Filmmaking - Directing


Fear and Loathing in Grand Rapids: Joel Potrykus on Managing Anxiety While Making Relaxer

Joel Potrykus (center) on the set of Relaxer (courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories)

We were a week away from principal photography on my fourth feature film, Relaxer, and I wanted to run away. Production designer Mike Saunders and I had been building our apartment set inside his parents’ two-car garage, and things were…  Read more

By Mar 14, 2019

If Stanley Kubrick Was a Young Filmmaker Today…. A Hypothetical Festival Journey

Fear and Desire

In celebrating 25 years of Slamdance, I’m reflecting on the journey of first-time filmmakers. Many have passed through the hallways and screening rooms of Slamdance’s long-standing headquarters at Treasure Mountain Inn, through Sundance’s theaters, and many other new festivals over…  Read more

By Jan 24, 2019

“Imagination and Reality Go Together”: Alice Rohrwacher Talks Happy as Lazarro with Josephine Decker and David Barker

Happy as Lazzaro

Alice Rohrwacher’s work is an ecstatic affirmation of life and its imaginative possibilities. Her new film left me breathless. An unconventional story told in an unconventional way, Happy as Lazzaro is also deeply grounded. When we spoke with Alice, she…  Read more

By Nov 30, 2018

“I Wanted to Do for Adam What Demme Did for David Byrne [in Stop Making Sense]”: Steven Brill Talks About Directing Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

Adam Sandler may have chosen to title his Netflix stand-up special Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh as an impudent jab at the critics who consistently trash his comedies, but it’s garnering the actor some of the best reviews of his career.…  Read more

By Nov 19, 2018

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