Independent

By Sean Axmaker
October 18, 2005 - 5:25 AM PDT

In 1968, with Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero not only "turned zombies into metaphors for societal decay," as Liz Cole writes in her zombies primer, he also "[changed] the face of American horror for good." So says Sean Axmaker, who talks with Romero about that landmark film and his latest, Land of the Dead.

Page 10/18/2005 - 12:00am

By Jonathan Marlow
October 11, 2005 - 7:46 AM PDT

If the Symbionese Liberation Army hadn't kidnapped the daughter of a media magnate in 1974, would anyone ever have heard of them? Jonathan Marlow talks with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Robert Stone about his latest, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.

Page 10/11/2005 - 12:00am

By Craig Phillips
September 30, 2005 - 11:00 AM PDT

As Capote, his first narrative feature, opens to widespread acclaim (leading to early Oscar talk for an unforgettable Philip Seymour Hoffman, among other contributors), Bennett Miller confesses to Craig Phillips: his fear of "getting it wrong," and why he waited so long before tackling his first feature. Apparently, for a film Rolling Stone's Peter Travers calls "a movie that doesn't pull its punches - a knockout," the wait was most certainly worth it.

Page 09/30/2005 - 12:00am

By Jonathan Marlow

John Pierson, a major mover and shaker at the dawn of the American independent film movement of the mid-80s to mid-90s, author of Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes and host of the IFC series, Split Screen, got it in his head to take his family to Fiji, run a theater there and show movies for free. Jonathan Marlow talks to John, Janet, Georgia and Wyatt Pierson about their adventure and the film that captures their story, Reel Paradise.

Page 09/02/2005 - 12:00am

By Jonathan Marlow

In these days of penguins and politics, it's easy to forget that documentaries were once an extreme rarity in theaters. With Hoop Dreams, Steve James helped prove audiences would turn out for a great story, regardless of genre. Jonathan Marlow talks with James about how his latest, Reel Paradise, is unlike any film he's worked on before.

Page 09/02/2005 - 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 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

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