Interviews - Directors


“Find a Small, Possibly Unsexy Job You Can Do Well”: At IFP Week, Directors and Producers on Getting Started in Indie Film

Left to right, Ingrid Jungermann, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Kishori Rajan, Gillian Robespierre and Joshua Z. Weinstein talk about how to make independent filmmaking a career at IFP Week 2017.

So you’ve made a film. Congrats. But you’re not out of the woodwork yet. You may never be. The four filmmakers and one producer who appeared on the IFP Week panel called “On Working (and Staying) in Indie Film Today”…  Read more

By Sep 21, 2017

Who Gets to Tell Whose Story?: IFP Week Filmmakers and Funders Talk the Politics of Representation in 2017

David France, director of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, talks at IFP Week 2017.

When Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit came out this summer, some charged that it shouldn’t have been made by Kathryn Bigelow. Critics, including’s Angelica Jade Bastien, felt that the story — about ten Black civilians (and two Caucasians) tortured and, in…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2017

IFP Week: Sean Baker and the Safdie Brothers on How To Film Inside Working Businesses

In Sean Baker's Tangerine, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, James Ransone and Mya Taylor spend a lot of time inside and outside of iconic Los Angeles spot Donut Time. Credit: Magnolia Pictures

If you’re a filmmaker, it may seem like the city is your playground. It’s not. Everything costs money. Every public space you want to shoot in requires permits and insurance. It all requires planning, hard work, negotiations, or simply lots…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2017

Directors Josh and Benny Safdie and Cinematographer Sean Price Williams Talk Shooting Good Time in NYC on 35mm at IFP Week

Sean Price Williams, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie at IFP Week

Directors Josh and Benny Safdie and cinematographer Sean Price Williams go way back. Their latest collaboration, the crime thriller Good Time, is the trio’s fourth joint effort. They’re not only used to each other; they’ve also been through some real…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2017

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