Interviews - Directors


Homecoming Vibes: Olivia Peace and Jess Zeidman on Tahara


Way back when, during the last in-person Slamdance in the cursed year of 2020, I went to see Tahara, the feature debut of Northwestern University graduates director Olivia Peace and screenwriter Jess Zeidman.  The feature focuses on two teenage best friends…  Read more

By Jul 1, 2022

“Not Just a Formal Thing, But a Political Ethic”: Alice Diop on We


Alice Diop’s Nous begins with images of a white family looking through binoculars at an apparently uninhabited landscape, then cuts to a shot of the landscape itself, as if inhabiting their point of view. Immediately, then, the film suggests that…  Read more

By Jun 29, 2022

“I Can’t Afford to Let Cliches Live in the Cinema I Make”: Leilah Weinraub on Shakedown


Leilah Weinraub’s 2018 Shakedown, which began playing Metrograph on June 17th (and has been held over through June 30th due to high demand), has been touted by Variety as the “the first-ever non-adult film” to be picked up by Pornhub. Yet it…  Read more

By Jun 27, 2022

“We Shot Seven Parties in 20 Days in an Abandoned Mall”: Cooper Raiff on Cha Cha Real Smooth

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Titled after the hit party song no child of the early 2000s could escape, Cooper Raiff’s second feature, Cha Cha Real Smooth, originated as a love letter to parents of disabled children. Inspired by the perserverance of his own family…  Read more

By Jun 27, 2022

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