Q&A: Jeff Preiss on the Jazzy ’70s Hollywood of ‘Low Down’

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Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film, from […]

Q&A: Seminal Documentarian Albert Maysles on Fashion Maven ‘Iris’

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The great documentarian Albert Maysles’ latest film Iris is about fashion- and interior-design maven Iris Apfel, now 93 years old, as she celebrates the late wave of popularity she enjoyed on the heels the Met’s 2006 exhibition of her collection of often affordably priced fashion accessories. Maysles (Grey Gardens), who pops up from time to […]

Q&A: Debra Granik on Ozarks Veteran Portrait ‘Stray Dog’

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Returning to the Ozarks, Debra Granik (Academy Award® nominee Winter’s Bone) turns her lens on Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a burly, aging veteran who manages an RV park and rides his motorcycle cross-country. Shot over three years, Stray Dog is a humanist portrait of an extraordinary man forever changed by two tours of war. Through his […]

Q&A: Tamara Erde on Israeli/Palestinian Doc ‘This is My Land’

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. Tamara Erde’s first feature-length film, This is My Land, examines how the shared, complex, and charged history of Israel and Palestine is taught to the next generation in this volatile region. Does it fuel conflict or encourage peace? […]

Q&A: Virpi Suutari on the Lush and Verdant ‘Garden Lovers’

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Unflinchingly candid and beautifully romantic, Garden Lovers is an examination of life’s poetry. Following a diverse group of Finnish couples whose passions are rooted in the tender care of their gardens, this documentary frames the delicate mundanity of everyday life with breathtaking stillness and beauty. Lush and verdant, this work by director Virpi Suutari is […]