Q&A: Amir Bar-Lev on the Complicated Shame of ‘Happy Valley’

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Happy Valley centers on the people of State College, Pennsylvania, and its conflicted reactions to the Penn State football scandal in the months following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest for child molestation. With interviews with those directly involved and die-hard fans alike, documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That) captures the college town […]

Q&A: Anthony Baxter on Davids Fighting Goliaths in ‘A Dangerous Game’

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In A Dangerous Game, the follow-up to You’ve Been Trumped (HIFF 2011), filmmaker Anthony Baxter is still hot on Donald Trump’s tail as the billionaire sets out to build yet another luxury golf course along the idyllic Scottish seaside. As locals unite to halt construction, their counterparts in Croatia are engaged in a similar battle […]

Q&A: Ross Kauffman & Katy Chevigny on the Fearlessness of the ‘E-Team’

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Anna, Ole, Fred, and Peter are members of the Emergency Team (E-Team) for a respected international human rights organization, the first people on the scene when there is suspicion of human rights abuses. Entering areas of conflict like Syria or post-Qaddafi Libya, they gather evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted, and often what […]

Q&A: Lou Howe on Bringing ‘Gabriel’ Back Home to the Hamptons

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Longing for stability in the throes of mental illness, Gabriel (Rory Culkin) will stop at nothing until he proposes to his high school girlfriend—never mind the fact that they haven’t seen each other in years. Abrasive and irrational, Gabriel nonetheless evokes empathy as he winds his way through New York City and Long Island on […]

Q&A: Chris Moukarbel on Searching for the Elusive Artist in ‘Banksy Does New York’

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Millions have followed his work, yet very few know the real identity of controversial street artist Banksy. Last October, the elusive graffiti artist, painter, and filmmaker completed a month-long residency in New York using the city as his canvas, kicking up dust all over the streets and the Internet. His controversial and often political multimedia […]