TAG: filmmaker interview

Twin Sisters Filmmaker Captures Sibling Bond

Norwegian filmmaker Mona Friis Bertheussen talks about her journey from Norway to Sacramento in making the film Twin Sisters, the story of the reunion between two twins who were separated at birth in China, including  how she gained the trust of the families and the girls.


Filmmaker Scott Thurman on the Texas Textbook Wars

We sat down with filmmaker Scott Thurman to discuss what went on behind the scenes of his documentary, The Revisionaries, which chronicles the oft-rancorous battle over Texas textbooks. The Revisionaries premieres on Independent Lens January 28 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact do you hope the film will have? I hope people pay more attention … READ MORE

Jerry Rothwell Explores the Meaning of Family in Donor Unknown

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature docs Heavy Load (IFC/ITVS/BBC), about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band; and Deep Water (Pathe/FilmFour/UK Film Council, co‐directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst’s ill‐fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race.  We sat down with … READ MORE

IL Catches Up with Isaac Solotaroff, Director of Wham! Bam! Islam!

Independent Lens caught up with Isaac Solotaroff, the filmmaker behind Wham! Bam! Islam!, a film about a Kuwaiti entrepreneur trying to launch a comic book series in the Middle East featuring heroes who embody the 99 virtues of Allah.  Solotaroff took a parallel journey in creating his documentary, and in the end won the trust … READ MORE