The legendary American filmmaker, critic and artist Jonas Mekas discusses I Had Nowhere to Go, his provocative collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artist and filmmaker Douglas Gordon that is based upon Mekas’ diaries beginning in World War II.
Joe Berlinger is an American filmmaker who often collaborates with fellow director Bruce Sinofsky on documentaries, which include the Paradise Lost trilogy, following the West Memphis Three, and Some Kind of Monster, a behind-the-scenes look at Metallica. Joe’s latest documentary is Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, a look at the life… Continue reading Joe Berlinger Interview (Whitey)
The latest technology doc from Australian filmmaker Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure), Sam Klemke’s Time Machine documents the personal journey of its titular figure, over nearly four decades of personal progress. A selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, premiering a year after Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was praised for its encapsulation of childhood and adolescence, Bate’s film focus… Continue reading Documenting the struggles of adulthood in SAM KLEMKE’S TIME MACHINE (2015)
Paul Schrader is an American filmmaker whose work as a screenwriter and director hold a significant place in the history of American cinema, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Light Sleeper. Schrader has no shortage of interesting stories about New Hollywood as one of the original movie… Continue reading Paul Schrader Interview (The Canyons)
It was our tremendous pleasure to host filmmaker and writer Paul Schrader in Toronto. Paul is a director who, like many of the movie brats, has a reputation that precedes him – whether it be writing American cinema classics like Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, directing the popular and canonized films American Gigolo and Mishima:… Continue reading Recap: Paul Schrader – The Seventh Art Live Directors Series
Whit Stillman is an American filmmaker whose four films are comedic investigations of class triumphs and tragedies, explored through the lens of group social life. These include the varying comforts and malaise of the ‘urban haute bourgeoisie’ in Metropolitan (1990); how certain class cultures clash with political realities abroad in Barcelona (1994); and the collapse… Continue reading Whit Stillman Interview (Damsels in Distress)
We’re happy to launch our 10th issue, which is our first to feature only interviews… and what interviews they are! We talked to the trenchant and kind American writer/director, Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress), at the conclusion of our inaugural Live Directors Series. We were thrilled to host Whit and screen two of his… Continue reading Issue 10 (Whit Stillman, Costa-Gavras, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Cameron Bailey) is now available!
Happy Holidays from The Seventh Art! Our slowly-trickling-out 9th issue features interviews with Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler, whose new film The End of Time is finishing up its end-of-the-world run here in Toronto. We also had the incredible good fortune to be able to talk to experimental cinema legend, Ernie Gehr , who brought two… Continue reading Issue 9 (Peter Mettler [THE END OF TIME], Ernie Gehr [SERENE VELOCITY], and more…) is now available!
Ernie Gehr is an American experimental filmmaker, whose film Serene Velocity (1970) remains one of the best known works of structuralist cinema and perhaps experimental cinema more broadly. Further works, such as Shift (1972-74) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991), continued to show how inspired Gehr’s placement of a camera could be, while the personal quality of Signal – Germany… Continue reading Ernie Gehr Interview (Serene Velocity)
Our sort-of Halloween issue is now available! Issue 8 features interviews with Ben Wheatley, director of the cult hit KILL LIST and the upcoming SIGHTSEERS. We also have an interview with Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk, the team behind the Shining-centric documentary, ROOM 237. This month’s profile features Rachel Grady, who co-directed DETROPIA (as well… Continue reading Issue 8 (Ben Wheatley [KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS], Rodney Ascher [ROOM 237], and more..) now available!
A video essay that compares the use of the Rodney King beating tape in the films Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992) and Dark Blue (Ron Shelton, 2002). The essay explores how these two films differ in their inclusion of the tape of the attack and what does mean for their representations of race in America,… Continue reading Rodney King in MALCOLM X & DARK BLUE (Video Essay)
In this essay written by Reece Crothers, we explore the reason behind the vitriol that exists for The Godfather: Part III (1990). Treated as the final part in a trilogy of equal parts, the expectations for the film are clearly out of line with what the film offers – especially when pitted against contemporary films like… Continue reading Video Essay: ‘The Death of Michael Corleone’: A Re-Appraisal of THE GODFATHER: PART III