"I wasn't planning on writing screenplays," says Zach Helm. "I was perfectly happy writing plays and working as a dramaturg." But while studying at DePaul U.'s theater school, Fox 2000 recruited Helm…
They went from low-level assistant jobs in development and distribution to knocking out the final draft of what could be the biggest studio kidpic franchise since "Harry Potter."
They're no indie Motion Picture Assn. of America, and they don't want to be. But New York's independent filmmakers have begun forming a more unified front.
Kudos may or may not translate into big box office for studio releases. For indies, the glow of awards season can't even guarantee distribution.
Sundance's competition section has featured an increasing roster of venerable talent, ranging from indie mavericks like Christopher Munch and Maggie Greenwald to studio screenwriters like Henry Bean…
"I'm interested in understanding the conflicts and complexities of identity," says Ira Sachs, "and how a person can play many different roles in their life at the same time."
Before becoming the revolutionary "Che," young medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna joins his friend Granado on an eight-month, 8,000-mile journey across Latin America astride an aging…
When a 17-year-old Colombian girl, with dreams of escaping her small town, traffics heroin to the United States, the trip is far more perilous -- and permanent -- than she expected.
British maverick Mike Leigh seems a tad disappointed that his abortionist drama "Vera Drake" has not become embroiled in America's culture wars. "There hasn't been many vociferous negative reactions…
While the glory days of personal and political studio pictures like "Easy Rider" and "Midnight Cowboy" may seem long gone, replaced by a global-blockbuster mentality, a number of this year's most…
With "Sideways," his full-bodied fourth feature, Alexander Payne has moved from the fringes of Hollywood to front and center as the embodiment of a new humanism in American cinema.