Q&A: Ryan McGarry on HIFF 2013 Best Documentary ‘Code Black’


Code Black, which won the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary at the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, opens at IFC Center in NYC on June 20, with more cities to follow. Tickets are available here. Note: This interview originally ran as part of our coverage of HIFF 2013. “C-Booth,” the trauma bay at the Los Angeles […]

Q&A: Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine on ‘The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden’


Darwin meets Hitchcock in this gripping true murder-mystery about European ex-pats in the 1930s searching for utopia on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos. The beautiful yet brutal landscape of Floreana serves as a perfect background for the drama surrounding Dr. Fredrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch. Too soon their lives are invaded by […]

Q&A: Liesbeth De Ceulaer on ‘Behind the Redwood Curtain’


Imbued with a mesmerizing, dreamlike quality, Liesbeth De Ceulaer’s confident first feature takes us to the majestic Redwood Forest and introduces us to people who have strong personal connections to this once isolated region of California. Through seamless vignettes and stunningly saturated cinematography, we meet activists, scientists, loggers, tree dwellers, and Native Americans who share […]

Q&A: Whitney Ransick on ‘Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery’


The Shooting Gallery was one of the premier production companies for independent film in the 1990s, responsible for art-house hits like Laws of Gravity, Sling Blade, and You Can Count on Me. After the success of fellow alum Hal Hartley, a cabal of grads from SUNY Purchase decided to start a fast-paced company with a […]

Q&A: Director Ava Warbrick on ‘Stephanie in the Water’


Professional surfer Stephanie Gilmore won her first world championship event at age 17 on a day off from high school. Over the next four years, she led the sport, claiming back-to-back world titles as the undisputed champion. Stephanie’s talent seemed untouchable—until a violent turn of events abruptly ended her winning streak. This intimate documentary portrait […]