's SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival, will be in San Francisco attending the festival. Catch this years SFIAAFF starting March 15th and ending March 25th.

Blog entry 03/15/2007 - 4:58pm

By Heather Johnson

"Spiritual and/or religious themes permeate films of nearly all genres and budgetary means, either blatantly obvious or nestled elusively between the lines. But whether low-key comedy or bold, intellectual drama, many films with a mission ultimately fall into the spiritual or religious category, as each category bears its own characteristics. What follows are two interwoven "sub-primers," if you will. The two subgenres have much in common, but use different approaches to get their message across. The spiritual film takes an inner-directed road to our quest for higher purpose. The film may point to divine principles, but it may also inspire us to forge our own path toward discovering our true nature..."

Blog entry 03/14/2007 - 1:17pm

The Perfect Crime: Also known by its more humorous, ironic title, "El Crimen Ferpecto", Alex de la Iglesia's black comedy features the director's patent mix of violence and farce. "Antic and outrageous," wrote the New York Times, "a bright, gaudy and tremendously satisfying ride."

A "gorgeous film to look at, shot and cut with pizzazz and filled with pitch-perfect characters and performances," adds Twitch.

Jonathan Marlow interviewed the director about the film and his other works.

Blog entry 03/13/2007 - 12:55pm

by Sean Axmaker

"Is Ed Wood the worst director who ever lived? Harry and Michael Medved crowned the cross-dressing auteur with that dubious honor in the their backhanded tribute to trash cinema The Golden Turkey Awards, and his reputation has since grown to mythic proportions." A brand new collection of Ed Wood's films have been released on DVD; The Ed Wood Collection - A Salute to Incompetence. Read on as Sean Axmaker revisits Woods' career and the indelible impression he left on cult cinema.

 

Blog entry 03/13/2007 - 12:29pm

By Sean Axmaker
September 8, 2006 - 4:40 AM PDT

The black comedy Expiration Date has been winning over audiences at festivals across the country. Director Rick Stevenson tells Sean Axmaker about his highly unusual distribution model - example: the film opens in LA at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on September 14 - and why he believes regional filmmaking will play a major role in the future of indies.

Page 03/12/2007 - 12:59pm

By Sara Schieron

"While Mira Nair was dubbing for Vanity Fair, star Gabriel Byrne came to her raving about Jhumpa Lahiri's debut novel, The Namesake. The novel, which follows the Ganguli family from their arranged marriage in Calcutta through their immigration to New York and the growth of their son, is ideal material for Nair, whose films are often about people creating paths between old ways and new surroundings. Perhaps it wasn't such a coincidence that Byrne caught Nair mid-read." Sarah Schieron caught up with Nair to discuss her new film. The Namesake opens in theaters today.

Blog entry 03/09/2007 - 12:59pm

Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"Graphic designer, music video and commercial director Mike Mills has made his first feature, Thumbsucker. In a wide-ranging and candid talk with Jonathan Marlow, he recalls the challenges and triumphs, confesses to an obsessive love for one film and speculates about his wide open future." Mike Mills will be screening his second and newest film; Does Your Soul Have a Cold - a feature length documentary about the introduction of antidepressants in Japan - this weekend at SXSW.

Blog entry 03/08/2007 - 7:13pm

Interview By David D'Arcy

"If you're at a loss for what to make of the official US rhetoric on our momentum toward victory in Iraq, see the documentaries of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein. They made Gunner Palace, one of the best docs on the war in Iraq from the point of view of US soldiers two years ago..." Tucker and Epperlein's new doc; The Prisoner, Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair opened at last years Toronto International film festival and will be screening this Saturday at SXSW. David D'Arcy spoke with Michael Tucker about the films, and how the stories came together...

Blog entry 03/08/2007 - 5:28pm

Interviewed By Susan Gerhard
November 17, 2006

"The book Fast Food Nation - a richly reported and thickly described literary investigation into the bowels of your everyday burger - was initially an article in Rolling Stone before it became a bestseller, spawned a children's book, instigated a movement, and morphed into a movie by Richard Linklater. If it didn't feel so wrong, you could almost say that it has, by now, become franchised..." Eric Schlosser tells Susan Gerhard how he worked with Richard Linklater to turn his bestselling exposéem>Fast Food Nation into what Film Comment's Kent Jones calls an "unassuming film, one of the most politically astute to come out of this country in quite some time."

Blog entry 03/06/2007 - 11:09am

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