Filmmaking - Directing


20th Century Women: Mike Mills on Bringing a Personal Story to Life

Annette Bening in 20th Century Women

After exploring a teenager’s odd obsession in Thumbsucker and helming the semi-autographical Beginners about his father coming out of the closet late in laugh, in his third narrative, Mike Mills returns to deeply personal material from his own life. 20th Century Women…  Read more

By Feb 1, 2017

Just Let Go Already! 12 Takeaways After Making the Microbudget Feature, The Purple Onion

The Purple Onion

After four years of working on my first feature film, The Purple Onion, it’s now ready and available online. You can read two earlier articles on Filmmaker where I chronicle the filmmaking process here. Dtill, my nurturing of this film…  Read more

By Nov 22, 2016

Five Questions for The Secret Scripture Director Jim Sheridan

Jim Sheridan walks a red carpet for The Secret Scripture during the 11th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

In Jim Sheridan’s new film The Secret Scripture, based on the novel by Sebastian Barry, the six-time Oscar nominated director returns to themes familiar to him: politics, religion, family and truth. Vanessa Redgrave stars as Rose McNulty, a woman imprisoned for…  Read more

By Nov 3, 2016

I’m Directing My First Documentary Short… Who Cares?

Sole Doctor

So I’m making my first short documentary. Tentatively titled Sole Doctor, it’s an observational-style film about George, an African-American cobbler who, after keeping shop for 50 years in Portland, Oregon, plans to retire and pass the business on to his son, Joshua.…  Read more

By Nov 3, 2016

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