GE and CINELAN have announced that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Albert Maysles (SALESMAN, GIMME SHELTER) will join the roster of award-winning directors contributing to its FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big Ideas initiative. Four short films from the initiative premiered at this month’s Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, including shorts by award-winning directors Lixin Fan (LAST TRAIN HOME) Fredrik Gertten (BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!), Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern (JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK) and Stanley Nelson (FREEDOM RIDERS). In addition, FOCUS FORWARD also announced that Joe Berlinger (PARADISE LOST), actress Daryl Hannah (KILL BILL), documentarian Barbara Kopple (HARLAN COUNTY, USA), Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco, filmmaker José Padilha (ELITE SQUAD), producer Floyd Webb (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST ), and Peter Wintonick (MANUFACTURING CONSENT) would jury the $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge competition.
Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading
Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading
INTERVIEW with industry insider JAMIE LEE SMITH……..One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just films, but of … Continue reading