The First Calvary Division from Ft. Hood TX was on a basic peacekeeping mission in Iraq in 2004—the city they were placed in, Sadr City, had been incident-free for nearly a year. Then Black Sunday occurred.
Penalty is a film about futbol (or soccer), played on a sandy beach with incredibly high stakes. In Aldo Iuliano’s carefully crafted story and direction, the film provides a powerful, emotional punch that will take audiences’ breath away. Here is the story of Penalty in Iuliano’s own words. What is your background in filmmaking? I started out as… [Read More]
I recently had the chance to take part in some round table interviews with some of those involved in The Florida Project. There were three separate interviews: Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite with Broolynn Prince, and director Sean Baker.
Tell us about your filmmaking background. I have been making film since 2007. I am thirty-six years old, began my career with writing and publishing film critics for different film magazine. So far, I have made five short films and thirty-six documentaries including shorts. “Retouch” is my recent short film which has won the best… [Read More]
Directed by Sean Baker, The Florida Project tells the story of 6-year-old Moonie (Brooklynn Prince) and her relationship with her young and impoverished mother Halley (Bria Vinaite). However, pulling back the camera, the film also shines a light on the lives of the ‘hidden homeless’ outside Orlando, Florida. Having no permanent address and residing in… [Read More]
Directed by Sean Baker (Tangerine), The Florida Project tells the story of Halley (Bria Vinette), a young mother and her daughter, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince). Homeless and out of work, Halley struggles to live week to week in the Magic Castle, a motel situated just outside Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. Managed by the patriarchal Bobby… [Read More]
In the upcoming documentary, Steve McQueen: American Icon, director Jon Erwin shares the story of the legendary actor with audiences in a Fathom Event on September 28. From his hardscrabble upbringing to his stardom in Hollywood, the story of McQueen is recounted by his family, friends, and colleagues. But even more surprising, the film shares… [Read More]
“Whatever it is, we all have issues. We’re all gonna be okay.” In Elizabeth Blue, actress Anna Schafer takes on the incredibly intense role of a young woman (Anna Schafer) struggling with tremendous mental health issues. Living with her devoted fiancé, Grant (Ryan Vincent), she is plagued by hallucinations and voices in her head to… [Read More]
“Will God forgive us?” — Toller (Ethan Hawke, First Reformed) First Reformed tells the story of Toller (Ethan Hawke), a former military veteran and pastor of the First Reformed Church. Preparing to celebrate their 250th anniversary, the church has become largely ceremonial, with most parishioners having moved over to the local megachurch, led by charismatic Pastor… [Read More]
Taking place in 1970s Sweden, Ravens follow the life of Agne (Reine Brynolfsonn), an aging farmer determined to see his son, Klas, take over care of the family land. Aging and broken, Agne’s struggles range from battling creditors to harsh weather conditions. However, when he discovers that his son’s future plans differ from what his… [Read More]