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Nightstream 2020 Interview: FRANK & ZED Director Jesse Blanchard On His Joyous Puppet Horror Comedy

Frank & Zed enjoyed its world premiere as part of the virtual film festival Nightstream. It's an irresistible movie, a cocktail of horror, gore, humor, mythology and values, such as friendship, starring puppets. A couple of centuries ago, a castle and...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman On #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM and Challenges of Independent Filmmaking

Even though Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director/star of #ShakespearesShitstorm, has a new movie to promote, his mind is always on the problems that American independent cinema has faced for years. “The independents in America don’t have any...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Director Sidharth Srinivasan Talks KRIYA, Death Rituals and Male Guilt

India’s representative at this year’s (virtual) Fantasia International Film Festival was Kriya, written and directed by Sidharth Srinivasan. At a nightclub party, the DJ, a young man named Neel (Noble Luke), ends up hooking up with a girl (Sitara, played...

Interview: Hubert Sauper Talks EPICENTRO, Intimate Documentary on Cuba

Filmmaker Hubuert Sauper turns his attention to Cuba in his new documentary.

Los Cabos 2020 Interview: Artistic Director Maru Garzón On The Festival Going Virtual

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of the Mexican film industry is trying to make the public return to theaters under the so called “new normality.” Back on August 12th, cinemas in Mexico City officially reopened, including the...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Natasha Kermani and Brea Grant Get LUCKY

Orginally intended to premiere at SXSW and a slew of other festivals, Lucky plays for Canadian audiences via virtual Fantasia 2020. Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl) directs writer and star Brea Grant (Dexter, Eastsiders; Grant is also the writer/director of 12 Hour Shift,...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Brea Grant Talks 12 HOUR SHIFT

Multi-hyphenate talent Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) has come into her own as a writer/director. She helmed the apocalypse buddy road trip film Best Friends Forever as well as episodes of Eastsiders and Pandora, and this year, she has two features coming out. Grant wrote...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Justin McConnell on Indie Filmmaking and CLAPBOARD JUNGLE

Canadian indie filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger) has been in the game for a good deal of his life, either by providing technical services, programming his Little Terrors short film series in Toronto, or by being behind the camera. It's the...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess on MORGANA

Playing at Fantasia 2020, Morgana is one of the most interesting docs I've seen at this festival --- or ever, due to its sheer humanity and empathy. You can read the full review here. ScreenAnarchy was able to speak to...

FICUNAM 2020 Interview: Chris Fujiwara On The Legacy Of Jacques Tourneur

French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur is, certainly, an important part of the history of horror cinema, because he was one of the directors in Val Lewton’s low-budget horror unit at RKO Pictures. In the forties, Tourneur directed the Lewton-produced classics Cat...

Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Mattie Do Talks About THE LONG WALK

A few years ago, the International Film Festival Rotterdam re-instated its genre segment, the Rotterdämmerung, as part of the general program. And ever since it's back, it is always literally the first part of the programming where I will look....

Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Fest Director Bero Beyer Talks Indie Cinema in the Age of Streamers

"It´s a rigged game," IFFR director says, on the situation of independent cinema in the era of constant transformations.

Los Cabos 2019 Interview: THE IRISHMAN Producer Gastón Pavlovich On Martin Scorsese's Great Goodbye To Mobster Cinema

In 2016, the legendary Italian-American filmmaker Martin Scorsese managed to release Silence, a highly personal project that took him more than 25 years to complete. It's no secret that the key producer in the culmination of this effort was Gastón...

Los Cabos 2019 Interview: Ira Sachs Talks FRANKIE, Isabelle Huppert, The Influence Of Satyajit Ray And More

After world premiering at Cannes, where it competed for the Palm d’Or, writer/director Ira Sachs’ Frankie is now heading to the Los Cabos International Film Festival. Frankie centers on one day of the family of the titular character (an actress played...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Interview: Richard Stanley Talks COLOR OUT OF SPACE, Part 1

The filmmaker shares his favorite color, farm animal and Superman actor.

Toronto 2019 Interview: Julie Delpy Creates MY ZOE

There are two excellent films contained within My Zoe, Julie Delpy’s latest turn as writer/director and co-star. One is a bleak breakup drama, worthy of Ingmar Bergman at his starkest, that relentlessly explores a former couple’s escalating worst nightmare. The...

Toronto 2019 Interview: SYNCHRONIC Directors Moorhead & Benson's Favorite Cinematic Representations of Altered States

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have wowed audiences with their mind-bending (and genre-bending) films Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. All of these films share the similarity of slyly tackling complex philosophical and/or metaphysical subject matter in an entertaining package. The...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Director Toyoda Toshiaki Talks Quiet Rebellion in THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

The films of Toyoda Toshiaki are known for their brash and exciting style, laced with acid takes on society.  Returning to the big screen after four years with The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan, director Toyoda shows his quieter, more contemplative...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Cut Above Winner Tsukamoto Shinya Talks KILLING and TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

From his beginnings as a 14-year-old with a Super 8 camera, to his latest film, KILLING; a twist on the classic samurai movie, Tsukamoto Shinya has always blazed his own cinematic path.     Receiving Japan Cuts 2019 Cut Above award...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: HIS LOST NAME Director Hirose Nanako Uncovers Dark Truths

His Lost Name is the story of a young man whose mysterious presence in a small town engenders willing deceptions, and reveals uncomfortable truths.  At Japan Cuts 2019, director Hirose Nanako spoke exclusively with LMD about creating her first feature...