Filmmaker Marlo Poras discusses the making of Run Granny Run, a film about political activist Doris HaddockOctober 4th, 2007 | Michele Meek
And check out Michele's interview with documentarian Marlo Poras about the making of Run Granny Run, a film about political activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock.
It's no ordinary day when a 90-year old grandmother sets out on a walk across the United States to make a point, and Doris "Granny D" Haddock is no ordinary woman. The protagonist of Run Granny Run spent 14 months in 2000 on her cross-country journey to bring attention to campaign finance reform.
The complicated ethics of making a film about your familyOctober 3rd, 2007 | Erin Trahan
Family secrets are kind of like community secrets,” observes filmmaker and Duke University professor Tom Rankin. “The energy that guards them really inflates their value.” In Airing Your Dirty Laundry, Erin Trahan talks with filmmakers Doug Birch (51 Birch Street) and Lucia Small (My Father, The Genius) about the difficult choices they were compelled to make when they decided to make films about their families.
Doug Block wasn’t sure he had a film yet. His mother had passed away and he was videotaping his father’s move from the family home for posterity. Block had every reason to believe his parents’ 54-year marriage was happy. Then, riding next to his father one afternoon, he asked, “Do you miss mom?”
“No, I can’t say I miss her,” said his father, staring straight ahead.
A conversation with James Cooper of Proyecto Acceso, which blends media and social justiceOctober 1st, 2007 | Mike Hofman
"I used to be a lawyer who wanted to be an artist, but then I went to therapy. Now I am an artist whose medium is the rule of law. That sounds so pretentious, I want to puke." So says California law professor James Cooper, who talks with Mike Hofman about how his grassroots group, Proyecto Acceso, uses various forms of media—including documentary film, reality television, music videos, and animation—to promote the rule of law in Latin America.
James Cooper is one of those globetrotting guys who has more stamps in his passport than you do. A Cambridge-educated Canadian who now teaches law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, Cooper spends much of his time organizing media-related projects in Latin America, where he teaches people how to use everything from documentary films and reality TV shows, to public service announcements and animated work, to promote concepts related to the rule of law. Cooper's group, which he runs from his law school perch and an office in Santiago, Chile, is called Proyecto Acceso.
David Tamés talks with the filmmaker about his experiences with Werner Herzog, why he self distributes, and which of his films he considers his favoriteOctober 1st, 2007 | David Tamés
David Tamés asks Flower Films pioneer Les Blank about his one-time subject, Werner Herzog; filming his latest, All in This Tea, digitally and in China; and why he self-distributes his films. To view a clip from All in This Tea or any of the films mentioned in this month's feature articles, visit the Watch page.
In his new film All In This Tea, director Les Blank operates at the far extremes of technology, using digital video to explore an old-world subject matter: artisan, handmade tea.
In 1993, The Independent ran a story about The War Room, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. The film followed Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign from inside campaign headquarters.
James Schamus on Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features, and the rest of his legacy.May 1st, 2006 | Rebecca Carroll
Writer, producer, and film executive James Schamus has had about as brilliant a career in independent film as they come, and it just keeps getting better.
Larry Clark's new film Wassup Rockers will shock youMay 1st, 2006 | Katherine Dykstra
Larry Clarks films are shocking. Theres Kids, about drug-using, AIDS-carrying,
sexually active Manhattan teenagers; Bully, the true story of a group of teens who
murder their tormentor; and Ken Park, which was so sexually explicit, it was never released in the U.S. These films are shocking because they capture a reality most people dont want to know exists.
The World According to Sesame StreetApril 1st, 2006 | Rebecca Carroll
Rosario Dawson was sleeping when I arrived on the set of Descent at Brooklyn’s Galapagos bar/gallery on a slushy morning in December. I had come to interview Dawson and her Trybe production company partner and longtime friend, Talia Lugacy. But Lugacy was busy directing the film’s “club scene,” and thus also unavailable, so I waited in the cavernous extras quarters next door.
When it comes to modern mores, Deepa Mehta refuses to stop asking whyMarch 1st, 2006 | Sarah Coleman
Five years ago, when Deepa Mehta was about to start making her film Water in the holy city of Varanasi, India, 11 people stood outside the set and threatened to light themselves on fire. Weeks before, protesters had stormed the films set on the banks of the river Ganges and destroyed it, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.