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Green Room, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is a revenge thriller set at a rock venue where a hardcore punk band is trapped in a Green Room facing off neo-Nazis after witnessing a murder at the club. With its one-location setting and the constant Nazi threat, Saulnier’s follow-up to Blue Ruin is intense, bloody and also quite dark-humored. It’s a…

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Film is always representative of someone’s version of truth. If taken as a form of cultural anthropology you can strip film of all of the burdens of objective merits that impose expectations that prevent us from losing ourselves in the experience. Film allows us to see the world filtered through someone else’s interpretation of the way things work, and when the creator is fueled by earnestness and passion we will see something unique that…

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Noah Baumbach, the critically acclaimed director of The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg, and Frances Ha, not to mention co-screenwriting credits on Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, sat down with Next Projection’s Mel Valentin to discuss his latest film, While We’re Young, a New York City-set, Woody Alleneseque comedy-drama centered on a …

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Alisen Down, who plays Kathy Eaton on Gracepoint, in the lead up to that show’s finale. Though Down was understandably tight-lipped about what will happen (and in fact, knows as much as you or I about the final reveal), she had thoughts to offer on the series, how it sets itself apart from Broadchurch, and how she got the role of Kathy, who was initially written as much older.

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Among the chaos of seeing films and reviewing at TIFF, I got the chance at interviewing emerging director Martti Helde. In The Crosswind is set in Estonia where thousands were deported to Siberia by the Soviets in the forties in a Stalin ordered ethnic cleansing. Told through Erna, a young woman who was separated by her …

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Romantic comedies seem to bring out the inner cynic in all of us, since so few of them are able to convince us of the central romance at hand. When the characters come together at the end, we often don’t feel they’ve grown or deserve each other– and isn’t that frustrating? Next to hardboiled action flicks, the “rom-com” is one of cinema’s most disreputable genres, and …

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Filmmaker Richard Linklater (the Before trilogy, Bernie, Dazed and Confused) ventured to San Francisco earlier this week to discuss his latest film, Boyhood, a family-centered drama filmed over a twelve-year period. A risky proposition by any definition – made even riskier by casting a then six-year-old Ellar Coltrane as the lead …

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As one attends more festivals and makes more connections in the film industry, the number of press emails that floods your emails increases exponentially. A good number of them you open, many you barely even glance at and even more you don’t even make it to the end of the subject line. Then there are the opportunities that make you …

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Macon Blair and Jeremy Saulnier at Fantastic Fest for their film, Blue Ruin. Macon Blair plays the lead role and Jeremy Saulnier wears many hats as the Cinematographer, Writer and Director of Blue Ruin (among others). At its core Blue Ruin is a film centered on revenge with classic Shakespearian themes: family rivalries, murder, and dark humor and life lessons. We discussed their experience screening the film for an audience, the pressure of playing the lead role and Saulnier offered advice that can only come from many years of preparation and experience.

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