By Cathleen Rountree

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister to Ralph and Joseph), was a popular draw at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. A blueprint for approaching cinema through a psychoanalytic lens, the three-part series consists of substantial film clips and tongue-in-cheek, meticulously recreated settings of famous films (Melanie under siege on Bodega Bay in The Birds; a cadaverous Mrs. Bates in the basement of Psycho; a lunatic Frank on the couch in the unquestionably "perverted" Blue Velvet).

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema is currently working the festival circuit -- You can search dates and locations here.

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay area, the film will be screening at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts May 3rd - May 6th. For times and ticket info click here.

Blog entry 05/04/2007 - 12:55am

By Sean Axmaker

There's an introduction that puts an unexpected burden on an interview. "I promised myself that by Christmas I could stop," explains Kelly Reichardt at the beginning of our phone interview, conducted back in December. She laughs and continues: "I ran out of things to say about the film a long time ago. But woo-hoo, here we go."

Old Joy--a GreenCine Best of 2006 title--is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 05/02/2007 - 12:57am

By Shade Rupe

With El Topo and The Holy Mountain seeing a limited theatrical release earlier this year, and now, at long last, official DVD releases as well, most of the well-justified hoopla has focused on these films as cult classics, landmarks in the early history of the pre-video era's "midnight movie" phenomenon. Some of the coverage has gone further, telling the story of the dispute between Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Beatles manager Allen Klein, who has owned the rights to these films and kept them out of circulation for three decades.

Blog entry 05/02/2007 - 12:55am

By Cathleen Rountree

Upon first meeting one of the great humanist filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda, last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by his modesty and peacefulness, characteristics embodied also by Soza (Junichi Okada), the reluctant swordsman/hero in Kore-eda.s most recent film Hana, screening this week at SFIFF. An aficionada of his four previous films: Maborosi (1996), After Life (1999), Distance (2002), and Nobody Knows (2004), I was ecstatic at the opportunity to meet and speak with this foremost world cinema director, who, as far as I.m concerned, should be considered one of Japan.s Living Treasures.

Blog entry 04/30/2007 - 12:55am

By Jonathan Marlow

On the occasion of the U.S. Premiere of Les Blank.s latest documentary, All in this Tea, at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Jonathan Marlow spoke with the remarkably accomplished filmmaker about his legendary career. What follows is the first of two parts.

The San Francisco International Film Festival is underway! Click here for more info.

Blog entry 04/29/2007 - 12:56pm

By Jonathan Marlow







As Al Franken: God Spoke segues from the festival circuit to a video store near you, Jonathan Marlow talks with directors Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob about capturing a dynamic personality during an emotionally charged campaign - and about their many years of working together and their contributions to the American documentary, often in collaboration with Hegedus's husband and partner, D.A. Pennebaker.

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By Jonathan Marlow

Stephen and Timothy Quay's first live-action feature in eleven years, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, is, among many things, "a tragic fairy tale drenched in otherworldly visual splendor," as Nick Schager has put it for Slant. Jonathan Marlow spoke with the Quay Brothers at their London studio in February, 2006; this is the first part of their conversation - the Second half can be read here.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers, are now available on DVD.

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