Interviews

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

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

During a recent conversation with Mark and Michael Polish, both 36, about their new movie The Astronaut Farmer, several questions came up about insiders and outsiders. For example, the Polish brothers made their debut with the quirky indie film Twin Falls Idaho (1999), in which the identical twins appeared as Siamese twins. It received some good notices and took in nearly double its initial cost, but it didn't exactly catapult the brothers into the mainstream.

Blog entry 02/28/2007 - 2:02pm

interviewed by Jonathan Marlow, 21-February-2007

 

"Arguably the most unconventional documentary to air on television this year, Black Sun uses a series of remarkable audio interviews as a foundation for distinct ways of seeing the world around us. The film has played numerous festivals to much acclaim since its 2005 debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Viewers tuning in to the program (Cinemax, 28-February, 7:00pm ET/PT ) relatively unawares will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and innovative account of overcoming adversity."

Blog entry 02/28/2007 - 1:34pm

" In the midst of a tribute presented by the Documentary Film Institute last year, Jonathan Marlow had the opportunity to speak with D.A. Pennebaker about his remarkable fifty-year career. Best known for his music films, such as Monterey Pop and Down from the Mountain, Pennebaker is also responsible for a number of exceptional political documentaries -- The War Room, as director, Al Franken: God Spoke, as producer..." Pennebaker's outstanding documentary Don't Look Back starring Bob Dylan has been re-released with some spectacular extras, including 20 hours of never before seen footage accompanied by a 168 page booklet. Don't miss this re-issue!

Blog entry 02/27/2007 - 2:49pm

"It can, and should, be argued that you can make a bad movie out of a good script but you cannot make a good movie out of a bad script. If the screenplay has such impact on the resulting film, why does the preponderance of credit go to the director of the picture while the writer gets mentioned as an afterthought, if at all?" Jonathan Marlow spoke with screenwriter David Koepp about his craft and some of the films he's worked on including but not limited to; Spider-Man, Apartment Zero (now on DVD) and War of the Worlds.

Blog entry 02/20/2007 - 1:00pm

The much lauded film drama Babel has made it's way to DVD, so let's take the opportunity to revisit our interview with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Michael Guillen spoke with Arriaga this past October.

Blog entry 02/20/2007 - 12:41pm

Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmejer's latest film Lunacy is now on DVD. Jonathan Marlow attended a roundtable discussion with Svankmejer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam last year. That transcript is featured here for your reading pleasure.

Blog entry 02/20/2007 - 12:25pm
Blog entry 02/14/2007 - 4:39pm

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