“Communication Is Where a Film Lives and Dies”: Director Zoe Lister-Jones

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Communication is where a film lives and dies. It is essential for efficacy, for performance, and ultimately for translating a director’s vision...

Profound Communication Only Happens When There Is Persistence

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I often ask myself, how does each of us weave our own responsibilities into the pattern of history? How can I tell...

“A Huge Historical Project”: Editor Kim Miille on Tell Them We Are Rising

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MacArthur Fellow Stanley Nelson has devoted his career to documentary explorations of the African American experience. The 65-year-old director/producer has made films...

“The Challenge Is Balancing Tone”: Director Mark Pellington

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The communication challenge in executing The Last Word was thematic. With issues of aging or mortality, the challenge is balancing tone. That...

“We Are Living through a Divisive Time”: Director Barbara Kopple

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Obviously we are living through a very divisive time, and transgender issues are among the most controversial of what people call “the...

I Stopped Talking and Started Making the True Great Film

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The first time I mentioned I was making a film about Winnie Mandela, it happened to be to a novelist, in a...

“We Don’t Use Words to Tell a Story”: Directors Lily Baldwin

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We don’t use words to tell a story. We use bodies, gestures, dance, color, music and sound as tools. Inherently with this,...

“Communicating with Respect and Openness”: Director José María Cabral

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Communication was the key for writing, shooting and making the movie, particularly this one. Woodpeckers explores communication and language in a very...

I Want the Viewer to Feel Totally Immersed in My World

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For me God’s Own Country is an investigation into authenticity of emotion and landscape. Having grown up on the same hillside where...

Cate Outstripped Us All with Her Immeasurable Enthusiasm

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Manifesto was originally planned as a 13-screen installation for the art context. And so it is touring museums and art festivals now....