By Jonathan Marlow

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.

Page 08/05/2005 - 12:00am

By Jonathan Marlow

"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.

Page 07/27/2005 - 12:00am

By Craig Phillips

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.

Page 07/22/2005 - 12:00am

By David D'Arcy

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.

Page 07/18/2005 - 12:00am

By Tamara Lees

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.

Page 07/11/2005 - 12:00am

By Sean Axmaker

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.

Page 07/04/2005 - 12:00am

By Francine Taylor

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.

Twist of Faith is now out on DVD.

Page 06/30/2005 - 12:00am

By Craig Phillips

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."

Page 06/20/2005 - 12:00am

By Jonathan Marlow

Ariannélmer 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.

Page 06/14/2005 - 12:00am

By David D'Arcy

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.

Page 06/12/2005 - 12:00am

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