Indie Interviews - Genre, Cult, Unique

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   

Interview: Michael Polish Talks AMNESIAC And Exploring Heaven And Hell

Amnesiac is the second solo outing by Michael Polish (one of the identical twin filmmakers, the Polish brothers) after his Jack Keruac adaptation Big Sur (which is great and everyone should see it). The thriller stars his wife Kate Bosworth... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Interview: Joel Edgerton Talks His Directorial Debut THE GIFT, And His Love For Odd And Challenging Roles

Joel Edgerton is a real delight and just an all around good guy. He was in Dallas, near where I live, about a month ago to promote his directorial debut The Gift (now in theaters). I was supposed to moderate... More »
By Chase Whale   

Sundance NextFest 2015 Interview: Programmer Charlie Reff Talks LA's Event-Driven Fest

Sundance NextFest kicks off in Downtown LA today (if you missed our preview, check it out here) and Sundance Senior Programmer Charlie Reff took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with us about what we're calling... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantasia 2015 Interview: Axelle Carolyn Talks TALES Of HALLOWEEN

For those who haven't heard, Tales of Halloween is a whole lot of spooky fun, and if you're going to be at the Bruce Campbell Horror Fest inside Wizard World Chicago or Film4 FrightFest in London, you'll be able to see Tales before... More »

Interview: Writer-Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez On THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

When I saw writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's first feature Easier with Practice, based on a short story, I knew to keep this guy on my radar. For a first film on a shoestring budget, the film looks something born out... More »
By Chase Whale   

Interview: Oscar Winner Morgan Neville Talks BEST OF ENEMIES And More

Chatting with Oscar winning documentarian Morgan Neville makes one believe that the guy could probably tell just about any story and make you want to be a part of it. With decades of experience covering a wide range of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
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