Archive for category: Interviews

Treasure Hunting with the Zellners

3 September, 2014 (13:10) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David and Nathan Zellner started making films together when they were kids, acting in their own home movies shot on camcorder. “I think that’s what first got is interested in making films is wanting to perform,” says David, director and co-star of their new feature Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. It premiered at the 2014 Sundance […]

Larry Fessenden: Taking Genre Seriously

13 August, 2014 (10:05) | by Sean Axmaker, Horror, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

There’s no shortage of independent horror filmmakers but Larry Fessenden is the filmmaker who puts the emphasis on the “indie” part of the equation. As a writer/director, he’s take the classic horror genres and turned them inside out. No Telling was his take on Frankenstein as an environmental drama, Habit, a vampire story set in […]

Barry Jenkins: Long Story Short

15 July, 2014 (08:45) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Barry Jenkins currently calls San Francisco home but he was born and raised in Florida and attended the filmmaking program at Florida State University, where he made his first films. Inspired by his friend and collaborator James Claxton, the director of photography on most of his films, he moved to San Francisco after graduation. That’s […]

Uncertainty and the Making of ‘Boyhood’ – Richard Linklater interviewed

7 July, 2014 (17:21) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

“I’ve been lucky. I’ve made a lot of what, on paper, looks like a wide range of different type of things but they were just all stories I was really interested in telling. It’s a storytelling medium and I’m lucky to tell a variety of stories. But I never put a limit on myself. We’re […]

Megan Griffiths, Getting Lucky in Seattle

2 June, 2014 (09:21) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Megan Griffiths is not a Seattleite by birth—she was born in Athens, Ohio and received her MFA in Film Production from the Ohio University School of Film—but she has fully embraced the city and its filmmaking culture since moving to the Pacific Northwest fourteen years ago. After receiving her first feature credit was as cinematographer […]

SIFF 2014: Taylor Guterson’s ‘Burkholder’

14 May, 2014 (08:53) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

“My films are a little weird,” says Taylor Guterson. It’s a weird statement to make about his two easygoing features. His debut Old Goats (SIFF ’11) and his new Burkholder both concern a group of of elderly, sometimes cantankerous codgers facing their retirement years on Bainbridge Island, where the director grew up. The films gently […]

From Animals to Arks, How ‘Noah’ the Movie Compares to the Bible

28 March, 2014 (07:58) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

The new movie Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s $130 million epic retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, carries this advisory: “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of […]

From Nollywood to New Nigerian Cinema: Obi Emelonye interviewed

25 March, 2014 (08:12) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Nollywood—Nigeria’s direct-to-video industry of scruffy, cheap films cranked out on hurried schedules and dumped onto the market at low prices—became the third largest producer of movies in the world in the 1990s. Obi Emelonye is one of the filmmakers challenging the Nollywood paradigm with the New Nigerian Cinema, a concerted effort to create domestic films […]

Watching with Larry Fessenden, director of ‘Beneath’

24 March, 2014 (15:59) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Horror, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Larry Fessenden loves horror movies. As a director he has brought his own unique approach to the classic horror stories and conventions in such films as Habit, Wendigo, and his animist ghost story / environmental thriller The Last Winter. Through his production company Glass Eye Pix his has produced or co-produced dozens of films, including […]

‘Torremolinos ’73′: Applying a coat of beige to fertility, pornography and filmmaking in Franco’s Spain

11 February, 2014 (09:05) | by Sean Axmaker, Essays, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Though he’s directed only two films in the ten years since his feature debut, Pablo Berger has proven himself one of the most inventive and accomplished filmmakers to come out of Spain in a couple of decades. His most recent film Blancanieves, an ingenious re-imagining of the “Snow White” story as a silent-movie melodrama in […]

Interview: Stewart Stern on ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

11 November, 2013 (17:35) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Two time Oscar nominated screenwriter (for Teresa and Rachel, Rachel), Emmy winner for the acclaimed TV movie Sybil, and writer of the groundbreaking drama of teenage crisis and alienation Rebel Without a Cause, Steward Stern is a storyteller. I’m not just referring to his screenplays. When he speaks to you in his measured, deliberate manner, […]

Watching with Nathan Fillion & Clark Gregg

19 October, 2013 (18:25) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Back in May, as the Seattle International Film Festival launched with the opening night gala screening of Joss Whedon’s modern-dress Shakespeare take Much Ado About Nothing, I had the pleasure of talking with two of the film’s stars, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg. Fillion, of course, is best known as Richard Castle on Castle and […]

Watching with Louis Letterier, director of ‘Now You See Me’

2 September, 2013 (11:18) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

French director Louis Letterier came out of the Luc Besson school of action filmmaking. He is probably best known in the U.S. for a pair of big-budget Hollywood action films, The Incredible Hulk (the second one with Edward Norton) and the Clash of the Titans remake, both of which went into production without a script […]

Interview: David Lowery on ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

22 August, 2013 (16:20) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints plays like the cinematic answer to an outlaw folk song. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck play lovers Ruth and Bob, separated when Affleck heads to prison and Mara settles down to raise their daughter, looked after by Affleck’s shady but loyal father figure (Keith Carradine) and looked in on […]

Interview: David Gordon Green on ‘Prince Avalanche’

10 August, 2013 (09:52) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David Gordon Green rose to prominence as a kind of folk poet of southern regional cinema, creating unconventional but compassionate portraits of young folk in rural cultures in the films George Washington, All the Real Girls and Undertow. With Pineapple Express, a stoner buddy comedy with James Franco and Seth Rogen, he began a three-year sojourn […]