As a storyteller, director Richard Linklater likes to play with the passage of time. For his acclaimed recent film “Boyhood,” shooting lasted 12 years in order to tell the story of a boy who ages from 6 to 18. The director tells Jeffrey Brown why his conversational movies aren’t improvised and how he’s built a career by making small-budget, personal films. Continue reading
The Sundance Film Festival is both celebration and marketplace for those who love, create and deal in independent cinema, making it a touchstone for the health of the industry. While technology has made it cheaper and easier to make a film, it can be harder than ever to break through to audiences. Jeffrey Brown reports from Utah. Continue reading
What if watching a movie was more like being inside the movie? With virtual reality, your brain can be tricked into believing that you’re flying or in a different country — a powerful creative tool for storytellers. Jeffrey Brown visits the Sundance Film Festival to witness how filmmakers are beginning to use the burgeoning technology. Continue reading
The movie, “Selma,” is getting plenty of attention for its portrayal of history, the relationship between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson — and the way it showcases Dr. King’s skills and choices as a political tactician and activist. What’s less well-known is the extent to which director Ava DuVernay rewrote much of the script — and that includes writing her own versions of Dr. King’s speeches.
Two weeks after the film’s limited Dec. 25 release, Paramount Pictures is offering free screenings of “Selma” to its namesake’s residents. Continue reading
What movies are likely to be remembered long after 2014 ends? From a cinematic meditation on growing up, to a stirring portrait of the civil rights movement, film critics Dana Stevens of Slate and Mike Sargent of Pacifica Radio join Jeffrey Brown to discuss their personal picks for the best films of the year. Continue reading
Sony Pictures cancelled their planned Dec. 25 release of the film “The Interview” Wednesday, after four major theaters — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — pulled screenings following threats of attacks on movie-goers and theaters that showed the film.
Twenty-five films will be archived as the most culturally, historically or aesthetically significant works in cinema and join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.
Husky-voiced actress Lauren Bacall, who leapt to fame after starring in her first movie at age 19, died Tuesday in New York City at the age of 89. Continue reading