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“Humor Is Always Butting Up Against Tragedy”: Sterlin Harjo on Mekko

MekkoMekko

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13th, Sterlin Harjo’s latest narrative feature Mekko treads territory both familiar and new to this Oklahoma-based, Native American director. An ex-con-versus-thug thriller set in the world of Tulsa’s real-life Indian homeless…  Read more

By Sep 13, 2015

TIFF Critics Notebook: Artful Thrillers and Satisfying Biopics (Despite Themselves!) are All the Rage

Walesa. Man of HopeWalesa. Man of Hope

The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is well past its halfway point. The big red-carpet premieres are fading into the distance. As all the hoopla dies down, little-known indies from all over the globe are jockeying for…  Read more

By Sep 12, 2013

Five Questions for 1982 Director Tommy Oliver

1982

Premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is 1982, the directorial debut of noted independent producer Tommy Oliver (Kinyarwanda). Set in Philadelphia in the year of the film’s title, 1982 is the story of a father (an affecting Hill…  Read more

By Sep 12, 2013

Five Questions with Life of Crime Director Daniel Schechter

Life of Crime Life of Crime

After two small-scale New York indie features, set in the world of standup comedy (2007’s Goodbye Baby) and low-budget film (2012’s Supporting Characters), writer/director Daniel Schechter has made the unlikely but extremely welcome step up to a very different kind…  Read more

By Sep 12, 2013


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