Anna Biller is a filmmaker whose work focuses on the “lived day-to-day experience of the female,” using the styles and modes of classic cinema to address female roles within culture, “coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics and visual pleasure.” Though her work appropriates, quotes and reinterprets existing conventions, it remains entirely unique. “”Proper” art films masquerading as popular films.”
Alma Har’el is an Israeli-American filmmaker and music video director, best known for her boundary blurring feature documentaries Bombay Beach (2011) and LoveTrue (2016).
Scilla Andreen is CEO and Founder of Indieflix. Indieflix is a film streaming service “created by and for independent thinkers” that takes a different approach to similar platforms. Their Royalty Pool Minutes payment model rewards filmmakers for each minute that their film is viewed, increasing the filmmaker’s payout as the= company grows. IndieFlix was founded in 2005 with 65 titles, and now has over 8,000 shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV and web series from in excess of 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools…
Alexander Dinelaris is a producer, playwright and screenwriter best known for his work on Alejandro Iñárritu’s last two features. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant. Dinelaris, along with the other three credited screenwriters, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Birdman in 2015. His smart stories offer a peek into his rocky beginnings.
We profiled the expanding career of American filmmaker and October Film of the Month judge Ira Sachs at the beginning of the month. Here he tells us his side – how he got his start, how he’s maintained his independence, and how he has been giving back.
Ira Sachs is an intelligent, cine-literate director born in Memphis, Tennessee, later based in New York. His subtle, smart dramas echo his experiences of living in these two places, as well as drawing wider from his collaborators and influences.
In July we hosted Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the all time great modern arthouse directors. A filmmaker’s filmmaker, Apichatpong won the Palme d’Or for his 2010 film Uncle Boonmee, having won prizes at Cannes for two features before that, Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady, and has been a critical and festival favourite since his debut feature Mysterious Object at Noon. Some warm and incisive words from the brilliant Thai director on the three finalists in July’s Film of the Month competition, below. These were…
Briony Hanson has been the Director of Film for the British Council since 2011, and is responsible for overseeing promotion of British films and filmmakers across the world.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the world’s most revered modern arthouse directors. Almost all of his wide reaching body of work has been met with critical acclaim, and three of his features (Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady and Uncle Boonmie) won prizes at Cannes Film Festival. We spoke with the director (who was our Film of the Month judge for July), about his relationship with filmmaking and his homeland.