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

The Purple OnionThe 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)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 DoctorSole 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

Tom Hanks on Producing vs. Acting: Producers Don’t Get a Free Haircut

Tom Hanks is awarded  with the  Lifetime Achievement Award during the 11th Rome Film Fest.  (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)Tom Hanks is awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 11th Rome Film Fest. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

Most people know Tom Hanks as a two-time Oscar winning actor. Some would recognize him as the sometimes-director behind works including That Thing You Do!, and others know him simply as his often-nickname “America’s Dad.” But the beloved actor may not be as well…  Read more

By Nov 1, 2016


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