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Camera Q&A: Adam Sztykiel on Undateable, screenwriting and more

Who: Adam Sztykiel is a Los Angeles-based, Michigan-raised screenwriter and producer whose latest project is Undateable — a new television comedy series for NBC debuting on May 29th 2014 at…..

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Camera Q&A: Joshua Sinclair on Shaka Zulu and apartheid

Who: Joshua Sinclair is an Austria-based, American screenwriter and medical doctor. From a young age, Sinclair had an interest in film and medicine — the latter bringing him to South…..

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Norman Jewison & Friends Recall His Films

Who: Norman Jewison is a filmmaker whose movie career spanned 41 years and 24 features. Born in Canada, Jewison gained early experience working for CBC Television during the 1950′s, earning…..

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Camera Q&A: Billy Corben on Miami’s cocaine ‘n pot haulin legacy

Who: Billy Corben is a Miami-based documentary filmmaker and area native who co-founded and operates film company, Rakontur with his longtime friends/producers Alfred Spellman and David Cypkin. Their 2006 film,…..

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Camera Q&A: Christine Delorme on Ousmane Sembène

Christine Delorme is a French filmmaker, and producer for public radio station, France Culture. She first met influential African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène at 1985′s FESPACO. In 1992, while shooting his…..

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Camera Q&A: James Payne on Far Western

Who: James Payne is an Oklahoma-based filmmaker and producer, whose documentary work has often looked at his home state. His subjects include catfish noodlers, an environmentally-devastated mining town, and the…..

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Camera Q&A: Isabel Coixet on Aral: The Lost Sea

Who: Isabel Coixet is a Spanish filmmaker based in Barcelona. In 2010, she collaborated with Spanish nonprofit We Are Water for the organization’s first initiative aimed at improving the management…..

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Cinematic Japan: Ooku

Ooku (The Lady Shogun and Her Men): Gender Roles in a Reversed Society Ooku is a Japanese term comprised of the characters meaning “big” and “inside”, which together refer to…..

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Cinematic Japan: Sakuran

Sakuran is a stunningly colorful film by director Ninagawa Mika based on a serialized manga, a Japanese comic, of the same name.  The movie depicts the life of a young…..

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The Third Man: Vienna’s Favorite Movie

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in December of 2013) “You know what the fellow said? In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed. But…..

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Halloween thoughts on Hitchcock

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in November of 2013) Marion Crane flushes the toilet (the first time in cinematic history), then proceeds to close the door, take her robe off, and…..

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Harold Ramis, Canada Thanks You

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2014) The late 1970s and early 1980s are probably the best time for on-screen comedy that we’ll ever see. Saturday Night Live and…..

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Camera Kickstarter Watch: Common Chord

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in May of 2013) “It all comes down to notes we choose to play.” This is the tagline to the Lethbridge, Alberta film Common Chord, a…..

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Canadians at the Oscars: A History

When people think about the Academy Awards, it’s very rare that Canadians pop into their heads. The Oscars have traditionally been an American award, handed out to actors and filmmakers…..

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The Hammers & The Bruce: Bannockburn at 700

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in August of 2014) Scotland votes on the question of independence from Great Britain this September, but June marked an important date in the shaping of…..

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Camera Q&A: James Romm on Nero and Seneca

Who: James Romm is a professor of classics at Bard College, with a specialty in ancient Greek and Roman history. His latest book, Dying Every Day examines the relationship between…..

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The Western Tradition revisited: Charlemagne

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in April of 2014) At the age of 87, English actor Christopher Lee portrayed one of Europe’s greatest kings in a most unusual fashion. 2010 saw…..

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Wes Anderson & filmmakers with unique worlds

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2014) Wes Anderson is once again taking bright colors, deadpan humor, a completely ridiculous story, and recruited friends Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and…..

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The Western Tradition revisited: The Byzantines

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2014) The glory that was Rome and its empire has been covered in television documentaries rather expansively. Yet the Eastern Empire that survived…..

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The Cinematic World of Oz

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2013) Everyone across the globe at one time or another has seen the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. The films ranks high…..

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Fantasy Location Primer: Pulp Mythology

From 1905′s Ulysses and the Giant Polyphemus (L’Île de Calypso: Ulysse et le géant Polyphème), and up to 2011′s Immortals and 2012′s Wrath of the Titans, Greek mythology has long proven…..

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The Western Tradition revisited: Charlemagne

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in April of 2014) At the age of 87, English actor Christopher Lee portrayed one of Europe’s greatest kings in a most unusual fashion. 2010 saw…..

