Interviews

AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim of “The Great Hack”

On Sunday, June 23, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed directors (and married partners) Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square) to discuss their new documentary The Great Hack. The movie explores the political machinations of the now-defunct British … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Director Pia Hellenthal and Writer Giorgia Malatrasi of “Searching Eva”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed writer/director Pia Hellenthal and writer/producer Giorgia Malatrasi to discuss their collaboration on the new experimental documentary Searching Eva, directly following the post-screening Q&A. The film follows twentysomething Eva Collé … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Director Jialing Zhang of “One Child Nation”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed Jialing Zhang (Complicit), co-director of One Child Nation (which I saw at Sundance and later reviewed in full for Hammer to Nail). The documentary explores the devastating ramifications of China’s … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross of “We Believe in Dinosaurs”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross (The Believers) to discuss their collaboration on the new documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs. The film chronicles the construction of the Ark … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Festival Director Michael Lumpkin Discusses This Year’s Program

On Wednesday, May 15, I interviewed AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin by phone to discuss the 2019 iteration of the annual festival, which consists of screenings of new documentaries at various locations in our nation’s capital. This year’s event, running … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller of “Apollo 11”

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, I interviewed director Todd Douglas Miller by phone to discuss his exciting new documentary Apollo 11, edited entirely from archival film footage – some of it shot on 65mm and 70mm film – of the eponymous NASA … Continue reading

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Got Bike? See “Tainted Blood.” An Interview with Director Jill Yesko

I met with director Jill Yesko on Friday, March 30, in our joint hometown of Baltimore, to discuss her feature documentary Tainted Blood, which profiles the 1984 bicyclist doping scandal at the 1984 Olympics. The film, Yesko’s debut, presents the … Continue reading

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Agnieszka Holland and Barry Levinson Help the Washington Jewish Film Festival Celebrate 27 Years

Founded in 1990, the Washington Jewish Film Festival prepares to run its 27th iteration this year, beginning on May 17 and running through May 28. A project of the Edlavitch DCJCC, the festival brings a variety of different kinds of … Continue reading

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Interview with “Plain Clothes” Director Sam Jaegar

Film Festival Today talked with Sam Jaeger of “American Sniper” about his new short film, “Plain Clothes,” a gripping account of a police officer diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Continue reading

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Beki Probst: 2014 European Film Market Remarks

Beki Probst is the Director of the European Film, Market Claus Mueller: You noted several years ago that too many films are produced. At the changing market panel I mentioned the overproduction issue because some panelists seem to encourage more … Continue reading

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