The rich history of music in black cinemaDecember 1st, 2004 | Douglas Singleton
The image of the hip black detective played by Richard Roundtree in Gordon Parkss unforgettable 1971 film, Shaft, precursor to the blaxploitation film explosion of the 70s, is inseparable from the brilliant musical soundtrack c
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.
Indie actors-turned short filmmakersDecember 1st, 2004 | Kate Bernstein
While so many of Hollywoods high-paid actors spend their paychecks on the kind of luxury items the rest of the world only comes in contact with on trashy celebrity television shows, some are emptying their bank accounts and charging up their credit cards like the rest of usmaking movies. A rising group of thespians are stepping behind the camera and taking a shot at directing.
This Minneapolis film and music fest has become a rite of fallDecember 1st, 2004 | Kate Silver
The line to see The Last Word at the Minneapolis Oak Street Cinema snakes down the block, splitting in two directions. Its a pleasing sight, even after a week spent loitering around movie theatres. Of the numerous events Ive attended, The Last Word (2003) screening has the highest draw.
How Foley artists created Vanity Fair’s naturalistic noisesDecember 1st, 2004 | Marko Costanzo
I knew Mira Nairs Vanity Fair was going to be an interesting and challenging project.
The Documentary Doctor tackles the issue of matching your images to soundDecember 1st, 2004 | Fernanda Rossi
Dear Doc Doctor:
Many people suggested that I add more narration and music to my documentary, which I did, but now other people are saying there is too much of both. How do I achieve the right balance between image and sound in documentary film?
Brazilian-born Marcelo Zarvos scores award-winning indiesDecember 1st, 2004 | Katherine Brodsky
Marcelo Zarvos is scoring big in the independent film world these days. The thirty-five-year old Brazilian-born Zarvos, who has made New York his home for the past twelve years, has composed music for a handful of independent films, including Tully (2000), Kissing Jessica Stein (2001), and this years The Door in the Floorall award-winning and critically acclaimed.
Stanley Crouch is one of Americas most eloquent and original social critics. In the last three decades, Crouch has published several books and his essays have appeared in numerous national publications including Harpers and The New Republic. In 1993 he was awarded the MacArthur genius grant in recognition of his work.
The aloha state’s burgeoning indie film communityDecember 1st, 2004 | Konrad Ng
Although the cinematic possibilities of Hawaiithose that lay beyond the tropical tropes of tourism and military patriotism have always been clear to local residents of the island, only recently has there been notable validation of that truth.