With his two feature films, the 2010 prison drama "R" and the recent thriller "A Hijacking," Tobias Lindholm has exhibited a knack for tense storytelling and palpably gritty realism.
With "Hitchcock," Sacha Gervasi made the unlikely journey from heavy metal roadie to feature film director.
When it comes to the foreign-language Oscar, it's become almost a cliche that historical "prestige" dramas -- often related to World War II or other recent European strife -- are the stuff of…
In the mid-1990s, Ted Melfi was working as a cook in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. When a young man with a screenplay asked him if he produced, he said, "Yes." The next thing Melfi knew, he…
As a Harvard-educated Midwesterner who developed the somber Iraq war drama "Stop-Loss," Reid Carolin admits that he never expected a movie about male strippers in Florida would be his big…
Since 2002, Sean Baker's claim to fame was a puppet named Greg the Bunny. Co-created by fellow NYU film school alumni Spencer Chinoy and Dan Milano, the character saw iterations on IFC and Fox…
Dating back beyond the mid-'80s, when independently distributed films began to establish a toe-hold in the Oscar race,
From Middle Eastern dustups to natural disasters, fimmakers mine heady inspiration