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Section 4 of Issue #6 is an in-depth interview with director Nicolás Pereda. Nicolás Pereda is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker whose films have been taken up as a talking point by a number critics on subjects…

Tower

MDFF is a Toronto-based production company that is committed to, in their own words, “exploring naturalistic, narrative and documentary forms in filmmaking with a focus on unique, director driven projects that display a strong sense…

Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa began work on Ossos (1997) after receiving a bundle of letters from residents of Cape Verde, the former Portuguese colony and setting of his previous feature Casa de Lava (1994). The…

The latest issue of The Seventh Art features a brief conversation with photographer and documentary filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield. Greenfield’s latest film, The Queen of Versailles, has been generating headlines lately, both for its theatrical success,…

The Queen of Versailles

Lauren Greenfield is an American documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her photos are exhibited in museums and galleries, featured in a number of high-profile magazines and she has published three books, including the popular Girl Culture.…

Ossos

A video essay about Pedro Costa’s film Ossos (1997) and its representation of the Lisbon neighbourhood of Fontainhas. The essay considers the formal techniques used to express the community that lives in this neighbourhood and…

Nights and Weekends

Joe Swanberg is a Chicago-based filmmaker who is commonly associated with the so-called ‘mumblecore’ mode of filmmaking – a term assigned to low-budget American films made in the 2000s that were singled out for their naturalism.…

Discussions of Bresson over the past 10 years or so often begin with a kind of ritual un-saying of all the dead words that have accumulated around him (ascetic, austere, severe, demanding, slow, transcendent, Jansenist,…

The Godfather Part III

A video essay that re-examines Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather Part III through the lens of its original title: The Death of Michael Corleone. The film’s poor reception at the time is measured against contemporary films…

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich is a legendary filmmaker whose career began by interviewing filmmakers in a thorough yet conversational manner. His relationships with Ford and Welles, among others, have yielded indispensable books investigating these auteurs’ films. His own…