Jeffrey Brown previews the Academy Awards with the AFI’s Todd Hitchcock.
An old piano factory in the South Bronx might not be the first place you’d look for a movie studio, but that’s just where you will find the Ghetto Film School and a group of aspiring teenage filmmakers putting the finishing touches on their first movie.
It was a tough time for filmmakers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, that annual nexus for lesser-seen cinema in Park City, Utah. Thanks to the recession, changing technology and an industry struggling to catch up, less than a dozen movies have found distributors, with many high-profile films leaving the festival without a buyer.
Toshiba said Tuesday that it would stop developing its own high-definition DVD player, known as HD DVD, leaving the market to Sony’s Blu-ray format. The Wall Street Journal’s technology columnist explains the move and its likely impact on consumers. Continue reading
From “The African Queen” to “Hotel Rwanda,” Africa has served as both a distant backdrop for story lines with diverse themes as well home to intricate characters who make difficult choices. Essayist Clarence Page reflects on the evolving stream of movies set in the continent. Continue reading
The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee has gained more attention on the small screen in recent years thanks to a number of big screen hits. James Maguire, author of the book “American Bee: The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds,” explores the factors behind the rise in popularity and the effects on kids.