Park Chan Wook Masterclass @ Jerusalem Film Festival

Park Chan Wook Masterclass @ Jerusalem Film Festival

When an air raid alarm sounds during Park Chan Wook’s Masterclass at the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival (July 10-20, 2014), half the audience reluctantly but obediently leaves the room to seek shelter. Park sits tight, and those who remain with him hear the philosophy-student-turned-filmmaker quietly comment, “Korea and Israel are the only two nations in the world where you are discussing moviemaking in one room while a rocket is targeted at the room next door.”

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The European Documentary Network, an Overview

The European Documentary Network, an Overview

Founded in 1996, the European Documentary Network (EDN) is dedicated to enhancing opportunity for documentary filmmakers by stimulating cooperation and networking, and spreading knowledge within the documentary sector about financing and distribution. The independent nonprofit organization currently has more than 1000 members representing documentary communities in more than 60 countries. EDN is an invaluable resource. Read more…

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WE LOVE IMPUNITY – Nick Fraser on THE ACT OF KILLING

WE LOVE IMPUNITY – Nick Fraser on THE ACT OF KILLING

By my own, not quite reliable reckoning, I’ve been asked to show The Act of Killing on the BBC at least five times. I have some difficulty in responding to its many admirers – not because my responses are hard to explain but because they appear so out of tune with the prevailing chorus of praise. And I have watched the film repeatedly. After a film-maker whose views I respect told me I should see the film on a big screen, I did so. But I found that I was put off not just by being told by the film-makers that I would find the experience upsetting, but by the ritual odour of self-approbation I could sense among members of the audience.

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Jennifer Baichwal Talks About Collaborating with Edward Burtynsky

Before she was approached to make a documentary about the work of Edward Burtynsky, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal had known of and followed the landscape photographer’s work for years. The collaboration between the two visual artists resulted in the widely acclaimed Manufactured Landscapes, distributed by Zeitgeist Films, and lead to a second collaboration, Watermark, which is currently on the festival circuit. This interview focuses primarily on the making of Manufactured Landscapes, one of my favorite documentaries.

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About Cinema Citizen

Welcome to Cinema Citizen! Our aim is to provoke thought and discussion about contemporary issues that are reflected in film — by taking note of how they are reflected in film. Cinemas and other screening venues are classrooms in which massive numbers of people absorb movies that reflect the world in which we live and […]

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Lars von Trier Talks About America and Cinema Style – Jennifer Merin interviews

Lars von Trier Talks About America and Cinema Style – Jennifer Merin interviews

Lars von Trier’s gutsy films have always stirred passionate debate, and his set of Nymph()maniacs continue to attract a lot of pros and as many cons. Much of the controversy has to do with von Trier’s attitude towards and portrayal of women. However, discussion about von Trier’s work has not always focused on misogyny. Read on…

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Filmmaker Kavary Kaul on BACK WALKING FORWARD

Filmmaker Kavary Kaul on BACK WALKING FORWARD

Filmmaker Kavery Kaul’s documentary, Back Walking Forward, presents the story of Eric, who survived a paralyzing brain injury at age 19 and, now, at age 33 is, with the full support of his loving parents and brother, still struggling to learn independent functions that we all take for granted. Eric is a charming, funny and charismatic central character. His family’s love and loyalty are inspiring, as is his doctor’s wisdom.

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