Unsung enablers, independent producers make miracles happen: bringing financial and moral support to filmmakers who otherwise might not have access to either.
Nominations are nice and all, but in the increasingly cutthroat world of arthouse distribution, many a heralded film has died a quick commercial death.
"There Will Be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's fifth feature, marks a shift of ambitions for the 37-year-old helmer.
With Irishman Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" -- a Belgium-set drama about British hitmen -- kicking off this year's festival, organizers are letting it be known: Sundance isn't just for American…
Born to a Peruvian father and an American mother, digital artist-turned-filmmaker Alex Rivera enjoys the contradictions of his heritage.
Screenwriter Tony Gilroy (most notably of the Jason Bourne franchise) admits he'd never directed anything before, much less a major studio film. But helming "Michael Clayton" was not such a daunting…
At first glance, the Academy's taste in food and cinema may seem unrelated, but consider the facts: Ever since the Oscar for best foreign-language film was officially launched in 1956, more than a…
After the success of "Little Miss Sunshine" (four Oscar noms, two wins, $60 million in domestic B.O.), you'd think Hollywood would have learned the lesson: Just because a movie "looks too dark on the…
There's no spontaneous singing or frogs falling from the sky in Anderson's "There Will Be Blood." But this intimate epic -- about greed and false prophets set in turn-of-the-century California and…
With "Into the Wild," his fourth film as a director, Penn proves his ability to create the same memorable, mournful and probingly human story from behind the camera as in front of it. Since 1991's…
The studio-supported maverick is back, with many directors of this year's awards contenders being given the kind of free rein once enjoyed by the New Hollywood rebels of the 1970s.