Indie Interviews - Genre, Cult, Unique

Interview: Scott Schirmer And Brian K. Williams On Getting Wet In HARVEST LAKE

A screener for a strange indie film called Harvest Lake landed in my inbox recently, and instead of a straight review, I decided to interview the filmmakers to get more details on their bizarro opus. Harvest Lake follows four friends who go to a... More »
  

Sundance 2016 Interview: Royalty Hightower And Anna Rose Holmer On THE FITS

Getting dressed for my interview with the director and star of The Fits, one thought kept crossing my mind, "This isn't how one dresses for Royalty." Royalty, in this case, being the 10 year old breakout star of The Fits.... More »
  

Interview: Alê Abreu Talks About His BOY AND THE WORLD

Alê Abreu's Boy and the World is an enchanting, infectious and at times somber experience. There is no real dialogue in his film to drive the story forward, instead he uses gorgeous visual expressions and minor guttural utterances. You do not have to... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Interview: Charlie Kaufman And Duke Johnson On Giving Voice To ANOMALISA

Anomalisa took root at composer, Carter Burwell's, Theatre of the New Ear - a series consisting of one-acts that could also be described as "sound plays". The evening was intended to feature three aural theatre experiences from Charlie Kaufman, the... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Interview: Scott Adkins on CLOSE RANGE, UNDISPUTED IV, Gareth Evans and Jean-Claude Van Damme

For my money, Scott Adkins is the greatest Western martial arts actor of modern times. He has an exhilarating acrobatic style, with an emphasis on kicks that seem to defy the laws of gravity.The pairing of Adkins with filmmaker Isaac... More »
By Daniel Rutledge   
  

"I'd Have To Decribe It As A Quilt Of Dreams." Guy Maddin Talks THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

In a career stretching some thirty years, Guy Maddin has become one of Canada's most respected filmmakers and visual artists. His latest feature project, The Forbidden Room, certainly suggests he shows no sign of slowing down either, and the final... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Interview: Rick Alverson On ENTERTAINMENT And Other Dirty Words

When it comes time for year-end list-making, of all the memorable films in the running, not one will resemble Rick Alverson's bitter film, Entertainment. It's a tough film to summarize, mostly because the events of the film are secondary to... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Interview: Director Sandy Tung Discusses EVAN'S CRIME, David Arquette, And More

Filmmaker Sandy Tung has had a long and respectable career in independent filmmaking. Best known by many for his family films such as Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, Alice Upside Down, and the award-winning Saving Shiloh, Sandy now changes pace, venturing... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Warsaw 2015 Interview: "I Am A Bit Of A Troublemaker," Parvez Sharma On Shooting Forbidden Doc A SINNER IN MECCA

Three sold out screenings of A Sinner in Mecca, a documentary by New York-based, India-born activist and filmmaker Parvez Sharma, proved the importance of the film, even in a predominantly Catholic country, as we like to label Poland. The... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Warsaw 2015 Interview: Director Sean Baker Talks TANGERINE, Social Awareness And Smartphone Filmmaking

The director of Tangerine (read Ben Umstead´s review) shot on a shoestring budget and entirely on an iPhone 5s, Sean Baker would probably not have guessed that his indie darling would end up in Oscars talks when he premiered the film... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Warsaw 2015 Interview: Kenny Riches on Off-Kilter Comedy THE STRONGEST MAN

Quirky indie comedy The Strongest Man by Kenny Riches has been traveling the world since its Sundance world premiere and recently visited Europe Poland's capital city where the film competed in the first and second film section. The titular protagonist, Cuban... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

New York 2015 Interview: Todd Haynes On Falling For CAROL

In Todd Haynes' new film, Cate Blanchett plays Carol, the object of uncharted desire for Therese (Rooney Mara), a young girl ill-equipped to handle this foreign attraction. Since the film exists in the closed-minded postwar years, circa late 40s, the courtship... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE Interview: Jake "The Snake" Roberts And Director Steve Yu Talk Overcoming Addiction

Flamboyant in the squared circle and famously troubled out of it, WWF/WWE legend, Jake "The Snake" Roberts lays bare his battle with addiction and fight for recovery in The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake. Roberts and the film's director, Steve... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

New York 2015 Interview: Miguel Gomes On The Epic ARABIAN NIGHTS

It was 3 years ago when I first met Miguel Gomes in a cramped office of New York's Film Forum. His third feature Tabu was a big international success and I was just discovering his fantastic films. But it was... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Fantastic Fest 2015 Interview: Zoe Bell Talks CAMINO

Fans of action-packed films with kick-ass leading women will not be disappointed in Camino, which will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on Saturday. I listed the film in one of our preview posts as one of my most-anticipated... More »
  

Toronto 2015 Interview: Robert Eggers And Anya Taylor-Joy Talk THE WITCH And Puritan Excess

At any moment in human history, no matter how civilized we may think we are, dark woods have a long reach for scaring us. The Witch viscerally demonstrates how easily fear and superstitions take over in early 17th century New England... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Interview: Neil LaBute Talks DIRTY WEEKEND

The work of Neil LaBute can be a nasty business. Particularly in his early writings for stage or screen, LaBute's fiction placed an emphasis on humans with a flare for charismatic inhumanity, highlighting the worst aspects of society and its... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

In-Edit Mexico 2015 Interview: One9 And Erik Parker Talk NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC

Nas: Time Is Illmatic is not the average "making of" documentary since it explores the creation of "Illmatic" - a classic East Coast hip hop album - from a personal perspective, approaching rapper Nas' origin and his experiences of growing... More »
  

Interview: James Ponsoldt On THE END OF THE TOUR And Why He Needed To Make It

In the cinematic universe, James Ponsoldt is the Johnny Storm of emerging directors -- he's on fire. (That is a nerdy -- and perhaps, awful -- comic book reference. If you don't read comic books, just ignore me and... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

Interview: Bobcat Goldthwait Talks CALL ME LUCKY And His Animated Friendships With Robin Williams And Barry Crimmins

"I wouldn't have made the movie if it wasn't for Robin's encouragement."-- Director Bobcat Goldthwait on Call Me Lucky.The first time I interviewed actor-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, it was for the weird and wonderful World's Greatest Dad, starring the late, irreplaceable Robin... More »
By Chase Whale   
  
 
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