The best docs do more than educate—they inspire real changeApril 1st, 2006 | Elizabeth Angell
Morgan Spurlocks Super Size Me (2004) was an unqualified hit. The documentary, which followed Spurlock as he ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days and interviewed a string of experts on the rapidly worsening American obesity epidemic, was nominated for an Oscar. It won at Sundance and at countless other festivals.
How one filmmaker realized that terror abroad would lead to the truth about terror at homeApril 1st, 2006 | Pamela Yates
The Last Shot
Storytelling in the Digital AgeOctober 1st, 2005 | David Alm
Shortly after Jean-Luc Godard released Breathless in1960, an exasperated journalist said to the young director: Surely you think that a film should have a beginning, middle, and end.
Kimberly Elise stars in what might be the first gospel filmMarch 1st, 2005 | Amy Alexander
Is America ready for gospel cinema?
Long live the movie musical!December 1st, 2004 | Lisa Selin Davis
Movie musicals are not dead. They didnt die in the 1930s. Television didnt kill them. And expensive 1970s flops didnt knock them out, either. They may have been hibernating or relegated to childrens animated films, but the musical keeps coming back, to haunt or to thrill, depending on your attitude.
The New York International Latino Film FestivalOctober 1st, 2004 | Rick Harrison
I am white and alone in a darkened room at night with over four hundred Dominicans in New York City. It is a room full of laughter. A room full of stereotypes embraced and shattered. And a room every American should experience in one way or another.
Will independent films influence this year’s election?October 1st, 2004 | Matt Dunne
Picture if you will, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes sitting around the offices of Bush-Cheney 2004, talking strategy and shooting the breeze. Suddenly the phone rings. Karl, a young aide says excitedly. Ive got bad news for you. The Democrats have a new weapon: independent documentary films!
Mira Nair Announces Film Lab in UgandaOctober 1st, 2004 | David Alm
In July, acclaimed Indian-born filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala) unveiled her latest project: a film lab for aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters from East Africa and South Asia.
Three projects that are pushing the boundariesJune 1st, 2004 | Paul Boutin
For filmmakers, being experimental isnt as easy as it used to be. Fifty years ago, tossing aside Hollywoods conventions of narrative, acting, cinematography, and format exposed plenty of directions in which to push the envelope. Maya Deren challenged viewers by confusing them. Stan Brakhage manipulated his film by hand to create images never seen in the real world.
Can indies afford medical insurance?May 1st, 2004 | Matt Dunne
It seems you cant turn around these days without hearing people moan about the high cost of health insurance. Whether its presidential candidates duking it out in television commercials, small business owners worried about paying for insurance, or average Americans buried by the cost of prescription drugs, paying for health care is on everybodys mind.