Rebecca Thomas attributes her distinct filmmaking vision to a unique upbringing: "I grew up as a Mormon in Las Vegas, surrounded by all things holy and righteous, but with Sin City just at my…
With "Hitchcock," Sacha Gervasi made the unlikely journey from heavy metal roadie to feature film director.
Seasoned pros strive for vitality in global cinema scene's changing biz
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…
Foreign-lingo pix examine oppression in myriad ways
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…
From Middle Eastern dustups to natural disasters, fimmakers mine heady inspiration
Dating back beyond the mid-'80s, when independently distributed films began to establish a toe-hold in the Oscar race,
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 -…
Can Harvey Weinstein score a hat trick?