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Salutations, all. I bring you the next episode of Indie Beat! Our guest for this current installment is filmmaker and actor Joanna Arnow. Her first released work “Eiko & Koma: The Retrospective Project” (watch here) follows the work of the titular dancers, sort of a small slice primer for those unfamiliar with the Japanese-born artists. In 2013 Joanna turned the camera on her then-boyfriend (and herself) with “i hate myself 🙂” which our own Katie Walsh reviewed for its Rooftop Films premiere, saying “It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker embrace this honesty with such gusto.” And she’s right! Continue reading Podcast: Indie Beat Talks With ‘i hate myself :)’ Director Joanna Arnow at The Playlist.
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The Museum of the Moving Image has been celebrating and exploring filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s life, work, and his passion of cinema since December with a terrific exhibit drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection of key production material, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work and more. On the final weekend of the exhibit, MOMI put on a full-blown retrospective of his work over two days featuring the lesser-seen, more personal Scorsese films, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies,” “My Voyage to Italy (Il mio viaggio in Italia)” and docs like “No Direction Home” and “The Last Waltz.” However, it was the impressive panel after the screening of“Silence” that brought a special salute to the exhibit in its entirety, which included cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, screenwriter Jay Cocks, who along with co-writing “Silence,” also co-wrote “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York,” longtime collaborator Academy award winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and finally Scorsese himself, 30 minutes late thanks to an unexpected traffic collision in Queens. Continue reading Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks & Rodrigo Prieto Talk ‘Silence’ At MOMI at The Playlist.
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Ben Wheatley, no doubt, has a twisted sense of humor, just watch “High-Rise,” or, even, “Kill List” for further proof of his subtle dark comedy in the most twisted of situations. His latest film, “Free Fire,” is an ultra-violent action-comedy that features a barrage of bullets, zingy one liners and, yes, even a little bit of slapstick added to the mix. Continue reading ‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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WEST HOLLYWOOD – Sitting down with James Gunn it’s clear the writer and director of “Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2” is battling to keep his energy up as he endures a day full of interviews and press conferences for his latest blockbuster.  He is also no doubt coming off the high of the film’s world premiere that took place less than 24 hours earlier.  A premiere where a good chunk of Hollywood learned that “Vol. Continue reading ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’s’ James Gunn Thinks Tom Holland Is ‘Amazing’ As Spider-Man [Interview] at The Playlist.
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To be a filmmaker one needs to be possessed with a bit of an obsessive nature. Projects can take dozens of years off the ground and generally, only those truly committed to bringing a vision to screen are the ones that stick around. It’s a little fitting then that American auteur James Gray’s latest film, the simmering and epic Amazonian jungle drama “The Lost City Of Z,” centers on a similar protagonist willing to risk it all, in the name of his singular pursuit. Continue reading James Gray Talks ‘The Lost City Of Z,’ Isabelle Huppert & The Disruptive World Of Streaming [Deep Focus Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Sundance breakthrough “Secretary” kickstarted a career with a lot of potential for its writer-director Steven Shainberg, who followed up the kinky comedy/drama with the Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. starring biopic “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.” That film, just like “Secretary,” built up a cult fanbase over the years, but then Shainberg left the spotlight. It has taken ten years for him to release a new movie, “Rupture,” but it marks an interesting turn for the filmmaker. Continue reading Steven Shainberg Talks ‘Rupture,’ Personal Transformation, And More at The Playlist.
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When Jake Johnson met director Joe Swanberg for the first time, he had no idea that this meeting would start, what has so far been, a fruitful and highly creative actor-director partnership.The fact that “Drinking Buddies” turned out to be their first movie helped a lot. The 2011 film, starring Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde, has become the blueprint example of how good Swanberg’s style can be when everything just clicks. Continue reading Jake Johnson Talks ‘Win It All,’ His Scorsese/De Niro Relationship With Joe Swanberg, And More at The Playlist.
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Joe Swanberg is an indie filmmaker in a renaissance period. Yes, he helped create mumblecore with filmmakers like Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, Lynn Shelton and Aaron Katz, but Swanberg has arguably veered the least away from his improvised roots. In fact, unlike say, The Duplass Brothers, who (largely) tightly scripted their excellent HBO show, “Togetherness,” Swanberg has mostly kept his loose methodology. Continue reading Joe Swanberg Talks ‘Win It All,’ ‘Easy’ & His Fruitful Creative Collaboration With Jake Johnson at The Playlist.
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Let’s be honest. Gugu Mbatha-Raw should be a star.  After her revelatory performances in “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights” she should be on the short list of must-land leading ladies from prestige Oscar bait to summer blockbusters.  It hasn’t happened yet, but the Brit is in the middle of a noteworthy phase of her career that might finally put her front and center. Last year Mbatha-Raw co-starred in the incredible “San Junipero” episode of “Black Mirror” and stole a scene or two from Jessica Chastain in “Miss Sloane.”  This past weekend she starred in the box office smash “Beauty and the Beast” as Plumette (a mostly vocal performance) and in October will appear in the Sci-Fi thriller “God Particle” which was recently revealed to be the third installment of the “Cloverfield” franchise (whatever that really means). Continue reading Gugu Mbatha-Raw Sings With ‘Beauty And The Beast’ And Teases ‘God Particle’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Ahoy! Thanks for stopping by for another episode of Indie Beat! Our latest chapter finds us chewing the fat with filmmaker/programmer Ian Clark, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2012. That year he released his short film “Searching For Yellow” while gearing up for his first feature-length movie, the experimental “MMXIII.” Described as an “experimental self-portrait,” Clark works with the exceptional cinematographer Nandan Rao to construct a beguiling document about the creation of art. Continue reading Podcast: Indie Beat Talks With “A Morning Light” Director Ian Clark at The Playlist.
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