By David D'Arcy
April 14, 2006 - 8:18 AM PDT

Known in the early 90s for his highly unusual (and highly entertaining) approach to music docs (e.g., Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King), filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig disappeared for a while only to return with a work that reaches miles farther and deeper. David D'Arcy talks with him about his moving portrait, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Page 04/14/2006 - 12:00am

By David D'Arcy
March 29, 2006 - 1:19 AM PST

40 years since his first short, just over 30 since his first feature, Shivers, David Cronenberg is still subverting expectations. In a wide-ranging conversation, David D'Arcy asks him about his latest, A History of Violence, his Canadian origins, the Crash controversy, going to Tangiers with William S. Burroughs, the Dead Ringers TV series... for starters.

Page 03/29/2006 - 1:00am

By Sean Axmaker
March 1, 2006 - 3:43 AM PST

Gavin Hood's feature debut got him named one of "Ten Directors to Watch" by Variety. Then, In Desert and Wilderness. Then, silence. For four years. He was working all that time on Tsotsi, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Sean Axmaker talks to the South African director about the influence of varied cultures of a vast continent on his widescreen tale.

Page 03/01/2006 - 1:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
February 21, 2006 - 11:46 PM PST

Between working with Alejandro Jodorowsky and, most recently, making the documentary Rush to War, Robert Taicher has directed features of his own. One of them, Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth, a hit at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in 2002, returned to the Roxie Cinema (and the Elmwood Theatre in Berkeley) in late February. Jonathan Marlow talks with him about his wide-ranging career.

Page 02/21/2006 - 1:00am

By Sean Axmaker
February 20, 2006 - 1:34 PM PST

"Pablo Berger's Torremolinos '73 is one of the funniest and slyest satires ever to come out of Spain," writes Sean Axmaker, who talks with the director about the political, cultural and sexual repression under Franco - and how his characters find ways to indulge ravenously anyway.

Page 02/20/2006 - 1:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
February 15, 2006 - 1:13 PM PST

Writing in the New York Times, Dennis Lim recently called Carlos Reygadas's second feature, Battle in Heaven, "an anomaly among today's explicit art films, which often deploy sex more as a stunt than a subversion." Jonathan Marlow spoke with the controversial director at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Page 02/15/2006 - 1:00am

By David D'Arcy
February 10, 2006 - 11:57 AM PST

CSA: The Confederate States of America "exhibits a canny aptitude for using its wealth of make-believe details as a prism for our contemporary culture's continuing legacy of tense racial inequality," Nick Schager has written in Slant. The premise: the South won the Civil War. What happened then? David D'Arcy talks to the maker of this faux documentary, Kevin Willmott.

Page 02/10/2006 - 1:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
January 18, 2006 - 12:14 PM PST

When we next see L.Q. Jones, it'll be in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion in the spring, more than fifty years and scores of film and television roles since his onscreen debut. From his late 2003 conversation with Jonathan Marlow, though, you can tell that the achievement he's most proud of is having made the cult science fiction favorite, A Boy and His Dog.

Page 01/18/2006 - 1:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
December 18, 2005 - 12:25 PM PST

Veit Helmer has just been named one of twelve finalists in the running for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. A perfect opportunity to run for the first time a conversation Jonathan Marlow had with Helmer last year about his work with Wim Wenders and his own films, Tuvalu and Gate to Heaven.

Page 12/18/2005 - 1:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
November 14, 2005 - 2:24 PM PST

Renegade filmmaker and Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish has made a musical comedy about real estate. Film Threat calls Open House (more) "a funny, fast-paced and above all very unique film." Jonathan Marlow asks him about his Oscar campaign, starting a film festival and the film scene in Nebraska.

Page 11/14/2005 - 1:00am

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