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“Your Obstacles are Basically Everything”: Writer/Actress/Producer Naomi McDougall Jones Talks Grassroots Female Filmmaking

Naomi McDougall Jones in Imagine I'm BeautifulNaomi McDougall Jones in Imagine I'm Beautiful

Once again, the two-decade-old Bermuda International Film Festival, where I’m on the international advisory board, provided some truly unique networking opportunities. While I didn’t find myself star-struck like at last year’s fest – when I had the once in a…  Read more

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The Gunman Actor Peter Franzén on Being a Global Artist (and Working with Sean Penn)

Above Dark WatersAbove Dark Waters

“Peter Franzén – remember that name,” is what I told everyone who asked me if I’d made any big discoveries covering the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki in September 2013 — I’d even called this talented thesp “Finland’s ridiculously charismatic…  Read more

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Screwball Comedy, Marriage and Filmmaking: Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal on Wild Canaries

Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael  LevineSophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine

A loose-limbed caper comedy that lovingly mashes Hollywood screwball conventions with Brooklyn relationship drama, Lawrence Michael Levine’s sophomore picture, Wild Canaries, tries two things most independent films don’t, and largely succeeds. It’s narratively complex — maybe not Inherent Vice-level, but…  Read more

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“Always Have a Low-Budget Back-Up Plan”: Whit Stillman in Wroclaw

The CosmopolitansThe Cosmopolitans

Long regarded as one of the more singular, idiosyncratic voices in American independent cinema, Whit Stillman made his debut in 1990 with Metropolitan, the Oscar-nominated comedy of manners. Further dialogue-heavy comedies set among the urban haute bourgeoisie followed (1994’s Barcelona, 1998’s The Last Days of…  Read more

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