How to Ace a Film School Admissions Interview


I turned in this column way late this quarter. My excuse? Admissions. Like film faculty across the country, my colleagues and I in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California are reading dozens of applications for…  Read more

By Mar 18, 2024

Solutions Based: Who Should Save Independent Film?

Two white men, one wearing a red hoodie and one wearing a blue zip-up, gaze upward.A Real Pain, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

The Sundance Film Festival is a time for movie watching, deal making, talent scouting and, often, much soul searching about the state and future of the independent film industry. This year in particular there was no shortage of media coverage…  Read more

By Mar 18, 2024

Notes from Inside the Ecosystem: Joanne McNeil on Apple Vision Pro

The Apple Vision Pro headset with battery

From the late aughts until pre-pandemic times, Apple’s presence in my life seemed concise and easy to recognize. It manufactured the phone in my pocket and the laptop I worked on. I picked an iPhone and a MacBook over the…  Read more

By Mar 18, 2024

A Blurring of the Real: Damon Packard, Documentary Archival Footage and Generative AI

An AI-generated version of the filmmaker John Carpenter sits in a living room on fire.A Day in the Life of John Carpenter

A crowd of people, animals and AI-generated beings sleeps in a movie theater. Faces are lit by the explosions of an atom bomb on screen. All we hear is the loud snoring of hundreds of people and the sounds of…  Read more

By Mar 18, 2024

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