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Joann Sfar on Serge Gainsbourg’s Paris

Who: Joann Sfar is a Paris-based cartoonist and filmmaker who wrote and directed 2010′s [Serge] Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, based on his own graphic novel about the noted French musician……

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Norman Jewison & Friends Recall His Films

Who: Norman Jewison is a filmmaker whose movie career spanned 41 years and 24 features. Born in Canada, Jewison gained early experience working for CBC Television during the 1950′s, earning…..

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Shermer High School, Illinois

When John Hughes created Shermer, Illinois he based it on his hometown of Northbrook, and then set several films he made in the 1980′s at mythical “Shermer High School.” These…..

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Camera Q&A: James Romm on Nero and Seneca

Who: James Romm is a professor of classics at Bard College, with a specialty in ancient Greek and Roman history. His latest book, Dying Every Day examines the relationship between…..

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Guns and Reggae in 70′s Kingston, Jamaica

Cowboy Westerns have long influenced new filmmakers around the world to pick up movie cameras and shoot. But in Kingston during the 1970′s, those same films inspired a number of…..

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Camera Q&A: James Payne on Far Western

Who: James Payne is an Oklahoma-based filmmaker and producer, whose documentary work has often looked at his home state. His subjects include catfish noodlers, an environmentally-devastated mining town, and the…..

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Cinematic Japan: Ooku

Ooku (The Lady Shogun and Her Men): Gender Roles in a Reversed Society Ooku is a Japanese term comprised of the characters meaning “big” and “inside”, which together refer to…..

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Cinematic Japan: Sakuran

Sakuran is a stunningly colorful film by director Ninagawa Mika based on a serialized manga, a Japanese comic, of the same name.  The movie depicts the life of a young…..

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True Detective: An Appreciation

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2014) Whether at work, or at school, or simply on the street, you have probably overheard a group of people talk about how…..

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Camera Q&A: David Schoner on filming in New Jersey

Who: David Schoner is production coordinator for the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission. He has served as producer on several independent films for New Jersey-based writer/director, Gregory Corrado……

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Art Spiegelman on his career so far

Who: Art Spiegelman is a New York City-based graphic artist, writer and editor. Since launching his career in New York’s underground comix scene of the 1960s, Spiegelman’s work has helped…..

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Camera Q&A: Pamela Katz on Hannah Arendt

Who: Pamela Katz is a New York City-based screenwriter, whose latest script is for a biographical film about German-Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt — whose 1963 book, Eichmann in Jerusalem:…..

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Camera Q&A: Christopher Moloney on FILMography

Who: Christopher Moloney is a New York City-based, Canadian-born producer for CNN’s Erin Burnett: OutFront. The proximity of CNN’s Columbus Circle offices to Central Park, and a longstanding love of…..

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Camera Q&A: Christopher Domig on Dirt

Who: Christopher Domig is a New York City-based actor, currently starring in a stage run of one-man show Dirt at the 4th Street Theatre in Manhattan. Domig plays “Sad”, an…..

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Camera Q&A: Joshua Wolf Shenk on Powers of Two

Who: Joshua Wolf Shenk is a Los Angeles-based curator, essayist and author, whose latest book is Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. Shenk analyzed two-person…..

Biltmore House, North Carolina

As George Washington Vanderbilt II celebrated his first Christmas at Biltmore House in 1895, it was with the knowledge that he had effectively just given himself the perfect gift for…..

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The Cinematic World of Oz

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in March of 2013) Everyone across the globe at one time or another has seen the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. The films ranks high…..

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Camera Q&A: Agnieszka Holland on In Darkness

Who: Agnieszka Holland is a Polish-born filmmaker whose feature directing career began in 1978, and has been highlighted with three Oscar nominations. The first was a Best Foreign Language nomination…..

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Norman Jewison & Friends Recall His Films

Who: Norman Jewison is a filmmaker whose movie career spanned 41 years and 24 features. Born in Canada, Jewison gained early experience working for CBC Television during the 1950′s, earning…..

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Camera Q&A: Alrick Brown on Kinyarwanda

Who: Alrick Brown is an American filmmaker who wrote and directed 2011′s Kinyarwanda, which takes place during the 1994 Rwandan genocide — a 100-day period that claimed the lives of…..

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Camera Q&A: Ni’coel Stark on Finding Hillywood

Who: Ni’coel Stark is the Development Producer for Finding Hillywood, which documents a group of aspiring Rwandan filmmakers producing their own films, and then screening them in remote villages throughout…..

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The Hammers & The Bruce: Bannockburn at 700

(Publisher’s Note: Originally published in August of 2014) Scotland votes on the question of independence from Great Britain this September, but June marked an important date in the shaping of…..

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Camera Q&A: Francine Strickwerda on Oil & Water

Who: Francine Strickwerda is a documentary filmmaker who is a principal in Seattle-based production company, Hullabaloo. A former newspaper reporter, Strickwerda has teamed with producer and filmmaker Laurel Spellman Smith…..

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