Director Interviews


“Reality is Not, I Believe, a Fixed Entity…”: Michael Madsen on Alien Encounter Doc, The Visit

The VisitThe Visit

As a conceptual artist Michael Madsen doesn’t so much create nonfiction films as craft mind-blowing experiences, introducing even the most jaded of us docu-philes to people and places we’d no idea even existed. (Prior to IDFA 2010 I, for one,…  Read more


“There are No Restrictions, Except For Pornographic Material:” Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld on High Maintenance

Ben Sinclair and Katja BlichfeldBen Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld

High Maintenance, the widely reputed, gold standard of web series, began as an experiment of sorts between Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. When interviewed for our 2013 25 New Faces issue, the pair expressed the foremost need to “get out all these…  Read more


“This is The Kind of Thing I Want in a Restaurant:” Vanessa McDonnell on John’s of 12th Street

John's of 12th StreetJohn's of 12th Street

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you may have a sense of the sort of family dynamics the harried environment can rapidly inspire. John’s of 12th Street, a dyed-in-the-wool Italian establishment in the East Village, takes this close-knit enclave to its apotheosis. As rendered…  Read more


Five Questions for Shelter Writer/Director Paul Bettany

Jennifer Connelly in Paul Bettany's ShelterJennifer Connelly in Paul Bettany's Shelter

Actor Paul Bettany makes his directorial debut with Shelter, a drama about homeless junkies on the streets of New York starring his wife, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Mackie. Although Bettany references below Jerry Schatzberg’s classic Panic in Needle Park, he…  Read more